Originally posted by jimmiec
I have been in the business of repairing cars/trucks since 1976. I have worked and been trained by numerous manufacturers, European/American/Japanese.
I have an associates degree in electronics and 2 masters from 2 different manufacturers as well. I know cars/trucks inside and out....
...You hate me because i bear bad news and dig deep into your wallet. It is however not my fault. I am honest and hard working. I am not saying that
all technicians are. I am an anomally in that respect. I did not design that 2009 Toyota Camry that needs a water pump every 50k miles and requires 10
hours labor to replace. I did not sell you that 2008 Honda that needs a transmission already.
So, direct your attention to the real problem and research that new car. It may well be junk. Don't pay more just because it is a
Toyota/Honda/Mercedes/BMW. On a positive note. Don't bother going to college if you want a career that will get nothing but increasingly more busy.
Auto repair is a wide open field with never ending need.
Bought a Mazda CX7 in 2007, brand new... 4-cylinder turbo... Outstanding turbo design (as far as performance on the road - IMO), but had to sacrifice
quite a few other kinds of performance to accomplish that.
Within a year, when I was getting the oil changed, the technician said "sounds like your lifters need adjustment". I asked them to "show" me the
sound they were referring to, and after they did, I replied that it had sounded like that since I bought it (and it had)...
I took it back to the dealer, since I had paid a significant chunk for a "premium" Extended Warranty...they listened to it, and did whatever
checking they did (away from my eyes)...and handed it back to me, saying nothing was wrong.
Went another year, then two, and when getting it "inspected", the service men said my lifters needed adjusting.
Had heart problems...didn't drive it much...but, the next year (with not many more miles on it than the previous - AND - with it performing &
sounding as it always had), took it in to the same group that inspected it last - said "I would like you to do a major tune-up on it, and if you find
that the lifters need fixing, fix them...".
They called me the following day saying - "There's nothing we can do for your car...It's beyond repair. There's metal all in your oil." (!!!
Didn't charge me a dime...but wouldn't do a thing to it, either. The car continued to drive and perform as it always had for another 3-5 months
(when I traded it in on another vehicle)...
Anyway - I really have no idea what just happened to me.
Car drove great. Did everything I wanted it to do (except the A/C & Heater were below par, and it wouldn't tow ANYthing). Everyone who was not the
dealer seemed to believe/know something was wrong... When I traded it in...they never asked to look at it (only asked "how many miles")...and never
commented on it after we traded.