2003 Toyota Camry. 105K miles We thought the water pump was going out. Went to a shop guy listened and said it was the alternator. They had to order the part and was going to take a number of days so we scheduled for the next week. Two days later the car died. It was the waterpump and when it went out it overheated. They replaced head gasket, took something to a machine shop, replaced the water pump and put it back together. At this point they had the car for 3 weeks. On that Friday they called and said they put it all together, but it threw oil all over so it wouldn't be ready until the next week. On Wednesday they called and said it was ready. They said it still had a leak, but they put in a sealant and hope it sealed itself. They also replaced the coil (which they didn't tell us about until after the fact). All this cost me $1709. After a few days it was clear this wasn't an oil leak, but an oil GUSH! I am losing 1-2 qtrs of oil a day. I don't think they did anything between Friday and Wed except clean up the car. I don't have any faith in letting them fix it. They returned it to me in this shape. I don't have an extra car and they said they need it for 2 days to " fix it". I don't understand why they didn't fix it right the first time and would like to take it to the Toyota dealer. I can not pay $1700 twice though. Oil is leaking all over and is running into the alternator. Someone said they don't think they put in a timer cover gasket. How much is this going to cost to fix? I'd like my money back. They misrepresented the shape the car was in when we took it back. Basically they were sick of it and wanted the money IMO. I have to have a vehicle and can't go 2 days without. I shouldn't buy a new one now and I can't trade it in in the current condition. I can't find my camera cord to get the picture to the computer, but the oil is pooling on the silver part behind the alternator. It is coming out the seam. They put red stuff all over the seams.
Monday, October 1st, 2007 AT 12:03 AM