domo_the_eagle wrote:Having to replace the transmission on a 6 year old car that has only done 65,000k's all because a $100 part within the transmission broke off and went through the trannie and damages the gears.
Basically any new car just factor in 5k for a potential lemon needing it's transmission replaced out of warranty.
WCE06 wrote:I went fishing in Lancelin with a mate in his brand new Hilux. On the way out went through a puddle about a foot deep sucked water into the air intake which is unbelievably located at the top of the front wheel arch - spat a piston. Night from hell followed by a complete rebuild. Piece of shit.
Feel for your pain. Last year we were driving on the way to Denmark and about 20km out of Kojonup suddenly the steering wheel in the car starts shaking.. immediately start losing power and think the maybe a spark plug has gone. Make our way to Denmark and go straight into the only mechanic in town... he thinks its a spark plug too. 1 hour job... cool I'll go for a walk whilst I wait. Get phonecall.... its more than a spark plug... engine is giving errors on the computer.
$5,000 later.. engine basically rebuilt. 1 of the pistons had gone. We were stuck in Demark for a week... so had to get a hire car. That was $500. Then RAC wouldn't cover the cost of transporting it back to Perth... so had to pay another few hundred for a complete stranger to drive my car back.
Next time we went to Denmark... 20km out of Kojonup on the way back to Perth.... suddenly my steering goes funny. Blown a tyre out. New cars only carry donut spares... not actual tyres... which have a max speed of 80kph. So had to drive back at 80kph on a 110kph road all the way back... pulling over all of the time to allow people to pass us. A 4 hour trip ended up taking 7 hours. To top it off a few weeks later got a fine in the mail.. caught speeding just outside of Denmark in the hire car. We could have gone to Europe for the price of that trip.
Both the blown tyre and the blown piston happened on 2 separate occasions within 100m of the same stretch of Albany Highway.
Every time we drive that stretch of road now everyone in our car crosses their fingers and toes. It's my own personal Bermuda triangle.