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Any ideas? This is giving me battery problems and a headache! :sick:
Best Regards and thanks for the help!
Dealership confirmed failed alternator and replaced with $100 deductible and "Goodwill" warranty due to low miles. I am still wondering if this repair should have been covered under warranty? The only issue yet to be addressed by any dealership is the front suspension noise this car has made since new. "Unable to duplicate" the noise is always listed on the receipt, yet the first uneven surface I drove over in the dealership's lot today, when picking up the car, duplicated the noise.
The other thing that I have just recently had problems with is the thermostat breaking. My husband stomped on the gas one day and right afterwards we had smoke coming out of the back and the front of the car and it overheated. Trying to find the part for it still, and I hear only the dealer can get it but should be a fairly easy fix.
My gas door is also broken, as well as the gas door opener.
The car was great when I first purchased it a few years ago, but I feel like its starting to become very unreliable. Who knows what kind of problems Im going to run into by the time Im done paying it off that is going to cost and arm and a leg to fix.
The great things about it; its small and can fit anywhere, great gas mileage and it has a surprising amount of room on the inside.
The lights are NOT your alternator. Don't let someone sell you that expensive job! Its a LOOSE $5 light bulb. You said the lights went on and off, then they just went out. That is a loose bulb, probably not even burned out. If it was the alternator, much more wouldn't work. It wouldn't even start probably. It is a very cheap fix, if you go to nearly any local good mechanic, not the dealer, to either put in a new bulb, IF it did burn out, or just have him tighten the bulb that is in there, and the lights will come right back on. OR it is a fuse, also a VERY cheap fix, you can do yourself. Find the right fuse and replace it. Look in your owners manual, or even in the fuse box, it might say, 'dash lights', or 'lights', or ask a Chevy parts dept. person which fuse runs the dash lights, and see if it is burned out. But it sounds like just a loose lightbulb. I think it is just 1 bulb, and you can also ask the parts dept. at a Chevy dealer, how many bulbs light up the dash, I am sure it is only 1. The contacts holding the bulb might need to be squeezed together a bit to make it tighter if it is the bulb is loose from just age. My dome light is now loose, and I am constantly having to open it up to just reposition it, and it goes out nearly every day! But no contacts to adjust, so I have to live with it.
The gas door opener is a simple plastic cord running under the carpet to the gas door, it just came off the latch someplace along the way, it has to be reconnected. Not a big job either, it is not expensive, but the time for a mechanic might be, finding the cord and tracing where it came off...but it either came off at the pull lever, or at the door. IF it didn't break along the length of the cord.
Frankly to hold the gas door closed, I had another car with the same problem, and it had a simple release like our Aevos, not electrically operated. I got 2 very thin magnets, cut it into two small squares, not to small, but small, and super glued one to the gas door and one to the car, remove the tiny rubber bumper I think that is on the car, so that with the magnet it will still close flat, and put 1 piece there and 1 on the door, and it is fixed! It held it shut and will opened easily. No one sees it and it cost next to nothing. I used one of those flat magnets you get from just about every store, doctor, or company selling any service, even pizza delivery!
OR you can use one of the stronger Velcros and do it that way, it is all hidden from view. Then you dont have to get the release fixed at all, IF it is expensive to reattach it.
As for the thermostat, I am ignorant. But they are a very easy and fairly cheap fix, if it is easy to access in the engine. I would think most auto parts stores have what you need in stock, or can order one. The car is basically a remade Daewoo, that has been around over a decade. Daewoo may be gone, but parts are not, this car is made all over the world under a dozen names, but it WAS a Daewoo....if you didnt know. I still see a few perfect ones on the road, and a lot of run down ones. So parts are available, hopefully not just from Chevy. but if so, you need it and it is 5 years old.
Replace the antifreeze when you have it fixed to protect your water pump....the thermostat is usually right on top of the pump, or next to it, and that IS a very expensive fix! An antifreeze flush, done professionally, is a 'cheap' preventive measure. Then you are safe for another 5 years or more!!! Let us know if any of this works out, I would like to know for sure. My 2006 has had no mechanical problems either, just trim pieces, like you, but not the ones you have , but it is a cheap car, it isnt a Vette. It holds up pretty well, new oil and a new filer,some gas and its on the road!
I am from GM Customer Service. Can you please email me at [email protected] for more information with the concerns on your vehicle? Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
I am from GM Customer Service. I apologize that you are experiencing an issue with your vehicle. Can you please email me with more information? You can access my email by clicking on my name. Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
I am thinking this is an electrical problem with the sensors, because the car was driving perfectly during and after the issue went away. I was not stuck in any particular gear and the acceleration/power out put was nominal.
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Caron, GM Customer Service
I apologize for the issues you are experiencing with your vehicle. Were you taking the vehicle into a GM dealership? Please keep me posted when the issue has been taken care of.
Caron, GM Customer Service
I won't know until monday if my warranty covers it, and honestly i'm going to be seriously irate if it doesn't. I've owned this car for less than a year (it had 43,000 when i bought it), and if i already have to replace major components of the transmission that's a bit of a problem.
I'm really considering selling it since the used car market is so high right now. Let someone else deal with Chevy and their issues... I miss my Honda
We took it to the dealership and they couldn't "replicate" the issue, but they were awesome and fixed the alignment and put on 4 new tires, which was kinda weird I thought, but hey, can't argue with new tires for free! I had also told them the suspension makes "creaking" noises when going over speed bumps or dips...at a slow speed of course...this way we can hear the noise. They couldn't replicate that issue either.
NOW, the car doesn't start when turning the key all the way to the "start" position right away....we have to hold it there for a few seconds, then it starts.
One major thing is, my wife's about 7 months pregnant and we needed something we could take the baby home in. I worry about this car breaking down if she really needs to go somewhere or get home!