Thank you so much for your answers. Yes, I purchased the car new.
The warranty was 5 years, 100,000 km - the CAT (part) was covered
under the 7 year, 130,000 part - thatís why my mechanic recommended I
take it to the dealer. Apparently the extended warranty I purchased
was just this "best warranty" plan. I have 126,000+ kms on the car.
The problem appeared the day after I had the crank case pully (and
required belts) repaired. As I excellerated, it felt as if the car
The check engine light came on later that day and I took it back to
the garage. The code identified the CAT, took it to one dealership
and had it replaced, including the sensor. The "skip" or the
"misfire" remained. I took it back, they replaced the timing belt,
did an oil change and checked everything out. Again, as I drove away
(after hours) the problem was still there.
Back to the local garage for additional diagnostics. They took the
car to the other dealership who identified the problem as the rear
hanging bearing - that was replaced. Problem still there. The garage
took it back to the dealership and thatís when they said the rear
differential needed to be replaced. They disconnected the AWD
component and the problem appears gone.
BECAUSE I had service done on the car by a local mechanic, the
dealership was unable to "confirm" (even with my receipts) that I
had performed maintenance according to my service requirements.
Again, they would not recommend fixing the car (apparently it would be
over $3,000.00) they suggested I purchase a new one and offered me
some finance options.
The last conversation with them was recommending I get a second
opinion - there have already been three.
Again, thanks Mike - your comments are appreciated.
"Mike Marlow" wrote: