I purchased a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan, V6 3.8 L engine in 2011. It had 88,000 miles on it, I questioned the dealership on this and they informed me that It was previously a rental. I told them that I didn't feel comfortable with this fact, and they convinced me that rental vehicles were kept up much more on maintenance because they had to pass higher standards, and they told me there was nothing to worry about. I took their word for it because this made sense. My car now has 118,000 miles on it, and 2 months after I had owned the van for one year, one day, out of the blue, while making the 8 mile trip to town, the motor sounded slightly different. I mentioned it to my husband. When we got into town, we first went to the ATM, I put it in park to make the transaction, and after a minute, suddenly we heard a large squeal and the van died, never to start again. Immediately we tried replacing the battery and it tried to turn over, but never could quite get their, no belts were broke, there was no check engine light, there was no explanation for the vans sudden demise. We had the van towed to my mechanic and he called me the next day and told me no worry, just needed a new alternator. A few hours later, my mechanic called again and told me that the alternator wasn't the problem, the lower end had seized up. I paid $12,000 cash for this vehicle because it was supposed to last me for several years with no issues while I went to college. I do not have the $3,000 - $4,000 the mechanic wants to fix it. This van is 5 years old, the motor should not have seized, why did I have no signs to this happening more than the 10 minutes prior to the seizure, why was their no check engine light warning, aren't their laws that at supposed to keep manufacturing companies from such irrefutable damages like this from occurring. I have three kids, and I basically threw away $12,000 on a vehicle that is rotting in my yard because no one will help me. I feel the manufacturer should be held responsible for the issue with the motor, and they should replace it, and I would go away happy. Is there anything I can do to make this happen?
Sunday, November 25th, 2012 AT 2:13 AM