I don't see how the owner can be responsible. GM tells people that the
cooling system is good to go for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Our '02
Oldsmobile had all kinds of crap floating in the coolant when it was only 18
months old. I flushed the system, replaced the radiator cap and removed and
cleaned out the recovery tank myself. Then I refilled with Prestone's
Dexcool, which supposedly has a slightly different formula than Texaco's.
That was about 2 years ago, and so far the sludge has not returned.
I went the extra mile to correct a problem, but the problem was caused by GM
This vehicle also had the famous leaking intake manifold gasket failure.
Clearly a GM problem.
This is probably our last GM vehicle. Too many problems, crappy resale
value and mostly untrustworthy dealerships.
GM has admitted that there were design problems with some of the intake
manifold gaskets but not everyone experiences the problem.
Well, here's a surprise for you, foreign car manufacturers also put out
cars with defects and have "untrustworthy" dealerships too. I've owned
both foreign and domestic and GM has proven to be no worse than anyone
Had a friend that bought a new Acura and after many thousands of dollars
in engine and tranny repairs, he bought a "crappy" used Chevy that he
drove longer than the Acura and with fewer repairs. He now owns another
"superior" Acura (what a sucker).
When you own something, regardless of what the manufacturer says, it's
your job to maintain it (and that doesn't mean waiting until something
breaks before you lift the hood). I've found that the smaller
dealerships usually give better service. I have dealerships in several
states that I use and some that I avoid. All of the ones use are
small, family-owned dealerships (and the ones I avoid are much larger)..
There are two classes of pedestrians in these days of reckless motor
traffic - the quick and the dead.
~ Lord Dewar 1933 ~
Climbing into a hot car is like buckling on a pistol. It is the great
equalizer. ~ Henry G. Felsen 1964 ~
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