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GM Recalls 1.5 Million Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and General Motors have announced an auto recall for 1,497,517 Buick Regal, Chevrolet Lumina, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Oldsmobile Intrigue and Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles.

The vehicles all have GM 3.8 liter engines, which contain a defect that may cause oil to leak and potentially cause a car fire.

The GM recall was reported on April 14, 2009, and registered owners of the affected vehicles are expected to be contacted so that repairs can be made starting in May 2009.

The model years that will be impacted by the recall include the 1998-2003 Chevrolet Lumina, 1998-2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1998-2003 Chevrolet Impala, 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1997-2003 Buick Regal and 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix (with a 3.8L V6).

The problem with the engine involves a defect which could allow drops of oil to leak onto the exhaust manifold during hard breaking. If the manifold is hot and the leaking oil runs under the heat shield, it is possible that a flame could ignite and cause an engine fire.

Owners of the vehicles with GM engines will be asked to contact a dealer service center to arrange repairs. The spark plug wire retention channel at the front and the engine will be removed and replaced with two new spark plug wire retainers at no cost to the owner.

Additional information about the GM recall can be obtained by contacting Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438, Oldsmobile at (800) 630-6537 or Pontiac at (800) 620-7668. Additional information can also be obtained at www.gmownercenter.com.

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163 comments

  1. Mandy Reply

    We owned a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix that we bought used from a dealership. In May 2012 my husband drove it home from work and parked it in the garage. 10 minutes later, it was fully engulfed in flames and our house and all our belongings are gone….We came away with just the clothes on our back..2 weeks later our 2000 Chevy Impala was being driven by our son. this car was bought used from my parents who had bought it new from a dealership….My son stopped at my sister-in-laws house and within 5 minutes the car was in flames. The fire melted her garage doors, siding and gutters… It was after the second fire that I found this recall information….we NEVER received a notice nor did my parents… Our home owners insurance paid us for the house and our contents…Our car insurance paid us for both cars through the comprehensive coverage we had on both….BUT my beautiful home and things are gone, I can not replace my wedding photos (I have none now), my kids school pictures, the quilt my grandmother made for us, etc. Our insurance was not enough….The home that burnt was a 10 yr old story and half, 3 br, 2 1/2 bath 2900 sq ft home. I built a one story, 3 br, 2 bath 1900 sq ft home for the same $$$ that our first home cost. We received no money for the damages to my sis-in-laws home….we paid for that out of our pocket because we did not want her homeowners to increase because of us……..I would be very interested in being part of a lawsuit…I can not find out if there is one or not…..the damage that this has caused me and my family is huge (both physically and mentally)….GM’s $ wont “fix” us but something HAS to be done about recalls and a lawsuit is the only way to get their attention. I feel that insurance companies could play a part in notifying consumers of recalls…they know who is insuring a car whether it is a used vehicle or not….

  2. Michael Reply

    My 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix exploded this morning while trying to jump if off. I had a dead battery. The battery is still intake just the motor is burnt out. What the heck is going on?

  3. Sherri Reply

    My 2002 chevy impala caught on fire while driving down the interstate…..burnt up! who can I contact about this?????

  4. David Reply

    My 1998 Buick Regal caught fire while my wife was driving it home from work in September 2005. My wife was able to get out of the car but the car was a total loss. In 2009 I received my first recall notice and have been receiving them twice a year ever since which drives me nuts.

  5. courtney Reply

    Me and my fiance have a 93 buick century we woke up this morning to it on fire due to a electric malfunction

  6. larry Reply

    So my 1997 Pontiac Grand prix caught fire after 2 days of receiving the information about the 09047 engine compartment fire code in the mail . What should I do??

  7. David Reply

    I have the same problem with my 2003 Impala 3400. Overheated so I refreshed the Dexcool and replaced the thermostat and all the gaskets are rotted, all major gaskets are rotted as well.
    It still overheats with new thermostat and new water pump, intake gaskets are leaking and maybe head gasket also but must replace it or junk a beautiful car with only 170,000 miles with Dexcool.
    It goes without saying that the air conditioner does not work, neither does the heater.
    I certainly hope to be a part of a class-action to make GM get it’s act together; it used to be a proud company with a good product and I do hope it does not go the way of the Rambler/American Motors Co.

  8. DEBRA Reply

    yes I have a2001 monte carlo that has similar problem as the other cars. ican be driving and my car completely dies, no steering or anything I have to restart it. it doesn’t happen all the time. but it is scary to have no control .I keep watching for the recall on my vechile but haven’t seen it yet.

  9. dylan Reply

    hello well i was just wondering a couple ?s about this recall i did own a 1998 regal ls and know alll about the car but mine had the recall took care of but later had wrecked it.. but my ? is i have my eyes on another gm car same make and model but a little different its the gsx model and its a 99 and the check engine light is on possibly faulty 02 sensor and equipped with ceramic coated tube headers (SLR) the collector tube is wich is made of braided steel has deteriorated and is need of replacement and a gas leak from around the front of the tank does the recall cover any of that?? would love to know any information as soon as possible plz and thank you!!!

  10. dylan Reply

    hello well i was just wondering a couple ?s about this recall i did own a 1998 regal ls and know alll about the car but mine had the recall took care of but later had wrecked it.. but my ? is i have my eyes on another gm car same make and model but a little different its the gsx model and its a 99 and the check engine light is on possibly faulty 02 sensor and equipped with ceramic coated tube headers (SLR) the collector tube is wich is made of braided steel has deteriorated and is need of replacement and a gas leak from around the front of the tank does the recall cover any of that?? would love to know any information as soon as possible plz and thank you!!!

  11. Jon Reply

    Got a 2003 Malibu after my wife’s grandmother passed away….very low mileage…it would loose oil and coolant slowly, but as time went on over the past year of us using the car the coolant would drain faster and faster. The past couple months my wife had to put a gallon of coolant in the car EVERY DAY!!! We can not afford $1300+ to have the manifold gasket replaced… So I took it upon myself to do this CRAZY repair… Spent a week doing the job to make sure I got it right taking my time and watching a step by step video over and over as I worked on it. Finally get it all back together and now the engine is having random misfires. I will NEVER own another GM product ever!!! They put these bad gaskets in more cars than I can count…for years knowing they were bad….and they refuse to recall them and foot the bill for replacing them with quality gaskets. After reading all the stories above now I am worried it will just spontaneously combust on us any day now. The government should have just let them go bankrupt… They don’t give a S**t about the American people….so why did we bail them out???

  12. Stephen Reply

    Have 1997 Buick Lesabre my wifes father gave to us a few years ago. This morning it caught on fire in engine area and is total.

  13. Deb Reply

    2001 olds silhouette premiere van. Started leaking coolant like crazy onto the ground under front passenger side. One day “service engine soon” light started flashing. Left it in parking lot of where I work. Was scared to drive it as steam had come up from under right side of hood. The other day I was going to try and drive it home. I had let it sit too long and the battery was dead. I’m terrified that a jump start may set engine on fire and it’ll be a total loss. I’m 100% certain its the intake manifold gasket and maybe the catalytic converter. I can’t afford a tow or to repair it right now. I work nights and the vehicle is necessary to keep my job.I only had it 14 months. Truthfully, although I hate to say it, GM needs to go out of business rather than continue building poorly constructed vehicles that aren’t worth anywhere near what consumers must pay for them. And in my case its going to cost me my job.

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