117,700 new tail light

the other day as a valet was pulling out my car (gotta love vegas), i noticed i had a tail light out.  not a big deal (and certainly not the first time it happened).

but what's weird was when i did the replacement ... i was curious if the filament would actually be broken, or if the bulb had merely shook loose from its mount ... but instead the entire bulb was shattered ... it looked very much like someone had took a swing at it with a hammer ... but the outside lens was completely and totally normal.




117,316 mile service (and more, unfortunately)

took my car in for the standard oil change, but when the adviser came out to get me he had that surgical "i've got bad news for you, b1" look on his face.

the techs have found oil in the spark plug tubes.  (that i believe, you could see very slight oil seepage around the tops of the plugs.)  they've also found a problem with the control arms (not the first time this has happened).

the vast majority of these repairs are covered by my service contract, but the new spark plugs (and wires) are not.

(as long as they were doing everything else, they also replaced the engine mounts, again, which surprised me ... i would have expected them to last longer ... but who knows?  that other work was sahara ... and anything is possible with those jokers.)

this now puts me well, well ahead of the game with my service contract.  (it also has me wondering, a little, if maybe radioactive dave wasn't right with his $0 deductible comment.)

$319, including $100 of service contract deductible
$3570 of warranty return

{what was odd is i was given a rental for two days as part of this repair ... i'm almost certain i'm not supposed to -it's certainly not what the contract says- but i took full advantage of it and put 400 miles on my loaned chrysler 200 [with satellite!] ... went to death valley one day, valley of fire the next.}


new chrysler logo

chrysler has a new name: FIAT chrysler ... and a new logo ...


113,920 mile service

back in NV at prestige.  oil change, nothing more.



113,142 hiccups!


my car started missing (and i mean it never does this), and threw an engine light ...

bad news because i'm not entirely sure i can limp it the 13 miles i need to get to my favorite dealer out here. after waiting a day i'm able to get it in, not really worried about what's "wrong."  why should i, i'm covered, right?

turns out it's a split vacuum line, and lo' and behold, it's not covered by my service contract.

in fact, i spent a l-o-n-g time on the phone with chrysler and even the reps (i spoke to more than one) couldn't believe it wasn't covered.  my guess, and this is only a guess, is that it was simply omitted.


not expensive (only $46 more than my deductible) but still not welcome.



112,469 new battery ++

i'm in CA and my car keeps acting like it doesn't want to start ... in fact, sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't.  not that big a deal since i carry jumper cables with me, but i don't like the idea of crossing deserts with questionable batteries ... you run out of juice in the middle of nowhere and you may get a lot more than a frame stripped.

so i go to the local walmart and get a battery to do my own swap (the warranty is better and it's cheaper) ... the switch isn't trivial since the engine compartment is SO tightly jammed together, except ...

when i go to pull the battery out, the air hose to the air cleaner is almost completely cloven ... not what i was expecting.

so i call up normandin ... they're able to take me right in ... i have them replace the air line under my service contract and install the battery for another $35.  that makes my battery more expensive than i had originally intended, but still cheaper than if i'd had the whole thing done at the dealer to begin with.  (i'm actually kinda surprised that they had the air hose in stock ... turbo versions of cruisers have to be getting just a touch rare.)

i'm starting to wonder if i'm gonna get nickle-and-dimed by the continual car.

$35 for battery install
$100 service contract deductible
$250 warranty return


110,938 mile service

back to my normal guys, prestige in LV, NV.

they once again take my chapman coupon.  everyone's happy.