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Stupid Vehicles!

April 6th, 2007 at 08:03 am

I'm pretty sure that the transmission on my 1996 Dodge Caravan needs to be replaced. YIKES! I've spent $3000 on various repairs for this vehicle in the past 9 months. If it needs a new transmission, then I think we'll be getting a new to us vehicle. I don't trust that something else isn't going to go wrong next week.

We have some money in our emergency fund...the problem is that Dh's car died in November and we replaced it in January, using some of the money that was in there and some from a 'car account'. Now there is zippo in the 'car account' and the emergency fund still isn't fully funded. Well, I guess that's why it's called an emergency fund and this certainly qualifies as one. I need to have a vehicle for work.

Thank Goodness it's a long weekend and we'll be able to think on this for a few days without having to rush out and make a quick decision!

4 Responses to “Stupid Vehicles!”

  1. newlyfrugal Says:

    When it rains it pours, doesn't it? Sorry to hear about the car trouble! Good luck making a decision!

  2. Cheetahwoman7 Says:

    If you have a friend that's a mechanic who knows about "service bulletins" have them look up your car. If a service bulletin has been issued, from what I understand, the dealer has to fix it for free. It's not quite a recall, but dealers don't want you to know about them because it costs them $$$$.

    I found out that lesson after I paid my mechanic $900 to find what was wrong with my car as even from a cold start it was saying it was overheating. Low and behold, there was a service bulletin on it for a faulty $20 sensor (which my mechanic didn't charge me for because he felt guilty about not checking before the $900 worth of work!). Anyway, if I would have known about the service bulletin the work and sensor would have been free at the dealership. Frown

  3. JanH Says:

    We've had this happen before! I feel your pain! Good luck! Hope you can find something that is a good value and runs well.

  4. Carolina Bound Says:

    That's what always gets me. More emergency than fund.

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