So I've had quite an adventure thus far and would appreciate some advice.
<br/> 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.
<br/> 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.
<br/> This feels like they're trying to scam my girlfriend (the owner) since I can't be there during their operating hours.
<br/> 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.
<br/> Enumerated Details:
<br/> 1. 2009 PT Cruiser
<br/> 2. ~9,000 Miles
<br/> 3. Oil Changed a week earlier by me (not my first time).
<br/> 4. No leaks
<br/> 5. No Smoke
<br/> 6. All fluids at their designated levels
<br/> 7. The night prior ran without issue for roughly 200 miles.
<br/> 8. It wasn't snowing, but it was as cold as San Diego can get. (The night/morning it ceased to work)
<br/> Apologies if this post was too verbose, I don't want to have left anything out.