For my 2006 Solstice NA delivered 3/06, Pontiac advised me, some months after delivery, of an extended warranty on the catalytic converter. Yesterday I was at the dealer and confirmed the warranty is good until 3/16.
Has anyone had issues with the CC and had to use the extended warranty?
GM extended the warranty on the Cat for the 06 MY because a high percentage of them were suffering early failures due to materials or manufacturing faults. They were breaking apart internally which results in them in a very short period of time becoming plugged up with debris. The end result is the cars will stop running and display a check engine light.
Since this is a manufacturing / design flaw, GM agreed to the extended warranty on all 06 year cats.
Reproduced here for your convenience
Subject: 08300 -- SPECIAL COVERAGE ADJUSTMENT - EXTENDED CATALYTIC CONVERTER WARRANTY COVERAGE
Models: 2006-2007 PONTIAC SOLSTICE
2007 SATURN SKY
EQUIPPED WITH 2.4L ENGINE (LE5)
Some customers of 2006-2007 model year Pontiac Solstice vehicles, and 2007 model year Saturn SKY vehicles, equipped with a 2.4L engine (LE5), may comment on illumination of the malfunction indicator lamp (MAL) and/or lack of engine power. This may be caused by failure of the catalytic converter.
Special Coverage Adjustment
This special coverage covers the condition described above for a period of 10 years or 120,000 miles (193,000 km), whichever occurs first, from the date the vehicle was originally placed in service, regardless of ownership.
Dealers/retailers are to replace the catalytic converter. The repairs will be made at no charge to the customer.
Customers should not be charged for performing a system check when it is determined that the catalytic converter is not the cause of the customer complaint. Any additional necessary diagnosis and repairs that are not related to the catalytic converter are NOT covered by this special coverage. The customer should be informed that any further service that is not covered by the new vehicle warranty will not be covered by this policy.
Customer Reimbursement - For Pontiac US
All customer requests for reimbursement for previous repairs for the special coverage condition will be handled by the Customer Assistance Center, not by dealers.
A General Motors Customer Reimbursement Procedure and Claim Form is included with the customer letter.
Dear GM Customer:
As the owner of a 2006-2007 model year Pontiac Solstice or a 2007 model year Saturn SKY vehicle equipped with a 2.4L engine, your satisfaction with our product is very important to us.
This letter is intended to make you aware that some 2006-2007 model year Pontiac Solstice and 2007 model year Saturn SKY vehicles, equipped with a 2.4L engine, may have a condition where the malfunction indicator lamp illuminates, and/or there is a lack of engine power. This may be caused by failure of the catalytic converter.
Do not take your vehicle to your GM dealer/retailer as a result of this letter unless you believe that your vehicle has the condition as described above.
What We Have Done:
General Motors is providing owners with additional protection for the catalytic converter. If this condition occurs on your 2006-2007 model year Pontiac Solstice or 2007 model year Saturn SKY within 10 years of the date your vehicle was originally placed in service or 120,000 miles (193,000 km), whichever occurs first, the condition will be repaired for you at no charge . Diagnosis or repair for conditions other than the condition described above is not covered under this special coverage program.
What You Should Do:
Repairs and adjustments qualifying under this special coverage must be performed by a General Motors dealer/retailer. If you believe your vehicle has the condition covered by this special coverage, you may want to contact your GM dealer/retailer to find out how long they will need to have your vehicle so that you may schedule the appointment at a time that is convenient for you. This will also allow your dealer/retailer to order parts if they are not already in stock. Keep this letter with your other important glove box literature for future reference.
The enclosed form explains what reimbursement is available and how to request reimbursement if you have paid for repairs for the special coverage condition. Your request for reimbursement, including the information and documents mentioned on the enclosed form, must be received by GM by June 30, 2010.
If you have any questions or need any assistance to better understand related repairs, please contact your dealer/retailer. If you have questions related to a potential reimbursement, please contact the appropriate Customer Assistance Center at the telephone number listed below.
Pontiac: 1-800-620-7668 Saturn: 1-800-972-8876
We are sorry for any inconvenience you may experience; however we have taken this action in the interest of your continued satisfaction with our products.
General Motors Corporation