I hate cars

@ElicBxn (61191)
United States
January 14, 2010 9:17am CST
Really, sometimes it just seems to be a conspiracy... I had my car in the shop the last few days, found out what was wrong, got it fixed, passed inspection. Then, last night, we went out for a bite to eat and on the way back, it stalls and won't start! Happily, the very nice man behind us offered to push us off the middle of the street - asked a fellow walking by to help since the roomie can't do anything like that for a while. Then he kindly drove us home. Rodney - you are my HERO!! Now, I'm waiting for a friend to get her kids off to school so she can drive over and help me get the keys to the shop. This means I am carless - again and the other roomie has to go back to work today so she can't drive me and pick me up from work like the last 2 days. I hope its something easy (and inexpensive!) Just when it looked like we were going to get ahead for a bit - darn. You have any unexpected problems like me with the car? I hope not!
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@GardenGerty (130394)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Because cars tend to have "unexpected problems" we tend to keep at least one spare. I am in the process of quitting work (work just does not know it) and so will need the car even less. It is frustrating to have that big piece of machinery sitting around that will not do anything. It is too large to use as a paperweight.
@BarBaraPrz (29406)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Jan 10
I hear they make nice planters...
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
I need car, but if I do have to replace this one, maybe I'll just keep this as another storage building....
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@BarBaraPrz (29406)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Jan 10
There's that, too.
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@Hatley (164154)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Jan 10
ElicBxn I do not drive and we have no car now. when my husband was alive I was always after him to keep the car maintained so we would be less likely to have big break downs. But he would put off having the lube job or the oil changed. then all of a sudden we would be miles from any service station or town and of course the car would break down. We were towed to the nearest garage and had to have our adult son loan us the money for a new transmission. over and over things like this happen and all because he did not fork over a few dollars just for simple maintenance. I used to get on his case over this, but it went in one ear and out the other. He was a lovely man, a cockeyed optimist but just not a car fixer upper at all. He knew nothing about motors or cars at all. I had always thought most men knew a lot about car maintenance. But he was at a loss to do anything in a car's insides.
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@BarBaraPrz (29406)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Jan 10
Must've been related to my husband... he wasn't car savvy, either.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
I do get the oil changed, I to try to keep up with it, but money has been tight... Still, I hope this is as simple wire or something since it JUST got out of the shop!
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@dragon54u (31627)
• United States
14 Jan 10
That's life, isn't it? I was just talking to my youngest son yesterday and he's finding out that "s&it happens" and it never really stops once you're an adult, you are lucky if you get a breather every once in awhile. I will save up money like crazy then something will happen to wipe out my savings but thank God they are there! I hope your car is cheap to fix!
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Me too! I'm just so not in the mood to go looking for a car I really can't afford. I like my van, I want to keep it for a few more years!
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Really sucks they didn't find whatever was wrong and could fix it with the other stuff so you wouldn't have a separate bill. I hope when it's fixed this time, everything is in good running condition. That was nice of him to help y'all. So many people are scared to help others these days.
@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
I think if he had seen a couple of guys he might've still stopped, but since we were a couple of fat middle-aged/even almost old (well, me anyway with my gray hair) women, he kindly helped us out!
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Yeah, that does make a difference...lol. I remember when I was small people stopped and helped each other all the time. It is scary now though, with all the bad stuff that happens. You just have to be careful no matter what, whether you're the one needing help or offering it.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
I was a little worried, but turned out we didn't need to be - granted there were 2 of us and we ain't small, in fact, the roomie isn't small in any way - being as she's about 5'10
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
14 Jan 10
Hi Elic, bad luck. I have many problems with the car which my mechanic has worked round to save me money, unfortuantely I will need to take it in to him again soon to make sure these problems, which are expensive, won't stop the thing passing its MOT test next month, a big expense in itself. The practice here is to have it checked out by the mechanic first. At the moment my door handle is broken so I can only get in the car by opening the back door, and leaning over to open the drivers door, hoping a gust of wind doesn't shut it before I get back to it. I haven't dared to remove the ignition key for the last 6 months as if I do the steering column won't work again, so I have to lock the car everywhere I go. Now this topic has reminded me that I must get the back windscreen wiper fixed as that will probably fail me the MOT, but its electrical so will taken extra planning. And with all that they'll be doubling my car tax this year as it is now ten years old.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
gee, our car tax goes DOWN as it gets older!!! my back wiper didn't fail me - even tho it doesn't work, but a couple of my starter coils (what EVER those things are) were dying and had to be replaced - and there are 4 more to go!
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
14 Jan 10
Doubling the car tax on cars which hit their tenth birthday is a brand new law which makes such sense. If you can afford to buy a brand new car you pay less tax, but if your small economical car that passes its gas emissions tests is ten you pay double. I think someone in govennment is probably related to some car importer.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
sounds like it - and it sounds like they think - well, you are making car payments - so lower taxes, not making car payments - higher taxes... the government is an A$$
@Thunderll (103)
• United States
15 Jan 10
You are definitely not alone out there. My family and I have had a lot of problems with cars, but that's usually because we have to settle for the cheap ones. That means they're old with way too many miles on them. Most recently, my mom had a truck that seriously had something else wrong with it every week. It was usually just little things, but it kept adding up. She eventually had to get rid of it and go for something else. It just wasn't worth putting money into it over and over. My husband's old truck takes the cake for strangest problem I've experienced, though. We're driving home from dinner and the whole truck starts vibrating violently. He pulled over, got out, looked around and couldn't see any problem. We were close to his sister's house, whose husband knows a lot about cars, so he decides to try and drive it there. We don't get a hundred feet before the drive shaft literally breaks in half. That was fun.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
15 Jan 10
WOW! I hope it wasn't too long a walk to where ever... I was so thankful that Rodney stopped and rescued us because I sure as heck didn't want to have to ring bells or knock on doors in that area - I'm not sure who could speak ENGLISH! Happily, the repair shop got there, and fixed it with no problem! (now we need a smilie wiping his hand across his brow)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Luckily, we didn't have to walk anywhere. His sister's family actually has their own tow truck, so they were the ones who came to pick us up. It did suck sitting there in the cold night waiting and trying to figure out what in the world just happened, though. It's nice when someone stops to help out. Most people won't. When the truck broke down, we did have two women stop to see if they could do anything. There just wasn't anything else, after my husband and I pushed the car to the side. Then I thought we might end up helping them because when they tried to back up from where they were parked, their car stalled. It was just a bad night for everyone, I guess. I'm glad your car got fixed!
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Unexpected problems is my middle name. Not just in the car area either. It seems like everytime I get an extra dime of money, something comes up and I have to spend it. Very aggravating. I try to think of it as it could've happened when I didn't have the extra and then I would really be in trouble. Good luck with the car. That is the worst type of unexpected problem.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
the good news is that the car was easily fixed and DIDN'T cost any more!!!
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Yes, just when I usually am about to get ahead, my car needs repair or an inspection or maintainance or something. Yup, you're right, I think it's a conspiracy, too. We should be able to have money ahead.
@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
it does! I swear this is the first month I've had a few extra bucks and BAM! its gone!
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@uath13 (8204)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Constantly... Cars are now designed to break down & be where you can't service them yourself. The automotive industry actually makes a lot of it's money off the secondary market ( parts & servicing ). The harder it is for you to maintain your own vehicle, the more they can line their pockets.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Yeah, and I'm just like - I've looked under the hood of this thing only a few times...
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
14 Jan 10
My car is 15 years old. Do I have car problems? YES Some problems are small, some big. My car starts without any problem, but now it makes horror sound when turning the searing wheel..... I have to call my car guru to see what can be done...
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
When I got the oil changed, they put about a GALLON of power steering fluid in! It isn't making quite the horrid noise it was before!
@cerebellum (3869)
• United States
15 Jan 10
If it's not the car, it's something else. That happens to me all the time. Just when I think I can get ahead and maybe even save a little bit. There is something that says just when things are settled, something expensive must break. I haven't had an problems with the car lately (I am kind of afraid to say that). I get nervous once a year when it is time to get it inspected. I couldn't drive for awhile and I hated having to have someone drive me everywhere! Hopefully yours won't be too expensive or take too longto get it fixed!
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Happily, the shop fixed it easily and for FREE!!! and the constable didn't impound it! I may have missed a day of work, but at LEAST I didn't spend any more over it! And I might've made a few cents here on the lot...
• United States
16 Jan 10
It's very rare these days to get anything fixed for free! You were very lucky. Congratulations!
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
16 Jan 10
I was so thankful and that a friend came into town and helped me - TWICE! Granted Pflugerville isn't that far from here, still... Isn't that a strange name - Pflugerville? After mom moved into the health care center - I met a couple of the Pflugers descended from the original settler the town was named after... Like so many members of a large, extended family, they hated each other!
@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Jan 10
Not me (crossing fingers). My friend who is staying with us had just gotten some car problems taken care of and then Monday it wouldn't start. Turned out to be gas. (as in out of...)
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
That is pretty funny, but that WASN'T the problem here - unless the fuel filter was clogged (happened in one of my folk's cars once)
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Jan 10
supposedly.... when the weather's cold, it can look like you have gas when you really don't? At least that's what her mechanic told her.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
14 Jan 10
they got it fixed and didn't cost any more!!! So, tomorrow - back to work!
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
15 Jan 10
I generally hate "unexpected problems," but then, aren't most problems unexpected? It's part of what makes them problems, the unexpectedness of them, I mean! I have to say the worst ever unexpected problem (not a good term...try disaster) I ever had was when I got scammed. But one of the rare unexpected things was an incredibly wonderful thing: your bailout, freely offered! Especially after...well, that's not on topic here. Thank God you did, though, & don't even dream that I'll never pay it back; I vowed to do so--to the last penny! When I find a job, you'll be the first thing I budget in! Maggiepie HAPPY NEW DECADE!....:o)
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
16 Jan 10
Especially since my broken down car directly affecting you! I couldn't get to work! I felt bad, but hey - I made 86 cents on here yesterday.
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
17 Jan 10
Oy! It's all good; I just got a lot more acquainted with "I Can Has Cheezeburger!" Wait 'til you see what's up on my desktop when you return from this weekend! It's from their archive, so you've probably seen it already, but it's required to have an insulin dose before viewing, it's so danged adorable! I couldn't resist! Maggiepie "THAT NATION GOVERNS BEST WHICH GOVERNS LEAST."
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
17 Jan 10
its a fun site, but I don't go over all the time, I spend most of my time here...
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
15 Jan 10
car - The car that my husband and I bought back in 2007.
Yep, I sure have. My favorite (and most frustrating) though has got to be the time a car of mine suddenly stopped running right. Just out of the blue, no warning or anything. My husband and I had gotten this car back in 2007. It was an older car, about 7 years old, but it ran great! Or at least it did for about 6 months. We didn't have any problems with it at all. Then one day, as my oldest son and I were getting ready to go somewhere, I started up the car and it sounded like &$%@! The engine light came on too. My husband, who had been standing outside watching us leave signaled for me to shut off the car immediately! And I did. At that point I knew that was it for our car. A car that my husband had worked his tail off for (more than usual) so that we could have the money to buy something reliable to drive. However, it turned out it wasn't reliable, after all. On the plus side at least I was still at home when it happened. Though it was depressing just the same. Especially knowing that my husband and I lost out on $5000 on a car that turned out to be a piece of crap. Cars. Sometimes they're more trouble than they're worth. But without them how'd we ever get anywhere? Happy mylotting!
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
15 Jan 10
really - I've been really happy with this car - its run great - even with all the other problems, it was still running - until it stopped!!! On a pitch black, rainy night don't ya know...
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Isn't that how it usually goes? And just when you think it can't get any worse...
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
15 Jan 10
yeah...
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@scififan43 (2437)
• United States
18 Jan 10
Yes I have had unexpected problems. I had my car worked on last week and it ran jsut fine for a couple of days. now it is doing the same thing agin studering while in idol. they said the replaaced a ingnigtion coil. I am thining anoghter coil may need to be replaaced.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
18 Jan 10
they told me I need all 6 replaced,but getting the 2 worst ones would get it past inspection and that's what I needed! so that's what had been done, don't really understand why it quit working, but its working FINE now!!!
• United States
18 Jan 10
I think I need to take my back and complain
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Knock on wood, i haven't had in car trouble in a long time. I'm like u i hate it when i do, Sorry u did , hope it's nothing serious.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
16 Jan 10
Thank GOD the repair shop fixed it and fixed it for FREE!!! It is now running better than it has in most of a YEAR!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
16 Jan 10
GREAT, u can't beat that.
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
15 Jan 10
I hear ya its not my car this time its my puter grrrrrrrrrrr
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
16 Jan 10
Don't even get me STARTED about the computer! I'm always rebooting this thing because the "virtual memory" is low... WTF?
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
16 Jan 10
I know that sucks do you defrag often or delete cookies and history they take up alot of memory!
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@minx267 (15649)
• Hartford, Connecticut
17 Jan 10
You know, That is always the way it happens with me.. something goes wrong when I can least afford it. It is Murphy's Law! I've only had one thing go right.... after it went horribly wrong.. And that was winning at casino BINGO right after I had to have my transmission replaced adn I was wondering HOW IN HELL I was going to come up with $1500. I won $1199! Woo Hoo.. Good luck!
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
17 Jan 10
and I'm sure $300 was a lot easier to find that $1500!! it seems that we just start to get a bit ahead and then the car goes! or stops going! at least this time it was fixed for free!!!
• Australia
17 Jan 10
If there has been valve/seals replaced in your car, it is recommended that you go for a long drive (about an hour solid) to help to break the seals/valves in. If yo don't, then of course, the seals/valves aren't going to work as efficiently as they should, and you will have problems. I hope you have taken it back to the same mechanic and told them they have to fix the problem for free becuase you have just paid them to fix your car, and yet it still isn't working.
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
17 Jan 10
it was a couple of starter coils that were replaced, and yes! they fixed it for free!!!
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 10
I do hope it is nothing serious as well has it been fixed? The car I had before this one was like that not reliable at all it was one thing after another But this one I have now I love it and it is the first Car I own that is just great I hope you have your car back soon
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@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
16 Jan 10
The shop had it fixed in no time! the guy was able to fix it and get it back to the shop and didn't charge me for it either!!!