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@#$%.

Took my car in to the shop. Again.

In the last two months I've spent about $2000 on this--$1000 to get my struts restrutted and breaks replaced, $500 on a window replacement, and $500 on a serious tune-up/oil change/filter change.

For the record, I'm abandoning my current mechanic and switching back to my family's mechanic.

The last day I drove it, the AC stopped working entirely, totally out of the blue. When I drove it today, it crept up to halfway between "normal" and "maximum overheat, bail out, bail out!!!" on a five-mile drive, and even turning the heaters on full blast (in...the summer...) didn't help bring it down to the safety zone. So, I drove it to the mechanics, again, abut a good, honest mechanic this time. I hope.

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synj_munki
Aug. 3rd, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
sounds like your thermostat is sticking. it's a <$5 part, but a couple of hours to put it on.
spottylogic
Aug. 3rd, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
If this bill comes in under $250, I'll be a happy camper. I've spent half my income lately on car :(
synj_munki
Aug. 4th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
i can understand, it happens to me more than i like. at one point when i was driving back and forth to san marcos for grad school, finances were such that i took out a lien on my jeep in order to pay for repairs on the jeep.

when we were finally able to get ed a used vehicle from a dealership, we insisted on the extended warranty despite everyone telling us it was a waste of money; it paid for itself within 3 months. we are the people that use the warranties on any piece of tech.
spottylogic
Aug. 4th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that when this car dies on me...and I hope these aren't the early warning signs, I'd hoped to squeeze a few more years out of it--I'm getting a new hybrid with a nice, juicy warantee. I've learned from watching Whines try to get his batteries replaced.

Oh--thanks for the tip on the caverns of sonora, BTW, they were easily the nicest caves in Texas :)
chrisloy
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
*nods* Happened to me on 2 different cars. Apparently the Texas heat got so hot that added to the car heat, the valve literally melted closed. Thankfully the thermostat isn't too hard/expensive to replace.
spottylogic
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
That's good to hear! The mechanic seemed to think he knew exactly what the problem was without looking at it. I hope he was right.
jrollercoasterd
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
How frustrating!
spottylogic
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
It's been a good car most of its life, doesn't usually cost me more than $500 a year to maintain. Just, for some reason, this Summer's been maintainance hell :(
eris_star
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
:( That sucks.
spottylogic
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh yes.
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