What hasn't gone wrong with this car? I love it when it is running well, but it always seems to have something or other that needs replacing.
1. The front rubber seal across the top of windshield needed replacing to stop water from leaking into the car.
2. Even though it was a few years old, I was surprised that I needed to replace the complete front end at 28,000kms - at significant cost.
3. The air conditioning stopped working when I needed it to defrost windows at night causing a dangerously impairing vision and safety. Replaced a couple of pipes and fittings and recharged the gas.
4. The battery was repeatedly being drained by a short somewhere. Eventually it was discovered that the stereo/radio was the culprit after it got fried just sitting still for a week. Replaced both battery and sound system.
5. Oil pan gasket leak turned warning light on, had to stop in the middle of the night in the middle of the countryside for a tow. Obviously replaced it. Very inconvenient.
6. Thermostat blew out on the way to the airport for an international flight. Had to have it towed off the expressway and left it at a dealer to be replaced. Had radiator flushed. Made it to check in (after calling ahead) with 2 minutes to spare. Dangerous place to die, and an incredibly inconvenient time.
7. Battery died again after less than 2 years. Replaced again.
8. Had top replaced at great expense.
9. Rubber seal on back passenger window dried up, cracked, and now needs replacing.
10. Water leaks under the top of the front passenger windows when it rains heavily, drenching the front seats even after replacing the top. I must place plastic sheets on the seats when I think it will rain. It is inconvenient, uncomfortable, messy, and not very stylish.
11. Yesterday the door locks stopped locking automatically when I lock the trunk or either door and must now lock each thing manually.
I keep thinking that after each repair I will have a safe and reliable car that will finally be right, but things just keep happening even though I really do take good care of my cars. I have more than paid twice for this car, but I keep thinking that after each repair it will be OK. I could have gotten a brand new economy car for what I've got into this relic. I like older cars, and believe that they usually are better choices, but I'm beginning to rethink my beliefs on this issue.
Now I am worried that the transmission might be a little funky. It has always seemed like it needs another gear or a different gear ratio, but lately it seems even more sluggish than before. Plus, the metal part of the gear selector lever under the leather handle has always heated up more than seems normal. The window toggle switches in the center console next to it also heat up after the car has been running for a while.