“Happily ever after” only lasts for 26 days, apparently.

How long has it been? I got my Volvo back on January 27th, so that is 26 days all together. Sigh! To recap: 3 month ordeal of getting my car repaired resulted in:
– new long block
– new valve body (rebuilt transmission)
– new radiator
– resealed angle gear
– new front right axle.
Volvo Cars of North America & Rusnak Volvo has sunk about an estimated $15,000 ($9,000 for parts + my guestimate on labor of about $6,000) into my car to get it up and running as it should. I have paid about $1,000 + $500 for rental car out of my own pocket.

This afternoon when I drove home from work, the CHECK ENGINE light came on, and the car is smelling like something is baking under the hood… not sure what it is, but it ain’t no croissants. I have also noticed spots on my drive way lately indicating that something is leaking from the engine compartment.

I’ve emailed Bill Casey at Volvo asking how I should proceed at this point.

3 Responses to ““Happily ever after” only lasts for 26 days, apparently.”


  1. 1 Scot February 23, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Sorry to hear about that! Hopefully, some soothing words of comfort:
    When you do such a drastic amount of work on a vehicle, it is very easy to for get to connect something small. The check engine light is very easy to trigger this way and does not necessarily mean bad things.

    The leaks and baking smell, however…

  2. 2 Joel February 23, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I think whenever you get this fixed you should insist that someone other than Rusnak to do the repair work.

    As I said in a previous comment, there is a list of shops and comments on the Brickboard.com website. Here are the results for California:
    http://www.brickboard.com/SHOPS/?cat_id=1&state=CA&state=&action=PERFORM+SEARCH

    I would be happy to solicit input from the community there for a reliable repair shop in California.

  3. 3 Jim T February 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Your writing style puts a s m i l e on my face!!

    You are still my hero!


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