Steve T Power wrote:I'm thinking more a matter of wear and tear. Struts, brackets, bushings, etc. All of that stuff cost me a small fortune on the G5. Never cost me a time on 7 years worth of Sunfires.
That and i'm sure the original transmission on my G5 was bunk from the moment we rolled off the lot - less than a year and 11,000 kms later, 3 grand on replacing clutch and flywheel. With about 10 years experience each on standards between myself and my wife. And GM wouldn't cover the repair under warranty because the clutch showed wear. We were PISSED. Took a fight as high as we could, and couldn't get any satisfaction.
Steve, I know you are a GM guy, but I have seen too many low-mileage failures of parts that should have lasted much longer on GM cars. Some examples - my Dad had a 1993 LeSabre that had a catastrophic failure of the water pump at 25,000 miles. A buddy of mine diagnosed an electrical problem on a Chevy Aveo, the car had just died and wouldn't re-start. Turns out the engineering geniouses ran the ground cable from the battery to a bolt located BENEATH the battery tray (perfect place for corrosion to develop), and also used a cheesy crimped-on connection for the engine block ground (a good ground to the engine is essential for the starter to crank). My buddy installed a new battery ground, attached to a bolt on the engine and solved the problem. Your clutch and flywheel failure in less than a year sounds like the same sort of thing - something was under-designed to save a few bucks.
I have always chalked it up to the penny-pinching design compromises that GM has historically made with their cars, if they could save a few cents per car by cheaping out on the quality of a part or the configuration of a system, they would. GM has also been very guilty of releasing new car designs before they have been sufficiently de-bugged, they use the buying public as their beta testers (remember the horrendous J-cars of the 1980s?). And what really galls me is how GM will take 4 or 5 years to finally perfect a design, just in time for them to take the car out of production!!! The Buick Reatta, Pontiac Fiero, and the late, lamented Pontiac Solstice all come to mind here (and of course, those were some of the few GM cars I would have actually considered buying).
Let's hope the newly re-born GM will straighten up and engineer better quality into their cars.