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#2993 of 4400 OnStar Recall
Aug 09, 2002 (1:15 pm)
It only appears to affect certain 2000 and 2001 models. Here's part of the campaign notice:
01045A - ONSTAR GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS)
2000: GMC YUKON, YUKON XL, DENALI, ENVOY,
CADILLAC ESCALADE, DEVILLE, SEVILLE, ELDORADO,
BUICK PARK AVENUE, LESABRE
OLDSMOBILE BRAVADA, SILHOUETTE
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE, MONTANA
CHEVROLET BLAZER, SUBURBAN, TAHOE, VENTURE
Due to parts availability, this campaign will be administered in phases and dealer listings will not be issued. Parts are to be ordered when the customer contacts you to have this campaign performed on their vehicle.
General Motors has decided that certain 2000 model vehicles, and certain 2001 Pontiac Aztek model vehicles, equipped with a factory or dealer installed OnStar system, may have a condition in which the OnStar Vehicle Integration Unit (VIU) may not be able to acquire a vehicle location from the Global Position System (GPS). This occurs only after power to the VIU is interrupted and restored, as when a battery is discharged or disconnected. If it occurs, OnStar services that are based on OnStar's ability to locate the vehicle - including airbag deployment notification, stolen vehicle tracking, and more - may not function. This condition is unlikely to occur during the first 12-14 months.
#2994 of 4400 Re: What's New 2003
Aug 09, 2002 (6:59 pm)
I'm afraid we're seeing the first results of Mr. Lutz philosophy: sell less for more...
He said that people end up buying plain import cars over domestic, in spite of better equipment. His rationale is that the customer doesn't care about a good load of accessories.
Well, my last two cars were from GM PRECISELY because I perceived them as a better value!
My other car is a Stratus and I think that Mr. Lutz's approach is partially responsible for Chrysler's demise: good looking cars with no content.
I just hope that he sees the light before his mistake hurts GM more.
#2995 of 4400 Thrasher Intercooler or Intense 4T65E HD with 3.69:1 Final Drive and LSD?
Aug 12, 2002 (2:52 pm)
Does any one have any experience, opinions, or recommendations with either of these?
I have 2002 SSEi with 3.4 inch pulley, and 18X8.5 ACE Wheels and 245/45 Michelin Pilots.
#2996 of 4400 two 3.8's bite the dust
Aug 17, 2002 (10:39 am)
I was packing the SSEi for our anual trip to the beaches of Florida when I noticed a puddle of red fluid underneath the car. Quick change of plans and cars (power steering hose). Dropped the SSEi at the dealer and serviced our 2000 Park Ave and made it ready for the road. Left at 2:00 am and drove through some very remote areas of MO., AK, and MS. About noon, coming out of a curve 30 miles south of Hattisburg, Ms. the steering, water pump and alt went out. Threw a belt. Drove off the road and saw an Autozone across the hiway. Sputtered into the lot and decided to buy some tools and make a repair; then I found out the engine must be lifted out of the cradle to remove the belt. Bummer. Upon closer inspection of what looked like a new belt, I noticed plastic shavings coming out of the tensioner pulley. I went back in and bought a tensioner (100 bucks) it looked a little hairy for a shade tree repair.... appeared to have water connections. I then pulled the tensioner pulley and bearing off (with a crescent wrench) and replaced only the pulley. The tensioner itself never was bad. They tell me the pulley is not available by itself. I left the old belt on and 2000 miles later I'm back with a new road story. The dealer replaced the SSEi hose and lubed the steering shaft while I was gone...nice. As the Bonneville and Park are very similar, I wonder if the engine must be lifted for removal of the main belt. I'd go look, but I don't want to look under any hoods for a while.
#2997 of 4400 Only 110MPH?
Aug 17, 2002 (12:14 pm)
It's too bad that I found out yesterday that my SLE is electronically limited to just 100MPH. :^( The car had much more to give, as it was loafing at mere 3500RPM and the sensation was sure footed, as always.
Darn, I got used to more than that in a business trip to Germany! ;^)
#2998 of 4400 ac problems on 96 Bonneville
Aug 17, 2002 (12:25 pm)
I disconnected the battery on my 96 and changed the plug wires. Afterwards my climate control works but will only blow hot air. The set point temp. flashes and the owners manual says take it to the dealer. I had already taken it to a reputable AC shop and they reset the computer but said although it fixed it momentarily, it went back to doing the same thing. Anyone had the same problem and know the fix?
#2999 of 4400 Leather Care
Aug 18, 2002 (7:33 am)
What's your preferred leather care product and how often do you use it and why?
Aug 19, 2002 (11:22 am)
I have a 2001 SLE. I was told by my dealer that the top end is 124 mph. I have been in the 115 range when I ran out of open highway. My Sonoma is limited to 95 mph and at that speed the engine rpm drops to idle rpm and it will not pick up until the truck slows to 90. Only then will the computer allow the engine to start to repond.
Aug 20, 2002 (6:01 am)
I'm back from Maine(the land nearly devoid of Bonnevilles) after a very nice but too short summer out there. Felt awfully good to get back in the seat of the Bonneville and have it fire right up after sitting there in the garage for nearly 3 months. After driving a van all summer, the kick in the seat of the pants felt especially good when I "accidentally" dropped the hammer on the throttle. I also have to get used to the controls of the Bonneville all over again since the location of the van's controls seem to be imprinted in my brain.
Saw that the Monaro/GTO was going to be hit with the gas guzzler tax. I guess at 350hp there wasn't any way to avoid it.
Aug 20, 2002 (8:17 am)
skyhawk3, that's exactly what my SLE did, drop the RPM when I reached 110, even though it was far, far away from the red line...
I just called Pontiac customer service and they confirmed the 110MPH... :^( They said that only the SSEi goes to 124MPH.