I dont know if there is a single link to these engine failures. They are
and go back for several years. I'll try to do a few from memory, so cut me
a little slack.
You can find details on any of them on the internet.
Some have said the aluminum Corvair engine is a loser. I have seen many of
become problematic, but it is -thank goodness- essentially gone from the
If you go way back into history, the aluminum silicone block was a bad one.
is back in the 70's I guess. I think this engine went into the Nova or
Chevy II or such.
The Iron Duke four cylinder series had tendencies to crack into the water
the lifter gallery. I had an 84 Fiero with this engine, and GM lied to me
and said my
block was not involved. It was. As I searched through the junkyards for a
usable core, I
found that four out of five of them, at least, were cracked.
The Quad Four also had problems. I believe this had to do with the heads.
someone more familiar with them than I can elucidate.
The 3.4 twin cam was an interesting engine, but tended to self destruct. An
The 2.8-3.4 series tended to have gasket problems and leakages were common.
There were also some crankshaft strength complaints.
The 3.8 series II has the self destructing plastic plenum problem. This was
an expensive failure that GM certainly knew about but did nothing to fix. I
think that all of them can be
expected to fail, many out of warranty. It is fixable, but does not inspire
confidence in the
The 3.8 V6, outside the Series II, was probably one of the best engines GM
and pardons some of their sins.
I also had a 2.8 l in a Buick Regal. I never had a problem with the engine
(Everything else! but not the engine ;>) So while these issues didnt happen
to me, I understand that there were weak spots in these engines too.
Likewise, I had a 2.8L in an '87 Chevy S-10. I plowed snow in central NY
with that truck for 9 years with absolutely no engine problems. Actually -
with no real problems with the truck at all. I always found that 2.8L
engine to be quite a good engine for its class. I finally wrecked the truck
at over 200,000 miles or I would have driven it for a few more years. That
truck worked! We get close to 300 inches of snow per season around here,
and life for a plow truck is anything but easy.
This is overstating the case for Toyota. Toyota is the most secretive large
automaker (well maybe the Chinese are worse). Their usual tactic is to first
deny there is a problem. When it is obvious there is a problem, they try to
shift blame to either the Customer or a supplier. Finally, when faced with
the likelihood of a forced recall, they will issue a voluntary recall to
stave off the NHTSA. In the past Toyota was able to fly under the radar on
defects because they were a minor player in the US with the volume spread
across a wide range of models. No single defect affected enough vehicles to
attract the attention of NHTSA or the press. Now that they sell a large
number of vehicles, it is much harder for Toyota to hide defects. You should
go to the NHTSA web site and read the documents related to recent ball joint
recalls. Lying, finger pointing , denials, etc.......
I hope not. GM. GM is not great, but they are far better at acknowledging
defects than Toyota.
Yep, as soon as Bush and McCain make illegals legal they won't any longer
want those Lettuce picking jobs. So employers may as well hire Americans now
at fair wages instead of cheap illegal aliens. I would rather pay more
lettuce than to be over run with illegals. If the lettuce is too high I will
do with out.
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