Cars keep breaking down all the time and if you are one of the millions in the world who drives a car that has no warranty, you will fix it with cash out of your own pocket. This week, I felt it myself, and I hope one of you has a repair bill bigger than me… but I’m a little skeptical.
Just a couple of weeks before going on vacation, I was driving my Ford Flex down the road when I noticed a dramatic loss of energy. Nothing was heard or felt bad but as a long time owner of a turbocharged car, I can say that no matter what I had no motivation to speak up.
Although there was no warning light on, I expected that it was just a charge pipe that had become loose or some other kind of boost leaked. A quick peek under the hood provided no results and again, everything sounded and sounded good so I got back in the car and slowly started going home. That’s when things got a lot worse.
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At the stoplight, the car died randomly. I tried to turn it on again and had to give it a little fuel to run. The idle was suddenly rough and the check engine light confirmed that it was still working through the light. Knowing I was close to home I nurtured it but knew that its next journey would be by a tow truck to the shop where I worked.
The call came yesterday with bad news and I’m about to drop about $ 6,000 for a new turbocharger, a brand new timing kit, a new water pump, some new front-end parts and a new set of tires. Some of these costs are what I planned because I brought one more trip but to say the least I didn’t have as much stock for my summer as I had 48 hours ago.
Fortunately, these issues shouldn’t be annual but it makes us wonder how much you’re spending on your own vehicle each year. It could be that you own a supercar that costs thousands to change the oil regularly. If so, we want a clear idea of what that ownership really is. It will definitely make me feel good.