You may be my last hope. I’m grateful that you may consider taking a crack at my situation. I am at my wit’s end. Please save my relationship with my car!
I have a car, and she’s a problem. She’s beautiful and fast, but she hates me. Much like my ex-wife. No dealer can find the problem. I’ve tried 3 of them. Here is the background…
Car Name: Naughty Little Bettie
Car Type: 2005 PT Cruiser Turbo Convertible H.O. (2.4L Turbo)
Complete with hot rod chrome, pinstriped with flames, chrome mags, and some aftermarket racing parts. (I know you don’t care about any of this but she’s really a looker. It makes my biceps feel bigger to talk about it).
Aftermarket Mods: K&N Cold Air Intake, Hi-Flow Cat Converter in a 2 ¾” pipe custom exhaust set-up, and a “Diablosport” fuel system. (Problem happens whether I run the car with this “tune” or not.
100K miles, but has had this problem off and on her whole life. Nothing seems to make it better or worse.
The Problem: This little car keeps coding out, and acting like it is going to die for no reason. The check engine light will come on, maybe it will run a little rougher and act like it is going to die. Can’t keep it going. Sometimes, the check engine light may come on or come on and blink, but the car will be running fine. Basically, I drive around most of my life wondering whether the car is going to leave me stranded by the side of the road. If it codes, it usually tells you it is a misfire (last time in number 4.) It’s very inadvertent. She may not do it for a few months. There may be times where it’s happening every day until you get to the dealership. (so they can be baffled.)
Common threads: Bettie does not like to be driven limp. This problem almost never happens when she is being run hard. Whether at highway speeds, or coasting, it almost always happens when she is being run at lower rpms. Say 800-2500 on the tach. She does not like to be “bogged”.
Everywhere I drive Bettie, my quarter mile times improve because I feel like every day is a drag race… If I want her to stay running that is.
What I’ve been told: Dealer said it was a bad fuel injector. Replaced one or two. Dealer said it was a bad Camshaft sensor. Have replaced one or two. Dealer said it may be a fuel pump, but why the engine light? Dealer did an expensive tune up and replaced plugs and wires. Probably twice. Basically, they just scratch their heads and replace a camshaft sensor to make me feel better.
My Theory: I am nowhere near good looking enough to be driving this little car, and she knows it. She hates me. We need couples therapy.
What is it guys? I love this little car. I treat her like a queen. Don’t want to sell her.
Any thoughts? I would love to hear your take on this…