Greetings from the frigid city of Minneapolis!
I’ve encountered multiple problems after a recent repair and would love your input on whether the issues are mere coincidence or if they may be a result of or in anyway related to the repair work.
I own a 2009 Nissan Versa and the fan for AC & heat stopped working. This occurred a few weeks after the adjustment dial (floor/face/defrost) stopped rotating fully - it became partially stuck.
I took it to the dealer to have it repaired and paid the $900.00-ish that was quoted to fix both the fan and dial and was told it would be a few days. When 1 called to see if my car was ready the manager explained as he was prepping it for me to pick up, he realized the problem wasn’t yet fixed. The mechanics would have to go in there again and see what they missed.
3 days later (after confirming the car was ready) I arrived to collect my car and was told Oops - the battery was dead - so dead, in fact that it wouldn’t hold a charge and I needed to buy a new one. I paid $140 for this, got in my car and drove away, only to find I had heat for face and defrost but none blowing to the floor. I turned around and brought the car back.
2 days later the manager called, they had mis-diagnosed the problem he explained and it wasn’t just the blower fan, but the whole heater-box and would cost an additional $700. We made arrangements to have this fixed and I picked up my car a week and a half later (although I negotiated it at $0 expense to me because had I known the full expense upfront, I would have never gotten the repair. I would have invested the $1600 into a new car feeling it was too expensive a repair for such a young one-owner car. Another story.)
Since I have had my car back the following issues have arisen:
-the passenger headlight died
-the cigarette lighter/car phone charger fuse blew/was blown
-the electric key may have stopped working or the car may have stopped recognizing it or? I have always and exclusively used this e-key and one morning (a week after the repairs) the car wouldn’t turn off, the engine would, but the power was still “on” for the radio, etc. and couldn’t be turned off. I tried inserting the manual key and was still unable to get the car to turn off. At the dealer later that morning they replaced the key battery - problem not solved - so they said the e-key was “bad” (?) and discovered that if the e-key was far enough away from the car (12’ or so) I could successfully use the manual key to turn the car on and off. I’ve been driving this way ever since, about 2-3 weeks now.
-the driver side headlight died (within 1 week of the other which had been replaced by this time)
-the CD player will now not work; there is a message “mechanical error”
Is it possible that something happened at the dealer while they worked on my car – removing the dash and going in to work on the fan, dial and heater box a full three times, having possession of the car for almost 3 weeks – that could have possibly drained or damaged the electrical, the battery and the above items? The service manager tells me there is no chance that their repair work caused the problems and all are simply coincidences.
Please tell me what you think and if possible help me understand why.
Additionally, I am not confident the switch between recirculating and fresh air is working (and I believe this or parts connected to this were replaced when the repairs to the adjustment dial, etc. were made as I was told these were broken). I prefer to drive with recirculating air when possible, and have been since I’ve had my car back however even with the cold weather we are having (as cold as -25) my windows are not fogging up as they have in the past, indicating I need to switch to fresh, outside air. Also I can smell car fumes, bakery/restaurant smells and am confident I am not able to recirculate the air. I plan to have this fixed (at minimum) by the dealer.
Thank you and peace to you and yours.