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The Detroit News is reporting that a group of Chevrolet Impala owners have filed a class-action lawsuit against General Motors over claims that the automaker addressed rear-end alignment issues on law enforcement 2007-2008 Impala models, but not vehicles owned by the public at large. The suit claims that a defect in the design of the rear spindle rods on the sedans causes the vehicle to wear through rear tires at an accelerated rate. Currently, only one owner is named in the litigation.

Donna Trusky of Blakely, Pennsylvania purchased an Impala in 2008 only to have the rear tires wear out in 6,000 miles. Other owners have complained of similar problems, including one driver who had a blowout due to excessive wear after just under 11,000 miles. Trusky's dealership replaced the tires and aligned the vehicle, but didn't mention any issue with the spindle rods. The Detroit News says that GM issued a technical service bulletin for 2008 Police Impala models but not the 423,000 civilian vehicles manufactured and sold between 2007 and the following year.

The lawsuit aims to have GM pay for the replacement tires and fix the alignment issue. GM, meanwhile, maintains that law enforcement Impala models are inherently different than those available to the consumer.


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      Julius
      • 3 Years Ago
      What - no one finds it odd that there's a "class-action lawsuit" that involves only one owner to date? Why does that sound like some shyster lawyer's behind this - regardless of the merits of the complaint? Besides, is new GM or old GM the one being sued? I thought old GM held the liabilities for cars made during this time period, and that new GM was handling recalls, warranty, etc.
        gregmlr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Julius
        You can bet new GM will pass the blame to old GM even though new GM made the profit from the sale.
          rlog100
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gregmlr
          Do you know what bankruptcy means? They didn't even ask for it in the first place.
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Julius
        Did you not read the story? "The Detroit News is reporting that a "group"of Chevrolet Impala owners have filed a class-action lawsuit against General Motors.
          harbour
          • 3 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          "Currently, only one owner is named in the litigation." Last sentence, first paragraph, if you please.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      So is the wear due to to much camber be it positive or negative wearing out the outside/inside of the tires upon the Impala? While I'm unsure how the Impala's rear suspension is set up but wouldnt some simple camber bolts correct this problem? Unless this guy has proof that both cars rear suspension is the same bolt for bolt, spindle for spindle and strut for strut his case won't go that far.
      JamesJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      In my opinion, the previous generation Impala looks better (on the outside) than the current generation that it replace. This current Impala looks more like the Lumina the previous Impala replace. As for the rear tire wear, if it were the 1996 model that had this problem when the driver floored the accelerator, I can understand. Not the FWD version.
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JamesJ
        Who cares? The issue is that GM is stating that they're not responsible for the actions of the old GM. That's like saying that a murderer or war criminal who changes his name and puts on a fake moustache should be absolved of his crimes.
          Gorgenapper
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          Ah jeez, I'm an idiot...wrong post. :(
      Danaon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Insider information (not really, you can look this up in the build sheet): Civilian Impalas are not affected because they have a different suspension setup. The suspension on the police unit is a completely different RPO code, and is actually the more expensive of the two.
        twotimes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Danaon
        Rear suspension spindle rods is the terminolgy used in all of the articles I have read about this class action lawsuit. I don't know exactly what the problem is: however, what I do know, is that there is a problem. I own a 2008 Impala, and recently put a 3rd set of tires, and 4th allignment on it at 52,000 miles. If you do the math, you might say, "that's not so bad. He got 26,000 miles on each of his first 2 sets of tires." The truth of the matter is that the original set on the NEW car, and the 2nd set were shot at 8,000 to the point where I'm not going to rotate those tires to the front. Therefore, the last 2/3rds of tire life on each set comes with vibration and, quite frankly, danger. My wife took the car back to the dealer where we purchased the vehicle at around 10,000 miles, and told them there was a problem, and the allignment needed to be checked, and that we were not paying for the allignment. He told her that the problem was that I had not rotated the tires, and that if she was not going to pay for and allignment, there was nothing he could do about it. From the beginning we thought that this may be an isolated problem...ie: we bought a lemon. We then learned of other people we knew having the same issues. We then learned of the class action. In the past few weeks we have been in touch with GM executive office, descibing our problem, hoping to get some resolution. They sent me, of course, to the GM dealership of my choice for another $99.50 allignment, at my cost;(just had one in July with my 3rd set of tires). They, then called me the next day and offered me a $100.00 certificate for the allignment, or, (door #2), a $1000.00 customer loyalty certificate toward the purchase of a new GM vehicle...........Let me turn my cheek so they can slap me again. I don't know if they would admit behind closed doors that they have a serious problem with their '07-'08 Impalas. This is what I do know....I am 52 years old, and have purchased NEW GM vehicles from 5 different GM dealerships. I have never bought another brand.I currently own 4, one is an '06 Impala with no problems. GM does not deserve my loyalty. GM could care less about your customer loyalty. I'm sure they care a lot about their next bailout. SCREW GM.............LET IT SELF DESTRUCT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Teko
      • 3 Years Ago
      Figured the lawsuit would be over the extremely outdated design. Should be against the law for any more to be built until the redesign.
      Cblore
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bout time.... Loved that no one could explain why it only "affected" the police 9C1/9C3 models When they all shared the SAME flawed Spindle part #.....
      Ron Ayotte
      • 3 Years Ago
      The police packages of Ford, GM and Chrysler differ in what John and Jane Q. buy is a beefier suspension, a higher capacity electrical system, a different interior srface (heavy duty vinyl) and a certified calibrated speedometer.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Smells of Old GM
      TruthHertz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Garbage in, Garbage out. You bought one of the least competitive sedans out there, that actually listed for a good price (due to HUGE rebates), and then want to complain when it does stupid stuff. Congrats! Here's your sign...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
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          diablo000
          • 3 Years Ago
          "Here's your sign" is Bill Engvall actually... "You might be a redneck.." is Jeff Foxworthy.
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      Tanooki2003
      • 3 Years Ago
      Class action lawsuit + GM = better music to my ears and soul. Even better than hearing one of your favorite all time music artists playing live.
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