2007 Chevrolet Impala 1LT
3.5L Flex Fuel Engine
4 speed auto trans
Purchased new Nov 2006 so now out of warranty
All recommended book maintenance has been done on schedule
Generally has been good car w/ 2 notable exception:
- now famous rear end suspension issues that cause the rear end to keep going out of alignment and causing excessive early wear on tires;
- steering rack went bad and required replacement at about 32,000 miles; GM covered under Good Will warranty due to low mileage
New Problem: The water pump sprung a major leak and needs replacing. Found the fluid leakage on the garage floor this morning, drove straight to the shop, and rented a car until the water pump replacement repair is complete tomorrow. Dealer is attempting to get GM to cover all or at least part of the cost under Good Will warranty given low mileage and less than a year out of warranty.
Obviously repairs on a car only 6 years old with such very low mileage is far less expensive than trading it in for a different vehicle.
My question is, though, is having 3 major components fail at such early mileage despite exemplary maintenance and gentle driving cause to think this car may be trending toward becoming a “hanger queen” in terms of ongoing early components failures???
I’m particularly asking for the opinions of those of you who are experienced mechanics.
As much as I like the car, I’m more interested in ongoing safety and reliability. Normally I drive a car for upwards of 20 years. But I’m more focused on those safety and reliability issues than keeping any one vehicle until it is a dinosaur.
Feedback please for me to consider?
…still reading, still learning!