That really sucks!
I feel your pain!
I have always bought used cars and never had one problem til recently. I had bought a car in January because I was pregnant and couldn't drive a baby
around in my Mustang. I bought a PT Cruiser and it had all the bells and whistles, leather, suede, sun roof and so on. It was used but in immaculate
condition. I called my Uncle, who is a mechanic and asked him what he thought. He said he didn't really like them because they were not easy to work
on but they weren't bad cars however there were certain years that were bad. I then went online and did my research but couldn't find which ones had
the problems. I asked some people on ATS and some said they hated PT's and I should have listened but the car really had no issues that I saw or
could find based on the model and year.
Well fast forward to this July, MOVING day. My mom has the PT with my son, 6wks at the time and my dog in the car. I am driving the Mustang with my
cat. She leaves before me and I leave shortly after. Well I'm going down the highway and see her pulled over under an overpass. I was like wth is she
doing. I thought maybe she pulled over to feed the baby. I kept going and got this feeling i needed to turn around but the closest place to turn
around was 10miles up the road still. I floored it at this point worried something was wrong, my mom does not have a cell phone so I couldn't call
her. I finally get to the car and it friggin over heated. I thought ok that isn't so bad. BOY was I wrong!! Long story short we had to put a new damn
engine in the thing. $2500 dollars later and 3wks in the shop it runs like new now.
Turns out the model we got has some sort of defect where it burns through 1 litre of oil every 1000 miles or so. I had little to no oil apparently in
the car which to me didn't seem right since we had just bought the car and it wasn't due for an oil change for months. The oil light never came on
either. I didn't drive much before the move because I was pregnant and on bed rest so the car barely got used. I was so upset when they said I needed
an engine I physically got sick. I spent all the money I had, literally, on this car. At that moment it felt like i flushed $6000 down the drain.
I was mad on one end at the car place because I felt they should have known this but on the other end I couldn't because they probably didn't know.
I met the previous owner of the car who told me the place I bought it from had no intention of selling it on their lot but were putting it up for
auction. I am still not sure how to take that, did they know something was wrong? I guess I'll never know.
So now we just monitor the oil in it and with a new engine it will now go a heck a lot further than we expected. Sure we winded up paying more than we
wanted for it but I guess we have a better car now. All the other major things on the car had been replaced when the engine was replaced and my
mechanic saved me a TON of money. I really loved my mechanic there and will miss him for sure. He was an honest man who didn't want to take you for
all your money. I even offered my Mustang, my BELOVED Mustang as payment and he said he couldn't take it. He said he knew I loved that car and to
keep it and never sell it. I will take that advice lol
I have to say that in my 17 yrs of car buying and never having one problem til now that those odds aren't too bad. When you buy used you just never
know what could happen. You take the sellers word for it and in some states there are lemon laws so you are protected even more but in my state, FL
you are basically screwed if sold a "lemon." Lemon laws in FL only apply to brand new cars and well how many brand new cars do you know are lemons!
I have had cars from all the major American companies and I must say Ford has been the best I've ever owned. I had an Escort last almost 300k miles
and my Mustang is 15yrs old and in 5yrs has only cost me a new clutch and tires. We are going to keep the PT and then sell it next year for something
like a CRV or similar mini SUV crossover.
I do love the PT still even though it gave me slight heart failure and cost us even more money. It is a good little car and had we known about it's
issue prior we would have monitored it. Now we know so we can make sure it never happens again!
I will always buy used. I really don't see the point in brand new cars. They cost too much. Sure you get warranties but who wants a car payment?! I
know many will say then pay cash well not everyone has the option to pay for a brand new car upfront. I hate car payments and I'd rather let someone
else buy the car new and pay for all the extras and then I buy it when they are done.
A car to me has one purpose, get from point A to point B. I
am not into cars as a status symbol nor do I care to show off a car. I'd rather spend that money on something I need.