Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
10:32 pm - Never Again...  
I spent over a grand getting the truck repaired yesterday. The drive train was making metal-on-metal noises that were rapidly getting worse, and it was vibrating as well, so that needed to get fixed. While it was at the dealer, I had them do a bunch of other little jobs, all of which turned out to be ridiculously expensive. They replaced the windshield wipers ($25), and the broken third-door latch ($100). The killer was the frelling ABS sensor that failed over a year ago. That was $450. Had I known that going in, I would've never even mentioned it. I actually prefer good old fashioned non-ABS brakes, which is what you have when the sensor isn't working. Scheduled maintenance was another $200. And the busted universal joint that was making all the noise? That was under $200, cheap at the price.

The door latch really bugs, because I probably could've gotten one at a junk yard for ten or twenty bucks. It's just this cheap piece of plastic that appears designed to fail. This is the first American car I've owned since, hmmm, twenty-five years or so, and I'm not at all impressed with the quality of GM's product. It's nice to look at, and usually rides nice, but there's a shoddiness beneath the surface. It's only got 62,000 miles on it. This is the second universal joint I've had to replace. I've already replaced the battery. The door latch snapped off in my hand. The weather stripping along the driver's door leaked like a sieve until I added a second strip. $450 for a frelling sensor?!? My beloved Subaru didn't start needing repairs like this until it was well past 100,000 miles. Next time I'll change my own damn wiper blades.

Anyway, that was yesterday. Tonight is a night for Mexican coffee, and quietly contemplating how nice it will be to see these clowns go out of business because they can't compete.
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seankozma on September 21st, 2006 - 03:38 am
> I actually prefer good old fashioned non-ABS brakes, which is what you have when the sensor isn't working.

I drove cab in Ann Arbor for about six years or so. At one point, they bought a bunch of new cars for the fleet which had ABS. I do believe they were universally reviled. I certainly hated them. Particularly because they most frequently respond in situations where people who know how to use their brakes need them not to respond.
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Lisacashmerepett on September 21st, 2006 - 07:52 am
We had an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera that had door latch problems, too. So shoddy. The car drove well and we had zero engine problems forever but when that latch started to go, it was the beginning of th end.

The latch part itself was metal but the door frame was the cheap shit and it started corroding and basically fell apart so there was nothing for the latch to be attached to.

The first guy that fixed it (and we PAID to do it in a repair shop) just bondo'd it in place and it lasted for maybe six months. When it broke again, we drove it to a friend who welded and he welded a new plate into the door frame for the latch. That part is probably still around.

Since we bought the car used for $4K and drove it for seven years without major repairs, we got out of that one ok. But still...if the doorlatch was a real pain in the ass.
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