Our check engine light came on. We took it to Aut0z0ne, because they'll hook the diagnostic thing up to your car for free, instead of charging $85.00 like the dealer does (dealer of SORROW, more like). But since our check engine light was broadcasting a "dealer code," we had to take it to the dealer anyway.
And what is wrong? A SENSOR has cheesed out. NOTHING AT ALL is wrong with the car, but the SENSOR that is supposed to DETECT if something is wrong--THAT is broken. And how much to repair it? FOUR HUNDRED SMACKERS. For a sensor. When nothing is wrong with the car itself. Plus, of course, the $85 to let us know which sensor wasn't working.
Furthermore, the dealer told us that "Aaiemwocn soeimv woien a owxeia aie'aslc, ceiallell!!!!!" Translation: "The sensor might also have welded itself to the manifold, in which case it could easily be another $800." And ALL OF THIS is for a SENSOR. There is NOTHING WRONG WITH THE CAR. Except for the SENSOR.
So of course I asked whether we could just NOT FIX the sensor. I doubt cars had these sensors even ten years ago, so why don't we just sense it the old-fashioned way, by NOTICING THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG and taking it in when something is? The dealer said, oh, sure, we could do that--but then the car won't pass inspection anymore, so we can't legally drive it.
I HATE dealing with car problems. I always feel like I'm being taken for a total sucker. They could be making this whole thing up. The car could be built to have the check engine light come on automatically at certain mileages, and the dealer code could actually mean "Dealer cash deficiency: please add $500.00."
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