Went to a few mechanics and ultimately to dealer for car not starting once or twice a week. Battery, starter and alternator check out. Purge valve has been replaced (twice, since according to dealer the first one was bad.) Mostly it chugs and chugs and won’t start, but once it didn’t turn on at all and the mechanic “replaced a fuse”.
When I took it back to the dealer and told them the second purge valve didn’t fix it, they now say it needs a fuel pump because a spot on the motor is bad (which is why it sometimes chugs and chugs and won’t start) and they also need to order a rebuilt instrument cluster because when their technician drove over a bump the instrument panel went out and when the technician replaced fuse and manipulated the instrument cluster it went out again.
I have poured a lot of money into this car already and I am underwater on a loan I still owe $6000 on. My choices appear to be keep fixing it, buy a new old car while I still have good credit and then let this one get repossessed, or trade this car in for the $1000 or $2000 it’s probably worth and add these payments to the loan amount for another old car (would probably be a Hyundai or Prius this time.)
Anyway, they are charging me $960 to order and install a rebuilt instrument cluster. Is this what you have to do when the instrument cluster blows fuses, or can it simply be repaired?