2000 Chevrolet C3500 Base 6.5 diesel from North America
Force 10 Disaster
NEVER BY GM!!! Never think diesel will save you money. It will save you on gas, but never on repairs.
My 3500 diesel truck stalls for no reason. Won't work again till the engine cools down. Took it to the dealer; said they have to replace the fuel pump for $6000! Took it to shop, and did it for $1500. After a while, it started stalling again. Did a Google search, and it turned out all of these trucks stall for no reason due to a PMD Driver (a computer that controls the fuel pump). The PMD overheats and stalls because it is located close to the exhaust manifold. Had to buy a new PMD and a re-location kit. Costs only $500 max. Very serious problem that GM refuses to recall or even fix, they want to steal $6000 for nothing!
Shame on GM, I will never buy anything made by GM in my life. This stalling problem is worse than the Toyota "gas pedal" problem! If your gas pedal is stuck, simply put your tranny into neutral and press the brakes and steer your car to a safe place. If your car stalls, you lose your brakes and power steering! Imagine you're approaching a red light, or a curved road!! Disaster!! NEVER BUY GM, NEVER NEVER NEVER!!! Ford is the best domestic make, other than that, go to import trucks. STAY AWAY FROM GM, BUYER BEWARE.
Head gasket gone at 200k miles.
Tranny gone at 202k miles.
GM diesel trucks do not last forever. Engine costs me $10000, tranny cost $5000, bought truck for $8000, $23000 for a piece of JUNK!
Very hard to service, everything is too compact.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th November, 2010
14th Feb 2016, 18:22
Old post, but you complain about a vehicle you bought with 195,000 miles on it. Those kind of miles usually mark the end of any kind of normal reliability, and the cost of operation will most likely be high. High mileage vehicle purchases should be left to hobbyist or skilled mechanics who know how to keep them running or used as parts vehicles - not normal everyday transportation. A faulty PMD module is an age related issue caused by internal corrosion and deterioration of the heat resistant insulation material used to keep the module sealed. Ignition modules in gasoline powered vehicles fail for the exact same reason.
Bottom Line: You bought a worn out high mileage clunker. Reliability would be sketchy at best. Breaking down should not surprise you.