April 12, 2006
GM’s defective intake manifold gaskets affects millions of vehicles, says Lemon-Aid author
Toronto, Ontario – General Motors has a serious engine defect affecting almost its entire car and minivan line-up for the past decade, says Lemon-Aid author Phil Edmonston.
“Vehicles with 3.4-litre and 3.8-litre V6 engines lose coolant and overheat because the automaker saved a few pennies installing a plastic intake manifold gasket, rather than a metal one. The plastic melts or cracks and owners are faced with a $1,000 to $3,000 repair bill.”
Edmonston estimates that millions of 1996-2004 vehicles are affected and the total repair bill could easily reach $400 million (U. S.).
“Three months ago, Ford of Canada had a similar engine problem and, after prodding by Lemon-Aid and consumer groups like Car Help Canada, Ford announced that all intake manifold claims would be paid retroactively and that it would guarantee its engines up to seven years”
Edmonston says, unlike Ford, General Motors of Canada is using a secret warranty to “nickel and dime” customers. Owners are forced to pay the repairs out-of-pocket and then claim a refund in small claims court.
“If GM doesn’t match Ford’s repair refunds and extends the warranty to seven-years for all Canadian owners, we shall call for a national boycott of the company’s vehicles until it does. In the early 70s, our first boycott was settled by Ford of Canada after it paid out $2.8 million for rust-cankered vehicles,” said Edmonston.