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#1007 of 3676 1999 Chevrolet Blazer Brake Situation
Jan 26, 2005 (12:13 pm)
My Blazer situation:
1999 Chevrolet Blazer, 4-wheel drive, 2-door, 82k miles
While braking I experienced a “grinding” brake noise at the front of the Blazer along with the red brake warning light on the instrument panel. The Blazer was taken to Procare where they installed new rotors and replaced the front disc brake pads ($225). Amazingly this was the first time for any kind of brake service.
When I received the Blazer the brake warning light would still illuminate under heavier and faster braking. No warning light for slow, steady, gradual braking. The pedal feel was also softer than before the brake service. There was also some high pitched braking noise. The Blazer was returned to Procare where they replaced the master cylinder and completely flushed the brake lines ($325).
The brake pedal feel improved, but still the brake warning light would illuminate under heavier and faster braking. The high-pitched braking noise was also present. The Blazer was returned to Procare but they were unable to diagnose the problem. Procare sent the vehicle to a GMC dealership for diagnostic work. The GMC dealership indicated that the “Brake Pressure Modulation Valve” (BPMV) is the problem and that parts and labor would be $722. The Blazer is roughly worth $4500 as a trade-in so I am hesitant to put that much money into the vehicle.
To Procare’s credit, they are refunding $325 because they misdiagnosed the master cylinder as the problem. Procare also paid for the GMC dealership diagnostic work.
Should the BPMV really need replacement at 82k miles?
Could something else be the problem, like wheel speed sensor, etc.?
Is there a recall or tech service bulletin for such a problem?
What should I do: Have a non-dealership mechanic assess the situation? Have a used BPMV installed? Put electrical tape over the light and keep smiling?
Thank you, I look forward to your responses!
#1008 of 3676 Re: 1999 Chevrolet Blazer Brake Situation [ungarn]
Jan 26, 2005 (1:58 pm)
If I were you I would start considering trading the Blazer in and never look back. Blazer is a well-known high maintenance vehicle. After about 5 years and 82k miles, this Blazer seems to be practically done. Chances are other costly repairs will mushroom after this repair. Also there is no guarantee the dealer's BPMV will fix the problem to your satisfaction. Brake is a crucial safety component and a mere pretence as if there were no trouble and keeping driving would not be an option.
#1009 of 3676 Question about Jimmy and the s-15 Jimmy
Jan 26, 2005 (8:18 pm)
Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a Jimmy, and I've been looking at aftermarket parts for it on stylinconcepts.com On there they have the Jimmy divided into Jimmy(S15) and Jimmy(Fullsize not S15) My question is, what is the Jimmy S15? Is it the two door model and the four door model is the fullsize? The reason for my confusion is I thought the GMC S15 was a pickup?
#1011 of 3676 Do I have any recourse?
Jan 31, 2005 (1:49 pm)
In October 2004, I purchased a 1993 Jimmy. I think I have driven for all of a month. The truck had major problems starting when the weather started to turn colder. It's at the dealership now (not the dealership of purchase) and I have been told that I need a new fuel filter, a new injector unit and the distributor cap was going bad. I was also told that one of the body mounts was completely rusted away. The total cost including labor exceeds the cost of the truck.
#1012 of 3676 Re: Do I have any recourse? [paulette]
Jan 31, 2005 (5:09 pm)
What kind of recourse do you have in mind? How many miles did your 11-year old Jimmy have at the time of your purchase, and how many miles did you put on it? How much did you have to pay to buy your Jimmy?
#1013 of 3676 Re: Do I have any recourse? [paulette]
Jan 31, 2005 (7:07 pm)
How much money do you have in the 1993 Jimmy? And how much is the estimate for repairs?
The Fuel filter is simple, easy, and inexpensive, cost less that $10 for a fuel fiter.
The Distributor Cap can't cost too much.
The Injector Unit is where the money is at. I havn't had to replace mine in my 99', but I do know that they eventually do go bad.
#1014 of 3676 Re: Do I have any recourse? [auto9999]
Feb 01, 2005 (11:10 am)
I really don't know...I just feel really ripped off...The car had 112000 miles on it and I put about 1k miles on it...it cost me about 2500...I anticipated a tune up but 1700 in repairs?
#1015 of 3676 Re: Do I have any recourse? [paulette]
Feb 01, 2005 (1:12 pm)
Sir (or Ma'am), I feel it for you. From my experience, my worst car purchase in my life was a used Audi S-5000 at 10500 miles for $4000. I loved that Audi for its look, but from the maintenance point of view, it was a nightmare, and I had to spend well over its purchase cost in less than a year. And I finally realized that the car had run its due life. I traded in that car, with reluctance, but it was a right decision. The dealer's salesman bought my Audi but he also had to spend a small fortune for repeated repairs and had to sell it quickly. Since then I have not purchased a used car and always drive a new car. I have a feeling that generally a high-mileage used car is sold to the market because that car started to have repeated troubles and the owner cannot pay for the repeated repair expenses. Unless you can repair the vehicles for yourself, I believe it clever to avoid high-mileage used cars. Good luck on your decisions.
#1016 of 3676 Re: Do I have any recourse? [paulette]
Feb 01, 2005 (6:44 pm)
1700 to repair a 2500 car, I don't think that is a worthwhile investment. You could take the 1700 and probably buy a better car. I think the 1700 repair is way too stiff, You need to get other estimates. It is TOO LATE now, but the mistake was made at the time of purchase. Next time, when buying high milage used vehicles, remember that they must be throughly checked out by someone competent in automotive diagnosis and repair. When you find a vehicle that you really like, take it to a good mechanic, and have it checked out. Or have your mechanic go to the lot to check it out. It can save you a lot of headaches later. Also get a Carfax report on the vehicle to determine it's history to know if it has been wrecked or properly maintained.