2014 chevrolet cruze 1.4 L , COOLENT WATER OUTLET Pc OF CRAP !! 40,000 miles . plastic,made in china . Also turbo oil feed pipe leaking. WHY DONT THEY COVER THE OBVIOUS DEFECTIVE PARTS ? GM makeS CRAPPY CARS !
probably because your vehicle is 7 years old and you dont have a extended warranty.
They did, during the warranty period.
Ask Audi/vw owners about plastic pipes. Oil and water. Pcv egr Turbo and on
The entire top half of the engine is plastic nowadays, for better or worse. Has it’s merits and it’s flaws.
You came to the wrong place. Go to safercar.gov and file a complaint. While you are there, check the complaints and manufacturer communications to see if there are any that relate to your problem.
And you’re just finding this out?
Just about everyone is using plastic. Why should GM be the exception to the rule.
Every car rolling off the assembly line is budgeted a certain amount for warranty repairs. That is added into the MSRP.
That time and mileage warranty could be extended to say 15 years and 300k miles but the MSRP is going to reflect it too. Want to pay the MSRP for that?
As mentioned above, use of plastic components in engines (and the rest of the vehicle) is becoming more and more common. Reduces vehicle weight, which improves mpg & performance. Probably improves emissions too.
Cost is another factor. In order to make your vehicle as inexpensive for you to purchase as possible (i.e. price competitive) the manufacturer does everything possible to reduce the cost of manufacture. Labor is an important component, so it makes sense (to the manufacturer) to design the car so it is fast to assemble. For example, quick connects for liquid containing pipes. These indeed are easy to connect, but tend to leak later, and tend to be difficult to disconnect when the part needs replacement. The shop mechanic has to bill for their time, well you get the idea. An example of robbing Peter to pay Paul, etc. About the best you can do is, before making a purchase decision, to thoroughly research the car’s predicted reliability and cost of ownership as compared to other vehicles in its class. .
It is no secret that the parts used in just about any device you can buy, whether it is a computer, television, HVAC unit, appliance, etc. are cost-engineered to last for a certain number of years/power on cycles. The same is true of cars.
If manufacturers were required to offer longer warranties, such as the 15-year/300,000 miles you mentioned, it is certainly true cars would cost a lot more, but the parts used would be of much higher quality. It would certainly be possible to design most parts around a 300,000 mile lifetime, rather than the current 150,000 mile expected life.
The only reason this isn’t done is because the manufacturers only care about the first two owners of their products. The original owner is the manufacturer’s customer, and the second owner often buys the car used from the manufacturer’s dealer–perhaps CPO. The first two owners, on average, keep a car for 3 to 5 years each, and after this point, the manufacturer could care less. The fourth or fifth owner, who buys the car with 200,000 miles on it is not important from the manufacturer’s point of view.
My experience with GM cars has been o.k. I had very few problems with my 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. In fact, it is still on the road with 250,000 miles on the odometer. My son now has that vehicle. It has never had a major repair. In fact, when I compare the cost per mile of the 2006 Uplander with the cost per mile of the 2011 Toyota Sienna that I owned for the first 100,000 miles, the Uplander cost me less than the Sienna.
When I look back at all the cars I have owned, the worst car was the 1955 Pontiac. I bought the car used in 1962. The engine had just been overhauled which I figured out later was just a sloppy patch–valve grind and new piston rings–done in the service department of the Rambler dealer where I bought the car. I kept having problems with the oil passages in the studs that supported the rocker arms sludging up. GM, in its infinite wisdom, made the oil filter an option that year, even though the engine had hydraulic tappets. The oil passages didn’t get cleaned out thoroughly in the overhaul. Even though I put an oil filter on the engine and changed the oil every 2000 miles, I still had problems. The column shift for the three speed manual transmission didn’t work smoothly. By 1955, most Pontiacs had automatic transmissions, so the manual transmission was an after thought.
Part of the problem was that my Pontiac was the bottom of the line. A better equipped 1955 Pontiac would have had an oil filter and GM’s very good Hydramatic transmission.
However, I didn’t judge all GM cars or even Pontiacs by my one bad experience.