I lived in New York for a 5 years and just moved to New Jersey. This is my second car in States and I was so proud of it at the begining. Now it'* very sick and I put so much money that I'm loosing my trust in it and mechanics.
It'* all started on a one day when it suddenly "choked" and sort of lost a power. The car wouldn't allow me to quickly change the gears and I had to slightly push the pedal to climb to 2500 prm. If I would press it harder it would choke again. In a day or so check engine light appeared. The mechanics in Brooklyn put the car on diagnostic but couldn't come up with anything else then to do full tune-up. When I got a car back it was better ,but in 3 weeks it choked again and that time it looked like I was running on 5 cilinders. I got a car back into shop and actually found miself that one of the high voltage cables is sparkling. After cable was replaced car ran for about 6 month with different problems.
So here goes the list:
1.Car feels heavy and pedal feels heavy. When I push the pedal I can hear the revs but the car is not going anywhere ( too slow). This is a sporadic problem. Another day it can fly.
2.The whole car is shacking on the speed from 50-100 mph. Brake pedal pulsating and steering wheel shacking when I apply brakes at these speeds.
3.Coolant is gone and I can smell it when engine is hot.
4.There is no oil leak , but car eats 1 liter a week.
5.Check engine light is on
6.When transmission pan was droped , transmission oil was so stinky that the whole place turned their heads toward my car.
The day before yesterday got the car from Midas. I dropped them 2300$
Here what they've changed:
1.Lover and upper Intake manifold and gasket
3. Water pump
4.Some coolant hoses
6.Left hub bearing
7. Both Rotors and new metallic pads on front.
Yesterday I was tesing car and today brought it back with this:
1.Check engine light is back
2.Car is whole shacky and feels loose.
3.There is a knock when turning wheels to the right and then to the left.
4.Smell of oil and coolant when engine is hot.
5.Loss of power again and increased temperature ( was good for a day )
6.When in idle oil level on gauge is normal and when on "drive" going closer to a low redline and batery charge arrow is shaking.
7.Level of oils and coolant is ok.
So, I'm waiting for them to come up with some new problem and another big $ number which I can't afford at this time.
What to do, I don't know. I love my car and was maintain it very well. But it sounds like I gotta learn more to maintain it better.
Please help !!!