2014 Verano Major Electrical Issues

Rueme

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My wife went to the store with our Buick with 49,000 miles on it and called and said it would not start, I went over there thinking maybe it was the remote but every time I tied to start it the alarm went off, so I had it towed to the dealer where it was purchased! The next morning an advisor calls me and says the side object detection modules shorted out and they needed to replace 2 modules and a harness to the tune of $1800 dollars!! What choice did I have? I said yes and drove by 2 hours later and the car was already done! I feel ripped off, he said it was caused by salt or water. The car has been garaged all of its short life. I looked up these modules on a parts site and they were just over $100, I got charged $368 apiece. I've had at least 6 Buicks in my life but this is the last one, I'm going to start looking next week for a new ride!
 

Skylarkin'

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I would have asked what I would lose with those modules deactivated - blind spot warning, ped x-traffic warning and would it affect the rearview camera - before saying yes. Deactivation then getting a second opinion from another dealer or repair shop would have been another choice. I've read other posts from people who took a pass on replacement after getting sticker shock like you reported. While your Verano may be garaged when it's parked, I'm sure you drive it when it rains or snows. Enjoy your new ride!
 

ThatsNotABuick!

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My wife went to the store with our Buick with 49,000 miles on it and called and said it would not start, I went over there thinking maybe it was the remote but every time I tied to start it the alarm went off, so I had it towed to the dealer where it was purchased! The next morning an advisor calls me and says the side object detection modules shorted out and they needed to replace 2 modules and a harness to the tune of $1800 dollars!! What choice did I have? I said yes and drove by 2 hours later and the car was already done! I feel ripped off, he said it was caused by salt or water. The car has been garaged all of its short life. I looked up these modules on a parts site and they were just over $100, I got charged $368 apiece. I've had at least 6 Buicks in my life but this is the last one, I'm going to start looking next week for a new ride!
You just invested a bunch of money into this car, not sure if getting rid of it is the best choice. Whenever you get an outrageous estimate, you should call around other dealerships and independent repair shops. Sure it might cost $60 or so to tow it to them, but you will save a lot of money.
 

MelsRegal

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You stated a parts site , what is the cost of the GM part, not an aftermarket replacement?
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mjkelch

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Buick Verano Turbo 2014
My wife went to the store with our Buick with 49,000 miles on it and called and said it would not start, I went over there thinking maybe it was the remote but every time I tied to start it the alarm went off, so I had it towed to the dealer where it was purchased! The next morning an advisor calls me and says the side object detection modules shorted out and they needed to replace 2 modules and a harness to the tune of $1800 dollars!! What choice did I have? I said yes and drove by 2 hours later and the car was already done! I feel ripped off, he said it was caused by salt or water. The car has been garaged all of its short life. I looked up these modules on a parts site and they were just over $100, I got charged $368 apiece. I've had at least 6 Buicks in my life but this is the last one, I'm going to start looking next week for a new ride!
I had the exact same issue, caused by "corrosion" of the harness assembly. (???....the harness is inside your trunk wall behind the small access door and don't know how moisture gets inside there?). That was one year ago. They had to order the parts (harness and module) for $850. Guess what? I forgot all about it and they never called me back. So, I simply removed the fuse for the module (also inside the trunk) and have managed to live just fine without the related features (side detection etc.) I just have to dismiss 2 warnings in the DIC every time I start the car.....willing to do that to avoid the expense.
 

taz225

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Just sold a 2013 blue leather version that did the same thing.Was driving and all the gauges went nuts and when i parked it for work,the car would not start. Had the modules disconnected so i could trade this pos in. Got crap for it because the check blind side detection was on,paint job that was a factory clear coat cracking defect and it had over 100k. Also the word is out on how bad the 2.4 direct engine is as well.Car barely lasted over seven years. Shame on GM. The module issues are a problem across the whole GM line.There was no way i was going to pay 1500 to 1800 in a repair for this lemon. Moved on to a foreign brand and could not be happier.
 

nlacomb

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My wife’s Verano had this same issue, actually shorted out the BCM as well. Her’s corroded at the plug in port on the right sensor. I unplugged the sensor and taped off the connector. Blind spot detection doesn’t work now but the car works fine. I’ve seen the GM sensor for sale for 200 but I honestly don’t see the value in it at this point.
 

taz225

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Talked to my mechanic about unplugging the two modules,he said that it is a crap shoot and that the car might shut down again,because the computers are interacting with one another and even though the modules are unplugged,there is still a break in the electrical circuit.
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