2003 Pontiac Sunfire, 103K miles, a little overdue for an oil change, but no major (or minor) problems before now:
Last Monday my car was running fine until, on my way out of town, I gassed up. Immediately, my car started acting strange: immediately died upon leaving the station, didn’t want to start, RPMs all over the place, acceleration & braking weren’t responding properly, TERRIBLE idling, difficult handling at higher speeds (>45 mph), check engine light eventually came on, as well as the battery light (for just a minute).
Needless to say, I decided not to go out of town and took the car to a local mechanic (by this time the car was dying regularly and absolutely did not want to start). This morning he told me that I have water in my fuel tank and detailed a draining process that sounds expensive. However, after reading several “water in gas tank” threads on here, I’m skeptical. As a young woman living the in the South, I’m sure you all can understand my suspicion. So, is he giving me the run around? For what it’s worth, I do live in southern Louisiana - hot, humid, rains daily - water isn’t exactly scarce here.
Someone (Father) mentioned my timing belt (I haven’t had my 100K-mile service yet, so belts and things are probably due for a replacement). Another non-mechanic thinks it’s my transmission. Thoughts?