Grrrr (car)

Dec. 9th, 2015 01:35 pm
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Driving to my student's taiko recital last night the "check manual" light which is actually the "somethings wrong with the power train" light came on, then the car overheated, so I pulled over, let it cool down and made my way to the recital (since I was running the show.)

I drove it very carefully home, pulling over any time it overheated. I just drove it to the dealer, being careful enough to drive it on the electric motor mostly, such that it didn't over heat, but the "check manual" and "check engine" lights were both on. They don't have an appointment for me until Tuesday, but they'll try to squeeze me in earlier.

I partly got a new car to avoid the aggravation of repairs (more to avoid the cost). So GRR!!! the car is less than 2 months old.

On the other hand, at least this happened with enough time to get it resolved before I needed to drive to Canada.
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I was unhappy with 128 mazda because they took a very long time to do a simple oil change and charged me a lot.

I was unhappy with quirk mazda, because they had a restricted customer wifi, and I felt a bit bullied by their service plan.

Both claimed to require service twice as frequently as recommended in the car manual even for places with "harsh conditions."

Ira mazda, the people were friendly, informative, the waiting area was nicely laid out. They had a sign that said that ira motor group was dedicated to making fans out of its customers. They were fast and friendly about getting me a rental and even faster about getting it returned. My car had a little card on the dash with the name of the mechanic who took responsibility for servicing my car and his extention. I've never seen accountability of the specific mechanic before. Even the cashier was on the ball and treated me with respect.
They seem to also believe corporates service schedule.

I will say they have me fast on the road of becoming a fan. Too bad they're 30 minutes away (when traffic is good) but then my closest is 20 minutes away. I'm definitely going back.

I lost a little money because they'd told me I'd have the rental for at least a week, so I filled it up thinking I would use most of it before the week was over. So I lost a few gallons of gas, but not really a big deal.
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So that power steering cut out? wasn't just bubble. turns out a lot of mazda 5s and 3s are having a pump issues, so when I took it in for service today, they kept my car. they said they could have let me drive it out but I would have had to sign a waiver. They gave me a loaner and said it would be a week or two before the part came in.

So now I'm driving a toyota yaris with no power locks or windows. It's basically just as good as my saturn was, but compared to my m5 it's a big step down. It's amazing how quickly you get used to small comforts.

Luckily my taiko schedule is open enough right now that I don't have any big drum hauling planned. It does mean I won't be able to bring in my toy to the dojo and show it off until I get my car back.

I kind of liked Ira, despite the surprise, and think that will go back there again for my next service if this all ends well.

car trouble

May. 7th, 2010 07:16 pm
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Mostly just to document this, but I had my power steering cut out today. It got better after I turned the car off and back on. I couldn't see anything obviously wrong under the hood.


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