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#281 of 1617 Fuel Leak In 2001 Silhouette Response to #265
Aug 20, 2002 (7:35 pm)
I am going through this now with a dealer today. There is a recall on the connector to the fuel line to the fuel filter on 2001 Bravada and some other vehicles. My Silo suffers from this same problem. I showed the service manager the print out of the recall word for word.. Exact problem as the Silo which is a true fire hazard...and he says until he is notified of a recall on the Silo...he will make no changes. Also this fuel filter on mine is directly under the drivers area and there is no cover or protection of this filter which is plastic. A kicked up rock could easily take it out. To add to this the filter is attached backward...flow is in the wrong direction. Maybe if enough of us complain the situation will become noteable....hopefully before someone gets hurt. I found the recall by going to Google search engine and typing in :fuel filter oldsmobile" It showed the recall on Bravada and similar vehicles.
#282 of 1617 RE #265 #272 Fuel Fume
Aug 21, 2002 (11:57 am)
It seems that the strong raw fuel fume coming from the fuel filter connector area whenever driving under hot weather (above 90s) and the air conditioner is on. The pressure in the fuel tank seems to build up rather high, when the gas cap is opened, right after driving, the hissing sound can be heard by the pressure being released, and it has strong fuel odor. Don't see any fuel leak around the connector yet.
However, we drove our 00' Silo the other day under 80s weather with air conditioner on, there was no fuel fume when we got home, and there wasn't any hissing or much fuel odor when the gas cap was opened. Yes, our fuel filter is about under the driver.
#283 of 1617 got a van--01 silhouette GL with 30,000 miles
Aug 21, 2002 (7:59 pm)
we found one a week ago, at a dealer...bought it yesterday, nice, good shape, runs great. Silver/Gray color, cloth seats, rear a/c, pretty much standard GL base model
probably could have got one from private party 1000 or so cheaper, but after a several week search, and close price comparisons with other dealers with similar with similar miles, also checked price here, msn, cars.com, others, the $17000 U.S. I paid is good. Not great, but I didn't get taken to cleaners. 6000 miles of factory warranty is a comfort definitely worth some $. Not a lot of private parties selling 'em in this area, other than with 50 - 75000 miles
So, I know there's a whole "thread" on van discussion re this, but anyone have an aftermarket dvd player? one that is elevated or in ceiling? that's the only accessory we are really looking at in near future. Any recommendations or cautions?
Also, I have no tow pkg., but might (next winter or spring) put receiver/hitch on for pop-up camper. I would want a trans. cooler, but what else does factory tow pkg have that standard doesn't? I'm concerned that mine is only rated for 2000 lbs, while factory pkg is 3500...is transmission identical, other than cooler? Or is it a heavier-duty tranny?
thanks for any input!
I hope to be on here someday, saying "100000 miles, trouble free!"
#284 of 1617 Air Bag Warning Light
Aug 22, 2002 (1:35 am)
The ABWL stayed on after the five flashes at start up, then when out. Now on permanently. Had this one on an older GM car and reset the fuse but no change on van.
Has anybody had this problem, if so was it a dealer trip to fix
Aug 22, 2002 (2:29 pm)
I checked with a few dealers when I purchased our Oldsmobile, the answer given was the only difference between with or with out the tow package was the wiring harness, and that came in a bag with the jack for the dealer to install. Don't quote me on this but I think it was only an $80 option. I don't know that this is the truth, but more than one dealer said this is the case. I did purchase one with the factory tow package the there is a wiring harness in a bag with the jack that has never been installed. Any time you tow with any vehicle you should put in a big after market transmission cooler, the lower temperature translates directly into a longer lasting transmission. Some people even bypass the factory trans cooler in favor of the large after market cooler in an effort to help keep the radiator from getting to hot.
I nearly bought one of the those '01s for $17,000 but they couldn't get a color the wife wanted, White or Burgundy. I even found the 01's as cheap as $16,000 at Reynolds Buick in Covina California well equipped with 22,000 - 28,000 miles. All rental returns at that price of course.
Aug 22, 2002 (5:28 pm)
My 2000 has the towing pkg. The window sticker says it includes an oil cooler, HD engine cooler, and wiring harness. No mention of a tranny cooler, although I thought it had one. The option on mine was $100. It still seems weird that it doesn't include the hitch. But if it did it would have been more $.
Regarding the DVD player, check out the aftermarket and accy area. I think there is a message board about entertainment systems.
Aug 23, 2002 (11:15 am)
I have an old midsized FoMoCo wagon from the mid eighties with rear wheel drive. It is in reasonably good condition, but my wife is after me to replace my 175k car. To me the only comparable replacement is a minivan that fits a 4x8. Of those, the GM and Chrysler vans are the contenders.
The GM vans are attractive for the current 02 pricing, driving range and equipment. Drivability, design and apparent quality seem to be Chrysler's strong points.
However, after reading many of the horror stories (especially of the tranies and power loss issues) of these new expensive vans, I am tempted to incur my wife's wrath and stay in my ole wagon.
I need encouragement. Thanks
#289 of 1617 Transmission
Aug 23, 2002 (11:30 am)
Have a 99 Montana with 20k miles on it. Had it in for the intake manifold leak about a month ago, fixed under warranty. Now it's in for a transmission issue. Hear a clicking sound when shifting between gears. Warranty ended 3weeks ago and GM wants me to pay 1/2, up to a max of $3K, my half $1,500. Called 800 # customer service to state "I will not pay a dime" for the repair. Cust service rep took some information and said she'll contact the GM area rep.
Should I hold out on not paying or do you folks feel 1/2 is better than all of it?
The van has been great and we love it.
#290 of 1617 Re #275 Air Bag Warnig Light
Aug 23, 2002 (12:19 pm)
When I took the van out last night, the warning light went as normal five flashes then out and has done ever since. Only change I made was to move the driver's seat back for myself, compared with my wife who likes it further foward.
I was wondering whether any of the connections under the drivers seat have any bearing on the Air bag. I know some are for the power seat and seat belt, so will check all connections.
The dealer it would be worthwhile to hook it upto the computer as it will store what actually happened, so it can be evaluated.
Will post after the visit.