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GM Recalling 1.4 million Cars Over Potential Engine Fires

Late 90s Through 00s Models Affected

by Chris Paukert | Autoblog

Posted: 13 April 2009
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just announced a major recall covering nearly 1.5 million General Motors passenger cars from the late 90's and early 2000s. The recall affects various Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac models equipped with normally aspirated versions of GM's much-utilized 3800 3.8-liter V6.
Apparently, some of these engines can drop oil onto the exhaust manifold during hard braking. If that manifold has gotten hot enough and the oil dribbles below the heat shield, it can start a small fire. The flames can then engulf the plastic spark plug wire channel, potentially resulting in a full-on engine compartment fire.
The fix? Dealer service departments will be asked to remove said spark plug wire retention channel from the front of the engine bay, and then retrofit two new retainers.
Models Affected:
1997-2003 Buick Regal
2000-2003 Chevrolet Impala
1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina
1998-2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue
1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix
The recall is slated to begin in May.
Let them sink! My van is the biggest piece of :censored: their warranty's are :censored: When you trade it in they say its worth:censored:. Now they protect your cars price when you trade it in admitting they were ripping you off at trade in.
 

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i agree-junk-but everytime i need a new van i always go back to them-guess i'll never learn-had to buy a replacement side mirror for my 3500kuv-$807.00 didnt want to rag out my new van with an oddball side miror-buy high sell low that is apparently my motto
 

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I wish Toyota would build a kickass service cube truck and keep the price low . It would be like putting another torpedo in the side of ship that's already sinking.
 

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I wish Toyota would build a kickass service cube truck and keep the price low . It would be like putting another torpedo in the side of ship that's already sinking.
More like a 5 torpedo spread....:yes:
 

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What U.S. company hasn't had problems like this? Ford had serious problems with a black box on the manifold that would get too hot and strand you in traffic, and there have been deaths. Even Toyota vans used to have a fire problem in their flat engines. I've heard similar recalls over the years from all of them.

I do think GM has gone insane over the last few years. From the plastic radiators to the engine gasket problems - since when is it normal to drop green pellets into the radiator regularly to keep the head gaskets from leaking? Just nuts. Why do you have to remove a motor mount and jack up the engine just to change the serpentine belt?

I think the car that I had that was a joy to work on was a '76 Toyota - made U.S. cars look plain dumb. I replaced timing chain and gears (my fault for not changing oil often enough . . .) and tuned it up, including the dual points, replaced cover gasket and all the little spark plug gaskets (hemi engine) and did an oil change in two hours. Back then, GM hadn't figured out welded nuts - one wrench took all the bolts out of the Toyota.

I wore through a front brake pad on a '69 Datsun once and all it took to get me back on the road was new pads and a screwdriver - no other tools. Designed by Mercedes engineers.

I was rebuilding the Datsun engine and took it to an old GM enthusiast friend for help and he said that if U.S.ers would use that kind of metal in their engines, they'd sell a lot more cars.

I'd far rather see the U.S. car companies learn to build a better car instead of going under. We're coming to the end of the oil ride and it'll be interesting to see a highway full of electric cars.
 

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I have a 2003 GMC Yukon with all the bells and whistles. Biggest piece of crap I ever bought.:furious: I would blow it up if I could afford something else. Have had to repair the transmission, speedometer, power windows, door locks, 4 wheel drive and now they tell me I need a new fuse box or it could catch fire. This is a vehicle with under 40,000 miles. Of course all this happened after the 3 year warranty ended. I HATE GMC!!!!:gun_bandana:
 

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im thinking about buying a 05 isuzu npr,4cyl. diesel. does anyone have this truck? what is mpg. got power? would like some info- good &bad info. - leak1-
 
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