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post #1 of 7 Old 11-23-2010, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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GM's Crappy Transmissions

Before you all freak out, I'm not referring to the Camaro (at least not yet), but I am concerned. I own a 2006 Cobalt SS/SC with 40,000 miles and a Stage 2 Performance Upgrade. Car was purchased brand new and I never raced it, though it is a work vehicle for me so it sees a boatload of stop and go traffic just about every day. I was heading to a job this past Saturday and the gears just suddenly became unresponsive. For those that don't know about the Cobalt Super Sport/Supercharged, it has a hydraulic clutch, which can take a lot of abuse and wasn't the cause of this. Apparently, something near the top of the transmission, or something that the shifter or clutch connects to (shift rods) just got shredded for some unknown reason. The dealership was licking their chops, just about laughing at the situation over the phone saying it was going to cost $1500.00 total to tear the transmission down and the warranty expired at 36,000 miles. Good job GM!! Way to go!! If I got stuck with that kind of bill, I would have unloaded my Camaro and canceled my wife's new Equinox so fast, it would have made their head spin. Fortunately, some extended warranty company contacted me over a year ago and asked me if I wanted to purchase full dealership-like coverage (5 Year or 75,000) bumper to bumper. It's a $100.00 deductible and since this greedy dealership wants $115.00 an hour for labor for some reason, which is bulls*it, my insurance will only cover up to $100.00. Seriously, that is a load of crap GM. I intentionally bought a manual transmission to avoid all the sensitive sensor nonsense and computer controller garbage that easily break in automatic transmissions. Then this happens. They had better pick their game up and stop selling sh*tty transmissions or the Equinox will be the last GM product I'll ever purchase.

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-24-2010, 06:39 AM Sponsor
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-24-2010, 09:10 PM
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i'm sorry to hear that. i have owned a lot of GM vehicles (and a number of those have had over 100K miles). the only time i ever had a trans problem was on my 92 roadmaster when the trans crapped out at 151,000 miles. i thought that was pretty good considering i didn't get the car til it had 100K miles and i have no idea how it was maintained. it only cost me $700 to have it rebuilt (700R4) with a guy who does race car transmission work that we know.

those aftermarket warranties are always a trick bag too. i used to work in service at a GM dealership and i learned that if you want an extended warranty, always buy from the manufacturer because those aftermarket ones always find ways to weasel out of paying for things. i hope it ends up working out better for ya. i'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-25-2010, 07:05 AM
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watchout for those warranty companies. Unless gmpp or one you purchase at the dealer lots are bogus. I know some auto insurance co. sell extended protection.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-25-2010, 12:43 PM
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I just had my 4l60e transmission take a crap at 80k miles

And I mean I babied it !

What a complete POS

And chevy knows all about it

It's longer about customer service

It's all about the Corporate Stock Holders and their returns

Thanks alot Chevrolet
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-25-2010, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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I know I was taking a huge chance with a third party, but at the time I didn't have enough money to extend the warranty. The way the repair went down was that the dealership decided to submit a "good-faith" repair to GM and went ahead and fixed my transmission for $100.00. The $100.00 was for the deductible that my insurance company would have charged me initially for the repair. The problem part was a "rolling pin?" Not sure what that is but he said for a $19.00 part, there was no point in keeping my car for over a week waiting for the insurance paperwork to process, authorizing the repair. The shifting is now nice and tight. I can actually feel what gear I throw the shifter into now. Reverse used to grind a lot but now the shifter locks in gear and can be felt. In short, it hasn't shifted this smooth since I bought the car new 4 years ago! I know the guy was doing his dealership the favor rather than me but I won't complain. Problem solved and didn't cost me anything of significance!! Paramus Auto Mall is generally VERY high volume and the original place I ordered my Camaro from, but they said I would have had to wait forever as they were out of allocation. Very honest, direct and up front. Thanks a bunch Chevrolet Auto Mall!! Cheers to Dave and Jim in their Service Department!!!! Absolutely awesome and I do have restored confidence in GM. I also wasn't aware GM changed their base power train warranty to 100,000 miles by default on 2010's and higher. Looks like that Equinox will pan out afterall and helps calm some of my fears about my Camaro's T6060 transmission!!

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-26-2010, 04:46 AM
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roll pin

all a roll pin is a pin made by roling stell in to a circle. the reason to use a roll pin instead of a solid pin. is the pin will fit tighter being it can colaspe down to fit in a smaller hole, thereby staying inplace longer than a solid pin.
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