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Bought my 7th gen 2000 Impala last March so I didn't go through the first recall for this, but about a month ago I got a letter saying they were doing it again.

So now that a few weeks have passed and I haven't seen anything else about it...am I the only one that got a letter? How long should it take before I get the notice they are ready for me to take the car in? Back around October I was thinking I should replace the gaskets soon, luckily I didn't waste my money since it will be done for free but now that winter is here it is my daily driver.
 

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Bought my 7th gen 2000 Impala last March so I didn't go through the first recall for this, but about a month ago I got a letter saying they were doing it again.

So now that a few weeks have passed and I haven't seen anything else about it...am I the only one that got a letter? How long should it take before I get the notice they are ready for me to take the car in? Back around October I was thinking I should replace the gaskets soon, luckily I didn't waste my money since it will be done for free but now that winter is here it is my daily driver.


What does the recall letter state the dealer will do to repair the problem (this time...)? Does the letter tell you contact your dealer to arrange for repairs?
 

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Don't have the letter with me so this is going to strain my memory a bit...

Supposedly under hard braking the oil from a leaking VCG gets flung onto the exhaust and could cause a fire. This remedy includes removal of some of the plastic pieces, replacement of the VCG (front only!) and installation of some newly designed guard piece. They said I would be contacted again when the dealerships are ready.
 

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So here it is...


This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
General Motors has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2000 model year Chevrolet Impala vehicles equipped with a 3.8L V6 engine. As a result, GM is conducting a safety recall. We apologize for this inconvenience. However, we are concerned about your safety and continued satisfaction with our products.
IMPORTANT
Your vehicle is involved in GM safety recall 15757.
Parts to repair your vehicle are not currently available.
Previously, your vehicle was repaired under a safety recall for this condition. The remedy procedure performed on your vehicle may not be sufficient to prevent subsequent engine compartment fires relating to this condition. Your vehicle will require further repairs to rememdy the condition.
Until you have had your vehicle repaired it is recommended that the vehicle be parked outside and not in a garage or other structure.
Why is your vehicle being recalled?
Drops of engine oil may be deposited on the exhaust manifold through hard braking. This condition could cause an engine compartment fire.
What will we do?
Part to repair your vehicle are not currently available, but when parts are available, your Chevrolet dealer will replace your engine's front-valve-cover gasket with new parts of an improved design. Your engine's plastic "beauty" cover and plastic oil-fill-tube extension will be removed, if they haven't been already. This servie will be performed for you at no charge.
When parts are available, we will send you another letter asking you to take your vehicle to your Chevrolet dealer to have your vehicle serviced. You can also check the status of this recall at www.my.gm.com/recalls. If you have already paid for repairs for this condition, a reimbursement request form will be included with the next letter.
This condition does not affect the safe operation of the vehicle, but it is recommended that the vehicle be parked outside and not in a garage or other structure until it is repaired.
Do you have questions?
If you have questions or concerns that your dealer is unable to resolve, please contact the Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center at 1.800.222.1020 (TTY 1.800.833.2438).
If after contacting your dealer and the Customer Assistance Center, you are still not satisfied we have done our best to remedy this condition without charge and within a reasonable time, you may wish to write the Administrator, Nationsl Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, or call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign ID Number for this recall is 15V701.
Federal regulation requires that any vehicle lessor receiving this recall notice must forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within ten days.
 

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Wow - a recall to fix the previous recall.....

I have read of structure fires caused by engine fires on the affected vehicles, while the vehicle was parked in or near a structure.

What an inconvenience to park the vehicle outside during inclement weather (I live in the Midwest with snow too......). Instead of a clear vehicle - covered in ice and snow.

The letter does not state when the new parts will be available. It could be some time.

Good luck.
 

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Speaking of "when the new parts will be available"...I typed all that crap in and forget to check the letter for the date they sent it.
 

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Yep, I checked and that's all mine says too is December 2015. And now it is February...
 

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Just received my letter today stating parts for this recall are now available.


but I wont be taking it in till summer car is parked in the winter months.
 

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Bought my 7th gen 2000 Impala last March so I didn't go through the first recall for this, but about a month ago I got a letter saying they were doing it again.

So now that a few weeks have passed and I haven't seen anything else about it...am I the only one that got a letter? How long should it take before I get the notice they are ready for me to take the car in? Back around October I was thinking I should replace the gaskets soon, luckily I didn't waste my money since it will be done for free but now that winter is here it is my daily driver.



Thanks for info...
I wonder about the intake gasket, and other TSB's, I hope that these repair fixes hold up.
 

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Just received my letter today stating parts for this recall are now available.


but I wont be taking it in till summer car is parked in the winter months.
Interesting...what do you drive in the winter? I'm the opposite, I bought mine from a lying SOB dealer with lots of rust (definitely a Michigan car) for the purpose of it being a beater. I've got a '99 740i for my summer car, they are dirt cheap now but needs lots of love.
 

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Interesting...what do you drive in the winter? I'm the opposite, I bought mine from a lying SOB dealer with lots of rust (definitely a Michigan car) for the purpose of it being a beater. I've got a '99 740i for my summer car, they are dirt cheap now but needs lots of love.
My '04 is in beautiful shape for the year it has higher miles(190)but I bought it on how clean and rust free it is on top and underneath.


I drive my work p/u in the winter as I plow snow with it also, saves on insurance too ; )
 

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My '04 is in beautiful shape for the year it has higher miles(190)but I bought it on how clean and rust free it is on top and underneath.

I drive my work p/u in the winter as I plow snow with it also, saves on insurance too ; )
Bought mine a year ago for $2400 (maybe 2450?). It was advertised as "shows 86K miles" and yet there was a sticker in the window saying the next oil change was at 191K miles. The guy selling kept going back and forth saying "you won't find one with this low of mileage" and then "well it's 15 years old so exempt from putting the mileage on the title". Funny thing is about a month after buying it the tach started acting up and the temp gauge needle was misaligned so I bought an SS cluster (189K miles) and when I did the swap...there's a big "X" in red marker on the bottom of that "86K" cluster.

Except for the piece of front fender that hangs down between the wheel and the door and the slight misalignment between the hood and everything around it (can't tell from 20 feet away) the car actually looks good. But then you get under the car and you can tell it is a 16 year old Michigan DD. You can't jack the car up at the jack points, rear trailing arms were so rusted you could squeeze them between your fingers, the hoses were the only thing holding the radiator up and the bottom of the engine looks totally soaked in 7 different fluids.

I started playing the insurance game with multiple cars back in 1991 (upgraded from '86 Monte SS to '92 Camaro RS by adding 2nd car) until one got stolen ('78 Caprice) and it took a few years before I replaced it, then went about 10 years with 2 vehicles until one got t-boned ('87 Sedan DeVille) and it took 5 years to start looking again and realized 15yo BMW's are cheaper than 15yo Caddy's so I got the 740i ($2600). But now it doesn't really matter since I only drive 4.4 miles for work and my wife works at home and we're both getting older so insurance is cheap anyway without full coverage.
 

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Mine wasn't listed as "for sale by dealer", I thought I was meeting the guy where he worked. You'd actually never know he was a dealer unless you walked in there and talked to him, it looks more like a repair shop. Unfortunately I was in a hurry because our oldest's car died ('05 Sebring) and nobody was going to put more money into it so we gave her my wife's Crapavan leaving us with only 2 cars. Luckily this was cheap ($1000 less than the next best option), no extra "dealer fee's" and has turned out pretty well so far. Believe me this guy is the typical dirty SOB dealer type. We (had dad drive me there so I could drive it home if I bought it) got there before he did and someone else brought out the keys so we could check it out so we popped the hood and started it up and when this guy showed up he walked straight over to the car and yanked the keys out of it. "It's $2400 so either you want it or you don't!" If I wasn't in immediate need of the cheapest driveable car I would have left but I asked if I could take it for a drive and he actually said yes so off we went to beat the snot out of it. My dad was actually frightened during the ride a couple of times and I told him I just needed to make sure if I buy it that it won't fall apart when someone doesn't drive it like a 90 year old lady.

So rest assured, next time I'm looking for a car and see the arrow on the map pointing to Auto Trend I will be skipping it. I bought an '86 Monte Carlo from a dealer in 1990 and then had to buy my '92 Camaro from a dealer because it was brand new, but without winning the lottery they are not on my list of places to visit again. But that doesn't negate all dishonesty, I've heard of people actually taking their clusters apart to remove the warning lights and selling the car as having no problems. Look for BMW's on craigslist and you'll see a lot of them listed vaguely as M's hoping putting fake badges all over the car will fool someone who doesn't know the difference.
 

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I've had the second notice for I don't know how long now and I finally made it up to the dealership...3-5 weeks is the estimate for parts to arrive! Service guy said they only made parts for 10 thousand cars when they need enough for hundreds of thousands.
 

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This recall is a joke anyway. The rear VCG takes more heat than the front and I have seen far more rears leaking than fronts. Heck when I step on the gas with my boneville I can smell the burnt oil coming through the vents. If they are going to replace one they should do both. Just because it takes 3 times longer to do the rear should not affect my safety. I have 3 kids driving and all 3 drive Grand Prixs with 3800 engines and all with recall letters sitting on my desk. Never got a recall letter for my Bonneville SSEi though.
 

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Got the notice last weekend that my parts were in, got around to taking the car in yesterday. It doesn't really look like they did what I thought they were supposed to, looks like all they did was change the gasket and of course wipe up all the oil that was leaking from the old one. I thought they were supposed to install a guard to stop future drips from getting on the exhaust and remove the beauty cover.

So if anyone else had it done yet, what did do on yours?
 
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