Originally Posted by 2k2cse
Welcome to the forum! Every car will have its minor issues, and its hard to compare one owners' experience with someone else'*. It all depends on how well the vehicle has been maintained. If it was babied, then it will probably have very few problems compared to one that was used a lot..but that isn't always the case. My dad has a 2004 Buick Century my parents bought brand new, with almost twice as many kms as my 2002, and he had had very few problems with his..usually only normal maintenance, whereas I have had a few little bugs with mine since I bought it in January. Anyways, good luck with your final decision
This is 100% correct.
I recently had someone argue with me about how their Toyota Highlander is the most reliable thing on the road.
I went through the common problems with him:
Common water pump failure requiring engine removal to replace, for $1300
Common u-shaft failure requiring entire assembly replacement, for $1500
Common sunroof motorized mechanism failure, for $700
Common ABS sensor failure, for $300
And that'* all with under 100k miles.
*ever* car has its problems.
My GXP was one of the more unlucky ones. I had bought a warranty for it when I got it at 45,800 miles, and went through $7,400 worth of warranty covered repairs serviced by a dealer before I sold it with ~87k miles. That car was a royal pain in my *** no matter how you look at it. With all wheel hubs replaced, and all suspension parts checked at 3 different shops with road force balanced tires, I still had some vibration issues on the highway.
My problems included:
Fog light harness defective (common problem with GXPs)
Gauge cluster failure (the motor on the temp gauge failed)
Front engine mount failure
All wheel hubs failed and were replaced, the front two were replaced twice
Trunk water leak
Blower motor failure
Water crossover gasket and some other gasket failure
Power steering pump failure
Power steering gear failure
Power steering rack failure (common with all bonnevilles)
Power steering line leaks
Oil cooler line leaks
Coil pack assembly failure (only 2 weeks after I bought it)
Rotors were all severely warped when I bought it (pathetic at 45,800 miles)
Gas cap leak (easy fix, but just another item that needed replacing)
I drove the car like it was meant to be driven; a throaty, high revving V8. I maintained it and took good care of it. I blame all of its problems on the previous owner, but I can sure as hell say I got my money'* worth out of that warranty.
Would I buy one again? Yes, but only with a warranty, and only when I'm in more of a financial position to keep it running.