Recall Alert: 2011 Chevy Silverado, Avalanche, GMC Sierra, Cadillac Escalade

General Motors is recalling 1,262 Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks from the 2011 model year over a potential problem with the rear axle/suspension.

In some vehicles, the rear axle cross pin was not manufactured correctly. As a result, the pin could fracture and become displaced within the rear axle, which could cause the axle to lock up.

This condition could make maintaining direction control difficult, increasing the likelihood of an accident without prior warning.

GM is expected to begin the recall in January. Dealerships will install a new rear axle cross pin free of charge on affected vehicles.

For more information, owners can contact Cadillac at 866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, GMC at 866-996-9463 or NHTSA's safety hot line at 888-327-4236.

By Colin Bird | December 23, 2010 | Comments (2)

Chevrolet Incentives Perk Up for December

2010 Chevrolet TraverseAs we get closer to the end of 2010, automakers are starting to pile on the cash on their remaining 2010 model year inventory and some of the 2011 models, too.

The same holds true at America’s second-largest automotive brand, Chevrolet. Vehicles such as the outgoing 2010 Aveo get $2,500 cash back, which, proportional to its $11,965 starting price, is a nice chunk of change. The more popular 2010 Malibu gets $3,500, and the 2011 Malibu gets $2,000. Chevrolet’s large SUVs, crossovers and trucks get between $2,000 and $5,000 cash back.

The new Cruze, Equinox and Camaro, which continue to sell like hotcakes, don’t have any cash-back deals. The Equinox and Cruze do have some attractive lease deals, though: You can take a Cruze home for as little as $159 a month for 39 months.

Almost all 2010 and 2011 models get attractive financing options between 0% and 3.9% for up to 72 months.

GM is no longer producing any 2010 model year vehicles, and overall, 2010 models make up only about 16% to 18% of GM’s current inventory; the rest are 2011 models. That means some of these great deals are probably hard to come by. All of the current incentives expire Jan. 3.

By Colin Bird | December 9, 2010 | Comments (1)

Chevy Incentives Roll On

You might hear stories that automakers aren’t offering lucrative incentives this summer like in past years, but if you’ve been following our blog, you know there are plenty of incentives out there for July. Chevrolet is not shying away from big cash-back offers, either. Not only is there up to $5,000 cash back on 2010 Silverado and Avalanche pickup trucks, but $4,000 cash back on the Impala and the sub-$20,000 HHR. Zero percent financing for up to 72 months is also available on many models.

We list more of the cash-back deals below, but the company is also quietly offering a $1,000 bonus cash offer to owners or leasees of 1999 or newer Toyota vehicles. That deal and the cash-back and financing offers run through Sept. 7.  
By David Thomas | July 13, 2010 | Comments (0)

Chevy Offering Numerous Incentives on 2010 Models

As 2011 models start arriving, GM is offering a number of incentives on outgoing 2010 models, including cash back and good financing deals.

You can get zero-percent financing for 60 months on the Chevrolet Malibu, HHR, Impala, Corvette and Cobalt or up to $3,000 in cash allowances on those models ($4,000 for the HHR). The Chevy Suburban, Tahoe and Traverse all have cash allowances of up to $3,000 and zero-percent financing deals for 60 months.

As far as trucks, both the Silverado and Avalanche have up to a $5,000 cash allowance or zero-percent financing for 72 months. The Colorado has a smaller cash allowance attached of up to $1,500.

Keep in mind these deals represent the best we could dig up from around the country, and they will likely vary at your local dealer. Check our incentives page for more information.

By Stephen Markley | June 9, 2010 | Comments (4)

GM to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles Over Heated Windshield Wiper System


Do you have a heated windshield wiper system on your 2006-2009 GM vehicle? If so, it’s likely part of a wide-ranging recall of 1.36 million vehicles including 18 different models of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer and Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs.
The defect is a new one, and it follows a previous recall of the same system in the same vehicles. So if you’ve already had one recall performed, this is another you’ll need to address. Even if you’ve had the previous recall performed, the system may still have significant heat and melting issues that could lead to fire.
GM will be removing these systems completely from the vehicles and reimbursing owners $100. The systems will not be reinstalled, and GM no longer offers this option on new vehicles. The recall will begin on or before Monday. In the meantime, do not use the system.

The full list of vehicles is below, as are the customer service numbers for each division and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By David Thomas | June 8, 2010 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 27,188 GM Vehicles

09Yukon GM has issued a recall for 27,188 vehicles from the 2009 model year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Affected models include the Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; the Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Suburban and Tahoe; and the GMC Canyon, Yukon and Yukon XL.

The recall is due to a problem in the fuel system control module, which has a vulcanizing seal that may separate, allowing water to seep into the module. The water could cause a short circuit, possibly making the engine hard to start or causing it to not start at all or stall while driving.

Dealers will install a new fuel system module for free. Owners may contact Cadillac at 866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 800-630-2438 and GMC at 866-996-9463, or NHTSA’s hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Stephen Markley | May 13, 2009 | Comments (2)

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