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November 7, 2011 1:06 PM Subscribe
I just had to replace my car's entire powertrain. What could've happened? How do I prevent it from happening AGAIN?
posted by julthumbscrew to travel & transportation (13 answers total)
Late last year, I bought an AskMe-favorite Pontiac Vibe (2005, automatic, base model). Before I purchased it, I did the typical due diligence: I purchased a CarFax report and had an independent mechanic give it a thorough exam. However, within the past two months, I've had to replace its engine (bad valve seals) and have the transmission rebuilt (the torque converter as well as a bunch of other stuff blew after a sudden massive transmission fluid leak). These problems were totally legit (each one was confirmed by multiple mechanics). My questions for you, HiveMind:
- What in hell could the car's previous owner have done to the thing to make an entire Toyota-manufactured powertrain fail within a year? Or does this just occasionally HAPPEN?
- Is there anything I should be doing to prevent any similar problems in the future? Anything else a mechanic should check out? The entire situation seems so profoundly fishy that I'm wondering if something horrible happened to the car which just didn't happen to show up on the CarFax.
Possibly-relevant info: the car was a repo which somehow made its way into the hands of a local used car dealer. A friggin' AWFUL user car dealer, apparently...