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In the fall of 2017 I bought an AWD Trax LS, at that time GM was desperate to sell inventory. I bought it for 17k out the door.....inclusive of rebates, with a $2000. trade of an 03 Tracker...with the reality of really wanting a RAV 4 or CRV....It was a $$$ decision & figured being brand new, I'd have a jump on the game...I now have 15k miles on it, as its a secondary vehicle....During these years I go on youtube & view all the Trax shortcomings & failures inorder to prevent disaster....I learned that these cars require a lot of preventive maintenance....as in hope to prevent the turbo from failing, to much required fluid changes in the drivetrain....There was even a youtube on replacing the timing chain @ 100k miles. Today I removed the heatshield on the exhaust manifold to reduce the heat on the turbo oil cooler line, as this $25. line tends to plug up from cooked oil & starve the turbo to failure....Its recommended this line be changed every 30k miles. The Transmission fluid should be changed every 45k miles & the rear axle around 60k miles....I think with preventative maintenance the Trax should stand up pretty good, & the quirks & fluid changes should eliminate costly early failures......
 

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WoW, don't believe everything you read and see on YouTube. If your Trax is newer than 2015 it has the revised turbo oil feed tube and if you use full synthetic it won't coke. In 2015 they were using a blend. As for removing the shield it's okay but fan blows air around whether it's on or not. Mine's been on with 100000 miles turbo still works fine. This week it put out 13.6 PSI at one point.

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Hondas and Toyotas need periodic Maintenace and the fluids changed as well.
 

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One in my small fleet is a 98 Civic that I owned for 18 years with 212k miles.....Two timing belts, plugs, wires, oil changes, brakes, tires, is about it..... I'm thinking a 98 Civic was around when the Cavalier was, how many of those have you seen lately? or the Cobalt? There are still those vintage Corolla's Camry's, Accords on the road.....My point to all of this is I'm not here to bash GM, Ford, or anyone else, but to keep up with the japs, you need to be more attentive to maintenance with a Trax & I really like the Trax.....I find YouTubes informative like changing a water pump on a Trax....not such a fun job, neither is changing the radiator, which is rather simple on most cars... YouTubes are informative, & I admit some are corny but you just have to weed through them ..So its all good....I learned that you need to be more maintenance conscience & just thought to share it.......
 

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I work for GM, been a tech with them for almost 20 years, my dealership has sold 100s of traxs. I only ever see them in the shop for a few coolant or oil leaks. Lots of frozen intercoolers in winter But that's about it for problems with the trax.
 
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