I was driving back from college for Spring Break on the I-80 when all of a sudden, about 50 miles out, the car starts bucking and losing speed and within a minute stopped moving entirely. The dashboard showed no indicator lights, and oil and transmission fluid seemed fine and there were no leaks of any kind coming from under the car. A highway patrol office stopped to help eventually, and advised me to drive so he could see the problem first hand. To my surprise, the car worked perfectly. At this point, I simply drove back to my college town to get the car fixed, as I didn’t want to risk driving 300 miles with a problematic car. The mechanic said it was because my catalytic converter was old and clogged up and switched it out for a total of $325. Unfortunately, about 60 miles of driving, the exact same thing happened. This time I drove all the way home, simply letting the car rest for 30 minutes every time it didn’t want to move anymore.
So two questions: Obviously, what is wrong with the car? And 2, how much of a refund is appropriated to ask of the mechanic who clearly had no idea what he was talking about?
If you need me to detail anything in particular, I’ll be happy to say as much as I can.