2000 Dodge Intrepid 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 78000 miles
I recently took my 2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L car to Firestone to get the fluids flushed and changed since I had not driven it in 4 years. (78K) I drove it for a week after I replaced the battery before I brought it to the shop and it was a quiet car. The shop said there were some metallic flecks in the power steering fluid and said the power steering pump needed to be replaced. Transmission gasket leak needed to be fixed tool Okay. Then they said there was a milky fluid coming from the ps fluid. Changed the remanufactured pump again but fluid still milky. Also said my car needed aligning even though I didn't notice any pulling or shimmying before I brought it in. They suggested changing the rack and pinion!
I never had any problems with this car and I am not going to throw $$ around now that the car idles like an airplane bound for flight and the turning sounds like I'm hitting a curb. When the mechanic told me my car idled @ 1600 rpm in drive, I said NO, this is not how it sounded before I brought it in and it's in the worst condition since I've had the car. What next? I DID trust them, but not sure now. In the past, they did maintenance work on my fleet vehicles but this is my car I've taken care of with regular maintenance (minus the 4 years of not driving). The smog check I got 2 weeks before showed all the car's rpm @ ~ 1628 for 15 and 25 miles and easily passed emissions test. I'm so upset.
Sunday, February 21st, 2010 AT 7:37 PM