RonO (rono_60103) wrote,

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Since I got my 2000 Saturn LW2 Wagon shortly before getting married, I've had a love-hate relationship with the thing. Most of the time I've been very happy with it, but it has had a few annoying habits, which I hate.

Almost since it was new, it would occasionally -- usually in streaks -- enter into a mode where it would show the "service" light and shift hard. Also, the last two summers the drain for the air conditioner has been plugged, causing the condensation from the coils to come into the car, soaking the carpet.

Despite this, I've actually owned this car longer (both in terms of time and mileage) then either of its predecessors -- the 1989 Chevy Blazer S10 and the 1995 Jeep Wrangler SE.

However, at this moment I'm not very happy with it. On Tuesday, while I was trying to get up to speed on I-290/IL-53, it suffered a loss of power -- complete with a warning light that said "reduced power." I was able to limp off of the freeway and restart it. Once restarted, it drove fine. I took it to the dealer, since the dealer was closer than my alternate garage and has a network setup so I could connect to work from there. They reported that the throttle body needed cleaning and that the mass airflow sensor was bad. These, along with the needed oil change ran me just under $400.00. They also mentioned that the engine control module might be shorting, and that replacing it would be another (IIRC) $400.00. I passed on getting this replaced.

Apparently, that was not such a good idea. This evening, when I was leaving to go to karate -- which was my third trip of the day -- my car wouldn't start. After karate I put it on the battery charger, which I put into the mode where it can usually start a car, and tried to start it. On the charger it still wouldn't start, and then started doing other things that make me think that it is trying to tell me something. Specifically it would often blink the interior lights on and off with a regular period of about one second.

So, tomorrow I get to have the car -- which is also stuck in "Park" -- towed from our garage to the dealership or the alternate garage to see if they can fix it on Monday. Fortunately Monday is a holiday for me. Derrick also has Monday off (and I was planing on not sending him to day care) and Tara won't have to work since she works the following Saturday. But getting my car fixed will override any other plans we might have had for the day.


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