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Recall: 26,582 Buicks, Cadillacs for transmission software

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac SRX may shift out of manual mode unexpectedly.

By Exhaust Notes Mar 20, 2013 1:26PM
General Motors is recalling 26,582 vehicles to fix transmission software that could place the car in the wrong gear, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The automatic transmissions on the 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac SRX could switch out of manual mode unexpectedly, which would reduce the effect of engine braking. GM said it first noticed the problem in January on a 2014 SRX belonging to its engineering team and found that the transmission was shifting into sport mode rather than holding the desired gear in manual mode.

Dealers will reprogram the transmission computer beginning March 28. Buick owners can call 1-866-694-6546, and Cadillac owners can call 1-866-982-2339 for more information.

[Source: NHTSA]
Mar 20, 2013 4:07PM

Honda just had a big recall and then a smaller recall on Hondas that are old but still on the road.

They all have their problems.   I prefer American made so Americans can have jobs.  Have driven GM products for almost 60 years and have had few problems.  And service costs are within reason, whereas, some foreign made cars cost a tremendous amount for service & repairs.  My grandchildren mostly drive expensive imports and then cry about not being able to afford a home.

Wonder when 2 plus 2 will equal 4 for them?  Some think they can have it all but the reality is one must make choices. 



Mar 20, 2013 4:07PM
Really people. It"s the first major recall for GM in years and it is only covering 27k cars total.  What is that a tenth of what Toyota has recalled in the last 4 years. Growing pains for a newer thinner GM. And not all Americans prefer imports
Good Americans don't send their money to Japan, S. Korea, and Germany
Mar 20, 2013 4:03PM
quitarick820 aught to check the number of recalls fro Toyota and Honda this makes the U.S. made look perfect.
Mar 20, 2013 4:25PM
The domestics are quick to issue recalls, even if it's only affecting engineering prototypes, they issue to any vehicle with similar hardware or electronics... even if it's 10+ years since the cars were initially put into service... far better, IMHO, than the imports that deny there was ever a problem in the first place... at least, until the Highway Safety Administration starts investigating their vehicles...
Mar 20, 2013 4:00PM
We buy imports so we can have sticking gas pedals.
Mar 20, 2013 6:25PM
Some of the people talking sh!t about GM are idiots.. Gm has had a small number of recalls compared to others such as Toyota who recalled the following number of cars in 2012 alone:

7.43 million on October 10th, 2012

2.77 million on November 14th, 2012

and over 1 million Corollas and Lexus models to start 2013 off!

So all you GM haters, the truth must hurt that no one, and I mean no one has the sheer number of recalls that Toyota has for some very serious safety problems.  We owned a Prius that was piece of poo poo!  11 recalls over 5 years and we'd had enough.  so before you look foolish with your anti GM comments I dare you to compare the numbers.
Mar 20, 2013 6:03PM
Computers in the transmissions!!!  Not really that surprised.  Gone are the days of Rev it to the Red line, Pop the clutch and bang the gears.  Yaaa..
Mar 20, 2013 5:00PM

This act sounds far more responsible than the Japanese makers, especially Toyota, who wouldn't admit to their sticking gas pedal until being sued over it by the government. How many American idiots do you know who will can't wait to run out and buy their next rice burner from this company? Compared to U.S. cars, their vehicles no longer offer better quality control, better assembly processes, superior engineering or ergnomic design. Go to  a new car show in any American city this spring and compare the U.S. and Japanese cars. What you will find (if you know what you are looking at) is that the Japanese cars and trucks don't hold a candle to GM or Chrysler. Ford products, I am not as fond of, but they have come a long way in the last five years also. 


Be sure to check out Toyota's interiors and compare them to a similar Chrysler or GM model. Toyotas are by far chinsier in either truck or car form to a Dodge or GM. Their large truck model's interior is a cheap copy of of the Dodge Rams made between 2003 and 2006. They stole their styling from an American vehicle! Their drive trains no longer outlast a Dodge or GM drive train--no better there. About any car will go 200,000 miles with basic maintenance. How long do you want yours to last?


Toyota doesn't allow its workers to unionize. It has exactly zero (0) plants in the U.S. with unionized workers. In Japan, all of its hourly workers are unions. We give this company the right to invade our economy and then trample on our workers' rights. Stupid! Is that American to allow foreigners to take away our rights?  


There is no real reason to buy a Jap. or Korean vehicle, other than outright vanity and ignorance. Every time I see an Asian vehicle go down the street with an American flag or some patriotic bumper sticker on it, it makes me want to throw a rock at it! There are too many people in the military running around in rice burners and flaunting what worldly people they are by the vehicle they drive! How vain! Makes me want to take back my tax dollars from them! Why should they be allowed to support the economic enemy, while pretending to be patriotic Americans? Got me!


BTW, I don't work in the auto industry.

Mar 20, 2013 6:24PM

i will jsutstay with my 1994 gmc 1500 extended cab pickup, just had it painted and put a new 350  chevy engine in it, all for less than 5 grand, last me another 25 years, i hope lol, and wheni put it in gear? no computer to  mess with it,

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