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Well, technically, my car's <i>going to be</i> recalled.<br><br>
I get a notice from Pontiac telling me that my car may catch fire, so until they figure out how to fix it and send the official recall notice, I shouldn't park it in a garage.<br><br>
Uh... thanks?<br><br>
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate getting this information sooner rather than later, the delivery just seemed.... odd. <i>We're having technical issues. Please stand by and try not to burn down your house in the mean time, mkay?</i>
 

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We managed to get a car recalled <i>before</i> the company announced it!<br><br>
We were going on a road trips (several thousand kilometers) and noticed a problem. A search on the internet led us to a forum where it was rumored that Citroën was about to recall for just this reason.<br><br>
After screaming at the dealer, they accepted to take our car (apparently they knew about the imminet recall). But they couldn't find the part. So they paid for a rental car for our vacation!
 

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Same thing happened with Ford. The notice said not to park it near other cars or buildings or anything, but they didn't have the parts available to fix it yet and wouldn't for about a month. I suppose we should take it in, since that was a few months ago....nothing has caught fire yet, I guess we're living on the edge <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">. It does get parked out in the grass, but not because of that--it gets about 14 mpg so it's just not being driven much and the other cars are in the driveway.
 

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I have a friend who, way back in the 1990s, had a Pontiac Grand Am (or something like that) which <i>did</i> catch on fire. After a court battle, she was compensated, I don't remember how exactly (money, replacement car?) but I'd never buy a Pontiac because of her story. I wouldn't have anyway, I don't really care for them, but that reinforced my opinion.
 

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Sukey - mine's a 2002 model, so it's 6 years old.<br><br>
gingerbread - I work real hard to limit my knowledge of automotive issues (having worked in automotive safety for 7+ years) because otherwise I'd have trouble getting into a car. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I try to pretend that all OEMs have issues and every car model out there has a lemon, but that most are good.* Sometimes, this takes a hit or two of alcohol.<br><br>
*Except for one OEM. I won't let anyone I know drive their cars.
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I understand. I came by the info in passing, I certainly didn't seek it out.
 

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I'd be pretty confident that you don't drive their cars. Heck, they may have quit selling in america.<br><br>
**cough**Daewoo**cough**<br><br>
All OEMs have issues. Some handle them better than others.<br><br>
I read an interesting article, way back when, that talked about quality issues vs. quality service. It was talking about mostly small issues (not engines catching fire caliber issues). But it showed that BMW owners took their cars back to the dealer for waranty claims 10x more often than GM, but that the GM owners were 10x less satisified. It all came down to how the dealer treated you when you got there. BMW gave you a rental car (a BMW no less), washed your car, and delivered your car back to you. GM dealers showed you a dirty seat you could sit in and wait.*<br><br>
*This is the gist of the article, all details/numbers/etc. are made up.
 
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