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#1989 of 3823 Re: I think I bought a lemon? Malibu 2004
Jun 13, 2005 (10:22 am)
Me too! I swear I'm getting concerned. I bought my 2004 Malibu in Dec '04, year end close out. After a few days, my rotors were warped and I had to bring it in so they could be resurfaced. They tried to tell me perhaps it was my fault, that I was braking too hard on a new car, etc. Since then I have had the radio replaced 3 times, this is my 4th radio!! It started by draining my battery, trying to rotate my CD changer while the car was shut off, real whacky stuff. To the point where I was left stranded with no battery charge. This happened twice, and now with my 4th radio, I don't have that problem anymore, but now it erases my presets for no reason, and also ejects CD's at random. This happens sporadically, no rhyme or reason to it. I got my car back one week ago, and already it's happened again. Not to mention my steering column was replaced as well. I'm waiting for a response from the service manager, I'm at my wits end. Just yesterday I got in the car and all my presets were back to original settings. I don't understand it, and I'm not happy. All Chevy dealer will tell me is that they are aware there is a problem, but they don't know how to fix. They put in a new radio with different components but obviously this isn't solving the problem since I've already had another issue. Can anyone shed some light on this? Anybody else experience this? I'm seriously thinking of an attorney, this has been the 4th time and to no avail. Thanks for any input!!
#1990 of 3823 Re: Catastrophic failure of both front suspension springs [ctlmb]
Jun 13, 2005 (11:54 am)
Since you live on the East Coast and I do also, I will suggest a possible cause of your failure. I currently own a 2001 Ford Taurus. Early this year it was recalled by Ford to have shields installed on the front springs. (Can't tell you the recall number but it's on file through Ford). The stated reason for the recall was that corrosion could cause just such a failure and the broken spring could puncture a tire. The shields were to protect the tires should such a failure happen. Ford also raised the warranty on the springs to 100,000 miles. I suspect that Corrosion may be your major culprit. I also agree with you that it would take quite a rock ( VW SIZED) to break both springs.
#1991 of 3823 Re: GM ducks the rotor problems [raisncain]
Jun 13, 2005 (1:38 pm)
My 04 Malibu had warped rotors the first time I drove it, they turned the rotors, all 4. I know for a fact that GM has a Service Tip to turn the rotors and not replace them. The reason being the rotors are of poor quality and are warped when installed, would not suprise me if
they were made in china. My dealer told me it was because they were rusted, I could see through the wheels they were not rusted.
#1992 of 3823 Re: GM ducks the rotor problems [joe3891]
Jun 13, 2005 (5:09 pm)
I have had my Maxx for 13 days and I do really like it but I have 2 concerns. First, the sunroof is very noisy. I see that there is a TSB fix or at worst I can put my own wind deflector on. Second, I drove home with 6 miles on my car and it seemed like the rotors were warped. I thought maybe the brakes just needed to be "set". I now have about 800 miles on the car and the issue is still there. I left a message for a service manager today and will wait for a response tomorrow.
#1993 of 3823 Re: GM ducks the rotor problems [billb]
Jun 14, 2005 (5:26 am)
The TSB is to add a wind deflector...so dont go buy one.....I noticed warped rotors are a common occurrence......I must say I have a Feb 04 build on my Maxx LT...with over 26K on it now...and havent experienced the rotor problem....nor any of the other common issues experienced on the board.....
Jun 14, 2005 (9:16 am)
What does the "Locked" display mean on the DIC? This has me confused. It's not in the manual that I can see. I have an 05 sedan LS. When I start the car up with the remote starter, before I put the key into the ignition, the DIC, SOMETIMES, reads "locked". Other times it just shows the normal clock display. With the key in, it reverts to the normal settings. This is pretty random. I've tried various combinations of leaving the fan on or the CD on when I leave the car etc., but I can't pinpoint what causes "Locked" to show up on the DIC. Anyone?
#1995 of 3823 No Start..theft system problem
Jun 14, 2005 (9:37 am)
i have a 99 Malibu more often now. when i attempt to start my car it will not start the theft system light blinks. even if i wait the 10 minutes for the theft system to reset. It keeps re engaging the theft system. If i wait about a day and then try them the car starts. THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY.
someone said i need to get a new ignition, that mine for some reason is not reading my key anymore. has anyone else had this problem and if so how do you resolve it.
#1996 of 3823 Locked!
Jun 14, 2005 (10:33 am)
this should indicate that the car controls are locked....since you used your remote starter..and you must insert the key and turn it ...the locked should turn off at the point and give you access to all controls......mine always shows locked....when I use the remote start....does the normal clock and temp show..even when you use your remote start function?
#1997 of 3823 Re: Locked! [pao]
Jun 14, 2005 (12:37 pm)
That's what I figured...except it doesn't always show "Locked". Other times it just shows the clock. Can't remember off hand if it shows the temp. I'll have a look next time I'm out.
#1998 of 3823 "Locked" Some comments
Jun 14, 2005 (2:01 pm)
I can explain WHAT is happening but not WHY on your vehicle. You are seeing the effect of the Theftlock feature in your radio. The radio in the vehicle is tied to the the vehicle identification number (VIN) of your vehicle. When you turn the ignition ON the body computer communicates the VIN to rest of the vehicle. The radio has to receive the correct VIN before it will work, otherwise it will display "LOCKED".
The body computer only communicates this information when the ignition key is actually turned on, it is NOT communicated during a remote start. Your radio display is normally going to be blank (and radio inoperative) when in remote start mode. The only time this might not occur is if you performed a remote start on vehicle just after you turned the vehicle off with key but before you opened the driver door (perhaps to demonstrate the feature to someone else).
So this doesn't explain WHY but it does explain WHAT
I bet you are going to tell me that isn't the way your vehicle is working but it is the way I believe it is supposed to.