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Okay General Motors, we've sat by and watched you recall the compact cars, crossovers and pickup trucks, and aside from reporting on it, we've been fairly quiet. This, though, this will not do. We can almost tolerate the recalls on the bread-and-butter cars, but leave the performance vehicles alone.

According to a report from The Car Connection, GM has discovered a problem with the superchargers of the 6.2-liter V8s found in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Cadillac CTS-V. Apparently, the issue rests around the internal bearing shaft grease, which can become contaminated (we aren't sure with what). If left unchecked, it'll first lead to a rattle at idle, which goes away under slight throttle. The real warning stage is when a high-pitched squeal develops, signaling that the bearing shaft has failed. Naturally, severe engine damage is the next step (although it's possible that the engine will also just refuse to turnover, although neither case is desirable).

According to TCC, GM will replace the superchargers on vehicles that have exhibited symptoms of bearing shaft failure free of charge. It will also, allegedly, be extending the warranty on all supercharged ZL1s and CTS-Vs to 10 years or 120,000 miles (whichever comes first), from the date of purchase. Officially, only 2009 to 2013 CTS-Vs and 2012 to 2013 ZL1s are suffering from this issue.

It's important to note that we've seen nothing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding a recall, while GM's media website is devoid of any information on the supercharger troubles.

We have, of course, reached out to General Motors and will be sure to update this story when more information becomes available.


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      Finklestein
      • 1 Year Ago
      At first I was going to post something about GM ******* but 10 year/100k+ on the powertrain for cars of this class is pretty damn re-assuring.
      JD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unusual reporting for AutoBlog Brandon, there was an uncalled for cheap shot, return to just the facts, much better column that way. GM did everything they could and more, when you are perfect you can throw stones.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JD
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      FrosenCarrotz
      • 1 Year Ago
      "We can almost tolerate the recalls on the bread-and-butter cars, but leave the performance vehicles alone." Wait what? What's wrong with fixing issues discovered in performance cars?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FrosenCarrotz
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        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FrosenCarrotz
        I expect that the implication is that it isn't OK for performance cars to have problems requiring recalls, but as noted, the phrasing is terrible.
      Patriot
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice work Brandon.
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Patriot
        Maybe a little leg work to find out who makes the SC since GM buys them from Eaton ready to assemble.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 1 Year Ago
          @normc32
          Doesn't matter GM sold the car, it's GM's issue. Samsung Chip in an IPhone goes kaput, it's still on Apple.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @normc32
          >having a iPhony in the first place Found yer problem.
          normc32
          • 1 Year Ago
          @normc32
          +1 carguy!
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is awesome. Sure it sucks that they made a mistake with the supercharger, but the warranty deal on top of a recall fix is exemplary. I've never heard of that before.
        Slizzo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        GM doesn't build the superchargers, they buy the whole unit from Eaton. Good on GM for covering this though!
      nauticalone
      • 10 Months Ago

      I like the current Camaro....a lot! Especially the ZL1 (with the superb magnetic ride suspension). Just wish GM would improve the interior materials (with soft touch materials on centre console, door panels, and maybe even the dash). 

      NeO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Like American woman, these cars don't age well
      ebonys57
      • 1 Year Ago
      the CRAPMARO is junk anyway.Mustangs rule.
      mcarthur
      • 1 Year Ago

      dealership would not give me a loaner car when my work was done

      Fadic4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gm is so retarded. They shouldn't even have been bailed out
      ffelix422
      • 1 Year Ago
      How come when someone makes a comment about GM's poor quality cars they get a thumbs down? It's true! Only a BLIND IDIOT would thumbs-down someone when the truth has been in your face every week. And while your thumbing me down, kiss my a$$. LOL.
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ffelix422
        Maybe people are tired of the constant GM bashing.
          ffelix422
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Avinash Machado
          Ok. Let's praise GM's failures & lies, or the people who died as a result of them... Feel better?
          Tariff The Imports
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Avinash Machado
          GM gets what they deserve - they dish out crap, and get crapped on in return
          hokkaido76
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Avinash Machado
          ^ There is your downvoter..........
          thyservant
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Avinash Machado
          Maybe the bashing is necessary for GM to get their **** together since an all-out run to uncle moneybags 5 years ago didn't get the message through that their cars were now 2nd rate and bargain fodder only. Seriously, who aspires to a GM? Mitsubishi owners?
        • 1 Year Ago
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