||[Nov. 12th, 2001|08:21 pm]
The Veritable TechNinja
|||||Harry Belafonte - Jump In the Line||]|
Okay, I'm feeling a little better about this now. Beef, beer, smokes. In that order. Directly followed by a call to the folks to beg for the privilege of dipping in to the account _in my name_, my leftovers from the college fund, to fix this POS. They grudgingly agreed, after much pleading.
I'd like to make a statement right now to all current or prospective owners of any GM car including the 231 ci OHV V6, the "3800", manufactured before 2000. This means the Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Regal, (98 only) Olds Intrigue, several Pontiac and Olds minivans, and the Pontiac Bonneville. The intake manifold plenum IS FAULTY. It was engineered improperly, and is thereby sorely in need of a multinational RECALL. This faulty part WILL warp after considerable use (IE after your powertrain warranty runs out), thus putting your engine at GREAT RISK OF PERMANENT FAILURE. It will cause you to leak coolant, not to mention suck in unfiltered, unmetered air through the CONSTANTLY WIDENING HOLE between your throttle body and the intake plenum, the big black motherfucker on top of your valve head. This repair will cost you upwards of $500 to complete. It will also incapacitate your car for at least a day while the overpayed greasemonkies stand around it, scratching their balls. DO NOT PURCHASE ANY VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THIS FAULTY PART unless it's still under warranty. If so, get it replaced IMMEDIATELY. Do not let the mechanics give you the line that "it hasn't failed yet, we can't replace it for free". It's well known among all GM service departments that this part is cheap, plastic, and a complete botch on their part. If they refuse, CALL GM AND BITCH.