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Old 04-09-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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ZL1 Rear Differential Failure!

I was supposed to pick up my 2012 Ashen Gray ZL1 at my dealership today at 5pm after PDI. As part of the PDI, a technician who I respect, took the car for a short test drive to make sure everything was perfect. I got a call from my service manager saying that the rear end is bad and whining distinctively at low speeds. They have ordered a whole new rear end to be Fed-exed tomorrow and hopefully installed by tomorrow night.

Of course I am really upset and want to get your opinions on what this really means since I am not a technician. Will the car be the same after a complete rear end replacement? Does this mean I have received a lemon? Was this an assembly line error or was it just a defective major part? By the way, it sat in QC for 4 weeks with the others.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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You will be fine. It could have been a defective part or even a bolt or something wasn't torqued. It makes you wonder if any others will have issues. It will technically be better than new
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:21 PM   #3
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Nothing to be worried about. Parts are bad sometimes.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:22 PM   #4
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I would not worry they will take care of you. I had a tremec speed got out at 170miles in my 08 C6.

granted it sucks cause you want the car right now I am sure.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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What really happened is the tech had so much fun in your car he got carried away with it and in turn now you need a new rearend
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:26 PM   #6
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What really happened is the tech had so much fun in your car he got carried away with it and in turn now you need a new rearend
I was thinking the same thing, but these rearends are supposed to be indestructable. Probably just a rare bad part.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:29 PM   #7
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What really happened is the tech had so much fun in your car he got carried away with it and in turn now you need a new rearend
First thing that crossed my mind as well. Check out the rear quarters for stone nicks.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:49 PM   #8
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Did they check the rear differential fluid level?
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:51 PM   #9
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I was thinking the same thing, but these rearends are supposed to be indestructable. Probably just a rare bad part.
at the hands of the wrong person, nothing is "indestructible."
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:33 PM   #10
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at the hands of the wrong person, nothing is "indestructible."
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I wouldn't jump to conclusions. At least they caught it now rather than after you already had your car. You'd be even more unhappy.
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Just saying with all the tests we've seen it would be extremely hard to break a brand new differential that is in perfect working order (properly filled with correct fluid).
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:45 PM   #12
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I'm with most everyone else. I wouldn't sweat it, these things happen, I know it's not as large of a part, but I had to get my battery replaced under warranty on my 2010 SS when it only had a few thousand miles on it. Never had a problem other than that in the 2 yrs I had it.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:16 PM   #13
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At least it sounds like they are on it quick. Are they replacing the entire rear end or just the gears?
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mcamisgroup, I'm sorry to see this happen to such a new vehicle. Glad to see the dealer is on top of things and I hope you can enjoy your ZL1 from here on out. Let us know how things go for you.

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