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Seeing a few posts about buying a truck or car, I'd like to offer everybody one piece of advice.

Go to NHTSA home page and look up the vehicle in both the recall AND service bulletin headings.
Service bulletins are problems that a manufacturer recognizes, but doesn't deem serious enough for a full recall.
You may get sb's fixed for free. Usually only after lots of arguing and proof that they know of the problem.

All manufacturers have recalls almost every year, but some years are much worse than others for a given model.

Do your own due diligence before committing to a certain vehicle. Don't let your emotions dictate your purchase.

FYI. The most recalled vehicles, in total, are Jeep and Dodge Ram pickups.
That may soon change, though.

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Old 04-05-2014, 09:59 PM   #2
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That's why I'll buy Jeep and Dodge. They aren't afraid to recall something. Unlike the rest (wow, I used three emoticons)

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Good advice. I'll be bookmarking it on my phone for quick and easy access while at dealerships.

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FYI. The most recalled vehicles, in total, are Jeep and Dodge Ram pickups.
That may soon change, though.
You sound like you have insiders' information. What do you know that I don't??
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Just looking at Gonad Motors ignition switch recalls. They keep adding vehicles.
What a bunch of maroons, trying to cover it up.

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carcomplaints.com

Has NHTSA stuff listed and consumer complaints as well.

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some recalls are very minor & others can be a catastrophic problem, like the GM ignition & the Toyota accidental acceleration.

a couple months ago the wife got a recall notice on her '07 Jeep Liberty. apparently in the case of a rear end collision, the fuel tank can rupture spilling gas & starting a fire (pinto anyone?). Jeep's remedy for this? install a trailer hitch

after I bought my Cadillac I was checkin on recalls on it. there was one for the oil cooler lines being too close to the drive belt & there was a chance of the belt rubbing, oil leaking, & starting a fire. Caddy's remedy? have a dealer install 2 zip ties to move the lines away

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^^^That's why you should check the sites before you buy.

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One of my vehicles was recalled due to a non-metal hose near the exhaust system. (Chev 5500 Kodiak)

Fix was a cheesy piece of aluminum foil on cardboard like backing that fell off. . ..

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^^^That's why you should check the sites before you buy.
which is all well & good if the car you're looking at is already on there, but you never know if there might be a recall down the road.

the wife has had her Jeep for a year & even though the car is 7 years old, the recall just went out a few months ago. same deal with GM's current recall
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That's why I'll buy Jeep and Dodge. They aren't afraid to recall something. Unlike the rest (wow, I used three emoticons)
You mean like the Chrysler 300/Charger/Magnum with the stalling issue after fuel fillup? How about that car that would get stuck in park and would not come out of park, even using the bypass... that one finally got a SB. Or one of my favorites, the 5.7L engine dropping valves after MDS has been active for an extended period of time and the engine shut off and then shortly after attempted to restart.
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