The repairs cost $1,226.04 for parts, labor and sales tax on the part.
The car has been at the dealer since the middle of June.
The dealer did not charge me for the second ignition and labor: $523.72
The dealer did not charge me for the new igniter and coil in the
distributor: $308. I have no idea what their labor would be for that but
they didn't charge me for that either.
They didn't charge me for any of the above because none of that fixed
They did charge me $325 for diagnostics and to replace a part and they
charged me $75 for the tow to the dealership since the problem was not
from their earlier repairs. So labor was $400.
They charged me $866.04 for a new Engine Control Module and sales tax on
I've only driven the car home. It didn't stall and it started but it's
done that for up to three months until it fails. So time will tell. The
technician says he was able to have the problem occur on a regular basis
by starting the car and then letting it come to operating temperature
and letting it set for 15 minutes and then it wouldn't start. He said it
no longer does that.
The dealer kept me appraised of the situation and never charged me for
anything until I agreed to the price.
If you don't hear from me then the problem is fixed. May be a few months
before I know for sure.
Now I don't want to sell it. It drives like a little sports car. SOB is
fast and responsive for an 18 year old car.
Thanks to everyone that tried to help. 8-)
that sounds typical for main relay. $45 and about 10 minutes to
diagnose /IF/ you know what you're doing. if you paid them with your
credit card, you can use the credit card company to dispute the charge
if they've misdiagnosed. time will tell.
I guess I forgot to mention that. They replaced the main relay and it
did not solve the problem. The ECM was their last choice. I'm sorry that
I'm not a Honda savant but even with all the recent repairs this 18 year
old Civic has cost me less than $900 a year. That isn't bad.
The dealership guarantees their work for 3 years or 50,000 miles. As you
say, time will tell. 8-)
I've thought it was repaired before. It took about four months before
the problem reoccurred. The dealer repair guy said he was able to
reproduce the problem with consistency and the only thing thing didn't
work properly was the ECM. Something about incorrect voltage coming out
of the ECM? I have a second car so I can test the Civic without being
stranded too far from home.
If I don't post back then it's good to go. 8-)
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