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Old 04-13-2009, 02:22 PM   #1
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s): BUICK / REGAL 1997-2003
CHEVROLET / IMPALA 2000-2003
CHEVROLET / LUMINA 1998-1999
CHEVROLET / MONTE CARLO 1998-2003
OLDSMOBILE / INTRIGUE 1998-1999
PONTIAC / GRAND PRIX 1997-2003
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP. Mfr's Report Date: APR 08, 2009 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V116000 EA07008
NHTSA Action Number: EA07008 Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING Potential Number of Units Affected: 1497516 Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING 1,497,516 MY 1997-2003 BUICK REGAL, MY 1998-2003 CHEVROLET LUMINA, MONTE CARLO AND IMPALA, MY 1998-1999 OLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE, MY 1997-2003 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 3.8L V6 NATURALLY ASPIRATED ENGINE. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH DROPS OF ENGINE OIL MAY BE DEPOSITED ON THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD THROUGH HARD BRAKING. Consequence:
IF THE MANIFOLD IS HOT ENOUGH AND THE OIL RUNS BELOW THE HEAT SHIELD, IT MAY IGNITE INTO A SMALL FLAME AND MAY SPREAD TO THE PLASTIC SPARK PLUG WIRE CHANNEL AND BEYOND INCREASING THE RISK OF AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE. Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE SPARK PLUG WIRE RETENTION CHANNEL AT THE FRONT OF ENGINE AND INSTALL TWO NEW SPARK PLUG WIRE RETAINERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, OLDSMOBILE AT 1-800-630-6537, AND PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668 OR HTTP://WWW.PONTIAC.COM OR HTTP:WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM. Notes:
GM RECALL NO. 90047. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls...e&refurl=email


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just announced a major recall covering nearly 1.5 million General Motors passenger cars from the late 90's and early 2000s. The recall affects various Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac models equipped with normally aspirated versions of GM's much-utilized 3800 3.8-liter V6.

Apparently, some of these engines can drop oil onto the exhaust manifold during hard braking. If that manifold has gotten hot enough and the oil dribbles below the heat shield, it can start a small fire. The flames can then engulf the plastic spark plug wire channel, potentially resulting in a full-on engine compartment fire.The fix? Dealer service departments will be asked to remove said spark plug wire retention channel from the front of the engine bay, and then retrofit two new retainers.

Models Affected:

1997-2003 Buick Regal
2000-2003 Chevrolet Impala
1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina
1998-2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue
1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix

The recall is slated to begin in May. Official NHTSA Release after the jump.

[Source: NHTSA]
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:34 PM   #2
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Wth? Why now?
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:39 PM   #3
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It's like natural selection for automobiles.
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:37 PM   #4
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what else can happen to this company??
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:40 PM   #5
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An issue like this from 97 is just now getting recalled? WTF?
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:43 PM   #6
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At least it's not any of their new models.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:00 PM   #7
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At least it's not any of their new models.
Yet... I mean it only took 12 years for this recall.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:10 PM   #8
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Wth? Why now?
They finally decided the lawsuits would eventually cost more than the recall.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:39 PM   #9
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wonder how many of them are still on the road & have owners that give a **** about maintenance?

I would have been ecstatic if my '00 Monte Carlo SS (3.8n/a) went up in flames.

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Old 04-14-2009, 02:38 AM   #10
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They finally decided the lawsuits would eventually cost more than the recall.
Eh good time to throw it on the Tax Payer.The New GM(good assets after Bankruptcy). Can not have this on it's rep...
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:51 PM   #11
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:22 PM   #12
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An issue like this from 97 is just now getting recalled? WTF?
At least it took 12 years for those engines to start leaking oil and start burning cars and getting noticed.
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