Good news (for a change)

September 4, 2007 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Fortunately my predictions for today were false.

  1. My car didn’t burst into flames and my radio worked all the way to work.
  2. The dealer did not call me with a $600 repair bill for my wife’s car.   They called me with a $450 bill for a new water pump.   I told them that I was pretty sure that was part of the powertrain warranty and I was right.  $100 deductible sure beats $450.   I was pretty sure something along the serpentine belt was failing.   The water pump is the only thing in that loop that is covered so I lucked out.

I wonder if they would have charged me $450 if I didn’t call them on it.

Just for the record.  Our 2004 Grand Caravan has about 44,000 miles on it.   I think this will be my last American car.  How hard is it to make parts that last 200,000 miles?