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Earlier this month, Autoblog informed you about General Motors electing to handle a widespread intake manifold gasket defect on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis. But if Toronto-based law firm Stevensons LLP has any say in the matter, the automaker won't have the option to be choosy with some 400,000 Canadian vehicles.

The firm announced Tuesday that it is filing a class-action lawsuit against General Motors of Canada Ltd., as well as parent company General Motors Corp. The suit is predicated on the premature failure of intake manifold gaskets used in a wide range of the company's vehicles from 1995-2003. Given the 400,000 vehicle estimate by Stevensons and an average claim of $3,000 per vehicle, the class-action tab could balloon to $1.2 billion dollars.

A similar lawsuit in the U.S. was granted class-action status in January.

Click on the link to see further details, including a list of affected vehicles.

[Sources: The Canadian Press via Canada.com; Canadianally.com]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I approached them with my vehicle with 55,000 kms and they would tell me was that it is not covered under warranty since, I had covered the required 3yrs and 50,000 kms. They are caught by their balls - hope this is the end for them. they deserve this rightly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Will do, Mikey.

      And so will thousands of other Americans. Just keep your eye on the rooster...ooops, keep your eye on the sales figures.

      Don't do it.

      And by the way, who in the LIVING HELL would trust a man who drives one of these:


      Ni&&ah, you've GOT to be joking, right!?!?!?!
      • 9 Years Ago
      You bought a GM vehicle and you're blaming who?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Problems "down the road" are standard equipment on GM vehicles.
      • 9 Years Ago
      We have just had to have this repair made on a 2003 Rendezvous. It cost us $600 plus a rental car. I would like to be re-emburse, GM would do nothing and our extended warrenty the dealership sold us would not cover it because there are too many of them. We were still within the millege for our warrenty. I hope they get some results, I like to add my name to the list.
      • 9 Years Ago
      My 1997 Malibu required an intake manifold gasket replacement. This recall may also include the earlier years with the 1997 redesigned Malibu.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Not sure what dealer you went to but at the GM store I work at we are covering intake and head gaskets 5 years/100000kms.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Does anyone know where I can get more info on the US class action suit? Just found out the manifold on our 2001 Lumina needs to be replaced.

      thank you...
      • 9 Years Ago
      My wife has a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am which we bought new
      ever since about 25000 kilometers we have been able to smell anti freeze when its parked in the garage, I took the car to the dealership and they told me not to worry as it was normal. then the engine coolant light started to come on so they just refilled the reservoir which I had to do about every three weeks after that as they said it was normal for that to happen. I took the care to a private garage and they told me the intake manifold gasket was gone so that was 1000 bucks and that was at 101000 kilometers just over the warrantee so G.M. would not cover it and guess what know the headgasket is gone at 116000 kilometers and it is going to cost 2000 bucks to fix,along with the brakes being done 5 times. I have been a loyal customer to G,M, eversince I started to drive back in the mid 60's and I believe in keeping our auto industry jobs over here but I am starting to have my doubts now as some of the offshore companies seem to have better quality then domestic I believe that we should invest in our future not that of other countries
      I also believe that the regular rank and file person on the line is not to blame for this as its inept engineering that has caused this as the regular folks do not have any say in how the vehicles are designed.Also Big Three should realize that this is a industrial war that cannot be won if they continue there ways
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey Tom Design,

      Didja miss the thrust here? GM is doing what it always does - when it goes bad, play some PR games for those who they haven't completely screwed yet, then keep stickin' it to the ones they did screw. They've been doing this since the late 60's. It's the corporate culture.

      You might want to read DeLorean's book 'On A Clear Day You Can See General Motors'. The roadmap to where GM is now was long cast in pathetic Harley Earl chrome plated potmetal by the time he wrote that. Over 30 years ago, IIRC.

      GM continues to fail the basics of customer service, even after they fail at basic product design and manufacture.

      THAT is why GM has, and will continue to have, an ever-shrinking customer base.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I cannot freaking believe this. I bought a 2002 aztec, after less than 50,000 km it started to act up, the theft mec. would kick in locking up everything in the car or the horn would not be there when I needed it and so on and so on also it idled rough cold or hot. Everytime I took it in for repair they would say nothing found at this time and once the warranty is no longer in effect it happens again, with the security locking up everything except this time when I got it to start every thing was gone no dash or interior lights no power windows no power locks and worst of all I could not open the tail gate.So I take it in to a dealership and they tell me I need a body controll module, I tell them about this happening from the time I bought the car and they say once the warranty is up it is out of thier hands, they were able to get my radio working for 100.00. At the time I could not aford the part so I drove from Nov until May 15th with my car in this condition. I finally cannot take it anymore no windows no anything so I decide to get it fixed the B.C.M. using my mastercard. I get a call from the dealer ship telling me that they noticed that my intake valve was leaking oil into my rad. and coolant leaking into the block and if I do not fix the problem now that the engine would eventually need a complete overhaul. so what choice do I have. one day after getting back my brand new car 2,300 and change later. I am driving along,I stop for a red light the light turns green and I am not moving dead as a door nail lots of battery just dead, so I get towed back to the dealer and they call me the next day telling me I need a new ignition swith so I go okay fix it. they call me to tell me to come pickup my brand new car. I am pulling into the parking lot to pick it up 2 hours after they say it is ready and my cell phone rings, Mr. Dalton we took your car for a test run and it stalled we think the new switch is faulty. the next afternoon they call again we found the shifter cable was wearing on the abs module so we have to replace it, oh and also you have a dead battery cell anyway I finally get my car back. The anti theaft light is on they tell me it is because the only Key I have left out of the two keys that came with the car is not the master and there is nothing they can do about that. So I was willing to live with a warning light what can I do they say nothing. I go to open my drivers door two days later using the key instead of the keyless entry and my horn starts going off like I pushed the panic button so thats what I thought happened I must have hit the button by accident. Two days later I do it again open the drivers door with the key again my horn starts so I turn it off with the keyless I call the dealer they ask if I got a manual with the car I say yes they say we will need your car again with the manual and maybe we might find the answer. This has cost me a little more than $2,900.00 so far and they want me to go back with the cars manual in hopes of finding the problem.no matter what the cost un freakin believable. oh and by the way I heard about this intake problem that gm owners have been suffering through, yesterday from a guy who was putting my tires on at GoodYear Tire. No one at GM not even customer service would let me know about this intake problem. If anyone out there can help me please let me know howard@scrublab.com
      Thank you!
      • 9 Years Ago
      well #2, 3 grand if you take it to the general's dealerships. I could do the job myself in my own driveway for 200 bucks (ask me how I know that...). GM should just issue a recall, and bill it to whichever crappy contractor built the sub par part.
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