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My dealership had to replace the engine in my HHR last month, it kept blowing out the oil seals. Well, I haven't even put 400 miles on the new engine, when I went to leave for work this morning, put it in reverse, and I was startled to hear a horrible grinding noise. No gear would work. Had to call the dealership, they towed it in, and haven't heard from them yet.
Not too happy about the situation right now.

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I wouldn't be either, hopefully dealer will get it fixed quickly for you. Let us know how you make out.

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