Michael on July 21st, 2008
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Just about two weeks after I paid over $$$ to replace the condenser on my money-sucking $aturn, recharge the AC and assorted other AC stuff I don’t understand, my wife informs me that the AC isn’t working again. While I’m highly disappointed, I’m thinking “Hey, they said there was a 12 months, 12,000 mile warranty on repairs. Since it hasn’t been 12 days or 120 miles, I should be good here.”

Wrong!

Something else broke with the AC.

Of course

This time, it’s the proverbial “crack in the line.” I have the repair guy on the line for about 20 minutes pestering him as to what else could possibly go wrong with my $aturn that is going to cost me big $$$ considering it has just under 80,000 miles on it. Quite frankly, the list is longer than I’d like. Still, with two little girls, I have to have AC and I figure if I try to trade in a car without the AC working, it’ll hurt me on the trade-in value anyway. So I fix it. Money-sucking $aturn takes another few hundred bucks.

I told the repair guy that I was paying him more a month than I’d be paying the bank on a new car loan. He didn’t argue.

I think I’ve reached my limit, but it probably depends on what comes next (the need for a second car, what type of thing goes wrong, how long it is between now and then, and so on).

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What’s more annoying, expensive, and less predictable than car repair expenses?

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3 Comments to “Again with the air conditioning?”

  1. Jan says:

    Michael,
    You can’t win…as soon as it is fixed THIS TIME…trade it in! (within 12 days or so).

  2. Michael, sorry to hear about your problem. I notice that you mentioned a “new car” payment. While this my not apply to you, you may want to determine if your AC problem is considered a defective condition in your state. Generally, if it is still under warranty and cannot be fixed after multiple attempts, you may have legal recourse.

    Good Luck.

  3. Michael says:

    @Kyle – The car is a 2001, so it’s not a lemon. Fortunately, @Jan, I haven’t had to spend much on it in the 1.5 yrs since then, although the 90K “soakage” is about to occur!

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