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Old 18 Jan 2009, 10:17 pm
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Default New owner...some problems

HELP! (car is good looking and a really great driver, BUT...)

OK here's my deal. I bought a 04 GT auto with 30k miles this fall. I assumed that the 7/70 powertrain warranty would be nice to have because other problems would be small and inexpensive. so...

1st problem, took the car in for its first oil change and the dealership noticed a "small trans fluid leak". I had not noticed any fluid coming from the car, but I did notice a slight hesitation when puting the car in drive, so I figured sure the trans fluid could be low and I'll get it fixed.

Not covered under warranty??? NO. They said it would probably cost $115. It cost $330. So I get the car back and now it makes a sqeel noise. They said its the belts that need to be changed. That's not covered under warranty either??? NO. they say this will cost $160 to fix.

DOES THIS ALL MAKE SENSE? At 33,000 miles? When are the belts due for replacement? thanks for any help.

EDIT: also COLD START ISSUES. Car would not start in cold weather for 2 days. Even when I tried jump starting it. When it warmed up, the car fired up. Pretty disappointing so far.

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Old 19 Jan 2009, 02:43 pm
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Stay away from that dealer.
Find a good mechanic (ask at autoparts stores, and when you hear the same name 2-3 times,.,,).
Have the ignition wires changed - NOT with stock wires - Crane wires are a good choice, and do the plugs at the same time, and I'll bet you start better.
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Old 19 Jan 2009, 05:40 pm
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Thank you very much. That dealer is done. I'll look into the ignition wires. Very much appreciated.
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Old 21 Jan 2009, 02:12 pm
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HELP! (car is good looking and a really great driver, BUT...)

OK here's my deal. I bought a 04 GT auto with 30k miles this fall. I assumed that the 7/70 powertrain warranty would be nice to have because other problems would be small and inexpensive. so...

1st problem, took the car in for its first oil change and the dealership noticed a "small trans fluid leak". I had not noticed any fluid coming from the car, but I did notice a slight hesitation when puting the car in drive, so I figured sure the trans fluid could be low and I'll get it fixed.

Not covered under warranty??? NO. They said it would probably cost $115. It cost $330. So I get the car back and now it makes a sqeel noise. They said its the belts that need to be changed. That's not covered under warranty either??? NO. they say this will cost $160 to fix.

DOES THIS ALL MAKE SENSE? At 33,000 miles? When are the belts due for replacement? thanks for any help.

EDIT: also COLD START ISSUES. Car would not start in cold weather for 2 days. Even when I tried jump starting it. When it warmed up, the car fired up. Pretty disappointing so far.
like said before stay away from the dealer and find a good machanic.

33K. the belts shouldnt be squeeking that early or even the idler pulley. but things do wear and break. the squeek is probally the idler pulley.
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Old 03 Feb 2009, 11:27 am
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A mechanical, non electrical, automotive stethoscope is an inexpensive excellent way of finding noises. Just touch the probe to a suspect area, like a bearing housing, water pump housing, alternator, etc.
Careful not to touch a spinning part. Remove the probe end and you have a good listening tool (open tube). Place the tube end near the suspect noise area. It will amplify the noise as you get closer to the problem.
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Old 03 Feb 2009, 12:29 pm
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Bad dealer!
Find a good one like mine - I drive 40 miles to get there!
Tranny problem should have been covered! Only normal wear & tear should not be covered up to 36K!
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