Thursday, March 29, 2007

Car Problems


I am a Subaru loyalist. I have been for years. I love the all wheel drive when the weather is nasty. I am really uncomfortable with snow driving, so the extra help is very nice. I have had 2 Subarus in the last 10 years. I had a 1997 legacy which I traded in for a 2002 model 5 years ago.

The reason I traded the first one in was because of an overheating problem at about 85,000/90,000 miles. We ended up having to replace the radiator on that one. I figured it was just a fluke because we were told a mchanic had left the fans unplugged and that's why it had overheated. I believed that until 3 days ago.

Coming back from lunch on Monday, out of the blue, my car overheated. By the time I reached the XanGo parking lot, it was steaming. I let it cool down and then drove it to Maverick, poured in some coolant and then started a ridiculous trip to Jiffy Lube, followed by the Subaru dealership, to try to solve the problem.

Apparently my radiator was totally plugged up and needed a major cleaning job. Luckily, the head gaskets were still OK, but now that they have done $400 worth of work on it, they still say to watch it because the head gaskets could still blow.

I hate that story.

AND one of the brake calipers I had replaced a year ago was leaking as well. What that meant was, I have spent most of the day waiting for Big O to replace that caliper so my brakes wouldn't go out while driving.

Sometimes, car ownership blows. And I'm starting to question my loyalty to the Subaru brand.

That is all.

1 comment:

The Car Geek said...

It's quite disappointing when your car is having a trouble. This means that you have to take it to a shop to have it fix and of course pay for the repair and replacement of parts (ex: gm brake drums). I guess regular check-ups and maintenance is needed to avoid car parts failure, and of course we could only hope that automakers would put into consideration the quality on each of their product.