One owner car, driven mostly in the city and into the country. Garage kept, and always serviced when needed.
In less than 5 years, the car has had the lower ball joints replaced twice, 2002, which was covered by the extended warranty, and again today, 2004, not covered by warranty. It has also had to have the upper ball joint replaced today.
The rotors have been replaced.
The handle on the seat, driver's side broke off and was replaced.
When getting the transmission fluid changed (2003), I was told that there were pieces of metal in the transmission fluid indicating that the transmission may only last another year or so before it will need to be rebuilt.
Today, 8/04, at 70,000 miles, my 4-wheel drive is causing me problems. It appears to be stuck in 4-wheel low, and doesn't want to kick into the 2-wheel drive. It feels as though the the car is being held back, as you touch the gas, it will spurt forward, but when you touch the brakes, it pulsates. The dealership put it on the computer, but it hasn't given a reading for the problem. But yet the message light comes on 'service 4-wheel' and the lights on all 4x4 buttons are lit. It's still at the dealership, so I'm not sure what the cost will be for this.
Today I called the Chevy Main 800 number, complaining about the expense of having to replace the ball joints within two years, the dealership said this was pretty common, but yet the Chevy Customer Service, said they have no record of the ball bearings or ball joints being a problem. They say they have not had any complaints, or they would have considered a recall.
In reading some of the remarks on this website, it appears that this problem is more widespread than Chevy knows, so it's real important that people get in touch with them, if they get enough complaints, they do investigate and possibly do a recall, which means we might be able to get some money back in the repairs that you've paid for.
They did contact the dealer that was working on my car, and agreed to pick up half the costs of the ball joints that needed to be replaced for the 2nd time within 2 years. So, please if you have problems, be sure to contact the Chevy Main hot line. We might be able to recoup some of the money that has been sunk into repairs.