Can you believe it.. I breakdown and decide to purchase a $45,000 car
since my current vehicle is unstable, only to come out one morning and
find anti-freeze on my garage floor..
VERY disappointing to say the least... I love the car but how could
this happen? The car had 4000 miles and I had it 3 weeks and added
another 1000 miles..
In the shop for two days.
Just hope it's not the start of a downward lemon spiral..
Actually, since it failed with so few miles it's most likely it was just a
bad part, and has no significance in predicting other problems with the
car. Lost a water pump on my SUV about the same mileage, and now after 15
years, no other problems except I have to keep replacing things that wear
Think of it like the first parking lot ding - now the car has it 'out of
its system', so it doesn't need another failure.
No, its not. The transmission control mechanism failed on my 2003 325 after
only 2000 miles. The only parts since then have been O2 sensors, but those
things are very fragile.
O yes, it now has 24000 miles.
And the stories go on...
Some years ago my new another-famous-German-brand car and I were poodling
down the motorway one fine summer's evening on our way to Paris. Suddenly
there was a bang and an awful noise emanated from the engine. I crept into
the nearest petrol station.
After a man from the local breakdown organisation turned up he asked me to
turn on the engine. He immediately said I should turn it off and slapped a
large "DO NOT DRIVE" notice on the windscreen. In short, engine failure.
At 2000 miles.
(If you're wondering, the nice man from the AA took me to a car-hire place
so that I could continue my journey. And it took months to get back onto
the road because a lengthy German metalworkers' strike affecting the whole
autmobile industry had started and there were no spare engines in the
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First off, a blown thermostat would not cause this, but... something
went wrong for sure.
Huh? You bought it "used" with 4000 miles on it? But I would not get
overly concerned. It was probably just something loose or an infantile
failure of the waterpump or something like that. Not a big deal.
For what? Certainly not a blown thermostat. 2 days is a lot of fixin'
There really is no such thing as a "lemon" car, only "lemon" repair
facilities. If they can't fix it right the first time (or after a
reasonable time depending on the problem at hand), be smart enough to
seek repairs elsewhere. I'm already suspicious after a quote of 2 days...
I'm not concerned about service center capabilities. This is probably
THE largest BMW dealer in the NE and probably the country and a few
towns from BMW NA headquarters. It's in good hands...
They told me that the leak was from the thermostat and the reason it's
taking (2) days, well actually 32 hours is that it's an 2006 and they
had to order the part yesterday.
I brought the car in yesterday morning and I'm getting it back tonight,
so the turnaround isn't that bad... when they change the thermostat,
they are also checking the entire cooling system, etc.
OK, so long as you are confident in them. Personally, I am most
suspicious of the big stealerships. They turn over wrenches like crazy
and the new guys get all the "easy" jobs.
Perhaps a cracked t-stat housing then? I'll bet they still make them
out of plastic...
OK, so the time was mostly waiting on a part. That makes sense. It
does make you wonder though, if this is such a big dealership and this
is a current production model, what exactly *do* they have in parts stock?
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