The car is toast – engine failure. This isn’t a boo-hoo, woe is me type post. I am not one to cry over material things or money, so I don’t expect you to do it for me.Since I vented my frustrations in my last post, I thought it would be appropriate to follow up on it.
Why this happened exactly we do not know. After spending four days in the repair shop with no clear, visible definition, we decided to pull the plug. The outcome is still the same – we need a new vehicle. We do have a contingency fund, but I was really really really hoping to dip into it for a trip to Cuba this spring. Under the circumstances, it would be irresponsible of us to do so. (The little devil on my shoulder says “fuck responsibility, just go!”)
My MIL did some investigating (i.e. googling) and found that we are not the only ones that this has happened to. In fact, car complaints has the 2003 Honda Accord listed as the second worse vehicle to buy. Major grievances include weak oil retention rings leading to excessive oil consumption, weak tensioners that cause the timing chain to slip out of place and faulty/frozen crank shafts. (Could the oil rings been so weak that I would burn a litre of oil in three days? ) The number one complaint was widespread transmission failure.
I have to question the validity of checking on these type of websites. Surely there are lemons in every batch of vehicles that are made. But if I had seen my car listed in the number two slot, I may have thought twice before my purchase. Just thought I would pass along the information, just in case one of you might have one of these lemons in your driveway too. In the mean time, I’ll be watching the seat sales to Cuba and indulging my little devil with a fantasy vacation.
Thanks for stoppin in.