I drove 70 miles over the coastal mountains for a medical appointment in Eugene. Perfect. Drove like a champ. When I returned to the parking lot an hour later and started up the car, I knew instantly that something was very wrong. The idle was extremely rough, and the car shook badly at speed.
I made it back to Florence and took it to my car repair shop. This family-run facility has maintained my car for the nine years I've been in Florence. They're very good, and I trust them implicitly. They've always known exactly what to do.
To make a long story short, after nine hours of labor and testing over two days (for which they didn't charge me), they can't fix the problem, suggesting that it might be motor/transmission mounts that have failed, but they're not sure. After much discussion among themselves, they're recommending that I get rid of the car, advising me that I'll need multiple and very expensive repairs coming up, and it's not worth the money or headaches.
I'm shocked. How can my Saab 9-5 Sportwagon go from perfect to dead in one hour sitting in a parking lot? I know my car guys aren't scamming me, but why can't they diagnose the problem and fix it?
The check engine light came on when they test drove the car, and the Tek II reported misfires on the rear cylinders. They swapped out the DIC from the rear bank of three cylinders for a used one I've had as a backup, but the rough idle and vibration didn't stop. I have two more used DICs. Should we try replacing both?
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