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#61 of 120 Any Options for me?
Nov 04, 2009 (6:57 am)
I purchased my 2008 Chevy Impala LT in May of 2008.
Within a couple of months, the Check Engine light came on due to an emissions sensor. I figured cars aren't perfect, so I had it serviced.
It have been to the deal 7 times within 17 months of owning this car.
I have had it. It happened 4 times in the first year, and I would have qualified for a lemon law claim except that I didn't file in time.
Now Chevy refuses to buy it back and keeps giving me excuses.
My only remaining option is to let people know that I have been treated poorly by WOODFIELD CHEVY in Schaumburg, Illinois and the the District Manager has also done nothing for me but give me the run around.
Several times I was put into sub compact econo-boxes while they tried to figure it out, and I keep hearing the same excuses and fixes. I am just waiting for light to come on again.
It's too bad because I tried to buy American to do the right thing and help the economy, but this has cost me so much lost time that I don't know that I could afford to buy another Chevy.
I tried contacting a lawyer, but they aren't really interested in the case, and they would probably want to charge me a ton of money for a car that only has a sticker price of $23,000 and is already a year and a half old.
Anyone have any suggestions? I would sell it, but I would feel guilty about selling it to anyone because I don't want anyone else to go through what I have had to deal with.
#62 of 120 Re: Any Options for me? [fscarz]
Nov 06, 2009 (6:42 pm)
Have you tried another dealer? If the car is throwing a Check Engine light, it should be very simple for the dealer to resolve the issue. There is really no excuse for a dealer that cannot permanently fix a problem that throws a code...it should have been fixed right after the first visit.
At sounds as though the light is currently not on. In the event the light does come back on, I would suggest calling the Chevrolet 1-800 number and explain your dilemma to them. I called them once to ask a simple question about a recall notice I received, and they were very responsive and followed up several times. They may be able to intervene on your behalf and talk to the servicing dealer to help resolve the problem.
#63 of 120 Re: Any Options for me? [ryster]
Nov 08, 2009 (9:54 am)
Actually already followed that path to complete frustration.
After 5 visits to Woodfield Chevy, who is the original dealer that sold me the car, I changed over to Hoskins who has fixed it twice now, and I am just waiting for it to come back on again.
After the 5th trip, I asked that the owner of Woodfield Chevy call me, and he did not. Tried saying that he did not have the right number for me. All of my phone numbers are all over their system, so if customer service were important he would have found a way to contact me. When I eventually spoke to him, there was no offer for any kind of resolution.
After the 6th time, I also called the Chevy 1-800 number, and they said that this shouldn't be happening, so they offered some free oil changes and a free extension of Onstar. I already had the free oil changes, but I accepted the Onstar. Then it happened a 7th time and Chevy refused to do anything more about it.
I have no choice but to recommend that people stay away from Woodfield Chevy in particular and Chevy in general. When there is a problem, they do NOT take care of their customers. I have wasted LOTS of hours on this issue, all because I decided to try Chevy.
In their defense, my wife also has a Chevy and it has been fine, but I don't think a company can be measured by only when there is not a problem. The real measure of a company is what they do when things do not go well. Chevy has FAILED.
#64 of 120 Re: clicking noise [thatism]
Nov 08, 2009 (6:56 pm)
The ticking is usually the plastic blower fan blade touching the fan housing. It may go away after the car heats up ...and the plastic shrinks. Or remove the fan and shave off 1/16th inch from the fan blades. The fan is hell to get to, so I hope it's under warranty. No problems yet from my 2008 Impala...runs well, handles well...good gas milage.
#65 of 120 Re: Any Options for me? [fscarz]
Nov 08, 2009 (7:08 pm)
Have you checked your DEXCOOL antifreeze in both the overflow bottle and radiator?
If there is any milky goo or antifreeze discolloration in either area, bad news.......... GM has had problems with DEXCOOL eating away head and exhaust manifold gaskets, letting antifreeze into the engine and oil into the antifreeze. Do a GOOGLE search on DEXCOOL LITIGATION SETTLEMENT. The goo cloogs up everything in the engine, including sensors, and oiling holes causing engine hot spots. GM lost the case.
#66 of 120 Re: Any Options for me? [fscarz]
Nov 08, 2009 (8:08 pm)
I am sorry to hear of your issues. I know how frustrating that can be.
While my '06 Impala has not been trouble free, I must say that Chevy and the dealers I used took pretty good care of me with the exception of one item. The high pressure hose on my power steering ruptured when the car had 7,000 or so miles on it. Fixed the next day by the dealer virtually without an appointment. Intermediate Steering Shaft replaced at 32,000 miles under warranty. Water pump failed at 33,000 miles and replaced under warranty. E85 "recall" performed during a tire rotation.
The only issue I had was related to my brake rotors. The rotors were warped at around 12,000 miles. I didn't have them looked at until the car had 32,000 miles on it. The dealer refused to resurface the rotors under warranty even though GM has issued a bulletin allowing for rotor resurfacing under warranty. The dealer claimed that the warped rotors were a result of hard driving and would not be covered. On top of that, the dealer charged me $350 to resurface all four rotors. A total rip-off. My Impala now has 48,100 miles on it, and is still on the original brake pads...if I drove hard that would not be the case.
Overall, I think Chevy makes a good product. Dealer service, however, is hit or miss. There are excellent dealers and terrible dealers.
#67 of 120 Re: Any Options for me? [ryster]
Nov 08, 2009 (8:14 pm)
Thanks for your feedback Ryster.
I think your response is pretty accurate as far as the overall situation.
My advice for anyone reading this would be
to STAY AWAY FROM WOODFIELD CHEVY in Schaumburg, Illinois.
I hate to denounce any business, but when I buy a $23,000 product, I expect it to work, or to be easily fixed (or REPLACED, hint hint) if there are significant issues.
Unfortunately Chevy has lost me as a future customer and I will tell my story far and wide.
#69 of 120 2008 Impala tire wear
Nov 27, 2009 (8:05 pm)
I purchased a 2008 Chevy Impala LT on 12/26/08, from a dealer. The car had 15, 200+ miles. I also bought an extended warranty. I drove the car to Florida, drove it around there for four months and then back home to upstate New York. Except for a once a month spin of a few miles to keep the car clean and active, it sat in my driveway. I put a total of approximately 8300 miles on the car to date. At this point, after 2 oil changes I took the car in for tire rotation. The front tires were worn on both edges to an unsafe condition . The back tires had substantial wear on both outside edges, but more on the inside edge. I am in the process of negotiating with the dealer for some relief, but have already had indications they will not help. Apparently this is a continuing problem on the late model Impalas but not much of the bad news has reached the consumer. My advice to car buyers is to stay away from this model until Chevrolet acknowledges the problem and gives relief to all affected owners.
#70 of 120 Re: 2008 Impala tire wear [viennabob162]
Nov 27, 2009 (9:46 pm)
I have a 2006 Impala SS with 18,000 miles on it and there is no unusual tire wear whatsoever. The stock Goodyear Eagle RS-A's are wearing very evenly and provide excellent handling and driving control characteristics.
I am thrilled with the car including the tires and would not hesitate to replace the Goodyears with the exact same tires when the time comes.
You must have gotten a lemon. I certainly don't think it affects all "late model Impalas." Have the alignment and balance checked.