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A consumer group asked General Motors Corp. to provide free engine replacement to owners of 536,000 1984 cars whose 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engines may develop cracked blocks. In a letter to GM Chairman Roger Smith, the Center for Auto Safety also urged the nation's No. 1 auto maker to change its engine design and provide loaner cars at no expense to the owners while the cars are being repaired. A GM spokesman had no immediate comment.

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