Good news/Bad news

Good news/Bad news

This is kind of a good news/bad news post.  I’ll start with the good news first then work into the bad news.

I picked up our van yesterday at the shop.  All the repairs were done and here is a brief run done of the repairs:

1) The Fixed the broken drivers side window.
2) Replaced front inner tie rods.
3) Replaced valve cover and cleaned intake.
4) New shocks on the back end.
5) Fixed rear brakes.
6) Aligned the front end.
7) Replaced air filters.
8) Replaced broken condenser.
9) Replaced accumulator.
10)  New tire on the front end.

The total came to just about $2,500.00.

Now for the bad news.  I left the shop to go pick up the boys from school and the check engine light came on again.  I called the shop and brought it back.  The cleared the computer after reading the codes and said to see if that fixes it.  They said it was likely something erroneous associated with having been fixed. 

I drove away and all was fine……until this morning.  The check engine light is known again.  So we are going have to return once again to discover what the new problem is. 

At this point, I don’t even know what to say. This can was a huge mistake and one that I am responsible for.  In an effort to avoid a $300/month car payment,  we ended up dropping almost $8000 in repairs alone this year. The average cost of ownership of this van is around $700 per month,  not including fuel.

Never again will I make that same mistake.  I trusted the seller and quite clearly shouldn’t have.  I test drove it and knew about the transmission but everything else was a surprise and an unpleasant one at that.

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Onyx Panthyr

Is there another van somewhere for sale? I think at this point, you'd be better off dumping that money you're already spending into something else. Sell that thing for parts. 🙁


I hear that. Problem is we have so much already invested. We\’re also trying to move and can\’t take on both expenses. Trust me, nothing I would like better than to scrap this thing. 🙂

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