I need help!!! Car trouble

United States
December 27, 2012 8:32am CST
So I recently purchased a car in April and I have yet to be able to put 100 miles on this baby. It has been in and out of the shop multiple times and it's somewhat frustrating. It's a 2000 Elantra and I've been told that this a car worth investing in and keeping because once it's fixed it will last another 100,000 miles . But now it's winter and it's been sitting outside for almost a month with flat tires. What should I do to it if I plan to let it sit through the winter because its not yet up to par to go face to face with the snowy roads. I am also thinking of selling my car but Zi don't want to sell it if there's only something minor wrong. So far I've been told it just needs a new muffler and pipe. But will that fix the way that the steering wheel vibrates and the loudness that occurs even starting the vehicle up and the squeaking that occurs when it's in reverse??????????? Help :(
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8 responses
@xtedaxcvg (3191)
• Philippines
27 Dec 12
The car that you bought might be a lemon. You may wanna bring this concern up to the company that you bought the car from and probably make arrangements to have it replaced somehow. I've heard that these kinds of cars may be replaced by the car company that you bought it from.
• United States
27 Dec 12
I can't :( I bought it used.
@deiusz (194)
• Indonesia
28 Dec 12
i think as long as your car still good on the road and dont have anything trouble for long way destination or long run, i think it's fine to used it, and the uses for gas still normal, and others. Why should to sell it? because when we sell it, the price absolutely not too high right, except if you need urgent for cash for example. But if you still want to sell it, try to sell to someone that you know at least to get better price, not too low, but of course not high price too, but still better than sell to second car workshop store.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
28 Dec 12
Too much noise in cars can be scary. It'd make me think that it might explode anytime. Well, I suggest that you bring your car to a mechanic so he can fix it. If you think you're going to spend much on it, then you can probably have him fix it little by little, pay by installment and get the car back when it's in good condition.
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
28 Dec 12
oh no.. was there any type of guarantee with it? I would think they have to give you some kind. Make sure you check where you bought it at. Good luck.....
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
27 Dec 12
What is wrong with the car? Where did you buy it from? Now if you are not mechanically incline or know someone then yes it's not worth fixing. Scarp it or sell it as is for parts, judging by your post it;s not road worthy, and sounds like a lemon. I have a 2007 Colbalt (supposeable a cheapier car), I just recently had to fix the temperature gage, that is all in the 6 years I have owned it. I have never had to replace the tires (other than switching summer to winter), and the usual oil changes. Also, my brakes this summer (yes after having the car almost 6 years). Have you taken it for a checkup at the mecahnics, It does and will cost money. When you buy a car you should take it to a mechanic even before you buy it. If the person selling it says no, then dont buy it. It sounds to be one either your breaks, or sterring. I know I had that when I for at about 80 km an hour, it would shake or when I braked, it was the alignment of the tires, have you hit a curb? pot hole? I know mine every summer get's knocked out of alignment and does this but I normally get it realigned in the winter when I put snow tires on. The reverse, it depends on when this happens. When you put it in reerse and not move? or moving while backing up?.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
27 Dec 12
A vibration in the steering wheel can be indicative of something as simple as tire balance, a bent wheel, or a suspension or steering part needing replaced. Noises are a pain to diagnose in the first place, but you say loudness when starting, is it squeeking, squeeling, grinding, knocking, bumping???? And as far as the squeeking in reverse, when you put it in reverse? Backing up? When you apply the brakes? The more specific you can be will definitely help in diagnosing the issues. Just today a customer came in and complained of a slight noise in the front end when going over bumps or turning. When driven we discovered 4 different noises. We got tire noise, brake noise, and steering component noises. I don't do exhaust work but it sounds to me like there is more to it that a muffler and pipe. Diagnosing an issue online or over the phone, well, that's not the best idea. You could end up with several different answers and not a single one of them be correct. Is there any place where you live that gives free diagnostics? I know some places will even send out a technician though that's rare any more unless you are a long standing customer.
@jkli123 (67)
• Singapore
27 Dec 12
Hmmm. In fact you should just sell the car. Too much trouble to change too many things.If you really want to keep this car, suggest you get snow track tires or chains to drive on snowy road while keeping a low speed when driving. The muffler and pipes can definitely be changed quickly at a auto repair shop. There are many reasons why a steering wheel vibrates It could be because the steering dampers are not working well or could be your tires not aligned properly. The loudness is how loud? If its a normal startup sound then there is no problem. Squeaking when it reverses could be from a faulty brake pads? Does this happen on a straight road or a sloped path? Better send it to the auto repair shop to get it checked out and inspected.
@ma3791 (58)
27 Dec 12
dud is better for you to sell the car instead start investing in..