Pawlik Automotive – How reliable are GM brand cars?

Pawlik Automotive – How reliable are GM brand cars?


Mark: Hi, it’s Mark from Top Local; we’re
here with Bernie Pawlik of Pawlik Automotive
in Vancouver, Vancouver’s best auto service
experience and we’re going to talk about
GM brand cars; their reliability.
How’re you doing Bernie?
Bernie: I’m doing very well.
Mark: So GM has a lot of brands of cars and
trucks and some of them are similar, they’ve
cut some of that extra stuff out there but
is there any one that’s better than the
other?
Bernie: Well I would say not, I mean GM vehicles,
so we’re going to talk just about cars in
this, in this particular hangout.
But I mean yeah there’s a lot of similarities
among GM brands of vehicles, they share engines
between say Chevrolet and while it used to
be Pontiac and Buick and Chevrolet would often
share the same engine and Oldsmobile as well
and Oldsmobile and Cadillac would share some,
some different engines.
Cadillac is a little bit, Cadillac is unique,
they have a lot of engines that you don’t
see in Chevys but sometimes over the years
they’ve blended things together.
Is one brand better than the other?
Not, not really, they’re all built the same
way, same factory, they kind of all compete
against each other and in the marketplace
but yes as you mentioned GM’s really cut
things down, there used to be you know, there’s
now Chevrolet still there but and Buick is
still there but Pontiac’s gone which they’re
kind of more sporty line of cars and Oldsmobile
which is a sort of lower end luxury car, those,
those have been gone for a while and then
Saturn is I don’t know what, that was a
kind of an interesting experiment for GM.
Saturn was actually, their cars were unique
to start off with but as time went by they
started sharing things among, with different
cars on the platform but, you know Saturn
had a, speaking of Saturn it had a very bad
reputation for a long time but my personal
experience of them is that they actually weren’t
bad cars but they had a few quirks and issues
but you know there’s still some Saturn’s
that are you know, 15 years, 20 years old
that are running around that are still good
cars.
Mark: So for GM how reliable, would you rate
them overall?
Bernie: I’d say, I consider them fair, I
mean they are, they’re better than they
used to be these days like over the last ten
or more years they’re a lot better and I
think about some of their, some of their lower
end cars like the Chevy Cavalier, it used
to be a piece of junk, I mean they don’t
make the Cavalier any more but you know, as
that line evolved they started getting better
and some of the reliability problems like
blown head gaskets just didn’t happen anymore.
What you’re finished with is a cheap car
that has, use the word finish, has a crappy
finish but the reliability of the car was
pretty good.
I think overall that they’re pretty good,
there again I always compare it with the Japanese,
the Toyota and Honda, they’re not as reliable
but they’re often much lower price point
so you have to spend a few dollar on repair,
you’re probably still further ahead buying
a Japanese car; but yeah, I’d say nothing
specifically jumps out at me about a list
of everything about GM engines is bad, they’re
generally overall pretty good product.
Mark: So any specific common problems?
Bernie: You know nothing that really leaps
out at me, there’s such a variety of different,
they have such a large line of cars, such
a variety that there’s really, there’s
a lot of little things here and there but
nothing really that’s, that’s you know,
you’ve got to avoid this car because, you
know these engines all blow up or this happens,
there are specific, there are specific problems
but they’re just so, there’s such a broad
range it’s hard to speak on anything in
particular.
Mark: So you know there’s, we talked a little
bit about Cadillac being different, they make
a few different unique vehicles; the Corvette
and the Chevy Volt for instance, how are those
vehicles?
Bernie: Good, they’re pretty good, I mean
I’ve never worked on a Volt, I mean it’s
not a, there’s very few Volts around, they’re
rare to see, it’s kind of neat concept of
a car because you’ve got that plug-in electric
car which is great for most people’s use,
you almost never run the engine but, you know
if you decide to go to Calgary, you know tomorrow
you can just hop in the car and you don’t
have to worry about where we’re going to
find a charging station so I really think
it really gives you the best of both worlds.
Just did a little reading, I mean the reliability
reports on them are not fantastic but I think
overall they’re pretty good.
I know people who own them speak really highly
of them.
So there’s the Volt, a really unique car
and really most people are going to get it
fixed at the dealer for the time being and
who knows again how long those cars are going
to be around, when they’re 10 or 15 years
old people may not want them anymore because
you know, there’s going to be better electric
technology and people will just opt to buy
that, why would you even want to be saddled
with an old electric complex technology.
Corvettes, I mean great car, unique sports
car, typically always reliable, good cars,
fun.
A Cadillac you know Cadillac’s is a unique
line again, there good cars, the only I’d
say about Cadillac’s is over time once they
start getting older they’ve historically
had some unique engines that are extremely
difficult and expensive to fix so you know
with the Cadillac you probably don’t want
to, want to own an old one but the newer ones
are a lot of fun.
I say old like 15 – 20 years old kind of
thing you know, 10 years is probably okay.
Mark: Right, well there you go, there’s
the quick synopsis of the GM brands, their
reliability based on, how many years you’ve
been working on cars now Bernie?
Bernie: Rolling my head, just look up into
my head to think about that, about 35 years,
yeah over 35 years actually.
Mark: So that’s from the view from the west
coast of Vancouver, 35 years of experience
of fixing cars here in Vancouver and the reliability
of GM.
Thanks Bernie.
Bernie: You’re welcome.

16 Replies to “Pawlik Automotive – How reliable are GM brand cars?”

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  2. had a 2010 impala went 215k miles. only issue was transmission went out every 50k miles. engine is excellent. burnt 1 quart of oil every 1.5k or 1k miles. im not sure if that is normal.

  3. I greatly appreciate these. Also, thank you for taking my request on the Econoline! Can you do a video on Chevy Express reliability?

  4. Late model gm 3.6 liter is junk with timing chains problems, oil circulation problems,oil going into the intake manifold, also alot of bad crank bearings issues reported look it up yourselves also cams locking up because of oil sluding up huge problems from 2009 -16 p.s. please look up yourselves it's all over the net!
    Very expensive to work on GM recommend to drop the motor for almost all repairs =$$$

  5. Have a 2015 Chevy cruze . Both it preownwd from Chevy at 30000 miles water pump blew out and radiator clogged . Ridiculous never again will I purchase American car . And Obama urged American auto makers to make better vehicles and they still make shit.

  6. common problems in american sports cars overheating I'll never buy another american car again. Even the iconic brand corvette has poor engineering design rear axle problems , overheating limp mode after 15 min of track time ridiculous. This guy doesn't want you to know what the truth is.

  7. Korean cars brands even better more reliable than any GM brands cars models.Any GM cars brands models everything falling apart after a year or two.

  8. I am so mad at GM for making disposal vehicles…. they look the same as reliable brands but buy one and you will see how it feels pay through the nose in repairs regularly….. no time to love the vehicle before the anger sets in over more repairs and defects…

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