Engine Cooling problem
2002 Chevy Malibu 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 39,600 miles
I recently wrote you about my 2002 Malibu and you told me it was common in these cars to have Intake Manifold Gasket problems.
I have found out since then that there are tens of thousands of people with GM cars who are having the exact same problems as me.
These cars made by GM and using DEXCOOL coolant instead of anti-freeze are having so many problems like mine, such as overheating, black looking sludge in the water reservoir, cracked intake gasket, and much more.
I did some research on the internet and found out that General Motors had a Class Action Lawsuit and was ordered to pay thousands of repair costs for these problems.
But GM did not put out a recall or contact owners of these vehicles. So if you did not know about the Class Action Lawsuit you are just out of luck because they are no longer paying for repairs.
I am just trying to find out the best way to fix my car. Since it only has 39,600 miles, I have to get it fixed.
The problem is, GM won't even admit to this lawsuit that ended a few months ago much less tell you how to fix the car yourself.
The GM rep I spoke with said they knew nothing about the Class action suit and I told him it was all over the internet where people had filed and gotten their cars fixed free of charge.
Anyway, I guess I can do nothing about this since I did not know about the lawsuit until it was over.
I am just trying to find the BEST way to fix my car.
As I have researched on the internet, I have found people who have had all the problems repaired like flushing the coolant system, replacing the intake gasket and all the other problems that go along with this DEXCOOL problem but then they start having the same problems again.
Then I have read where others have replaced the whole DEXCOOL System with regular Anti-Freeze.
I need to know how many of these type of problems you have heard about and what is your experience of the best way to go about fixing this problem so it does not come back again.
Thanks so much for any help, I am an older women who lives alone and is disabled.
It is very hard to find a mechanic in my small town who knows the first thing about this problem. Then
if I were to find one, they are not always honest with women.
This is the reason I am writing you for your experience on this DEXCOOL problem.
Thanks so very, very, very much for any information
you can help me with.
You don't know how much this means to me to be able to get honest help and I truly appreciate it.
I would be happy to donate but my income is very low since I am disabled.
Can you PLEASE help me, I am begging because my car only has 39,600 miles and is going to be ready for the junkyard at the rate it is going with this DEXCOOL problem.
How much should I donate? Even though I can't afford to I will donate or send a check to you If anyone can answer my question. I have never donated to anyone on the internet and have no idea how much or what I am supposed to do.
I will pay you for your help.
Monday, July 5th, 2010 AT 12:27 PM