Chevrolet Complaint - AC System - 2000 Chevy Malibu
MADISON, TENNESSEE -- This 2000 Malibu LS has 74K miles and has been well maintained. My complaint with the AC is 2 fold.
(1) The dash board controller for AC allows corrosion to build up on the switch contacts and must be replaced every 2 years or cleaned. This is a manufacturer built in defect and should have been re-engineerd and recalled.
(2) The low pressure valve used to refill refrigerant is in the worst place possible to access. Because it is so low on the firewall a regular commercial refrigerant hose will not reach. Also the fitting is substandard and not only difficult to get on but the hose fitting breaks when removing. This lets all of the refrigerant to leak out resulting in taking to a dealer to remove the fitting and refilling the unit and $$$ to repair.
Just a little forethought in engineering would have solved this issue by making the fill tube longer and placing it at the top of the fire wall for easy access.
This is the first Chevy car I have had that has the poor engineering. It is not wonder that GM has lost millions by making a piece of junk and fostering it on the American public using their long time good reputation.
This is just another example of the poor automotive design and engineering and the poor quality put into the manufacturing.
If GM does not reconsider and issue recalls for fixes to these items- then I like others will never buy another GM product.
How many people like myself not purchasing their products will it take to get the message across to them?
I consider this design to be built-in obsolecense and protection of jobs for their service tech. The American way is to allow the customer to do self repair if we chose and not have to buy special tools.
One more upset consumer and going to do something about it - get it fixed and sell.
Good bye GM