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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Rodney Johns, Mar 16, 2002.

  1. Rodney Johns

    Rodney Johns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    I am usually quiet about bad experiences with company because every one has an occaional lemon.
    The new big Chevy V-8 gas engine should be avoided!!!!!!
    Chevy will not recall these trucks but admits there is a major defect in the motors that cannot yet be corrected.
    If you have one of these engines and it knocks take it to your dealer and complain.
    I have had to contact the BBB (better business bureau)
    Attorney generals office, my attorney, and district rep of Chevy in my area to even get a phone call. I have been treated as horribly as a customer can be treated from the dealership clear to the top of the company.
    They do not want to admit that the pistons in the engine have problems to avoid recall issues.
    I still have not been able to get the dealership to purchase the truck back of give me some sort of remedy for my problems. 3 of 4 of my trucks are Chevys.
    I have had the truck in the shop now for over 40 days in the 8 Months I have owned this 2001 pickup. I keep getting the lame excuse of Carbon build up.
    If you are having knocking problems or engine defects of any sort complain to your dealer. and then complain again. If I can get one person not to purchase this engine and have to go through what I am dealing with right now.
    They tell me yes we have a problem but we can't fix it and so on.
    Also my air conditioner, hoist, heater, windshield wipers and fluid dispensor have also been worked on. The air conditioner has not worked on the truck since I drove it off the lot and still does not work.
    I am hearing of similar night mare storys with the diesel which is why I bought the gas.
    Next time I will just buy a Dodge.

    Oh one last note. You know GM has an email support for customer service and I voiced all of my problems there to begin with. 2-3 pages maybe of what I had been through. I got a response that read somthing like "we have read your complaints are working hard to see that your issues are taken care of blah blah"
    Amazingly enough when I typed in the word CHEESE in the text area I got exaclty the same response.
    Sure they care..................
  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Rodney,good luck getting Gm to do anything,I couldnt get them to repaint my trucks that delaminated,and peeled up,dont feel bad.Do you have the 8100?,or 6000.I have heard from many that the 6000 is a knocker big time,but they havent had any longevity issues yet,so its just a nusance more than anything else.The oil burning issue is bad-2 quarts a day,well just stop adding oil for a week,let it seize up,at least you'll end up with a new engine out of it,or if its really burning 2 quarts a day,the truck is a gross polluter,and you should have recourse thru EPA,and thru emissions warrnty,GM has to repair it,or face federal fines from the EPA,so push this issue or contact the EPA yourself,since your truck is still under the emissions warranty.BTW I have only bought Dodge's since GM left me hanging,so far so good,but i do miss the road holding of the IFs a little,but the Cummins/Dana 60 more than makes up for it.
  3. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    I agree GM does not care!!!I have had a problem with every one of our GM cars and trucks,one was pain peeling,iol in the coolent recover tank,windown and doors leaking brakes that don't work and I could keep going on and on.If i had to buy a small diesel dump i would go ford with the less horse power verses buying Gm

    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    i have not had the same problems with my gm trucks...have had many but currently own an 85.86,89,97,02.

    all doing well the 89 and 97 are ready for engines as they are over 100k miles..but they still run good but tired.

    the 02 is a 6000 and does not have any noticable defect at 5700 miles.

    I will keep a watchful eye out though
  5. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    thats too bad. ive had nothing but great luck with chevrolets. i currently own a 2002 chevy 2500HD with a duramax. ever since a kid my father has had a chevy, and we havent had a problem with one of them. i guess sometimes you end up with the short end of the straw.
  6. mbdlandscapeing
    Me to i have never got the lemon yet i bought my first chevy truck in 1964 .In 66 i went to work for GM and have bought a lot of gmc chevy trucks.
    I still have a 1988 surburban with over 250 thousand miles on it.
    Only chevy i ever got to be close to a lemon was in 1977 i didnt get it undercoated and the next three winters were some of the worst in history and it rusted out.
    I have considered a dodge i like their looks but the old employee discount is to much to give up.
  7. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    Well I have never been a chevy man but since my wife works for a local dealer I bought a 2001 1500 with the small v-8.
    I have to say that the only problem so far knock on wood has been the brakes. I had a bad brake booster that wanted to apply the front brakes while I was driving at 60mph lol
    Well they diagnosed it in about 30min while I had my oil changed. ordered the part repaired it next day down time about 2 hours.
    Cant complain about anything else its been a good trk so far.
    I do complain about the price of filling that 34 gallon gas tank though lol
  8. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    I would agree with John. If the motor is that bad let it run out and blow the motor. I have heard great things about the Duramax but the big block gassers are a different story. Town here had big problems with there 454's Finally they got smart and went to Dodge and Ford Diesels.
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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  10. Mow&Snow

    Mow&Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    I am sorry to hear that you have had so many problems with your Chevy. I have always owned Chevy and have had great luck. I currently use a 2002 2500 HD with the 8100 engine as my main truck. It already has 11,ooo miles on it and I only have one complaint....Gas milage is horrible! But I must admit that I did not buy my truck for economy.......but for real work.
    although I have had various break downs on chevy trucks in the past I feel that most of them were all related to the fact that I was abusing the truck in some way: load to heavy, to much in trailer. snow too deep....ect. Break downs are a part of business.

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