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Pontiac warranty almost running out....

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by emt1581, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Ok my 2003 Sunfire is at 29,000 right now. I believe the warranty runs out at 36,000. Anything I should be looking for in terms of wear and tear to quick get the factory to fix?

    Although I love the car I absolutely HATE (can't stress this enough) the company that made it. I'll never buy Pontiac (or GM) ever again while they are this crappy.

    Anywho, what tends to go wrong right AFTER the warranty runs out with these cars? With my luck the wheels will fall off the engine will die and the trans. will drop out 5 feet after 36,000 miles. :(

    Thanks for any advice.

    -Emt1581
     
  2. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Get rid of it and buy something new when the warranty runs out.
     


  3. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    As that is not an option, what else do you suggest?

    I actually do love the car. For the money, no car had better accelleration (which is number one for me) and plus it's the sportiest car for the money.

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  4. Your kidding right?
     
  5. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I paid between $12 and $14k for all the bells and whistles...what other options could you say the same about?

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  6. partspin

    partspin gib

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    I'd buy a used Civic before a new Sunfire...
     
  7. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    The civic's horsepower isn't as much as the sunfire. Not sure about engines. Mine is a 2.2 or 2.3 ecotec.

    Anyways, enough about debates...what should I be looking at/for?

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  8. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Wow! I guess American Car's really are perfect. No wearing or significant problem areas shown in any stats???

    That's how I'm interpreting the lack of info...

    C'mon, give me some info....Please? ;)

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  9. The Ecotec engine hasn't been out long enough for there to be any "common" problems with them. The 4T40 (automatic) and the 5 speed have both been great transmissions as long as they are serviced regularly. I have yet to have to work on any of the Ecotec powered cars and I've been working for GM for eight years now, so that should tell you something. Take it to the dealer for a service and ask them to look the car over real well, they should be able to spot anything that needs fixing.
     
  10. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    That makes me feel a bit better about the engine itself, but I'm more concerned with parts falling off, breaking, etc such as hoses, filters, etc. And I'm wondering what pontiac's and more specifically Sunfire's are known for having in the area of problems past the 3 year 36,000mile mark.

    Thanks for the info.:)

    -Emt1581
     
  11. AdrianaS79

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    Hoses/filters, ect. tend to fall into the realm of owner maintainance thus not covered by any standard warranty. I'm sure your manual and warranty agreement would reflect this, had you chose to read them.

    Have an independant shop check it over well, if any problems are present, inform your dealer and don't take any crap from those swine.
     
  12. Yeah, I like to feed customers a lot of crap, so you shouldn't believe a word I said in my previous post. The numerous customer satisfaction awards on the wall in our sevice department with my name, and the other guys in the shop's names, came from cheating customers.

    It's bad enough that I work for free almost half the time I'm at work to make sure my customers are happy with the work done, then I have to read something as stupid as this.

    Sorry, EMT1581, I don't have much to tell you about what may break on your car. So far, the Sunfire has been a pretty good little car. Keep it serviced regularly and you should be driving it years from now.
     
  13. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Not pouring cold water over your effots here knight, but GM/Pontiac is on my $h1t list right now.

    I took my car in to be looked at, they said I needed new break pads. They tried to gouge me on the price so I went somewhere else that was cheaper and I trusted. Turns out the screws/bolts holding the pads on were cross-threaded by the factory.

    The dealer, which also has all sorts of "awards" on the wall, refused to help, then called me back and the owner shook my hand, told me "don't worry, we'll take care of you" and then proceeded to have Pontiac rather than himself deal with the problem. Now that the search function is back up, you can see my prior threads on the subject.

    After 2 or 3 months I got my $54 back. After filling out a ton of information, requesting bill statement from my cc company, explaining my problem for the umteenth time on paper...I was compensated. Like I said, the company/dealer sucks and is on my poop list.

    This is also the reason I don't trust the dealer or the company in the least and will never buy from them again. This is why I was thinking of doing what adriana suggested well before she suggested it. I'm as patriotic as they come, but I'll be looking for non-GM from now on.

    -Emt1581
     
  14. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles with your dealer. It's just that I feel personally attacked when somebody refers to dealers as swine. I go well out of my way to make sure that all my customers are happy. In fact, I put a card on the rear view mirror with my full name on it and some of my customers have my cell phone number and know where I live. I havent read your previous posts, and most likely won't due to my own bias, I'm just going off of what is in this thread. I truly hope that you are happy with your car for as long as you keep it. Oh yeah, you don't have to go back to that same dealer if you have any more problems that are covered by your warranty.
     
  15. Check oil seals for minor leaks (always turn into bigger leaks & problems). Ditto for brake fluid leaks esp around the master cylinder.

    Best of luck.
     
  16. Auburn

    Auburn WAR EAGLE!

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    At 56K, the transmission on my Bonneville SSEi died. The dealer told me basically "tough"...$2000 please. I took my case to the Pontiac District Manager who agreed that trannys should not die at 56K, particularly the HD version put in the SSEi and maintained by the dealer! So, the Pontiac dealer's lack of action convinved me never to buy another Pontiac...but I do have some faith in the GM management who helped me out.
     
  17. walangkatapat

    walangkatapat Millennium Member

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    Not to say that the cross threading didn't happen at the factory, but what makes you think the other shop didn't do the cross threading?

    So far all you've mentioned is that you needed new brake pads, what else is makes you think that your car is going to be problematic after 36k?
     
  18. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Already had two recalls 1) something with the computer 2) sockets were defective for rear lights in some area.

    American cars are known for being more problematic than foreign cars in my experience from what I've read/heard. That makes me skeptical to begin with. Combine that with how shady the company has been with me thus far and that heightens my skepticism.

    I LOOOOVVVEEE how my car performs, but it's the company standing behind it I'm worried about.

    As far as the cross threading, the guy removed them by hand. I don't know much about cars, but watching him remove them, he was in line and not forceful in the least when removing them. How can it be proved either way? Just going on what I personally saw, I can't say it was from anything the mechanic did wrong at the repair shop.

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  19. walangkatapat

    walangkatapat Millennium Member

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    The recalls sound minor. A lot of cars foreign and domestic get recalls or TSBs. Have you or can you try a different Pontiac dealer? Cross threading is done putting them back in so it must have been the factory. IMHO, Since you love the car and it's been pretty good so far I'd take my chances and keep it.

    Another thing is you might go the extended warranty route, but I'd ask knightkrawler00 before doing that.
     
  20. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I just got the extended warranty offer in the mail...$1,200.;g

    If this car costs me that in repairs, and assuming it was something other than an engine replacement, which according to prior posts hasn't been an issue at all...the company needn't worry about getting any more money from me because I'll take my business elsewhere.

    Thanks for the advice.:)

    -Emt1581