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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 08:58pm on 12/02/2007 under , , ,
It's been about six weeks since I bought the Land Shark, and it's already been back to the dealership twice.

Not for anything major; it runs just fine.

The first time, I took it in to fix the problem with getting it to shift gear into Park. The sporting lads at the dealership lubed the relevant parts, but told me that they couldn't reproduce the problem; for them, it worked just fine.

While I tried to decide whether to bring it back and force them to watch *me* do the shifting, to see if there was something I was doing wrong, we had a snow fall followed by a cold snap. On a Saturday afternoon, after the snow had (mostly) melted, I opened the rear passenger door on the driver's side--and could NOT get it to close again. It would not latch. We tried duct taping it shut, and it flew open while I was trying to make a (rather sedate) right turn. Eventually, our friend [ profile] shakati got it to close and lock, but then could not get it unlocked again. That was fine with me, so long as it didn't pop open in traffic while I drove it to the dealership the following Monday.

The lads at the dealership lubed the latch, and when I got back the following day to reclaim the car, told me that they hadn't been able to reproduce the problem. It worked just fine. I insisted on opening and closing the door in front of the manager on duty before I left with the car, and it was true; the door was opening, closing, and locking just fine.

This past Saturday, I took the car through a car wash to get rid of the accumulated road salt. It got 10 degrees colder by nightfall, and as [ profile] esrblog and I were about to leave after visiting [ profile] shakati and [ profile] pmat, I opened the same door, tried to close it...and it wouldn't latch. I reentered their home, complaining to the gods, and out of the goodness of his heart [ profile] shakati went outside and tried the door himself.

He reported that it was working just fine. "Try slamming it a bit hard next time it does that," he suggested.

I had. Both times.

What I am thinking of doing is buying a car cover. Ice inside my door's edges appears to be an unusually bad thing with this car.
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posted by [identity profile] at 06:18am on 13/02/2007
I chuckled when I read the part about duct-taping the car door shut. I can understand problems disappearing when other people show up. Other people complain about computer problems, but when I check them out, their computers behave themselves. Perhaps cars and computers, like cats, can tell when people like them.
posted by [identity profile] at 03:40am on 14/02/2007
The odd thing is that this is the first time I've had covert car problems. My other cars had open, obvious (if occasionally expensive) problems that the mechanics saw right away.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:30pm on 13/02/2007

Cold weather seems to bring out problems with new - or nearly new - cars. My 2005 Mustang had the rear disc brakes lock when I put the parking brake on in freezing weather. Turns out there's a seal on the cable prone to leaking. If water gets in there while the vehicle is operating (and warm) then it is parked and cools enough, the water freezes and holds the cable.
posted by [identity profile] at 03:39am on 14/02/2007
I think in the case of the Land Shark that the problem is compounded by the fact that I do not have a garage. My guess is that the car looked great because its first owner *did* have a garage, and was scrupulous about always parking the car inside it. :-(


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