Four years ago, I had a 2003 Dodge Stratus…it needed a transmission. My uncle had a 2001 Mazda 626 with a perfect engine. He was moving to an assisted living facility so he gave me his car. I used that car for four years, however, it was seriously starting to fall apart.
My daughter got a job on campus which paid her tuition so she used the loan money to buy us a “new” car. The car is gorgeous. However, after two weeks, the check engine light came on. I took it back and they said it was a cylinder misfire and I should bring it in so they could work on it. My appointment was two weeks later (this has now taken a month off my warranty). Their mechanic said it was some filter and they charged me $75 for the part. I start the car to leave the lot and there is this god awful rattle, the mechanic opened the hood and said “oops, I didn’t attach this other filter properly.” He also said, if the engine light comes on again, bring it back in. Well, the next week the light came on again. I brought the car in and he told me there is “anti-freeze in two of the cylinders”. It will take a week to repair and you’ll have to pay for the overage of what the warranty company won’t pay for the parts. REALLY?
Now I wait another week to be able to bring the car in for this service (I’m almost two months into my three month warranty). I have to rent a car for a whole week to the tune of $150, plus the parts. This is bullsh*t. I paid you almost $6000 for this lemon.
When I spoke to other mechanics, they told me it could be caused by a blown head gasket which generally means I’d need a whole new engine. There’s no telling what a new engine would be like.
My advice is to NEVER buy a car at AUTO CONCEPTS CARS in Glendora, NJ.