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BUYER BEWARE - Remanufactured Diesels

79transam1 79transam1
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/22/08
12:59 PM



If your looking to purchase a remanufactured Duramax diesel watch out for these guys (International Diesel out of New York).

DATE: 01/21/08


1/04/07 Purchased Remanufactured Long Block 6.6L Duramax LB7 motor From International Diesel for a total amount of $4395.00.

1/11/07 Lake Chevrolet received engine from Roadway Transport. Engine was damaged during freight.

1/16/07 Date is Approx. Engine was picked up and sent back to International Diesel.

Approx date of engine shipped back to Lake Chevrolet 2/9/07.

2/21/07 Completion of engine installation at a cost of $5906.00

After the installation I noticed a noise that to me didn’t sound right. It would come and go. In speaking with a couple of chevy dealerships I was told the noise was normal for a Duramax. I ignored it for a while but it was progressively getting worse.

5/25/07 Took the truck to Rancho Motors in Victorville.

5/30/07 I received the truck back, they indicated there is a problem but wouldn’t work on it since the engine had been purchased through International Diesel. Cost of Diagnosis $195.50

5/30/07 I called International Diesel and explained the problem. I asked them who their authorized representative was for warranty work out here in California. They sent me to Diesel Tune in Downey.

6/04/07 Diesel tune looked at the engine and the symptoms indicated the valves were out of adjustment. International Diesels Warrant policy is that they cover all parts but not labor. Diesel Tune diagnosed and adjusted the valves at a cost to me of $1700.00.

The truck ran great for a few days then the noise came back.

6/25/07 Brought truck back to Diesel Tune. In further diagnosis by tearing down the top end of the engine Diesel Tune discovered that two retainers that hold the lifters in place were broken causing the lifters to turn in the bore making the valves seem out of adjustment. As a result it appeared there could be further internal damage to the engine. Diesel Tune called International Diesel and requested a new engine to be sent. Because International Diesel wouldn’t warranty the labor it was going to cost me an additional $4100.00 approx. for the installation of the engine again.

8/05/07 Approx date. It took nearly a month for International Diesel to send another Long Block. Diesel Tune started working on the engine. Assembled the of the external parts and just before getting ready to install the motor noticed the head gaskets had been put on backwards. A mistake made by International Diesel. Diesel Tune then had to tear down the motor and request new head gaskets and head bolts from International Diesel . this delay took a number of weeks. Upon receiving the parts Diesel Tune assemble the engine installed it in the truck. They started the engine and it sounded good. Upon closer testing they found there was no oil pressure. After spending a couple of days diagnosing the problem it was determined to be an internal problem inside the block. Again International Diesel was notified.

10/10/07 Approx Date. Diesel tune as well as myself was told by International Diesel that as a result of all the problems they were going to send out a brand new drop in motor from GM, complete and ready to install, including the injectors, injection pump, and turbo. As frustrated as I was I was happy to hear that, the value of a brand new complete motor was very justifiable.

11/30/07 The engine arrived. It was not brand new and did not have the turbo. It was then explained to me that what they do is take the engine out of a frame that had been damaged during production at the plant and that there was only about 15hrs on the motor. This is not what was said previously. Diesel Tune had all ready installed the engine before I found out it had been delivered. At this point I just wanted the truck running. They were almost done with the installation when as they were bolting up the torque converter the engine locked up. Once again Diesel Tune began tearing down the motor to see if they can find the problem.

12/06/07 Diesel Tune to date has removed the front cover, the transmission, the oil pan underneath and could find nothing causing the problem. They are now in the process of removing the engine from the truck once again and will tear down the top end of this motor. If they do find the problem I anticipate more delays as a result of waiting for parts or possibly even another engine.

12/10/07 Diesel tune completed removal of engine. Removed the left head and found broken pieces of aluminum inside the cylinder. The aluminum seem to be from an outside source un related to the engine. After further inspection Diesel Tune determined the engine was undamaged by the debris.

12/11/07 In an effort to expedite getting the engine reassembled I went and got the parts needed to put the engine back together myself (Richard Hibbard invoice). I received the parts on 12/14/07 and delivered them the same day to Diesel Tune.

12/17/07 Diesel Tune did not work on my truck. I was told his mechanic called in sick and he had to work it in with other jobs that were in progress. I was told it wouldn’t be ready until after the holidays.

12/26/07 I spoke with Consumer Affairs (BAR) regarding a complaint I filed some weeks ago. They finally got back to me. I was told they had no jurisdiction outside of California. They did however get Diesel Tune to commit to completing my truck by Friday 12/28/07.

12/27/07 No Info at this time

12/28/07 I spoke with Mike at Diesel Tune 11:00 a.m. He said the truck is running but has an oil leak. They are looking into where it is. Probably will not have the truck back once again before the Holiday weekend.

01/03/08 Got the truck back and seems to be running fine. Attached with the truck was a $14000.00 bill.

01/04/08 Even though I was sent to Diesel tune as International Diesels authorized warranty representative. I was billed for all the work Diesel Tune performed on the defective motors even though the truck never made it out of the shop.

01/07/08 Approx Date Contacted Diesel Tune. Low coolant light had come on. I changed the plastic coolant tank because we felt the sensor may have gone bad. It seemed to work.

01/10/08 Coolant is leaking somewhere towards the back of the engine on the left side, also noticed an oil leak from the same side. Cooling system has also started to hold pressure in reservoir tank which seems excessive to me. I have not yet had time to have it diagnosed. Usually this means a blown head gasket or leaking injector sleeves.

At this time I am in exactly the same place I was in back on 01/04/07 only out a huge amount of money.

Engine $4395.00
Initial Labor $5906.96
Rancho Motors $ 195.50
Richard Hibbard $ 251.90
Diesel Tune $1700.00 (1st diagnosis and valve adjustment)
SUBTOTAL $12448.40

(Installation Labor 2nd time) has not been paid yet (initial estimate was $4100.00)
Total Bill $13938.39

Engine is no closer to being complete than when it first arrived

SUBTOTAL Unknown at this time

Initial Rental Car
Enterprise $2900.00
Enterprise $ 800.00

SUBTOTAL $3700.00

Lost Revenue
Lost rental on JD320 130 working days to date at $225.00 per day $29250.00
Lost Rental Husky 750 approx 29 days based on previous years average $ 3190.00
Move in/out approx 38 days based on previous years average $ 3800.00

SUBTOTAL $36240.00

Lost customer base - undetermined at this time

Had to cancel Camping vacation with kids – had no truck to tow trailer

Couldn’t afford a rental car averaging $1000.00 per month. Decided to purchase an economy car for my wife to drive so that I could use our expedition which is getting beat up and acquiring a lot of miles.

I am at a complete loss at this time. When I brought the truck in it at least ran now I cannot drive it at all. I have also lost $1000.00 worth of tools from theft as a result of the truck sitting there so long.

The truck as of now has a damaged right rear fender. No mention of has been made to me.

At this time I do not feel I should be liable for any costs relating to the repair of this vehicle.

International Diesel has been unresponsive to any of my requests to handle the problem.

They should not be allowed to do business.  

sandslinger79 sandslinger79
Enthusiast | Posts: 401 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 01/22/08
01:19 PM

Oh man that sucks. Just out of curiousity What happened to the original engine and how many miles was on it?

I guess these businesses now days forget that if they do 100 good jobs no one will hear about it but if they do one bad one well everyone knows how that goes.  
2006 Dodge ram 2500 Crew cab short bed, K&N intake, Bully Dog Triple Dog W/ Crazy Larry, Quadzilla boost fooler, Boost & Pyro on A-Pillar, Magnaflow Exhaust.


Balboa455 Balboa455
New User | Posts: 12 | Joined: 07/07
Posted: 01/22/08
02:23 PM

Wow, that is quite a story. Seems like this would make a good deposition for a lawyer, which is were I would recommend you take this.

So often remanufactured parts end up on an endless cycle of remanufacturing. Makes it sad that you can't buy a new Duramax off the factory floor.  

79transam1 79transam1
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/22/08
03:19 PM

The original engine had 320k on it. It was still running but the injectors failed.  I changed them myself, but didnt seat one of the sleeves correctly.  There was a bit of debris in the pocket.  Needless to say it hydrolocked.  I knew what it did, but at 4:00 am I needed to get to work so rather than pulling a glow plug I kept cranking on it till it fired off.  The coolant had to go somewhere. So in the end the heads blew.  

sandslinger79 sandslinger79
Enthusiast | Posts: 401 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 01/22/08
03:24 PM

Well for your sake i hope they make it right, but the only way i would call it right is a brand new truck outright.  
2006 Dodge ram 2500 Crew cab short bed, K&N intake, Bully Dog Triple Dog W/ Crazy Larry, Quadzilla boost fooler, Boost & Pyro on A-Pillar, Magnaflow Exhaust.


gunman41mag gunman41mag
Guru | Posts: 1182 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/22/08
05:56 PM

Hey 79transam1, THAT'S just wrong !!! They should pay for all labor and have a NEW crate diesel from GM shipped to you. I would get some legal advice.  
2008 F250 SUPER-CAB 6.4 PSD 2WD 1999 F250 super-cab 7.3 PSD 2WD(sold)

blacksmoker blacksmoker
Enthusiast | Posts: 354 | Joined: 11/07
Posted: 01/22/08
06:39 PM

that is just plain unnacceptable. in all of my days i have never done business with, or heard of a company doing something like that. we had an issue with our dairy a drug company made an error that cost us a lot of money and wouldnt cover for it. my dad called the company, said he wanted to meet with the man on top.they flew him to Iowa and he pleaded his case, made the company aware of his ties in the dairy industry and that EVERYBODY would hear of this. they apologized and made everything right.

My advice, go up the food chain. keep saying i want to talk to your manager until you get to the top. DO NOT by any means take no for an answer. If they say they can't help you, that means thay dont have the authority to make that decision. go as far as it takes. you paid for a product, they did not deliver. That is plain, and simple ***  
1996 Ram 2500 reg. cab longbox, #6 plate, 191 Deliver valves, 60 hp injectors, star wheel turned up a lot, AFE Stage 2 intake into a Phat Shaft 62 wastgate set at 40 psi, 4" straight pipe, Auto Meter Gauges, ATS tranny and TC (unfortunately), Dick Cepek FC-II A/T 265 LR16 (good tires). FS-2500 Bypass Filter. The only hands that work on my truck are my own.

Member - Blowin' Smoke Gang

06cumminspower 06cumminspower
Enthusiast | Posts: 334 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 01/22/08
07:23 PM

what is going on now? are you fileing any civil suits? i would atleast  charge them for the tools missing if nothing else. but please consult a lawyer becuase that is just wrong.  

needpower needpower
Addict | Posts: 2069 | Joined: 11/07
Posted: 01/22/08
11:06 PM

damn that really sucks id get a lawyer and start a case  
1997 f-250 7.3 powerstroke. just another old truck making big power hahaha
my lug nuts need more torque then what your honda makes

Enthusiast | Posts: 276 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 01/22/08
11:36 PM

like everybody else has said get yourself a lawyer. and like sandslinger said at this point i would have to have a new truck. too much bad "karma" it seems with this one  
02 Dodge Cummins. w/ Banks Six Gun w/Speed Loader,K&N Intake,4" exhaust, FASS 150gph,150hsp injectors,

tbodiesel79 tbodiesel79
User | Posts: 57 | Joined: 09/06
Posted: 01/23/08
08:50 AM

Got a question for you.....Why didn't you just buy a new truck?  It would have been much easier and cost less!  
'07 Dodge 5.9L Cummins 4" Turbo Back Aero Turbine Exhaust.......Blowin' Smoke

79transam1 79transam1
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/23/08
09:09 AM

Thats easy to say in hind sught.  My truck is a 2002 gmc sierra 3500 dually crew cab. it is in great shape. I hold title on it with no payments and all it needed was a motor. At the time for what I viewed as about a 9k investment between parts and labor it seemed like the right choice.  I really wasnt interested in buying a 50k truck at the time.  

sandslinger79 sandslinger79
Enthusiast | Posts: 401 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 01/23/08
10:11 AM

I think at the time you did make the right choice. Who would have ever thought you would be living the nightmare you are in. Nobody could have forseen what was going to happen.  
2006 Dodge ram 2500 Crew cab short bed, K&N intake, Bully Dog Triple Dog W/ Crazy Larry, Quadzilla boost fooler, Boost & Pyro on A-Pillar, Magnaflow Exhaust.


tbodiesel79 tbodiesel79
User | Posts: 57 | Joined: 09/06
Posted: 01/23/08
10:19 AM

I think I came off wrong on the last post I made.  I certainly think you made the right choice, and looking back you didn't know that you would have gotten such a rotten deal.  I hope that you get some help and nail those *** and get some money back.  Keep us posted.  Have you called them and asked to speak to any management, perhaps the Better Business Buerea???  
'07 Dodge 5.9L Cummins 4" Turbo Back Aero Turbine Exhaust.......Blowin' Smoke

E2theRock2 E2theRock2
Guru | Posts: 1625 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/23/08
10:25 AM

What happened to you is rotten and makes worry about trusting other people with my truck especially bcuz my tranny is about to go tits up. You should get in contact with your lawyer and the Better Business Buruau and get that bull *** taken care of. It makes me angry to this happen to someone.  
2011 Chevy Silverado 3500 cc/sb all stock H4 package.
2010 Camaro SS E2theRock2

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