really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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problem #4

Jun 121997


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I have taken my vehicle in for the head gasket to be replaced 4 times now. I am taking it in again for the 5th time for the same problem. All the dealer keeps doing is putting another head gasket on and charging me my $50 deductable. This is getting very tiring. My brakes went out completely in 1997 after the factory re-call had been preformed. I was informed that the mechanic had put the seal in wrong. The last time I took my vehicle in for the head gasket, number 4, the dealer found that the cv boot needed replaced. Durring the repair the axel just fell apart. Same time the transmission pump needed replaced the fuel sending unit needed replaced and the head gasket was replaced. And it still leaks from the same spot the rear left of the engine.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 171999


  • miles
Rear rattle due to baffle in gas tank being loose and making noise when driving over bumps. Also, engine head gasket leaked oil.

- Alton, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 011998


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When the fuel level reaches the half tank level the gauge acts as if it has an electrical short and indicates empty. The fuel gauge bottoms out and the low fuel indicator turns on. When the gas tank is full the gauge will sometimes indicate only 3/4.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #1

Dec 081998


  • miles
Fuel gauge does not read correctly.

- Monroe, LA, USA