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How are the high mileage SS/TC's holding up

Old 03-14-2012, 09:21 AM
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Do you adjust the sunroof? Is so, how do it please!
I guess it depends on the actual issue. I've had at least 2 and i haven't really looked at it yet (3rd time).

The 1st it was slightly misaligned probably from the factory but I use sunroof when its nice so i didnt notice until it got cold and I left it closed. It would whistle and 1 side was a tiny bit higher. Dealer adjusted it under warranty so I'm not sure exactly what they adjusted.

I guess it was about a yr later it started rattling over bumps. You could hold the glass up and the rattled stopped. Turns out 2 of the 6 torx bolts that hold the glass to the slides were loose. I assume this is what the dealer had adjusted. Anyways I retightened them but now it was crooked. So i loosened them all. Stood outside the car so I could see if it was level then retightened them. It would be easier with a 2nd person but I was impatient lol. Make sure it opens and closes smoothly after you adjust.

I haven't looked yet but its rattling again.
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49k miles. Im on my 3rd transmission, 2nd engine, rear calipers replaced due to the e-brake issue, evap purge solenoid twice, 3rd intercooler (2nd stocker was fine, but replaced it with the hahn).

And of course the usual maintenance stuff.. Rear brake pads 3 times, rear calipers twice, front pads once, oil changes.. three sets of tires (including the stocks that wore very quickly. Replaced them at 12k miles.)

Other than that its been a great car. One hole already rubbed in the drivers side bolster (the back one, not the seat one). But I can excuse that, Im a really really big guy in a small car.
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WOW to this guy ^

51,000 miles.
Original front brake pads with lots of life to go however the rotors are warped
Orginal engine, trans, intercooler.
rear pads were replace once at 14,0000 under warrenty and again 10,000 miles ago due to a rattle.
The door panel and crank seal was replaced due to leak around 35,000 miles.
I broke a shifter cable around 8,000 miles so I could shift agressively
The main wear item is tires!
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I store my **** in the winter....not sure how I can get high miles!??!
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:27 PM
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bought my TC new early July 2008, recieved it end of july 2008.
Had some issues, nothing major, all warrantied.
Shes been treating me very good.
89,686KM
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Originally Posted by Balt_and_Vette View Post
the majority of the owners on hear sounds like they beat the **** out of their cars so it's normal to have lots of problems. Proper maintenance and not driving it like you stole it will make this car last a long time.
this^^^
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:40 PM
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i have a 2010 with 345xx miles. ive had broken shifter cable, key stuck in the ignition, sunroof motor just went, ebrake not holding well, water in headlights, then there was one where they didnt know what was wrong with it so they pretty much threw parts at it. got new charge piping, intercooler, all piping to and from intercooler, waste gate solenoid, mass flow air sensor, and new ecu. other then that its fine haha
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44k just blew factory turbo, still modding and no issues thus far beside clutch cable and swapping clutch.
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2010 with 82k not a problem at all Had more problems when I first got the car
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28000kms and no problems knock on wood
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Originally Posted by Nfamous60 View Post
44k just blew factory turbo, still modding and no issues thus far beside clutch cable and swapping clutch.
get one of these, i just dumped on in a cobalt at work. haha

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I made it to 26000 miles in my 2009 SS/TC and my problems are, bluetooth buzzing; passenger window goes up super slow, Rear brakes are dragging, there's nothing I can do about that apparently according to dealership. I think cam phasers might be going out, it does that flutter/paddling noise at start up here and there, especially after rain.

That's it so far.

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Originally Posted by vahdyx View Post
I made it to 26000k in my 2009 SS/TC and my problems are, bluetooth buzzing; passenger window goes up super slow, Rear brakes are dragging, there's nothing I can do about that apparently according to dealership. I think cam phasers might be going out, it does that flutter/paddling noise at start up here and there, especially after rain.

That's it so far.

my passenger window goes up slower then my driver, i just assume its because it sat on the lot for so long, my drivers side window used to be slow to but as i use it it gets better. and my car makes that werid startup sound aswell

Cobalt ss metallic rattle on cold starts - YouTube
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2008 ss/tc 72000 miles, so far:
- Evap solenoid 18000 miles
- Door handle loose 18000 miles
- Nipple on intake tube 25000 miles: dealer blames on air filter replace, fixed myself
- Rear brakes pads 28000 miles: replaced myself and no probs since
- Deep scratches on drivers window 30000 miles: dealer buffed them out
- Thermostat 50000 miles: replaced myself
- Piston #4 rings 70000 miles: dealer threw parts at it new head, turbo before figuring out that it was piston ring on my advice after they said they can't get it to stop smoking
- o2 sensor 71000 miles
- Intercooler 71000 miles: stocker gave up, replaced with treadstone tr8
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+83k

got a check engine light....to my horror the gas cap wasnt tight

I change the oil every 5-7k
plugs every 15k
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flog her only on the weekends and holidays and cool nights
rotate out the air filters regularly
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update, at 64k now and I've had to replace the Passenger Seat Belt airbag sensor.
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66k miles
- had to adjust the sunroof 2 times. Once under warranty once myself
- rear brakes replaced and adjusted under warranty at 22m. No problem after that
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59k miles (20k this year alone) and i beat on it regulaurly, most miles have been heavily modded. Doing just fine.
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Originally Posted by kzak104 View Post
my passenger window goes up slower then my driver, i just assume its because it sat on the lot for so long, my drivers side window used to be slow to but as i use it it gets better. and my car makes that werid startup sound aswell

Cobalt ss metallic rattle on cold starts - YouTube
My car has done this in the past .... you caught that sound perfect on video .
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My car has done this in the past .... you caught that sound perfect on video .
Does it continue to do it?

I think I'm gonna take my car in for the Dragging Brakes and this noise. Hopefully I won't have to pay.

Having my wastegate completely closed and a K04+ on stock tune, hopefully that doesn't cause too much concern when I bring it in haha. Not to mention all the other crap on my car
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Originally Posted by kzak104 View Post
get one of these, i just dumped on in a cobalt at work. haha

LMAO you mean one of these:
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got it few a couple weeks ago i believe got to clean it up, but it might be sent in for a upgrade compressor wheel. PTE5857 with .63ar (once again thanx to Cmiller)
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Originally Posted by Nfamous60 View Post
LMAO you mean one of these:



got it few a couple weeks ago i believe got to clean it up, but it might be sent in for a upgrade compressor wheel. PTE5857 with .63ar (once again thanx to Cmiller)
i meant a bigger turbo in general :P
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lol i kno just shwing i was stepping up to the plate!!
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My passenger side windows goes up a little bit slower than the driver's side too. Been like that since I got the car with 13,000 miles.
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Originally Posted by vahdyx View Post
Does it continue to do it?

I think I'm gonna take my car in for the Dragging Brakes and this noise. Hopefully I won't have to pay.

Having my wastegate completely closed and a K04+ on stock tune, hopefully that doesn't cause too much concern when I bring it in haha. Not to mention all the other crap on my car

My car makes that noise so sporadically..... that I haven't really done anything about it . Its done it since new ..... and its continues ...(car has 48K on it) but it only happens once every 6 months or so.
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