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Old 05-02-2023, 09:39 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Tonight my less than a year-old Terrain broke down as I was in major traffic. It sputtered as I stepped on the gas and then shut down. Every time I tried to start it, it did the same. It wasn't out of gas and I had just had it serviced. Luckily some Good Samaritans pushed me and I steered it into a gas station. Then I called OnStar. Their commercials pretending to be a life-saver are BS. Took awhile to get Roadside Assistance. The tow truck was going to take 2-2-1/2 hours, so I sat and patiently waited. Time came and went, called the tow place, they said they'd check and call me back. Never called. Then they marked the "rescue" as complete!!! And calls went right to VM. Then it took forever to get OnStar again. They had to start the search all over again for a tow truck. Four hours later, I gave up and Uber'd home. Hopefully the car will still be there tomorrow and the dealership can tow it.

My last GMC vehicle was a Cadillac in 2005, and I had major problems with that one too. Never did get a fix and was happy to turn it in at lease-end.

Since 2000, I've had BMW, Infiniti, Cadillac, BMW, Acura, Acura, BMW and now GMC. Only ones with major problems were the General Motors vehicles. Really sad because I want to support American carmakers, but my lesson has been learned.
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Old 05-03-2023, 09:29 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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Most of us have had a problem car but from various manufacturers. We have had major problems with 2 Jeeps, a Toyota, and a Ford. We had 3 different Chevy Blazers, only one had a problem and that was just a rear main seal (oil leak) while still on warranty. Today I have a 1974 Nova, all original still going. I would have advised not to by any car built from early 2020 to late 2022, with Covid-related worker/supply issues. Our 2020 Outback has been trouble-free for 22,000 miles but was built in October, 2019.
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Old 05-08-2023, 05:35 PM
 
Location: In a perfect world winter does not exist
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What is the result? Are you going to have the dealer fix the issue under warranty and buy another brand? With today's high used cars you are not going to lose your shirt trading it in.
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Old 05-08-2023, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Toney, Alabama
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I rented a GMC Terrain in Las Vegas and went to 3 National Parks in it. It drove nice and ran fine.

But I see famous auto mechanics online saying to avoid any GM produced SUV like the plague. Their biggest complaint is with the 3.6 engine and it's timing gears/chains going out.

My son's been through three 3.6 liter engines in a Camaro.

I'm sticking with Toyota hybrid AWD products currently. Drove a Venza 500 miles yesterday getting just over 40 mpg at 80 mph+. Up to 115K miles on hybrids without seeing any shop.
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Old 05-08-2023, 06:37 PM
 
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Since 2000, I've had BMW, Infiniti, Cadillac, BMW, Acura, Acura, BMW and now GMC. Only ones with major problems were the General Motors vehicles. Really sad because I want to support American carmakers, but my lesson has been learned.
Ditto.
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Old 05-08-2023, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Do what you have to do. You can't go wrong with a Honda or Toyota.

FWIW, my 90,000 mile Dodge Challenger has run flawlessly with only a trunk solenoid replaced under warranty.

Before that, my 2000 Chevy Silverado gave me 140,000 flawless miles of service when a woman totalled it running an arterial stop sign.

I worry about any post-Covid cars and trucks. The world was unravelling, and peolpe were in a very bad state of mind. I am afraid workmanship is very hit or miss for every make and model made after the Covid shut downs began and the chip shortages kicked in.

I don't know how long it took or will take for workmanship to get back to historic norms for each company. Your best bet is probably still Honda or Toyota.
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Old 05-10-2023, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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...I worry about any post-Covid cars and trucks. The world was unravelling, and peolpe were in a very bad state of mind. I am afraid workmanship is very hit or miss for every make and model made after the Covid shut downs began and the chip shortages kicked in. ...
Cogent comment, and while it may not apply to every car, appliance, machine, or product made during those times, it is very reasonable. And, I suspect the 'hangover' still applies, combined with considerable cost cutting and outsourcing of both labor and sub products.

Fwiw, my '02 Vette Vert, bought new 21 yrs ago, now with 80,000 miles, runs like a top and is TheBest car I have owned in 60 yrs of lots of different cars. Old school, low(er) tech, etc. But, I still Jones for a cream puff C7...

Just bought my wife/TheBoss, a new BMW X3 and hope it is screwed together as well as our '01 X5, (still have it, 130k miles and 2nd best car I have owned), and her traded in 2017 X1.

Sorry to read of OP's SUV stopping dead, but I am sure it is 'fixable', and the new cars have so much 'tech' and electronics, interconnections and gizmos that it is almost remarkable to me that they start and run.
GL, mD
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Old 05-10-2023, 01:57 PM
 
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What's up Mr. 08Avalon? Give us an update. How'd it go at the dealership?
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Old 05-14-2023, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Toney, Alabama
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Cogent comment, and while it may not apply to every car, appliance, machine, or product made during those times, it is very reasonable. And, I suspect the 'hangover' still applies, combined with considerable cost cutting and outsourcing of both labor and sub products.

Just bought my wife/TheBoss, a new BMW X3 and hope it is screwed together as well as our '01 X5, (still have it, 130k miles and 2nd best car I have owned), and her traded in 2017 X1.
Let me suggest that if you're into BMW's, only keep them as long as they're under warranty or some kind of protection plan. At over $150 per base labor hourly in dealer service departments, they have a license to steal.

Most German brands are going down in quality. Their modern electronics have become so complicated that if you have problems, owners are dead ducks.

My family owns a big city luxury car dealership. Every BMW and Mercedes they take on trade is immediately wholesaled out. Something seems to be wrong with just about every trade--even if it's just brakes.
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Old 05-14-2023, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Let me suggest that if you're into BMW's, only keep them as long as they're under warranty or some kind of protection plan. At over $150 per base labor hourly in dealer service departments, they have a license to steal.

Most German brands are going down in quality. Their modern electronics have become so complicated that if you have problems, owners are dead ducks.

My family owns a big city luxury car dealership. Every BMW and Mercedes they take on trade is immediately wholesaled out. Something seems to be wrong with just about every trade--even if it's just brakes.
I use a Mercedes Metris for my job, and the electrical glitches are horrific. It's always proximity sensors, tire pressure sensors, door sensors, etc... It's like playing a game seeing how quickly I can hit 'OK' on the steering wheel to make the error messages go away.

Sometimes it'll shut off without warning, and restart like nothing was wrong. Fuel vapor canister needs replacing about every 6 months because you can't hardly put fuel in it, and the fumes inside make you nauseous. And these vans are 2020 and newer.
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