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about to drive the car off a cliff

January 17th, 2007 at 06:37 am

On Monday, I drove my car around town and it ran just fine (after adding antifreeze, of course).

On Tuesday, I drove it to work. It had a hard time starting up in the morning, but I assumed that was because it was our coldest overnight temperature yet this season. It ran just fine after warming up.

I went out to the car after work, and it had a hard time starting up. Again, I assumed it was because it was -4 degrees. It ran just fine after warming up.

On the way home, I stopped at a gas station two blocks from my house to fill it up. Shut the car off, filled it up, paid for the gas, got back in, and....nothing. All the electrics worked, but the engine would not even attempt to turn over. SO came and tried to jump it (we didn't think it would work, but tried anyway). We pushed it off to the side and waited an hour and a half for a tow truck.

The car is sitting at the shop...again. I could scream. I'm waiting to find out what the problem is this time, and how many hundreds of dollars it will cost.*

And can I just say...there were tons of people at that gas station. SO and I were trying to push that thing off to the side for at least 15 minutes (those big lumps in the concrete, mixed with icy snow, weren't so helpful). Only one person stopped to help us. One person! (A very nice, petite woman, I might add.) Bubbas in their pickup trucks were zooming around us (irritated that we were in their precious way) but did they stop to get OUT of their pickups and help push?? Nooooo...

* Looks like it will be $375 to fix this stupid thing. The starter needs to be replaced...again. After this, I have no more savings.

4 Responses to “about to drive the car off a cliff”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    That is too bad, you have had it rough lately.

  2. fern Says:

    Hang in there, Kashi. I hear your frustration.

  3. JanH Says:

    I had this happen recently with my car. Mine was the entire battery cable to the engine. If the starter is fine, it could be the cables. Still pricey, but now it runs! I feel your pain. I've had a couple of vehicles that spent more time in the shop than at home. I was glad to get rid of them, but then I had to buy another one! Hope this fixes your car for goood and you can rebuild your savings. This is so frustrating!

  4. lieweheksie Says:

    do it and claim the insurance :-)
    seriously you have to ask if this car is saving or costing you money
    a year ago i gave up on the old 74 datsun- never looked back
    as a woman who drives alone a lot i also so much safer in a more reliable car
    good luck with whatever decision you make

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