Freaking car! Freaking dealership! MsSisco, I need you! - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 9 Old 06-23-2004, 11:57 AM - Thread Starter
Moon's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: living in shimmering disequilibrium
Posts: 1,311
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So I have this VW Passat Wagon, it's a 2000. I put 100K miles on the poor thing. It's been sitting in my driveway having a well deserved rest for the last couple of months, only being used occasionally.

The other day I got in it and the "Check engine" light came on, as well as an emissions warning.

This happened once before, and it was a problem that was covered by a recall, and the work was free.

So I drove it down to the dealership, hoping against hope it was the same thing.

The guy rang me this morning to tell me that BOTH catalytic converters in the thing were bad, and needed to be replaced, to the tune of $3100 +/-.

Is that normal? For two catalytic converters to go, at one time, when the car is only 4 years old?
Moon is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 9 Old 06-23-2004, 01:12 PM
corrie43's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Maine
Posts: 1,040
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
definitely go somewhere for a second opinion. A lot of times my light goes on for no good reason. Corrie

Buy or sell safe scents for your home!! Check out Scentsy!! Start your own business for only $99.
corrie43 is offline  
#3 of 9 Old 06-23-2004, 01:19 PM
Arduinna's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Listening to William Control
Posts: 31,257
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
I definately suggest getting a second opinion! In fact, I wonder if a smog test would be in order. Wouldn't that confirm if there was an emissions problem.

I've given up on dealerships after they tried to screw me with a 1300 bill for work I didn't really need. In fact they wanted to charge me double what everyone else in town charges for a water pump.
Arduinna is online now  
#4 of 9 Old 06-23-2004, 01:27 PM
Goldiemom's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,048
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hmm $3100 for an entire custom exhaust is expensive $3100 for two Cats are umm....hog wash. Dh just replaced his stock exhaust on his truck with a Borla(the most expensive aftermarket) stainless steel dual exhaust. Headers to tips and that was only (I hope he don't see that after our discussion about the price) $1400 including two new High flow cats. Take it down to Midas or if you don't have one then another local muffler shop. I just pulled out the bill and his cats cost $129 each. Now they do vary but not that much.

Goldie, Mom to 5 my kiddos and forever loving on my fantabulous dh John.
Goldiemom is offline  
#5 of 9 Old 06-23-2004, 02:33 PM
nikirj's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Washington
Posts: 4,888
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It is a little-known fact that in some cars, the "check engine" light comes on automatically when the mileage gets to where they have recommended service. If you can make the light go away by disconnecting the battery for a couple of minutes and reconnecting it (at least this was true on our cars) and it doesn't come back, then this was your problem with the "check engine" light at least. Dealerships know about this and use it as an opportunity to find something to do to your car.

Definately get a second opinion. Since it isn't covered this time, you don't have anything to lose, right?

Mama, homeschooler, midwife. DD (13yo), DS (11yo), DD (8yo), DD (3yo), somebody new coming in November 2013.

nikirj is offline  
#6 of 9 Old 06-23-2004, 02:46 PM
Throkmorton's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: The sunny beaches of Canada
Posts: 4,043
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My Volvo mechanic says the "check engine" light means "the mechanic needs to make a mortgage payment"
Throkmorton is offline  
#7 of 9 Old 06-23-2004, 05:28 PM - Thread Starter
Moon's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: living in shimmering disequilibrium
Posts: 1,311
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by Throkmorton
My Volvo mechanic says the "check engine" light means "the mechanic needs to make a mortgage payment"

:LOL Aint it the truth!

I treid disconnecting the battery, and it didn't work, thanks for the tip though.

I'm going to go collect it from the dealer and take it to Midas or something, and not tell them what the dealer told me, and see what happens.

Thanks you all.
Moon is offline  
#8 of 9 Old 06-23-2004, 07:03 PM
adinal's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 24,391
Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 79 Post(s)
The check engine light can also come on when (in the case of my car) my gas cap wasn't put on properly. Happens to me about once a month. I take the gas cap off and putt it back on and the next time I start my car, it is fine.

winner.jpg Adina knit.gifmama to B hearts.gif 4/06  and E baby.gif  8/13/12 (on her due date!) homebirth.jpg waterbirth.jpg


adinal is offline  
#9 of 9 Old 06-23-2004, 07:18 PM
pilesoflaundry's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: getting comfy again
Posts: 8,925
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you can avoid it never ever take the car to the dealership for service unless it's a warrenty issue.

Our van's ac was acting up a bit last summer, just not as cold or whatever and the coolant light was coming on. The heat worked fine mind you.. Dh's mechanic friend looked at it and said the radiator needed to be flushed out and that should solve the problem but that it wasn't something he could do because the stuff needed to be disposed of properly etc and this guy did this stuff on the side not at a shop. Anyway the one place that would even touch our ac was the dealership because GM cars take special coolant (tell me that wasn't on purpose!).

So we go and get the flush done, they broke our mirror off (but they did put a new one on) and now the coolant light stays on permanently because they broke the sensor but they won't admit to that and now say it will cost over a $100 to make it go off so forget that! Then they kept trying to tell dh the ac and heat are broken and it's going to cost $900 to fix them and dh said 'well the heat worked this morning so why is it broken now." they guy looked shocked (it was the middle of the summer in GA I bet he never figured we would have tested it before we let them look at it so he was trying to pull a fast one) but then he quickly changed the subject to the other 400 things he found wrong with the van : it hasn't been right since they fooled around with it. Dh had his friend do all the work that he could do and it's been ok but it seems like now the tranny wants to go urgh.

So that long drawn out post meant get a second opinion!!
pilesoflaundry is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 16,932

70 members and 16,862 guests
Ambrossimo , Arduinna , AshleeSheree , bananabee , camillabien , Claudia Chapman , DahliaRW , Dakotacakes , Dear_Rosemary , Deborah , Dovenoir , eastbaymama , emmy526 , floss&ferd , frugalmama1 , happy-mama , happymamasallie , hillymum , iliketodisco , jcdfarmer , JElaineB , joandsarah77 , joycef , justmama , justsamma , katelove , kiachu , kimgeik01 , lilmissgiggles , LiLStar , lisak1234 , Lydia08 , mareseatoats , MarieWhite2016 , MDoc , Mirzam , momy , moominmamma , MountainMamaGC , mq.hduff , mumto1 , Mylie , NaturallyKait , newmamalizzy , NomadMom9753 , petey44 , Ragana , RollerCoasterMama , Saladd , samaxtics , shantimama , Shmootzi , shoeg8rl , Smella , Socks , Springshowers , sren , stellanyc , tifga , ToBeOrNotToBe , transpecos , tribord , worthy , zoeyzoo
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.