So I've had quite an adventure thus far and would appreciate some advice.
Initially the PT wouldn't start. This was the day after thanksgiving, having driven it without a hitch for some 200 miles on the previous night. I poked around online and stumbled upon a feature it has which is its ability to display an error code (if there is one) with 3 turns of the ignition switch without actually cranking. I originally got error code P0522 which all signs pointed to a faulty oil pressure switch. I replaced it. I had rolled the PT down a hill where it was on and tried to crank it. It started then, but was idling rough and eventually the Check Engine light started blinking.
I then received a new error code P0302 which read as "1st cylinder misfire detected" on an online PT Forum. Not being in running conditions, as the vibrations were intense, I had it towed to the dealership where the new problem begins. They said, to paraphrase, that it seemed as if the fuel was been contaminated, looked like lacquer/varnish (girlfriend's words) and that it smelled strange. On top of that they said they needed to "check the head gasket" among other things totaling out to about $1200, which we don't even begin to have. And miraculously all of this not covered by her warranty they suggested.
This feels like they're trying to scam my girlfriend (the owner) since I can't be there during their operating hours.
And so I turn to the car talk discussions. I remember hearing a recent episode where a woman accidentally filled her tank with diesel and her dealership wanted to charger her $4000 to "fix it." She meanwhile took the advice of the guys and just had her fuel system cleaned (or something like that) for a fraction of the price and everything was fine. I'm hoping this is something like that.
1. 2009 PT Cruiser
2. ~9,000 Miles
3. Oil Changed a week earlier by me (not my first time).
4. No leaks
5. No Smoke
6. All fluids at their designated levels
7. The night prior ran without issue for roughly 200 miles.
8. It wasn't snowing, but it was as cold as San Diego can get. (The night/morning it ceased to work)
Apologies if this post was too verbose, I don't want to have left anything out.