Bought this car in June 2005. Had about 66K miles. Middle of July, it overheats from a bad thermostat. First place I go tells me I have a blown head gasket, but we tow it to a friend of the family's shop for a second opinion. He says the first place is full of crap and replaces the thermostat.
Drive the car fine until around NYE, when it begins making a high pitched squealing noise as I stop and pull away from stop lights. Take it to the only shop open the day after New Years, and they tell me its the water pump and serpentine belt. They replace. They tell me the squealing is from coolent dripping on the belt and then the belt slipping as you rev the engine to pull away.
After getting the car back, the car has a vibration it didn't have before, take it back to the shop. They say I might need a tune-up but can't find anything really wrong with the car.
A few months later, the water pump leaks again. Take the car to the family friend who replaces it. The original shop claims since they didn't put the warrenty on the receipt then they won't honor anything. Found that it was leaking by that same sqeualing from slowing down and speeding up at stop lights again.
A few months after this, I believe in October, the second water pump goes, put another on. At this time, I also had the flex pipe and the radiator replaced. The car had been having random overheating problems from hot coolent melting part of the seal on the plastic tank after the first overheating. I had been waiting until I had the money to fix it. Again, same warning sounds from squealing.
Now, it; 's the first week of January, and the water pump began leaking again. Also, since it got colder, there has been a loose belt that squeaks as I start the car. Had it tightened, so it's not obnoxious, but it still makes a little bit of a squeal right at the start up.
The car has just under 100K miles, I believe 98,500 right now. I want this fixed, and I need some help. My next step is to take it to the dealership, but I'm trying to avoid all that. Any thoughts? Guys, I'd donate but I'm broke on all fronts. Do you have any ideas why a car would suck through three water pumps in a year? Thats the full story of everything thats gone on with this car since I got it.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 AT 10:46 PM