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Buick LaCrosse, Towing, Safe Driving, Electrical, Sedan
#8 of 19 Re: 2010 LaCrosse CXL Electrical Problems - My car is dead. [jdinaz]
Feb 24, 2010 (9:46 am)
Lol your analogy at end of your message made me laugh so hard, I am still cracking up. It reminds something of my personal life. Anyway, I sometimes ask myself - do we need all these sophisticated cars at all? All we need are reliable and safe cars with bare minimum electronics- the cars that can be fixed by any roadside mechanic. I have Honda Accord 2009 and am very happy with it but after learning about Toyota, am just wondering, it could have happened with an Honda too. I am now scared of driving. My break has been making an screeching noise since the time I bought it and sometimes it freaks me out.
Why I am posting under this forum? Well I just happened to see one ad for Buick 2010 LaCrosse and was impressed by its asthetics and was thinking of trading my Honda in for LaCrosse. But after reading your thread, I have entirely given up the idea and am keeping my Honda.
Thanks for posting and I hope things work out for you finally. Toyota episode has shaken my confidence in driving and I guess I am not alone. America needs an assurance and a gurantee from car makers that they are making safe cars and a guarantee from the govt that yes it will ensure the implementation and inspection of safety regulations.
#9 of 19 Re: 2010 LaCrosse CXL Electrical Problems - My car is dead. [jdinaz]
Feb 24, 2010 (5:21 pm)
"......Met with Coulter's General Sales Manager yesterday and was told flat out tough rocks, they are keeping the cash from the paint protection plan even though the car died before it was applied. Schmucky if you ask me."
I think I would make a call to the Attorney General's office if I were you. I find it hard to believe that they could get away with that. Now, if you did get another car from them, and they applied it for the bubble (not really, as you already paid for it) that's different. Although, I doubt I'd buy anything from them again.
#10 of 19 Re: 2010 LaCrosse CXL Electrical Problems - My car is dead. [cooterbfd]
Feb 25, 2010 (10:57 pm)
Yeah, having a tough time deciding exactly what to do... I always want to fight for what's right and can't stand losing the money on that, but then I have these thoughts of my job and three kids and how much time away from both it might be to fight for it, and can't decide if it is worth it.
My car is supposedly fixed as of today, new engine and all. The dealer said they drove it around and put 40 miles on it and they want me to come pick it up. But since I have an ongoing complaint with GM going I am waiting to see how that goes first, told them to keep it until GM lets me know if they are going to let me swap for a different one or if they are going to try and make me keep this one. The District rep wants until March 3rd to get back to me, luckily I can get by without this car til then so I said fine.
If GM goes the extra mile and makes me happy in a different car or buys it back somehow, I will probably just eat the dough on that paint crud and try and forget the whole thing happened. If they want me to keep this car and try and talk my wife and kids into getting into a car that no one feels comfortable with anymore, at that point I will do what I can to make an issue out of it. If I have to spend time on any of it I will make an issue out of ALL of it.
Might be a week and a half until I get any resolution but will post when I do.
#11 of 19 Re: 2010 LaCrosse CXL Electrical Problems - My car is dead. [jdinaz]
Feb 26, 2010 (9:38 am)
I think I would wait as well an see as well if they would just give you another one since what has happend. I dont think i would want my new car to already been taken apart and put back together and now you have something loose or whatever. THen again they might have everything fixed and hopefully no more problems if they dont give you a replacement.
#12 of 19 Re: 2010 LaCrosse CXL Electrical Problems - My car is dead. [jdinaz]
Feb 26, 2010 (12:48 pm)
God, I would hope that they do give you a new one. Yours may be a great candidate for a trade school shop car now (not saying that it's a bad apple now even though it's fixed).
I think I'd want a thorough explanation as to what exactly happened and reassurance that it won't happen again before I took it back. Otherwise, give me a new one.
#13 of 19 Re: 2010 LaCrosse CXL Electrical Problems - My car is dead. [cooterbfd]
Mar 11, 2010 (7:04 pm)
Will GM ever change? Reading this thread brought back memories of my 1990 Pontiac STE so I looked back in an old Word Perfect file and found my letter to GM CEO. I must be a glutton for punishment because I've continued to buy GM cars and trucks for many years (before and after this 1990 Pontiac) and I've had electrical problems with almost every one of them. They must put all the emphasis on price and no emphasis on quality from their suppliers of electrical components. They've had this reputation for decades. I'm now more than weary of their problems.
August 24, 1993
Mr. J. F. Smith Jr. - President & CEO
General Motors Corp.
3044 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Dear Mr. Smith,
It defies my imagination as an electrical engineer how any manufacturing company with the resources of GM can continue to design and manufacture electronics with such consistently poor reliability.
My 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix STE purchased new in April '90 now with 31,000 miles has been plagued with electrical problems, since it was new. The first bad omen occurred when it was only 2 days old and the electronic control module failed leaving my wife and I stranded. One only has to read the Consumer Reports annual auto issue to know these electrical problems are typical with the Pontiac and other GM cars. I had hoped when purchasing this car that the electrical woes of my previous '83 6000 STE would be corrected.
Some of these problems which I've listed below, I consider quite serious and are a threat to safety:
1) Four Electronic Control Modules (ECM) replaced ...the first left me stranded with 217 miles on car, the last at about
2) Electronic compass and driver information center replaced
3) Instrument cluster replaced
4) Interior lights have on several occasions stayed on after
door was closed and discharged battery leaving my family
stranded. If I noticed the problem I would remove the fuse
to extinguish the lights. The dealer could never find
problem as it was intermittent and usually occurred in
bitter cold weather.
5) Have "lost" low beam headlights when switching from high
beam to low beam. Another intermittent problem but a very
serious safety problem that dealer could not duplicate or
correct. As car was out of warranty (38mos.) the diagnostic
charge was over $50.
6) Electronic compass indicates "recalibration required" once a
7) Cruise control is now starting to act erratically.
Sometimes it works fine, other times it will not engage, and
other times the car surges when engaged.
The service department of xxxxxxx in xxxxx, PA. has generally been satisfactory and has always been able to squeeze me in and where a problem exists fix it. The intermittent problems though have been more elusive.
The intent of this letter is not to address repair problems though ... it is to make you aware of what I (and many others) see as a serious deficiency in your design and manufacturing process. These kinds of problems should never reach the customer.
Like most other Americans I hope GM and the other U.S. car manufacturers can successfully compete head to head with the imports especially on quality and reliability. But I believe you've got a ways to go. My wife's 87 Subaru with 76,000 miles just runs and runs with only routine maintenance ... luckily as we need it to get to and from the Pontiac dealership.
#14 of 19 Re: 2010 LaCrosse CXL Electrical Problems - My car is dead. [surrfurtom]
Mar 12, 2010 (8:42 am)
I hear you about electrical problems man!! My 1990 Buick Skylark went through 5 alternators during the 10 years I had her! every time they put an alternator on, the good old Goodwrench techs couldn't figure out why I barely got 2 years out of an alternator! finally, after the fourth one went they told me oh it was due to an electrical problem and that they had fixed it! so the fifth alternator went on and I sold the car when it was 10 years old to a guy I worked with and he kept it for another 3 years! he himself went through two more alternators before junking the car for scrap metal! so much for GM finding the problem!
I never got reimbursed anything for all the thousands of dollars I spent in towing bills, parts/labor, etc from GM even after begging them to at least pay me just half of what I put out! what really is the kicker, GM only guarneted, during the 1990s at least, I'm not sure about now, the replacement parts and labor for 1 year; the replacement alternators always lasted to just over 1 year until it went so that I would be out of the part/labor warranty and would have to pay everything again and again and again; almost as if the parts were designed just to last over a year so you'd be back to get more money out of you
then my 1994 Chevy Lumina, that was on its 3rd alternator when I got rid of it at 7 years old!
it took me a while but I finally broke, the vicious throwing money down the toilet for repairs after repairs, from GM in 2005 and went to Japanese vehicles and couldn't be happier! you need to break the cycle man!
P.S. Oh I forgot, 1992 Buick Century went through 4 alternators in the I think 8-9 years I had it! seemed GM got better with alternators as each new model year progressed
#16 of 19 Re: 2010 LaCrosse CXL Electrical Problems - My car is dead. [smarty666]
Jan 03, 2011 (8:52 am)
Now that it is brought up, I've also had alternator issues with GM vehicles and I can't ever recall replacing one on other vehicles.
One I do recall, it was the diodes that kept going out. The first indication was at night you'd see the alternator idiot light very faintly. It was at that point with the third alternator when it left my posession.
I have come to the conclusion that GM is horrible about fixing some issues and suspect the union impedes.
One very long standing issue is with the remotes. The metal used to make the battery holder will not accept solder and consequently the solder only fills the hole on the circuit board where that holder attaches. Some have avoided buying a new remote by remelting the solder but that fix is temporary at best. I found a better way that lasted years.
Also on a 96 Aurora, they found that some electronic components were being eaten by spikes of voltage created when the cooling fans would cut in and out. There cure was to add a short jumper harness that included diodes to stop the spikes. Enter 2009 Malibu and it has the same issue and the exact same fix.
Some were recalled to add the fix, but mine was not in the applicable VIN's and it did not have the diodes! This could potentially be the cause of the crazy electric power steering issue that would try to drive me off the road about once every thousand miles. Car is gone back to GM and may be on the road somewhere.
#17 of 19 Re: 2010 LaCrosse CXL Electrical Problems - My car is dead. [e_net_rider]
Jan 03, 2011 (4:27 pm)
".....I have come to the conclusion that GM is horrible about fixing some issues and suspect the union impedes."
Why would you think that the union would have any say in what's wrong with a component? A bad diode (if that's the problem, and not the symptom of the problem) is not a component mfr'd by an automaker. MANAGEMENT decides where to buy from. Engineers (who I don't believe to be union) design and test the cars, and that's where you would find fault with an issue that is unresolved prior to manufacture.