1967 GMC 1-ton flatbed
1967 Chevy II Nova
1972 Formula Firebird
1979 Trans AM
1984 Chevy Suburban
1987 Caprice Station Wagon
1990 Olds Station Wagon
1996 Olds Achieva
2001 3/4 ton Silverado HD
ALL purchased NEW by me, in addition
1959 Impala convert
1984 Caprice Station Wagon
1999 GMC Suburban
Those were my other GM cars I purchased used. Sorry, but except for a Cobalt, I haven't been able to afford anything new since 01... so you're right, maybe GM doesn't need customers like me anymore... Turn out the lights, the party's over!
Sorry but you lost me when you brought "organized crime" into equation. Good grief!
I'm pretty sure that GM will do just fine without your business.
I own a 1978 Electra with 311,000 miles and a 6.6L 403 V8. It burns a small amount of oil (less than 1/2 quart every 4000 miles), has had two head gaskets and two manifold gaskets redone, but has not "locked up." Any engine less than 40 years old and less than 150,000 in this day and age that "locks up" for no reason is a junk lemon.
Their engine did not lock up for no reason. It happened because they developed a severe leak in the intake manifold, and the engine hydrolocked. This is a known issue, and if owners of these cars with the Series II 3.8 are aware of it, it can usually be avoided. Their engine was probably leaking for quite a while, and could have been detected. It is an unfortunate engineering defect, but it is pretty common, and there is such a thing as being an informed consumer and keeping an eye on things like coolant level. By the way, GM is not the only manufacturer that has issues with the intake manifold leaking. Ford actually has a class action law suit against them for a similar problem.
You can pull the plugs out after it's locked up, turn it over, which forces out all the coolant, repair the intake manifold, fill the coolant, change the oil, and you're ready to go another 200,000 miles.