Good one! YES trust you guys online for accurate info to point me in good direction. You have nothing to GAIN in service work and I read a few hrs worth of your postings and advice here. Was very impressed with your knowledgeable answers to others!
Thanks much for the response. MORE INFO:
MAF was replaced Jan '06 (dealer puter diagnostics) for hard start/rough running, which solved that problem. (Installed rebuild from Checker Auto Parts.) Replaced MAF again recently under warrenty cuz I suspected MAF again when this jerking acceleration problem started. So MAF isn't the remedy here.
Nobody in LV, NV can point me to a mechanic they trust. Answer I always get is 'they're all thiefs in this town". (Living here 16 yrs, I've found it's true.) The dealers serv depts are also not to be trusted here.
Mechanic with $1500 quote based only on a test drive was a shop I never used before. In business 30 yrs in LV, maybe indicates good mechanic? Always tons of cars at his shop, never lacks for repair jobs.
He charged $82 for diagnosis cuz no work done. (I never blindlly do high cost repairs without 2nd, even 3rd opinion.) He'll credit this chg to final bill IF car is repaired there. (At drop off told FREE diagnosis. I reminded him at retrieval but had to pay it. Didn't ask for FREE in writing cuz didn't want to insult him with lack of trust at first contact. Dumb me.) Asked then if he cked spark plugs/wires etc tho car had full tune up just 5.500 miles ago. NO troubleshooting like that done, just a long test drive needed with his 'yrs of experience as mechanic' he said.( Not good enough for me! I want to KNOW it's for SURE the problem before shelling out $1500+.)
Now car's at AAMCO transmission for a 2nd opinion. AAMCO only told symptoms, NOT what other shop recommends. Picking it up later today. Hopefully puter diagnosis, not just test drive? (FREE diagnosis in writing this time!)
We've also gladly paid the $120 fee to Merc dealer for puter diagnosis (as per MAF Jan '06) in the past, and maybe the best to do for this problem now?
NO warning lights have come on even once (like serv eng soon, etc). Since car went from driving like new to jerk-jerk-jerk. I know nothing about cars & being female that's a 'juicy combo' for rip-off mechanics! Even tho always more than 1 opinion whenever high-ticket repair looms on my cars, in the end I have to TRUST someone to remedy correctly.
Besides MAF any advice how best to get an accurate diagnosis to find the problem rather than repairing using a hit and miss approach?
BTW: original fuel pump, and no eng/trans repairs or parts replaced since car new except MAF, and ALL scheduled maintenance items. I love my car and treat it well always, like Bosch Plat Spark Plugs.
Thanks for any other input you can offer! (Sorry for my long post.)
Friday, January 12th, 2007 AT 3:22 PM