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Hi, I
have just signed up as a newbie and could do with some help.........

My 2008
(May) 2litre Epica literally and dramatically blew up on the M25 just before
Christmas.The mileage is just 38,000 and requires a major investment to get the
car back on the road .The fault has been described by a local garage as
follows;

Major
failure of thedual mass fly wheel / clutch unit which in failinghit
the start motor and lifted the starter motor unit and causingstarter
motor housing, which is part of the engine block to be destroyed, and as a
consequence of this thefailuredestroyed the gear box.
T

The car
has a service history and did not show any signs of the problem prior to the
explosion. I am out of warranty and neither Chevrolet nor Perry's will help
with some costs to put the car back on the road , or at least give me something
towards a down payment for a new vehicle.They argue (and they have a point)
that by choosing to have it serviced by my local garage I have made any
goodwill offer out of the question.I have shown them photographs of the damage.

Am I
being unreasonable in expecting some goodwill from Chevrolet's/Perry's ?: My
local garage feel that it is very rare for a car of this age to be so badly
damaged.

I just
wandered if any body may have some ideas before I decide to scrap the car....

I realise
I am on difficult ground here,but with the cost of a replacement gearbox
,engine block,starter motor and clutch assembly at over £6000+ I am
really struggling with this problem.







Regards,



David........
 

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Sorry to hear your problem, that is 1. The downside of servicing outside the dealer network, and 2. The downside of a dual mass flywheel, it is also happening on vw/audis/skodas/seats and other makes too.
Although I like the economy of diesel, I think my next car will be a kia ceed with the 7 year warranty and a 1.4 or 1.6 petrol.

I have seen an epica scrapped, accident, so maybe you can get the engine/gearbox from the breakers, there are various wbsites to find spares.
Did you have any symptoms before it went? rattling, clutch problems etc...
 

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No nobody ever heard, but you could always send a private message. if you are interested you can buy mineand getthe 2 extra years chevrolet warranty if you do it before 15th july..
 

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Good car=worth more! Seriously, if you pay attention to the points I raised before you'll be ok. In Swansea there is a taxi firm using 2 diesels and a petrol epica, and those seats are never cold. Just do the oil changes, keep an eye or ear open for any noise from the clutch and you'll be fine. wasn't trying to discourage you, just saying watch what you buy, the one in leeds with 4 services looks ok to me, but any warranty won,t be worth the paper it is written on if it is for taxi use. allow for the cam belt change a bit earlier if you do a lot of stop/start as a taxi, but warranty bits aside i am STILL a satisfied punter! Let us know what you do, and don't forget to get bits from cresser chevrolet in redditch. your local dealer should also give you a bit off as a forum member, otherwise join vauxhall trade club, but i am sure as a taxi driver you'll have some good sources anyway.
Happy motoring!
 

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to revive an old thread...

When I had a brand new Citroen relay LWB van i always had it serviced away from Citroen, by my HGV workshops, but Citroen always stood by the warranty, and boy was there some warranty...lol
 
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