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Old 08-15-2003, 02:22 AM   #1
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Tbinking of buying a GM Canada product, check this out first

anyone here think a 2.4 l malibu engine should last more than 46, 000 miles (75,000 KM). Well GM doesn't. I have a 1999 malibu that has turned the crank bearings and done in the engine. GM won't even talk to me. It is off warranty (just under 10,000 miles). I didn't buy it from a dealer and that is all they will say. The customer Help line is a joke. I was told by one woman that I was to take it to a dealer and have them run some tests on it. They would determine the problem and she said that if it was defective then GM would fix, if it was a maintenance problem, I would be on my own. I have the proof that oil changes were done by me and the previous owner. The used car salesman who sold me the car has been talking to the GM help line, you know the one that " May be monitored for training purposes", well they don't have any record of us ever talking to her or anyone else. That is as far as I can get . So much for standing behind your product, GM Canada!!!
Their mechanic had a look at it and determined that the crankshaft was moving back and forth in the bearing as well as round and round. Obviously that isn't supposed to happen. A factory defect that just happened on my dime. They ioffered me $500 towards the enging ($3970 + install) but void the warranty. The reason I want a new engine is for the warranty!!! Gee thanks GM Canada
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Old 08-15-2003, 05:39 PM   #2
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next time u buy a car def gont go GM.....or for that matter American. forighn cars r so much more reliable. German cars r nice, but if u dont have the $$ go Japanese. those run forever essentially mantinence-free.
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Old 08-15-2003, 06:59 PM   #3
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next time u buy a car def gont go GM.....or for that matter American. forighn cars r so much more reliable. German cars r nice, but if u dont have the $$ go Japanese. those run forever essentially mantinence-free.

Uh, no. Repair free is more accurate. People who drive a car and think it's maintenance free end up spending much more on repairs in the long run.

As the old saying goes, "You can pay me now or pay me (much more) later". On the other hand I like people with your attitude. It keeps my pockets full.
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Old 08-18-2003, 03:06 AM   #4
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Personally, I like American cars. I own my fair share of both German and American cars, and, if properly cared for, cars built in the US will last a long time. My parent's old Escort lasted 5 years with only basic, basic maintence, before any major problems occures (timing belt rotted...HA!). Anyway, Lemons happen. Unfortunately, you got yourself screwed.

If it were me, I'd go and find a nice, reliable, powerful used engine. It's a Malibu, so, maybe...GM 350 "Base" engine? Don't know if it would fit...I try not to touch Chevy's. $2299.99 from Jeg's.

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Personally, I like American cars. I own my fair share of both German and American cars, and, if properly cared for, cars built in the US will last a long time. My parent's old Escort lasted 5 years with only basic, basic maintence, before any major problems occures (timing belt rotted...HA!). Anyway, Lemons happen. Unfortunately, you got yourself screwed.

If it were me, I'd go and find a nice, reliable, powerful used engine. It's a Malibu, so, maybe...GM 350 "Base" engine? Don't know if it would fit...I try not to touch Chevy's. $2299.99 from Jeg's.

Just a thought.

1. Come on now. A timing belt IS a basic maintenance item. If you had the car for five years I'm sure you had over 60k miles on it which is when it should be changed.

2. Good idea on the 350 in a fwd Malibu. Should slide right in with only about a thousand modifications.
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Old 08-19-2003, 04:12 AM   #6
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1). Yes, you're right. BUT, you didn't hear the huge arguments in my house when my dad wanted to change the oil TWICE A YEAR. My mother claimed he was wasting money and, oftentimes, wouldn't let him. So replacing something that she didn't even know what the hell it was...yea, that was going to happen

2). I'm a Ford guy. If you had a Chevy debadged, I couldn't tell a Malibu from a Lumina from a Corsica. Don't touch them, can't understand them, and personally don't like them at all. I CAN, however, tell you which engines will be perfect compliments to which Mustangs or other Ford products. If you have a free day or so, I can lecture you on all of the design goals of BMW.
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