My sister owns a 2013 Denali Terrain and her transfer case went out. She had it towed to the local Chev. dealership. That was a BIG mistake but it is what it is. Anyway they told her she needed a new one at a cost of $1,200.00 for the transfer case and an additional $1000,00 for the labor!!! And get this - they told her that they're charging for 6 hrs. labor which means they charge a whopping She'll have $2,200.00 + invested in it when it is done and she has to wait a week or more for the new transfer case to come in! Personally, after looking over all of you here who've had the same problem I think there is a defect in them, but try to convince GM of that?!!!! Also, I don't think my sister's car has 40,000 miles on it yet but she bought it used so I know there isn't a warranty that will cover it. It is a shame so many people have had to endure this problem without compensation from GM when it seems there is definitely a problem with them!??So what are the price points for fixing something like this - used, junk yard parts, versus new? And you’re going to do the work yourself (I presume), but what would an independent shop charge (never mind the dealer)...?
I’ve never owned an AWD or 4WD vehicle (for winter driving) - even when living 12 “driving years” up in (southern) New England. When I’m home visiting family I see tons of AWD vehicles on the road these days - more than I ever remember seeing years ago. Makes me wonder if this is yet another one of those cases where the manufacturer has essentially created artificial demand by increasing production and then convincing buyers - through marketing and salesmanship - that they really need AWD, when they don’t.
A failure like the OP has experienced here is probably pretty rare, but prospective AWD buyers take note: do you really need AWD? Unless you live in Canada, one of the northernmost U.S. snowbelt states, or otherwise “out in the boonies” where roads get plowed when your town “gets around to it”, the answer is probably “no”. So keep it simple, drive a FWD vehicle, put the up-front ($1500?) savings into your pocket, enjoy the “extra” 1-2 MPGs along the way, and sleep tight knowing you’ve got one less transmission-related failure point to worry about.