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Old 18 Jun 2004, 01:21 pm
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Default Screamin Demon Coil and Howell Automotive

I purchased a screamin demon coil from Howell Automotive. It failed. The secondary coil failed shuting down 2 cylinders. I was stranded 135 miles from home. I was forced to buy a stock coil from the dealership. When I informed Howell of this, they told me that installing a stock coil instead of waiting for days for a replacement was my choice. Since there was no invoice in the box from Howell, I was forced to contact the manufacturer, Performance Distributors. They indicated I should send it to them for analysis. Now Howell Automotive will not refund my money, nor will they send me a replacement. They insist that I now pay for shipping from Performance Distributors to my home then to them. I have copies of my credit card statement which they also want. They insist that I did not buy it from them, even though I have proof that I did.
I would recommend HIGHLY, avoiding Howell Automotive. Unles you just like poor customer service and throwing your money away.

Now for the good news. Performance Distributors in Memphis, (TN 901-396-5782 Brian) stepped up and agreed to send me a new replacement coil, AND they are testing the faulty coil to ensure that this fluke will never happen again. Performance Distributors is a true class act. They stand behind all their products, and are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as a supplier of PT Cruiser parts.
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Old 18 Jun 2004, 01:52 pm
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: SE Michigan.
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That's a sad ordeal snakepitt1, but at least it looks as though you'll have some satisfaction in the long run.
I put the Screamin' Demon coil on with the 8.5mm Magnecores & Double Platinums, and it's all working just fine (so far [8D] )
Josh & the folks at Revel Enterprises ( were great to work with, but of course it's when things go wrong that tests people's mettle......

Thanks for the heads-up!
\'03 5-speed S2 Dream Cruiser #1582 w/MP Stage 1 & BOV. Plastic Intake Manifold, rear Eibach springs and Supertrapp axle-back exhaust.
Crane 8.5mm FireWires & Champion Copper Plus plugs, K&N drop in filter. Chrome Plastic AMX TTAB pipe.
(Metro Detroit Area)
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Old 18 Jun 2004, 02:38 pm
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Sorry to hear about the problems. I have heard from several forums that this has happened with the screamin deamon. So, youre not the first. The info on howell is apreciated since i was planning to make a purchase from them (was).
2k3 Electric Blue Touring, N/A, K&N dropin, Silencers removed, Snorkle Replacement, BTG Catback Single Tip Exhaust. \"Technogrounding\", Custom Painted interior, 2k1 5 spoke wheels painted black, Next Destination: Hahn Stage 1. (alas! the perils of insufficient funds)
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Old 21 Jun 2004, 06:21 pm
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I have purchased a few things from Howell in the past. NEVER had any probs. All stuff was at my door in two or three days. I even had to call them once for a part# on a access. belt. May have just been a bad day for them [:I]
'03 GT base w/175k and a 2 speed autostick (read: trans is shot) and powered by a hybrid MOPAR S3 with DSP untuned
1st Forward Motion E1 powered PTGT w/Psi-Fi Power pack fuel tuner back in '07
FS: '03 GT Elec Blue w/rear suicide doors or '03 auto PCM, S3 turbofold, WGA, 3.5" o2 & 3" DP - make offer
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Old 21 Jun 2004, 11:44 pm
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2 days after speaking to Performance Distributors, a brand new Screamin Demon coil was on my door step. AND, I didn't even buy it from them, I had bought it from Howell Automotive.
Performance Distributors went way beyond anthing I could have ever expected. All I can say is, "Thank You Brian at Performance Distributors. You guys have my business from this day forward!!!"
Scott Harris
2003 Black PT with ghost flames, Magnaflow exhaust, cold air intake, lowered, chromed and totally underpowered.
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