Thursday, April 17, 2008

I am getting very dissatisfied with the service we've received from the used-car-dealer/service-center Car Nation. Well that's not quite true. The service has been satisfactory. The sheer quantity of service the 2000 Honda Civic we purchased (from them!) requires has not been. We're averaging about one breakdown every two months here. Last fall it was the water pump. This winter it was a brake cylinder. Now the coolant system is on the fritz again (behaving just like the bad water pump was). We did not invest in this car just so we could keep investing in this car, but we've had to sink something like 10% of the purchase price of the car into unscheduled maintenance in the seven months we've owned it. This is horribly frustrating.

On a related note, my 1999 Toyota Camry Solara has 31000 more miles on it, but has yet to need any unscheduled maintenance in the ten months I've owned it. Grumble, grumble, grumble...

UPDATE (4/20/08): Follow-up post here.

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