Driving to work, no problems (except for my horn which had stopped working a few weeks ago, and was blowing fuses) when my 2008 VW Jetta…just died. I think I heard a “thunk”, like I ran over something, but that was maybe just a coincidence? Speedometer went down to 0, no “check engines” lights, electronics (radio, windows, sunroof) stayed on. Would not turn over at all - just silence. Tow truck driver turned it right on 45 minutes later and drove it on to the truck.
Towed to the mechanic and it took them about two days to replicate the problem. No codes were coming up so they had to wait until it happened again.
They replaced the crankshaft sensor and power supply relay, charged me for everything but when I went to get in the car - it was dead.
8 days on and they still don’t seem to know what is going on.
And the stress is doubled-down at this point because how I’m being treated. One of the mechanics keeps making jokes about how I’m “silly” for having a Volkswagen (ugh, there appears to be gender stuff going on, which totally bums me out) and has suggested that I just “buy a Honda. A pink one, even”. Right.
I’m at a loss and need help.
Does any of the mechanical issues ring a bell for anyone? Thoughts on possible directions?
And at what point do you pull the plug and get it towed to a specialty shop / dealership? I’m in about $300 bucks at this point. I have never doubted this auto shop before; I have been going there for almost 20 years. But this is all sitting with me badly.