Reference way below on my Z's battery draw down problem and going dead after
5 or 6 days. After half a dozen futile trips to the dealer I purchased it
from, I tried another dealer's service center across town to find the
Well, they informed me that there was a .45 mA intermittent draw that was
draining the battery. Factory spec. is around .12. They didn't know what
module was causing it, but said if I wanted to leave the car with them for a
week, they'd find it.
Then the service guy tells me, "I hate to tell you this, but this car has
been in a major accident. We originally sold the car to the lady. She
wrecked the car the day she got it." Come to find out, about $25k in
damage. So I talked to the body shop manager and he said he remembered the
car. Said they did a top notch job and that there was no frame or
I got a Carfax when I bought the car. Went home and ran a new one and
it's still not on there. Carfax is not a guarantee of anything. My
insurance guy ran it through the insurance damage database and it's not
Went back to where I bought it and told them I did not want the car and
wanted a new one. Went from the Sales Mgr, to the Service Mgr, to the
General Mgr. Apparently, the woman outfoxed them. She came in after the
car was repaired and ordered a 2009. So, they purchased the '08 from her
and ordered an '09, which was not in production yet. Well, she never took
possession of the '09.
Went back and forth with the General Mgr. for about 6 weeks. Told him I
wanted a new one for the same price. Keeps telling me he can't find one.
I look on EBay and there's dozens of them. Finally, I requested a face to
face meeting last week. He tells me, "My guys got screwed. She outsmarted
them. We put the car up on the rack and it was perfect." I mentioned that
I had NOT mentioned the BBB, or the BAR, or an attorney and we ought to
handle this like gentlemen. He says, "You're right, what will it take to
make you happy?" Well, duh! "I want an equal or better car with no money
out of pocket."
I'll cut to the chase, 10 minutes later he finds a Z in San Francisco. New.
The next day they drove it into Fresno. The new monthly payment is
actually 10 dollars less than the old one. I got Obama money, and since it
was new, I got a rebate applied to the loan and 2.7% financing (old loan was
5.9%) and some sort of "certificates" he'd been saving. Got the Z for cost
and the old Z trade in was higher than what I paid. Took him and the
finance guy all day to figure it out.
So, while it was a real bummer on the old car, the Chevy dealer made me
happy and kept my business. So it ain't all bad at GM, at least on the