Hey, thanks for responses. 215,000 now. 180,000 something when I bought it last October (it does “run” well at least)
And LOL to the devil you don’t know quote. That’s so true because at least I (somewhat) know what’s wrong with this one. I don’t want to jump from 1 problem to the next. Most of my problems aren’t “breakdown” related, just the costs involved are what I’m getting tired of. I’ve already said...even though the last 2 cars I got were from Craigslist, Idk if I want to do it again.
Anyhow: so I got the clockspring fixed and all buttons functioning. $40 from eBay plus $110 labor. Not too bad. BUT the airbag light still blinks even after mechanic reset codes. Seems to be reading passenger seat airbag (which I recently bought a seat from an identical Q that was not airbag deployed was in mint condition from the junkyard and put it in). But now too, the turn signal won’t return to neutral when turning. I’m not going to bother going back to the mechanic as that’s already my 3rd time for the same part.
The other mystery issue in having is on cold startups (usually when weather is below 60): it starts fine, but after a couple of minutes the engine starts rocking back and forth, sometimes TC/ABS light blinks, and the cabin fills with a fuel smell. Sometimes it’ll shut off in the middle of driving if I don’t let it warm up enough, but that has only happened about 3 times in the past year. Changed fuel filter, didn’t solve. Premium/regular gas makes no difference. There’s also a noticeable drop in the fuel gauge.
The oil burn issue is a concern, but I DIY my valve cover gaskets earlier this year...so I’m fairly good at DIY, but I don’t always have the time and inclination to want to do it, but I do have the 2nd car as a backup if I need to.
Unfortunently I may not have a choice right now. It would be crazy to trade it in for a financed car and make payments, considering I don’t have a steady income right now either. So I may have to hold onto it until things change financially.
At least now it’s turning winter and I can hold off on the A/C compressor for another few months...