Owners of 2007-2008 Chevrolet Impala models are once again suing Old General Motors for defects in their vehicles' suspensions. The Detroit News reports that three Impala owners have filed suit in U.S. bankruptcy court claiming that the sale of the company's assets was in bad faith and fraudulent on the grounds that the company didn't disclose its obligations to Impala owners. As you may recall, these owners attempted to sue GM on the grounds that the company acknowledged and repaired defects in the suspension of Impala police vehicles, but failed to do the same for general-market models.

GM, meanwhile, argued that it couldn't be held responsible for vehicles created before the new GM was minted after bankruptcy proceedings, and that the lawsuit is attempting to hold the new GM responsible for Old GM design decisions. Impala owners now argue that Old GM instated a secret warranty or silent recall by agreeing to fix the police vehicles.

The suit wants GM to replace faulty rear suspension rods that cause the vehicles' rear tires to wear rapidly. If successful, the suit could cost the automaker millions of dollars in parts and repairs.


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      Susan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Has incompetent management become an American trait? The bad reputation generated by refusing to come clean on a defect like this will cost GM far more on the long run than the few million dollars the repairs might cost. What are the bosses thinking? Besides, recalls like this typically bring in only part of the population pool that owns the car. Many just don't respond.
      BriansDome
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should sue GM for making a classic into a joke.
      Luna
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is hurting Impala resale value and giving GM vehicles on the used car lot a bad name. I work in sales for dealer and this issue is coming up more and more. The problem is one person tells the story and it gets changed somewhere down the line. I have had some people say they heard GM was no longer honoring warranties on used cars. If I worked at a Ford dealership, I would have this article taped on the front door. It easily creates doubt in the mind of a customer considering a GM vehicle. This plus the bail out ad from Ford creates a lot of doubt about GM.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Luna
        Impalas already have some of the worst residuals overall. GM's fleet mix with the Impala is absurdly high, and that KILLS resale values.
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Yep, resale has long been garbage for this one. I actually leased one a few years ago. a 2007 SS. Sticker on the car was $31k and just 2 years later it was only worth $15k. Although I guess it's great for someone who wants to buy a new one. Can't fathom why anyone would actually buy a new one at this point.
      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      We had a 2006 Impala and never had this problem. Interesting.
      Christopher Glowacki
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM ought to properly take care of this recall issue. they can use all the positive press they can get. especially considering if internet forums are the be all and end all of reality, there are peasant mobs with torches and pitchforks regularly storming the detroit renn center looking for blood and all. and it would just be the right thing to do
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Burabus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Complete scum, never buy a GM vehicle.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      In before the deluge of GM haters...
        zeus
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        so the fanboy thinks it's ok for the owners to cover any fault the vehicle had and GM knew about. I see what you did there!
          jbm0866
          • 3 Years Ago
          @zeus
          See what? I have never owned a GM product in nearly 25 years of driving. I was simply pointing out the obvious..
      Tony C
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the Old GM and New GM crap is being put there legally then legally NEW GM should NOT even mention their Chevy Trucks are the longest running truck because legally speaking (which i think is BS) all NEW GM cars started in 2009, or whenever they did the BK. This is SCAM that their using for their own sake and I HOPE GM, or i mean NEW GM losses on this battle.
      Tanooki2003
      • 3 Years Ago
      And now people are finally starting to see the reason why I would not only never own a GM product EVER, especially after my costly painful past of having a fleet of silverados with endless expensive problems that were all related to poor quality manufacturing, but why GM is on the absolute bottom of the crap pile of my list of car manufacturers, even below Daewoo, which coincidentally is also a part of GM. The smaller fleet of Toyota and Ford trucks far outlasted the Silverados back then.
        stickshiftn6901
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tanooki2003
        better check the the chassis on those toyotas for rust
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tanooki2003
        You're full of it. I've been running GMC's, Chevy's and Fords and even a Dodge in my business since I opened the doors in 73 and have found ALL extremely reliable. If they failed, it's on you and a severe lack of knowledge on how to maintain a fleet.
          Tanooki2003
          • 3 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          Ahh yes a typical GM fanboy response. I was expecting 1 or so to comeback with the typical "you're full of it...i had xxxx and it was the greatest or best xxxx and your brand xxxx is junk or you did something wrong" response. Let me tell you that I have worked on many different brand of cars for many years. Now that i have started my company and doing very well I have personally hired 3 ASE certified mechanics that take care of all my company's fleet vehicles and even my personal vehicles. all of my fleet vehicles are well maintained and services, which I am very strict about, and mildly used. A small sum of costly issues that I had with the silverados were issues with the leaky main seals, leaky left valve cover, transmission getting fussy when shifting from 2nd to 3rd under heavy loads after 75,000+ miles, torque inverter issues, costly transfer case problems, acceleration hesitation issue on some which was lead to a faulty ECM, the list goes on and on but I will not bore you with my mechanic's service records. The diesel silverados held up a little better but had numerous stupid electrical issues like many GM cars I have experienced in the past. I would be lying and biased if i said i had no problems with Ford and Toyota. I did have some issues with rust on a few of my past Toyota trucks. The Toyota dealership was very kind and replaced all of the prematurely rusting parts free of charge. Now THAT's customer service. When my mechanic would suggest that something should be a warranty related issue on my silverados I would take it to a GM dealer, only to find out that it's not covered and I would be charged as if it was out of warranty or had no warranty to begin with. I had a few issues with their earlier lines of diesel engines but none that were too costly to maintain by my mechanic. As you see your so-called "lack of knowledge" theory is totally irrelevant. Now granted that the silverados now are far better than the ones I dealt with back in the mid to late 90's, however do you think I'm going to take another financial risk on GM yet again? The obvious answer is "absolutely not" Especially when they had an opportunity to take care of me much like Toyota did but failed and later knowing that there were several recalls issued of some of the same problems I had to pay for long after i had gotten rid of the entire fleet of silverados.
          diablo000
          • 3 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          @ Tankooki - If the vehicle was within the GM warranty (likely you had a 5-year 100,000 mi warranty on the vehicle) then they should have been covered under warranty for those issues you mention (rear main, transmission issues, torque converter issues) by a GM dealer. If the dealer you spoke with gave you trouble you had two options; find a better dealer, or contact GM customer service and file a complaint. Either would have gotten the ball rolling for you and fixed your issue. You can't blame a manufacturer entirely for crappy customer service at a franchised dealer. If the dealer doesn't treat you properly you need to let GM (or any other manufacturer) know so they can fix the issue (both with your vehicle, and with the dealer in question).
      jamiescale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Common sense should sue 2007-2008 Impala owners for owning those pieces of crap in the first place.
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        Now that's a bit rough. Some people are not car enthusiasts and trust that a prominent car company won't sell them something defective. Obviously their trust was misplaced, but still GM should make good on the defect.
      mike999
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess GM just isn't serious about being competitive.
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