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ive seen in many posts-- that many times its better to let it burn- vs trying to put it out...

Reason--- that a vehicle that is burned alot will be junked... you get paid for it... the ones that are deemed repairable--- well the people had stuff repaired but never fully trusted the vehicle again...electrical gremlins etc...

I mean if its a little fire--- then put it out... but there comes a point.. where it will be more trouble to fix.
 

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The original poster mentioned that GM acknowledged that the fire was caused by a leaking tranny line. I can attest to that....although it did not cause an engine fire, I was affected by a "leaking tranny line" right after I purchased my 2002 TB, used with 70k miles. About 2 months after I purchased it, I walked out to my driveway to be greeted by Lke Dexron under my TB. I did a little inspecting, and found the culprit....one of the tranny lines was sitting right next to the exhaust pipe on the pass. side, and a couple of years of vibration and heat had rubbed a hole through the heat shielding and into the steel tranny line. Had I been driving, it could have started a fire when the tranny fluid hit the exhaust pipe, or at least, damaged my tranny.
I towed the vehiclr to a dealership (this was before I went to work for that dealership in the parts dept.), where they ordered the new line and quoted me about $140.00 to fix it. When I went back to pick it up, they informed me the line had been redesigned, and would not connect now to the upper line that went on to the cooler. So, they had to order the new upper line also, and the labor was going to be a lot more because they had to drop the crossmember and pull a lot more stuff to get to the upper line. It ended up costing me over $400.00 dollars to fix a problem that GM is obviously aware of, as they have redesigned the part.
Moral of this story....look at your tranny lines, and if one of them is riding on your exhaust pipe, get it looked at...
 

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2003 Trailblazer fire

http://www.msnusers.com/j4epdg84gqfa0hrr9b7m5n9gl4/Documents/P1010042.JPG[/IMG]I am trying to post these pictures.
 

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i think you need an msn account to view the picture.
 

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http://www.msnusers.com/j4epdg84gqfa0hrr9b7m5n9gl4/Documents/P1010042.JPG[/IMG]I am trying to post these pictures.

Might want to host the picture on a public image hosting site instead of buried within your private msn account.

I went through the process of creating a "Live ID" thinking that's all I needed to view your pic, then after all that shenanegans, I was greeted with this message:

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You are Restricted from This Area

You have been restricted from accessing this area by this group's manager or by Microsoft.
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So no one is enjoying your picture.
May want to google for "free image hosting" and see what comes up.

Tips for getting the picture to show up here:

Once you put the picture somewhere out there, then use the IMG and /IMG tags (surrounded with square brackets) to embed the picture inline on this message board. Be sure to put the location (http blah blah blah image.jpg) between the square-bracketed IMG tags, and then when you think you got it right, click the button "preview post" to see if it shows up. That way if it doesn't, you can go back and fix it.

Alternatively, a potentially easier way to do the same thing is once you have a place to publically host your image, in the message editor on this board, click on the yellow button that looks like a mountain with a sun in it, near the top center of the editing window; it will prompt you for the location of your image, put it in there, then it will automagically do the image tags properly for you.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

--zepcom :woot:
 

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It sounds like you might have been better off if the good samaritan had NOT come along!
 

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Same thing happened to my wife and I on Jan. 4, 2011. Heading up Hwy 38 in So. Calif. we observed smoke from the rear and some kind of light under the car. Pulled over and fire was in the engine compartment with liquid flaming down on the ground. By the time fire dept got there our truck was totaled. No idea how it started but was not a pleasant thing. We are still shook up over this.
 

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Am I the only one that thinks barniejekyl is nuts for even suggesting this?

There has been a total of 4 TV's on this forum that has caught fire.

Now doing the simple math of 250k units sold, on averagem per year, for 8 years, is 2 million units.

Now giving the benefit of the doubt that there are roughly as many fire per year. So that is 8 times 4 is 32 units.

Uhmm... Thats not even 1% of the total units made.

To take it one step further, I checked with www.NHTSA.com and only found 1 open investigation for this "problem".

I will grant you that their MAY be a problem. But to make a out right statement like that is plainly ignorant.

Sorry Barnie, I think you are a little off base.
 

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Well considering the poster that just had the fire restarted a thread that was over 2 years old. And just joined the site.

Not knowing how well the poster took care of their TV or the maintenance was kept up. Sorry to hear about the TV, it would be nice to know what started the fire.

I would say Barnie is just a little off base.
 

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yo toll.....the reason i'm saying "think hard..." is because look at ALL THE WIRING AND ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS these trucks have.....i'm suprised that more of them don't go up in smoke......as for dependability, read the threads, they have tons of problems......we keep fixing them and reporting back how we fixed them.....don't think i was "off-base" by making that statement.....how many threads do you read here that people complain almost immediately after buying a used trailvoy....about the problems.....and some regret the purchase.......?.....ignorant ?....thanks man.......
 

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Any used vehicle you buy, if not adequately maintained by the previous owner, can have a number of problems. Like frequently stated in other threads, the majority of people find Trailvoy because they are having problems that need fixing, not because their trucks work fine. And many new members once they get their problems fixed, aren't heard from again (unless something else goes wrong)

Any other vehicle could potentially catch fire due to electrical problems, neglected maintenance, or unfortunate circumstances. I think your statement to not by another GMT360 was received like "Don't eat sweets, you'll get cavities" Sure the potential is there, but not only is it not limited to that one specific thing, it can also be prevented if you do the things you're supposed to, to take care of what's yours. My :m2:
 

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Any other vehicle could potentially catch fire due to electrical problems,
yeah like aftermarket wiring splayed around the engine bay, no wire loom... :ugh:

lol sorry i had to! :raspberry

but seriously if you think other cars have magical properties and don't have any issues, please buy my bookkeeper's 4runner :suicide: what a p.o.s!
 

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question.......where does it say...."don't buy another one?" i didn't state that.....i only suggested that anyone with problems with these vehicles should think about it before buying another one....my silverado had 382 thousand miles on it when i sold it....never gave me a bit of problems.....and i'll never buy anything again but chevy trucks....my trailvoy has less than 100 thousand and have had TONS of problems with it.....if i had my choice, i would not buy another one of these trucks.....because of the problems....it's only common sense......i hope for all who visit this site that they never have problems with their trucks and only come here to share their good stories....
 

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I know I've not had it long (only since September 2010) but I've put almost 13k miles on it since then and aside from wear items that were due to be replaced, I've only had a bum O2 sensor, AC pulley bearing is making noise now, and tranny cooler lines...

Hey, just thought of something. Maybe the crap tranny cooler lines were to blame for the fire. Leaked, then caught the fluid on fire? He did say there was a stream of burning liquid flowing from under the vehicle. Just a thought.
 

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First off my truck had 47,000 miles. i had the oil changed every 3-4000 miles as the oil sensor would put me at 6-7000 between oil changes and I will not go that long. Bought new, had to replace fuel sensor and also the heater core when coolant poured into passenger side and soaked the carpets. Check engine light came on several times but mechanic could find nothing wrong and light would go off. maybe gremlins at work.:weird:
 

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You should also think hard befor buying a:

Ford Taurus
Ford Tempo
Ford Escort
Ford Focus (only the most recalled car in automotive history)
Toyota Pruis (they accelerate on their own)
Toyota Corolla (they accelerate on their own)
Toyota.. well just every Toyota made in the last 5 years (they accelerate on their own)
Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth (anything front wheel drive)
Subaru 1998-2003 any


Well that list would go on for a very long time. Every car made has their share of problems. The reason forums like this exist is because we are all gearheads, and for the most part, love wrenching on our trucks. Yes our trucks have their share of problems, no more than any other of its generation. I will agree with you that cars and trucks of old did not have as many problems. Thats what happens when technology surpasses what the electrical abilitys of a vehicle are. These computers are not designed for all the vibrations, and moisture changes, etc. All modern vehicles do work, but all only for a time.

I remember cars of old where you had a check engine light... only... Now we have a check engine, stop engine, service engine, change oil, service 4x4, engine power reduced, and a whole meriad of other lights... I also remember pulling check engine codes out of a computer using a paperclip. That doesnt work anymore.. Technology doesnt nessasarily make things easier, just more costly.
 

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totally, 100 % agree with you........i even remember cars before check engine lights and having room to walk around the inside of the engine compartment...i would never in a million years suggest to anyone how to spend their hard earned money......buy what you want...and enjoy it.....
 
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