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Hey everyone, I don't really post much on here because my car has been pretty dang reliable so far (knock on wood. 92,000 miles), but I have discovered a problem that hopefully some of you know about. I drive a 2008 G5 and I've noticed for well over a year that the daytime running lights do not come on. I've checked all the fuses, which are all good, and today I finally cared enough to check the wiring. I discovered that the wiring harness near the radiator looked melted and disfigured. I cut the plastic apart and found my problem which looks like a resistor wire of some sort is completely burned and melted. I have a friend with a 2007 Cobalt and he let me check his this afternoon because his DRL's don't come on and sure enough, he has the same problem. Also a manager at Wendy's here in town has a 2007 G5 and we often comment on each others cars when I'm at the drive thru and I asked him today if his DRL's worked and he said no. He even told me he went to a dealer to see how much it would cost and they told him upwards of $500 to replace the whole front harness. Is this a problem that GM is aware of and if so, are they doing anything for their customers? I don't care for DRL's personally because they're ugly, but there are many people who care for them because they value their safety. Thanks for any help you might have!
 

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Good morning stower17,

I checked the general information that I have for your model year and do not see any recalls issued for this matter. Whether or not there are any service bulletins on this I don't know as I cannot look into those. If you had been planning on working with a GM dealership to get this looked into and would like for me to be available to you throughout the process, please let me know via private message (include your name, contact information, and the last 8 of your VIN).

Sarah, GM Customer Service
 

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GM is going to wait for one of these cobalts to burn somebody's house and take some lives.

Sarah read both threads and you will see it's not just two cars. It's a bad design or a good design wrongly implemented.

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Agita-San maybe it wasn't your ballast after all that burnt the front of your car.
 

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For your info an inverter is just an other name for a AC ballast.
 

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Thanks for responding, Sarah. I spoke with a GM customer service rep on the phone today and he took my information regarding the problem and he issued me a service request number. I will PM you with my info just to be on the safe side.

To everyone else, as Colby stated it was either a bad design from the beginning, a good design that was implemented wrong, or some sort of cost cutting manufacturing from GM. Hopefully GM will acknowledge the problem before somebody is seriously injured or killed from an electrical fire.

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Also wanted to add that my car and the two others I checked out have the original stock headlight bulbs, turnsignal and parking lamp bulbs. All three cars are bone stock minus window tinting and aftermarket wheels. Foul play seems to be out of the question here...
 
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