GM announces another recall

Six new recalls were announced on Monday by GM. The recall is affecting 7,6 million vehicles in North America and 800,000 more vehicles overseas, a total of 8,4 million cars worldwide. So far GM is aware of 7 crashes, 8 injuries and 3 fatalities due to an ignition key failure. The affected and recalled vehicles are 1997 to 2005 Chevrolet Malibu sedans, 1998 to 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue sedans, 1999 to 2004 Oldsmobile Aleros, 1999 to 2005 Pontiac Grand Ams, 2000 to 2005 Chevrolet Impalas and Monte Carlos, and 2004 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prixs.

2014 is currently breaking the 33,01 million record (record set back in 2004) number of most recalled cars in a single year, So far a total of 39,85 million recalled vehicles has been made this year, and GM has contributed with 28.5 million of those…and 2014 isn’t over yet.

tombalas
Member
2 years 2 months ago

As a launch model 2003 9-3SS owner, I have only positive things to say about GM’s handling of recalls and related issues. There were so many things wrong with my 9-3 (which Saab released way too early – before all of the kinks had been worked out) that I now appreciate when an automaker stands behind its products and makes the required corrections at its own costs.

Angelo V.
Member
2 years 2 months ago
Of course in this particular case (the Cobalt ignition debacle) GM knew they had a potentially deadly problem and didn’t want to recall the millions of cars—-I believe their cost analysis showed that recalling the cars would be more expensive than paying out settlements “if a few more people die.” That’s crass. And there’s nothing honorable about that. Right now, this recall frenzy is threatening the General in two ways: The cost of the recall itself is staggering. But they’re even more concerned now with the lawsuits that might come their way—-more than expected and larger settlements perhaps, then they… Read more »
Angelo V.
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2 years 2 months ago

Meant to say even if the plaintiffs lost trying to sue GM for lost resale value. Comment editor isn’t working on the site for some reason—-not working on any computers and this computer has the newest browser and programs. Seems to be a glitch.

baas900i
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Not going well for GM at the moment but they do have lots of cash which is a position NEVS-SAAB would like to be in.

3cyl
Member
2 years 2 months ago

If the Spyker era SAAB had had additional funds equal to what these GM recalls is costing things may have turned out differently.

zvovesny
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Saabs couldn’t have this problem due to the right position of the ignition key 😉

Silas
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Actually my wife has turned the car off at least 2 times while reaching back to get something for out kids while we were driving on the highway. I know it has happened in my 9-5 wagon (automatic) but not sure about my OG9-3 (manual).

Doug R.
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2 years 2 months ago

Well Gm Has nothing to fear just another bailout if necessary.

Joe
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2 years 2 months ago

No doubt GM has its shortcomings…fact: SAAB’s manufactured under 100% GM ownership were the best SAABS ever made in terms of quality, and reliability.

Angelo V.
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Joe: I agree on reliability, not so sure about quality. I have no real complaints with my 2004 GM Saab—-seems like a great vehicle 10 years in. But I remember sitting in late 80s era Saabs and it seemed as though the “quality” of the materials was better—-thicker leather for example, more robust looking switchgear. That said, Saabs had reliability problems that GM seemed to improve so I agree with that part of your assessment—-best ever made in terms of reliability.

Joe
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2 years 2 months ago
Hi Angelo; Well, I’ve had a multitude of new SAABs since the late 1970’s. I know all too well the mechanical “quirks” and maintenance that we’ve lived with to enjoy our SAAB experience. I have experienced first-hand the agreed-upon quantum improvement in reliability during the GM days. The interior plastics have always been an issue to some degree, and never up to the competitors throughout SAAB’s entire history. The seats have almost always been superb, and continued that tradition through the GM era. Interior component quality did hurt SAAB as an upscale brand, as they just did not “keep-up” with… Read more »
Angelo V.
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2 years 2 months ago
Yes it’s a big “if” but I honestly believe if Mahindra can take over, the “big if” becomes an infinitely more possible/plausible “if” than we’re looking at now. A mid/low market retro looking hatchback with some degree of quality/reliability would launch Saab into a new success not seen in a long time, if ever. I do believe that car would have to be built in India or another lower cost area than Sweden. That’s fine. Because the higher end, ground-up Saabs could still be done in Sweden. This is going to be a long and perhaps painful process for some.… Read more »
saaburban
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2 years 2 months ago
If any investor had to rebuild the Saab business of making cars, they would be faced with two choices: 1. Build a ‘very exclusive’ new Saab that defined a new market position. This would be a loss making product but lay the foundation for the next generation of cars / multiple size combinations. Or, why not: 2. Build the modern iconic retrofied 900. Sell it at a loss, but to as many people and markets as possible, to create a loyal following again. Once you have a base move upscale with a more premium product, while keeping an entrymodel that… Read more »
MeanSabean
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Karma

tombalas
Member
2 years 2 months ago

No choice. GM needed rescuing, and its lifeline consisted of US and Canadian public funds. Had Sweden chipped in too, perhaps GM could have kept SAAB. But otherwise, politically speaking, keeping SAAB was impossible. Recall that they were also threatening to jettison OPEL unless Germany helped too – but when Germany demanded OPEL be split off from GM in exchange, GM withdrew that threat (which nobody believed anyway).

Angelo V.
Member
2 years 2 months ago
There was a choice. There were no conditions of the bailout that I’m aware of, that prohibited GM from making a business decision to retain Saab. The idea was to make the moves that would bring GM back to full health. They should have traded on the European performance image of Saab by folding Saturn into Saab—-giving Saab a full line of cars, starting at the very affordable lower end, with sport utes, the Skye (which could have become the new Sonnet), etc. Young urban people would never consider driving any GM product except Saab—-thousands of young people,some of whom… Read more »
Joe
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2 years 2 months ago

Brilliant! The SAAB/Saturn fold-in would have been absolutely brilliant!

Angelo V.
Member
2 years 2 months ago
The Astra could have been the new 9-2, the Vue could have been an entry level Saab sport-ute that would have sold in the hundreds of thousands—-and yes, the Skye would have become a 21st century Sonnett. Also, Saturn dealerships were often located in better areas and were often much newer/nicer. This would have kick-started Saab into being a legitimate player in the U.S. Some people seemed a little put-off paying $50,000 plus to buy a car from a building that looked like an old converted gas station. Never bothered me—-I prefer small dealerships that don’t dump money into massive… Read more »
Joe
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2 years 2 months ago

Yes, Angelo.
Coulda possibly worked…sadly, we’ll never know now…

XC9000
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Glad to be driving a 0% GM, SaabScania (!) 9000 2.3 Turbo Anniversary in very good condition.
It might not be the most modern car, but it is by far the best thought out Saab ever…

hans h
Member
2 years 2 months ago

Yep. The 9000 2.3T is a wonderful car. Mine is a MY93 CSE with a flimsy inner roof and in need of a serious polish. But what a drive. And those seats! Great car!

duckhead99
Member
2 years 2 months ago

0%??…..GM bought in in 1990. Does your car have a round hazard light switch?…..That’s a GM part used in many models!

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