Post # 1
For anyone who reads this, thank you.
May 2011, my car broke down out of the blue, i took it to the shop they said it just needed a tune up- $500. a week later it breaks down AGAIN, and it goes to a different shop and they said it was some sort of sensor, they replace it-$150ish to fix that.. well after a few weeks it breaks down again, Shop tell me i need an O2 sensor, they replace that- and then had to replace it after a few days b/c it went again. For them to find out i need a new cadilider(spelling?) converter. The shop tells me to wait as long as possible to replace that b/c itll be over $1000 to fix. so i literally go close to a year driving it pushing it off. Well March rolls around and i had to get it inspected.. DID NOT PASS b/c of the cat converter… they replace it along with 4 new tires-$500. well since i had it replaced that was suppose to take care of the check engine light that was continuiously on.. DID not work, they replace the o2 sesor again. Well my brakes just went on the car and had to get them replaced-$300… and the shop tells me I NEED ANOTHER FREAKIN CAT CONVERTER!!!!!!!! apparently my car has 2!!!!!
OMG I CAN NOT TAKE THIS!!!!! we are trying to pinch pennies and save for the wedding but my damn car is taking all of our money!!!!!! i still owe more on the damn thing then its even worth!!! I just wanna cry. I have NO luck at all with cars. UUUGGHHHH
Thanks ladies- vent over =)
Post # 3
@graygodess20: Have you tried going to a car dealer to see about getting a better car? I work at a car dealership and I know ours has 15 different financers. They work with people who are upside down (when the loan is worth more than the car) pretty often so something can probably be worked out.
A new car may not be what you thought was in your budget but ti sounds like you’re already paying a fortune in car expenses anyways.
Post # 4
I’m hoping that you didn’t have to pay for the O2 sensor three times. Either they were defective or there is something causing the sensors to go out. Either way they should have figured out by the time the second one went out that there is a problem. I feel silly even asking this, but do you always take your car in or does your FI ever deal with it? I’ve had my fair share of mechanics try to screw me because I’m a girl. I used to have my guy friends call the mechanics for a quote and if the price was different when I showed up I’d leave.
Post # 5
@Sugaree: So true. DH used to work as an auto mechanic and he still does a lot of work on cars. When he needed to get something done on his Jeep, the mechanic at the shop just charged him $20 to fix it because DH obviously knew what he was talking about and knew exactly what needed to be done. If I had walked in there for the exact same thing but saying “My Jeep is broken!” they probably would have charged me $200.
So, if you have any friends that are mechanics, get THEM to take the car in. Most mechanics know better than to try and BS another mechanic!
Post # 6
Tires aren’t your car’s fault….that’s normal wear and tear for any car -make sure you save ahead! The other stuff is bad, but not as expensive as it could be. What do you drive? What year is it? You might consider getting a new(er) car that is a different make/model. A honda, toyota, hyundai etc will last a lot longer without work needed than a ford, chevy etc. German cars are fun and pretty, but cost an arm and a leg to get work done on! I miss my VW Golf but it wasn’t worth the cost!
Post # 7
I gave up on my car. Stupid thing can freaking rot.
Post # 8
Breaks and tires and things like that are normal and routine and should be included in your budget. I do agree with going to the mechanics whith preferably a guy who knows about cars (I know a woman who worked in parts for 15 years she was a good one too) and usually they wont try to fuck you over. Having a good relationship with your mechanic is really important too and dont go to places like Canadian Tire or Walmart or any of those big garages they really suck. We were starting to have issues like yours and we just sold it and got it over with. Also never buy a used car without having a mechanic look it over.
Post # 9
@harleyq: FI just got a new car, which was much needed, so right now we are just gonna wait until after the wedding to get me another car. lol i go through cars about every 2 years.
@Sugaree: They only charged me once for the sensor, thankfully. The mechanics were cool about it and made sure that everything was documented that it was still under warrenty. and FI ALWAYS takes the car, not me, for that exact reason! i know that i would prob get screwed over!
@iarebridezilla: Thankfully my parents are good friends with a mechanic, but he doesnt live close enough for me to use him. but whenever we get quoted a price for what needs to be fixed we contact him to make sure we arent getting screwed over. Thank goodness for him!!
@crayfish: Yeah i totally get that breaks and tires are normal to have to get replaced, but it just blows cause everything happened so close together, and since we arepaying for the wedding ourselves, it really hit the bank account.
We decided that when i do get a new car it will be BRAND spankin new, with all the warrienties, everything. I wish i could lease a car but b/c i put almost 30,000 miles on the car in a year cause of working far from home, and they wont lease a car for milage that high =( WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS..