Last post on Dec 03, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Truck
#221 of 230 Re: rusted out brake lines and power steering lines [pattipie3]
Sep 25, 2013 (5:30 pm)
I want to start a class action law suit but don't know how to go about it , my 2010 chevy truck undercarriage looks like a 20 year old truck , any ideas ?
#222 of 230 Re: 2012 silverado [ontguy]
Sep 25, 2013 (5:33 pm)
it wont get any better , they redid mine and it just washes off . I have a 2010 and is rusting so bad . I want to start a class action law suit , not sure how to go about it ./ any ideas ?
#223 of 230 Re: 2012 silverado [dinocarrino]
Sep 26, 2013 (5:22 am)
The best way to proceed is with a small claims suit. Email me at kmarrincfl.rr.com to discuss.
#224 of 230 Re: 2012 silverado [ontguy]
Oct 07, 2013 (6:35 am)
If you live near the Canadian border I suggest you stop at a place called "Rust Check" or "Krown Rust." They can apply an oil-based product that penetrates all the seams on the vehicle which slows down the rusting process. It's an annual treatment that costs about $150 (Canadian). When I had lived in Ontario, Canada, I had it done each year and my vehicles had little to no rust, even vehicles 10 to 15 years old. Good luck.
#225 of 230 2006 Silverado Hybrid Undercarriage Rust
Nov 10, 2013 (8:12 am)
My wife & I took a trip to Niagara Falls from Milford Pa when our brake line snapped. I thought that since we where far from home that it would be better to spend the extra money & take our truck to the dealer "Very big MISTAKE" We took our truck to David Chevrolet where we were showed on the lift how much of a rust problem we had, after 2 hrs of waiting we were told that we were looking at $1600.00 of repairs" back calipers & brake lines" to get the truck back on the road.The next day our truck was all ready with $900.00 of our bill was for labor, when we left we still had low to the floor braking. 2 weeks later after having the same problem I called to see if we could go to our local dealer to bleed our brakes. Upon inspection we were told that we had another "at least" $1700.00 of repairs to fix brake lines,front calipers etc, & was told that I was ripped off at David Chevrolet "I paid 8hrs of labor for the line repair when the rest of my lines were still rusted & that they would had replaced my entire lines in 6hrs, also we paid for 25 ft of brake line & only 6 ft were used" The next day I called GM to report the problem, was then told that they would get back to me in 48hrs, a week later I called, left a message, the following day I got a return call, then was told that it's a maintenance issue & that there was nothing further they would do. So not only do we have all the rust problems, we also got ripped off at David Chevrolet!
#226 of 230 Re: 2006 Silverado Hybrid Undercarriage Rust [lynch43]
Nov 11, 2013 (6:58 am)
The ONLY thing GM did right was do split the brakes into 2 zones, front and back – at least on my 2001 2500 HD. That way, when it pops (and it will, way too early) you at least have a chance to stop. GM used unprotected steel lines, meaning they ARE NOT designed for states that use any road salt. I don’t agree with no recall on this, but the owner’s manual should, at a minimum, offer the lifesaving owners warning: “cover all brake lines with rust inhibitor before exposing to the elements, or drive at your own risk.” In my humble opinion, they knew this and said nothing, sentencing some people to die, for what? Profits – a few pennies more on the initial lines, and lots of $$$ ($1600 in your case) for replacement. I replace all my brake lines last year (truck still in the low 40K miles). I am lucky enough to have a friend that knew what he was doing. A couple hundred dollars in parts. So, screw you GM, you missed out on my $1600. By the way. They do make brake lines that inhibit rust for a few pennies more. Make sure your replacements are the good stuff. My advice: if you’re reading this and you own an older GM, start planning for a total brake line replacement, and just do it now and get it over with. By the way, sorry to hear about your problem. If you can make it home (does your rear zone still work? You could drive back roads slowly), you can probably find a local garage, not affiliated with a dealer, that would love to do the job for under $1000 – even $800. Even the dealer doesn't keep special brake lines in stock. All the garages buy brake lines at your local auto parts store. From there, it’s just a matter of taking the old ones off, and bending new ones as close as you can to the old ones. Oh, and don’t forget to replace the hose lines at each wheel. The little devils at GM made those with a 2 inch section of unprotected steel where they mount to the calipers. That’s rusting off also. And is as much of a pop hazard as your brake lines. Your calipers may look bad, but that’s a big hunk of metal. You’re probably fine to reusing those for another 20 to 40K miles. Good luck.
#227 of 230 That stinks
Nov 11, 2013 (8:01 am)
I was a little quick on my first rant (post 226). I just fully reread your post (225). That stinks. I'd be tempted to take GM to small claims court for letting dealers steel form customers. $1600 should have more that replaced all your brake lines and hoses and calipers. And the 2nd $1700 couldn't have reused any of the first job? It sounded like the first job should have been almost half done (more lines are used on the front than back). Small claims court doesn't cost a lot of $$$, and if you drag it out (first GM, then David Chevrolet, then your local dealer), that will make them spend money defending themselves. They might settle. I'd like to see the 3 of them defending $3300 for a $1000 brake job. Start with an estimate from a local garage, before calling. Stay pissed off, don't take no for an answer, and keep going up the management chain (your local dealer, the regional franchise manager, corporate sales management. Let them know you are now a marketing terrorist (that is a term I heard in business school: one who spends all efforts on anti marketing activities, getting the word out about a bad product and/or service). Work with the Better Business Bureau and file a complaint. All I can say about GM: never more.
#228 of 230 Re: rusted out brake lines and power steering lines [dinocarrino]
Nov 18, 2013 (5:32 pm)
do you park your truck in a heated garage in the winter?
#229 of 230 Re: rusted out brake lines and power steering lines [henion86]
Nov 21, 2013 (5:57 am)
I have a 2006 2500 duramax and the cross members on the bed had rusted
out that is the only thing on my truck is rusted it had 68000 mil on it when
i seen it i called gm and they gave me a case number and came to look at it
they offered me a $3000 rebate on a new one i said no so i was thanking of fixing it my self and filming it with my case number and the mans name at gm on cardboard and tell my story. my truck cost around $ 50000 new.
#230 of 230 Re: GMC BRAKE FAILURE DUE 2 PREMATURE RUST
Dec 03, 2013 (11:13 am)
WHEN I PURCHASED MY 2003 GM TRUCK, I ASKED ABOUT HAVING RUST PROOFING FOR THE TRUCK. THE GM DEALER SAID IF I HAD IT RUST PROOFED IT WOULD VOID MY WARRANTY. WISH I HAD. THIS CRAP WITH THE BREAK LINES AND UNDERCARRIAGE RUSTING OUT AND FAILING IS UNACCEPTABLE. I'VE LIVED IN NEW ENGLAND MY WHOLE LIFE AND NEVER HAD A VEHICLES' BRAKES FAIL OR RUST THROUGH LIKE THIS '03 GM. STARTING WITH A '66 CHEVY PICKUP I BOUGHT IN 1978 AND THE UNDERCARRIAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED PRISTINE COMPARED TO MY 2003 GM. ALL MY OTHER VEHICLES NEVER CAME CLOSE TO WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS '03 GM. WE DIDN'T GET A WARNING FROM GM THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE TO HAVE BRAKE FAILURE DUE TO GM BEING CHEAP S.O.B.'S. I WOULD HAVE BROUGHT MY TRUCK IN IMMEDIATELY. WE'RE STILL OWED THAT SO OTHERS DON'T HAVE TO FIND OUT LIKE THE MAJORITY OF US HAVE. THE MOST IMPORTANT PART ON YOUR VEHICLE IS BRAKES, HELLO STAINLESS STEEL, IT WOULDN'T ADD THAT MUCH COST TO DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. AFTERMARKET STAINLESS KITS ARE BETWEEN $300 AND $400, IMAGINE GM'S BUYING POWER IF THEY ARE TO LAZY TO DO IT THEMSELVES. MY DAUGHTERS WERE WITH ME BOTH TIMES MY BRAKES BLEW OUT, THANKFULLY NOBODY WAS HURT, JUST NEEDED UNDERWEAR CHANGES. I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF PUTTING SOMETHING TOGETHER FOR A NEWS STATION "HELP ME" TYPE SECTION. PEOPLE NEED TO BE INFORMED OF THE DANGER. PEOPLE ARE LOOSING THEIR BRAKES DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY DOING SEVENTY MPH AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY NEED TO STOP. ADD A BOAT, LOADED TRAILER OR CAMPER TO THAT AND IT TURNS INTO A DOUBLE NIGHTMARE. GM IS PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH THEIR CUSTOMERS LIVES. I'M GOING TO A GM DEALER TO SEE WHAT THEY WILL GIVE ME FOR A TRADE-IN AND WHEN I LEAVE, THERE WILL BE BIG FLAKES OF RUST WERE MY TRUCK WAS PARKED. MONTHLY YOU CAN SEE RUST CONSUME MY TRUCK MORE. GM YOU'RE FAILING US. THANKS, JUST VENTING