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GM Agrees To Subsidize Cost Of SUV Gas Gauge Repairs


2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS

2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS

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Owners of 2005-07 Chevy Trailblazers, Buick Rainiers, GMC Envoys and Saab 9-7s share a common problem: in some vehicles, the fuel level indicated by the gas gauge doesn’t correspond with the amount of fuel actually in the tank.

The cause of the problem is a fuel level sensor that can deliver an erroneous reading as the mechanism wears. This may cause the fuel gauge to indicate more fuel than is actually in the tank, leading owners to run out of gas. In at least one instance, the driver of an affected vehicle was rear-ended after running out of gas on a highway off-ramp.

Owner complaints prompted an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who sought to verify the extent of the problem in some 865,000 GM vehicles.

General Motors has now agreed to subsidize the cost of repairs for owners of 2005-07 Chevy Trailblazers, Buick Rainiers, GMC Envoys and Saab 9-7s, thus closing the NHTSA investigation. As reported in Automotive News (subscription required), GM will pay half the cost of repair, with the vehicle owner responsible for the balance.

Since this is not a recall, only vehicles experiencing fuel gauge accuracy issues will receive the subsidized repairs. To be safe, we recommend you double check your vehicle’s range by resetting your trip odometer each and every time you tank up.
 
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Comments (4)
  1. Typical.
    I would Never buy another GM auto, after this incident on an auto I owned.
    I would suggest you go to car complaints on the web and post your problems.
     
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  2. Why is the owner responsible for half the cost of the repair? This is not justified especially when accidents have been caused by this faulty fuel level sensor.
     
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  3. @jeep, I'm just guessing on this, but I suspect there are two reasons:

    1. The specific warranty that would cover repair has expired, and the NHTSA didn't see the issue as pressing enough to warrant a full vehicle recall.

    2. The design is from the "old GM," and the "new GM" is not responsible for design flaws. They are responsible for warranty coverage on defective parts, but I suspect any warranty has expired. Besides, the "new GM" would argue that it was the design, not a single part, that was flawed.

    Justified or not, the NHTSA ended its inquiry when GM agreed to subsidize the repairs. If I owned one of the affected vehicles, would I be happy with that? Absolutely not.
     
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  4. why haven't they had a recall on the intrument cluster on the 2004-2006 monte carlo ??
     
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