3rd Mar 2006, 12:59
Update to previous comment (not the original post) :
The following will be fixed in the next month (car now has 160,000 miles on it) :
-dash lights are now out (have been out since November) ; been using map lights to see instrument cluster
-slow (very slow) oil leak, can't tell where it's coming from
-engine starting to run warm again, thinking it's time for the 4th intake gasket, ugh (original went out at 75K, second replaced with new engine, currently on third)
-every once in a while we have the smell of burning rubber, which dissipates within a minute or so
-engine seems to be running a little rough, but it's not missing, thinking the timing may be slightly off
-have gone through 2 light bulbs in passenger-side headlight; electrical short?
-rear brake master cylinders are leaking; need to be repaired or replaced
-struts/shocks need to be replaced.
We're getting tired of repairing GM's. Getting a Toyota or Honda next.
9th Nov 2009, 12:01
So, you're complaining about relatively minor repairs on a 10+ year old vehicle with high miles, and you think a Honda or a Toyota is going to hold up better?
Take a look around at how many 10+ year old Hondas or Toyotas are still on the road. Then look for 10+ GM's or Fords.
9th Nov 2009, 16:00
I see 10+ year old Honda's and Toyota's EVERYWHERE. They do outlast Ford and GM. And by a lot. It's been quite awhile since I've seen a Ford or GM that's over 10 years old. Yet I see 10 year old Honda's and Toyota's whenever I leave my house.
10th Nov 2009, 15:46
Nonsense - there are enormous numbers of over-ten-year-old GM cars, and even Fords on the road.
10th Nov 2009, 22:27
"Nonsense - there are enormous numbers of over-ten-year-old GM cars, and even Fords on the road."
TEN YEAR OLD CARS!!! There are MILLIONS of THIRTY YEAR OLD Ford and GM cars on the road!! Every day I see late 70's and early 80's Buicks, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles and Chevy Impalas, as well as Ford LTD's, Lincolns and Mercurys. I see 30+ year old Dodge trucks all the time. It is not at all unusual here to see late 60's Ford F-100's and Chevy trucks. We own a 55 year old Pontiac and just sold a 33 year old Buick (in perfect condition) last year. We also own a 39 year old Dodge and a 42 year old Dodge. I don't know where you guys live, but it certainly must not be the Southern U.S. There are 40 year old domestics sitting in driveways not a mile from our home.
12th Nov 2009, 10:42
You would be correct. I don't live in the Southern U.S. I live in New England where the weather rusts away these cars before they get a chance to get that old. The only time I see domestics that are over 20 years old are at summer time classic car shows.