Looking at a new/used vehicle? Important

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by boatme98, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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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. :D
     
  2. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    That's why I'll buy Jeep and Dodge. They aren't afraid to recall something. Unlike the rest :D;):p (wow, I used three emoticons)
     

  3. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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

    Thanks.

    You sound like you have insiders' information. What do you know that I don't??
     
  4. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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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.
     
  5. subie-jeep

    subie-jeep New Member

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    carcomplaints.com

    Has NHTSA stuff listed and consumer complaints as well.
     
  6. donthav1

    donthav1 Active Member

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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 :rolleyes:
     
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  7. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    ^^^That's why you should check the sites before you buy.
     
  8. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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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. . ..
     
  9. donthav1

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    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
     
  10. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    recalls are a normal occurence with any make of vehicle. some are minor and are more of an annoyance than anthing if not fixed. some couldbe dangerous if not taken care of. sometimes they recall an entire series of vehicles, just to see if there are any problems. sometimes they just need to be checked and verified by a mechanic at the dealership. so many vehicle even though recalled may never even need a repair, just checked out.
     
  12. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    Heck, I'd have wrapped that sucker in chicken wire and plaster of Paris for you, for only $150. :D
     
  13. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Really? Toyota had a problem with their frames on Tacomas, 1999 to 2007. At first, they were just buying back the WHOLE TRUCK, at a VERY favorable rate to the owner. After that went on for a while, they started putting new frames under them. I had that done. New frame, rear springs, E-Brake lines, brake lines, front lower control arms, and a free rental for 2 or 3 weeks while they did it. If I am not mistaken, they did not do this under an official recall, they just did it. You think Chrysler would do that?