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Old 12-14-2004, 03:04 PM   #1
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Well, wont say this is the first post i made, but sure comes close.. ^_^

About a week and a half ago, I purchased a 95 Bonneville SE with almost everything a SSE has besides the diff steering, moonroof and supercharger. It does have the OBD II connector. Vin # 1G2HX52K8S4294xxx ( dont wanna give out my entire vin number )
Series II NA motor. Enuf on what the car came with... LOL

Anyways, I have a few probs with this car. Mostly the tranny TCC/PCM/Whatever prob shuddering, but im not gonna even start on that now...

I woke up this mornin, to find about a quarter or half cup of coolant on my driveway. This is the first time it has done this... Not that i had it long to really be able to tell...
Anyways, I checked the elbow under the pcv valve, lower radiator hose, radiator for what i can see and waterpump the best i could. All i could find was a tiny bit of coolant on the lower radiator support leakin straight thru the middle. Upon further inspection of that area, i found one of my trans cooler lines that go to the radiator tend to drip a little at the quick disconnect fiting or whatever that is... I did see a tiny bit of oil or something around the lower intake gasket seal... nothing dripping, but deff seepage maybe. Besides this the car runs fine for the most part...

PLEASE HELP!

Im afraid to drive the car, have almost no to way to work without beggin or pleading or heavy bribery. I traded in my good workin 89 mustang to this, and now having tons o fun as u can see... :(

It looks like its coming from passanger side, but cant find a leak anywhere! If pics are needed, i can take a few... Here'* the prob tho. I spent every dollar i have for the next 2 months buying this car and year of insurance. Its currently 15 degrees outside. Would a third or so bottle of bars pinch me thru winter without causing problems? Or should i take the car back and demand it be inpsected by the GM dealership. ( I didnt have a warranty available, and all paperwork says as-is :\ ) Thing is, when i test drove it, it drove nothing like it did a week later... I swear they just thru some additives in that wore off... Im so stressed rite now bout this, cuz no car no job... no job no car no food no house..
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Sounds like the dreaded intake failure. I cannot really help more than check your oil right now! If there is any sign of coolant in there, flush the oil, right away. The coolant eats away at bearings.. and could cause a heap more of problems if you don't act fast.


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Well i checked the oil, and it deff didnt look like transpartant engine oil to me...
Looked like muddy coffee or yoohoo...

Good thing i didnt drive it

I called the dealership and expressed how upset i was with my purchase...
They are now sending out a towtruck, I'll keep ya'll informed.. I'm pretty sure first thing they will do is take out the oil... Maybe i can squeeze some other info outta the tech fer us... I swear tho, really makes me wonder why i bought a gm.. Why they have to make the bonne so sexy for!!!!!
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get that Coolant OUT OF THERE, drain it yourself.
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get that Coolant OUT OF THERE, drain it yourself.
Cant car was towed bout 35 mins or less after i checked the oil... and its like 15F out... Not exactly oil changin temp... Plus the engine was cold.. Now i dunno what'* gonna happen. Plus the tow truck driver was here when i was on the phone with the GM dealership! Talk bout fast!

Im gonna play the stupid pity card, and complain bout the slippage of the Torque convertor and the hybrid water and oil cooled engine, maybe i can get a diff car and have em change out that stuff real quick... Maybe not tho.. :(

Right now im awaiting status of the vehicle.. Ill keep ya'll informed!
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you should be able to get it fixed on warranty.
Was it a new car dealership you purchased from?
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you should be able to get it fixed on warranty.
Was it a new car dealership you purchased from?
Prob is the car was sold as-is, but we do have lemon laws here in illinois which would cover this.
Car was purchased @ Rockenbach Cheverolet...
Still havent heard from them, and I went ahead and put stop payment on the vehicle till further info is given. Thus far they said to me " We'll get you a good deal on fixing it!"
I was like WTF! Im not payin anything, u guys refused to inspect it and I havent even had it 2 weeks yet!

Oh well, Buyer Beware. Either that or its the curse of the GM'* for me... Never EVER seem to get a good runnin GM! Dont get it at all...
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Well i just put stop payment on the check fer the car... Dont know whats gonna happen next...
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Your motor vehicles dept dealers/ repairers div. should handle this if they give you
trouble. In CT dealers are licensed and governed by them and they must do a full safety check before offering the vehicle for sale.
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