I am waiting to hear from the GM Regional Manager about this problem, but wondering if any of you have experienced the same situation. I have a 2002 GMC Envoy, bought used 2 years ago. Last Saturday I had a flat tire, and while two of my friends worked to change it, I was on the phone with my roadside assistance office, arranging for someone to come and take care of it for me (yeah, I'm kinda lazy) When the service dude arrived he noticed that my cable and backet that supports the spare is rusted and the spare cannot be removed without cutting the cable, thus rendering me to forever carry my spare in the passenger compartment. I refused, managed to get the tire fixed and drove home, with my spare currently hanging down and swinging somewhat, because we could not get it tightened back up. I first contacted the GM dealer I had bought the vehicle from and all he could talk was "expired warranty". I then contacted GM's headquarters where I spoke to a very nice customer service person (Maria) who made an appointment for me with a different GM service department, and told me it would all be taken care of (no charge). When I got to the service department this morning, they looked at it and said $243.00 to fix. Now .... this has rusted due to a faulty design, not due to any fault of my own (I could undrstand paying if I had somehow broken it, but not due to rust). If the problem is not fixed, frankly, I am afraid to drive the car. In one case, I could have a blow-out and be totally stranded, and even worse yet, if the rusted cable were to break as I was driving down the road it could cause the person(s) following me to have an accident, and I would not even be aware of it. I am waiting to hear what they say next, and will contact an attorney if necessary, so if anybody else has had similar problems, contact me, there is strength in numbers, and we can get something done!!!!!!