Getting frustrated with this car
I was so happy when I got this car last November 13 but it's been a trying few months. A little over 3 weeks after I bought it, the engine started knocking. The Ford dealership initially diagnosed a bad water pump and replaced it which I paid for out of pocket, after having the car just over three weeks and putting less than 500 miles on it. I picked it up and partway home the engine was still knocking. I turned around and went right back and left the car with them and after about a week the dealership called me to say that the engine needed replaced - the knock was in the bottom end. Thankfully I had purchased a powertrain warranty which covered the engine replacement but the repair took 5 weeks. I had about $300 in expenses that were not covered by the warranty along with the inconvenience of being carless for 5 weeks, at a time when I was supposed to be having radiation treatment 3 times a week. I could have rented a car but the warranty required that I pay out of pocket which I could not afford to do for that length of time due to a ton of medical expenses and then wait for reimbursement. I did rent a car for a few days for critical appointments . At that point the car had been at the dealership longer than I have owned it. I finally got to pick the car up and maybe 4 or so miles from the dealership the oil light came on. I called the service guy I had been working with and he asked a few questions and determined it was probably a bad sending unit. The car seemed to be running okay and temp was good. He said just to drive back but keep an eye on things and if it started overheating or not running right to pull over and they would send a wrecker. It was the sending unit and that hasn't happened since that day. Since that time I have put new tires on it, a new battery, replaced a bent wheel and got a full size spare instead of the little inflating gadget they put in the trunk. That's all normal wear and tear stuff so no big deal - you have to expect that with a used car. Then yesterday I get back from the doc and the message center displays "check fuel filler inlet". I have done a little reading on that and it seems to happen commonly, but I would really just like to go a few weeks without having some kind of repair or issue. I traded in a car with 200k miles that was becoming a money pit and was hoping for better reliability and trouble free driving. Then I look at the car and think how pretty it is and how when I get to drive it, I feel like a kid again. Sigh............vent over.