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  1. IN FEBUARY OF THIS YEAR WE BOUGHT OUR FIRST MOTORHOME, A NEWMAR VENTANA LE. THE 1ST THING WE DECIDED WAS WE NEEDED A TOW CAR, A TOADY. THE SPARK LS WAS ADVERTISED AS THE NUMBER 1 CHOICE. WOW!!! WHAT A MISTAKE ! AFTER 4400 MILES THE FRONT DISC BRAKES WHILE TOWING USING A BLUE OX SYSTEM WITH A PATRIOT II AUTO BRAKE COMPLETELY DESTROYED OUR FRONT BRAKES, CV AXLES, AND ALL SENSORS INCLUDING, REAR BRAKES. THE DEALERSHIP, 3-WAY CHEVROLET IN BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA DENIED IT AS A WARRANTEE CLAIM, SAYING IT WAS THE PATRIOT II SYSTEM THAT CAUSED THE FAILURE WITHOUT SHOWING ANY EVIDENCE THAT THIS WAS THE CAUSE. THEY THEN PRODUCED A ESTIMATE FOR REPAIR OF $4767.18 TO FIX THE SPARK LS. WE ELECTED TO HAVE THE PATRIOT II SYSTEM CHECKED BY BLUE OX AND FOUND NO FAILURE OR ERROR CODES. WE THEN FIXED THE SPARK BY OUR CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN/MECHANIC ( GM TRAINED) FOR A TOTAL OF LABOR & PARTS ( ALL GM PARTS) FOR $2,206 DOLLARS. THE CAR WAS REPAIRED AND RETURNED TO SERVICE FOR 300 MILES AND HAD NO ISSUES. THE 1ST TOWING ATTEMPT WAS WITHOUT THE PATRIOT II BRAKE SYSTEM AND THEN CHECKED AT 72 MILES OF TOWING. THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE WAS HOT, BUT THE RIM WAS TOOOOO HOT MAKE CONTACT WITH MORE THAN AN INSTANT. WE THEN DISCONNECTED THE SPARK FROM THE TOWING VEHICLE MOTORHOME AND PROCEEDED TO DRIVE, IN 10 MILES THE RIM HAD COOLED TO THE TOUCH. THE SPARK HAD BOTH DISC PADS REPLACED, RIGHT HAND WORN SEVERELY, WHILE LEFT SHOWED ONLY NORMAL WEAR. THE CAR WAS RETURNED TO DEALERSHIP AND THEY PRONOUNCED THAT THE BEARING AT THE RIGHT HAND SIDE WAS THE OVERHEATING ISSUE, AGAIN WITH NO PROOF. THE CAR WAS THEN DROVE 3 BLOCKS TO A GMC DEALER AND CHECKED. THEY FOUND NO PROBLEMS WITH THE ENTIRE REPAIR FROM 1ST EVENT AND SECOND BRAKE FAILURE. THEY THEN SAID BEAR WAS GOOD, BUT THERE WERE ERROR CODES FOR THE ABS BRAKE CONTROL MODULE.....SO, MILEAGE IS GOOD 37-40 MILES PER GALLON, LITTLE NOISY, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE FRONT BRAKES AND AXLE DESTROY THEMSELVES AT ABOUT 4400 MILES AND THE DEALERSHIP IS LYING ABOUT EVERYTHING AND IS COVERING UP FOR GENERAL MOTORS. WE ARE GOOD CUSTOMERS, HAVE 3 CARS CURRENTLY THAT WERE PURCHASED FROM THIS DEALERSHIP, IT DOESN'T MATTER. G. M. IS COVERING UP A MAJOR PROBLEM !! WE HAVE ASKED FOR ALL OUR MONEY BACK INCLUDING REPAIRS AND ADDITIONS TO CAR FOR TOWING. NOT HAPPY.