sv7887 Posted October 5, 2006 Share Posted October 5, 2006 Hi Guys, A real frustrating experience with my car. My car is a 1992 LS with 100,400 miles on the clock. I got back from a business trip and the check engine and trac off lights were on. It was also squeaking as I was driving it. They replaced the O2 sensors (I knew that one was coming) and replaced the engine belt for the second time in a few months. It still squeaks and it drives me nuts. They replaced the wipers and air filter so the bill was another $1,000. I already had been to the dealer twice this year and spent $4000 in all sorts of stuff. (Front suspension, brakes all around, Rear Carrier bushings, Fan Clutch, Thermostat, P/s Hose and Rack, New needles for the cluster, new wood trim, and tires). The interior and body are near perfect. Suspension and most mechanical systems are all new. The only things I can think of that may need attention are: Fuel Pump, Alternator, A/C (I don't use it that much), and perhaps the exhaust. Anything I'm missing here? So okay, it's an old car, I understand. But 3 visits in a year? Here's the underlying issue: From reading this forum I told them to replace the tensioner and/or pulleys. They refuse to. "There is nothing wrong with it" Yet this car keeps squeaking with the new belts, and keeps eating them at $200 a pop! Ahh! It only drives once a week. They tell me "Recommend you drive the car more..." Okay..Why is it that a brand new belt makes the same noise as the old one?? The guy who works on my car is the Shop Foreman and he's a real good guy. I trust him. It's just annoying though. I've asked them repeatedly, "You guys know these cars, give me a list of things that will go wrong on it..Money isn't an object, if it's broken fix it!!!" I just want to be able to drive it for a little while and enjoy it without having to go to the dealer every few months. As it is I only drive once a week. I am sorely tempted to trade it and just deal with the loss on the maintenance stuff. I went looking in the showroom...They just don't build them the same way. I sat in a new IS and ES and was disappointed. The door handles aren't that big piece of solid metal like my LS are. Both cars didn't have that tank like feel the LS does. I can deal with the $$$ required for this car's upkeeping..I really don't want to drive this car everyday, especially in the nasty New England Winter. My logic is that I don't want to wear it out. I have a 2006 Corolla that I use as a daily driver (Man, this thing has had the worst assembly quality of any Toyota car I've had) I'm thinking of getting rid of the Corolla asap, and am not sure what to do. I could do two things: a) Trade the LS on something..Maybe that is the wise thing to do..I'm not sure. I know the posters on this board can tell me how much $$$ I'll be on the hook for..The car has tremendous sentimental value (Always a dangerous thing when dealing with cars!) It was my dad's 50th birthday present to himself, and I was a 12yr old at the time.. I used to steal the keys so I could listen to music in it..It's been mine for a long time now..I'd hate to give it up at this point. I can afford the repairs, so that isn't a valid excuse. B) Keep the LS, ditch the Corolla and get something nicer as a daily driver, and find a way to keep the LS mothballed without ruining it. Any ideas? Thanks guys for letting me vent!! Sam Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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