That's as dramatic a subject line as I could think of.
The whys and wherefores of how this came about are not so much the point
as what, if any recourse I have at bill-paying time.
The repairs seem logical enough:
Hoses to the transmission gave out on my 95 Cirrus.
After calling my dealership... which is about 11 miles away, I
they don't have any tow truck service so I called an in-town transsmission
specialty place which had been recommended.
They picked up the car and fixed the lines for a total of about
included diagnostics and the parts and and labor. I can tr5anscribe the parts
a follow if that will help.
The car was just ready to be picked up when a test drive indicated
that the loss of fluid did damage to 3rd gear.
This was the major expense and the time I should have bailed.
I had that $500 already in soI ok'ed the transmission replacement with the
advice of the owner there that I should run out the vehicle to the end of
it's usefull life which he estimated at 180,000. The car has 102k on it and
body and interior are in good shape.
The trans job added $1950. I knew trans jobs weren't cheap but
my financial condition does not allow me to spend upwards of $5000 or more
on a used vehicle with a dead trade.
I got the car back with a one year warranty on the trans job. But the
was exibiting the same problem as before the fluid blowout
which was hanging in 2nd gear. I learned that is called "Limp Mode."
This has something to do with vehicle codes.
Some battery problems followed and the car went back. The y said the
battery was dead which I don't doubt: it was the original battery in the car.
and I had needed a jump a couple days before after the vehicle sat only a
short time. here in Wisconsin, weather is also a factor in vehivle problems
and a cold snap was going on.
Some codes are still appearing after they installed a new battery (at
they did not specify... I did not ask because what can I do at this point.)
So what may happen is the car computer... owner mentioned getting a used
one ... may be needed to get rid of the Limp Mode problem.
I'm thinking that battery with installation will add another $150, but I'm
Payment has been made for the lines and trans on Mastercard. With the raw
provided, are these justifiable expenses or should I contest them?
At the very least it's my feeling that I got some bad advice. I am not an
experienced mechanic and these expenses which are falling like dominoes seem
endless. To get my cost out, I'll have to drive it for three years and then buy
new car with a pretty worthless trade.
I offer this post for your opinions as Chrysler owners.
I didn't take it to the dealer because the cost of a tow alone might be $150 with
the $50 per zone of five miles rate that the local places get. The transmission
specialty garage is a well-respected local business. So did I get advice as
has been going through my head and should I challenge the bill either with
MC or in small claims court based on average charges for the same service?
Whew. Well that's all I have. This deal has been giving me fits. I did not
to build a new car.
I lost fluid and damaged