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Old November 30th, 2018, 11:54 PM
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Rear axle seals fixed 3 times, what to do with car?

I知 in Canada. I have a 2006 Pontiac Vibe AWD, which currently has just over 80,000 km on it. My mom originally purchased the car new in the fall of 2005, and I bought it from her three years later.

So far, the rear axle seals have leaked three times. The first time was in December 2009, affected only the right rear axle seal, and was repaired under warranty. The second time was in June 2012, and the third time was November 2017. Both times involved both rear axle seals, and each time I had to pay around $1,100 to get them replaced. It's my understanding that the axle seals themselves are relatively small parts, and most of the cost is in the labour. I still have the receipts for all repairs.

I知 about to take the car in for its regular servicing, and I知 slightly worried that they may find that the rear axle seals are starting to weep again. Or if not this time, that it値l happen eventually at some point. I don稚 think it痴 normal for the rear axle seals to be changed this frequently on a car with only 80,000 km on it, is it? I知 wondering whether it could be a manufacturing or design defect. It can't just be that they failed to properly fix it at least twice, can it?

So I知 wondering what I should do with the car. If the rear axle seals leak again, would it be worth pointing this issue out to GMC at all? Or should I just cut my losses and sell the car before the issue pops up again? My Vibe has some other more minor defects as well, but in my opinion the rear axle seals are the major lurking problem.
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Old December 1st, 2018, 02:18 PM
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You do realize the Vibe was a Toyota Matrix with GM badging? It appears to be a common problem for both vehicles. If it's only a slight weep have the fluid level checked every time the oil is changed to make sure it doesn't drop significantly.
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Old December 2nd, 2018, 01:10 AM
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Thanks for the advice. I did know the Vibe was basically a Toyota Matrix, but not that it was a common problem for both. Having the differential fluid level checked at each oil change sounds like a good stopgap solution for minor weeping. Although with the amount I drive my car, I only average an oil change about every 9 months.
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