Hey, folks. my first post. I’m not expecting miracles, but maybe a little perspective and ideas on what to pursue.
2008 Saturn Vue with 80000 miles on it. It started acting weird right after I had the oil changed and a headlight replaced at a local Jiffy Lube. It wouldn’t start without a jump, so I got a jump start and went to a Western Auto and had a new battery installed. Ran fine for 3 weeks after that.
One wintry Friday night after work I turned the key in the ignition switch and instead of turning over, the car was dead.No lights, no warning bing etc. So I called the tow truck and while I was waiting…the dash started blinking and the car radio came back with the default time. I turned the key and the car started up. Drove it to the dealer, told them my issue, they said they would look at it.
3 days later: Service manager said they had tried the engine once an hour every hour and it started every time. And they can’t run their diagnostics, etc, until they can reproduce the conditions. So I take it back and it works fine for two weeks.
Then in the parking lot of a convenience store, I see a weird “blink” in the dash as I pull the keys from the ignition, and the car goes dead - no flashing light in response to the key fob, etc. BUT…the key is stuck in the ignition and won’t turn, dash panel is blinking and the lights in the driver side door in time with those lights.
After about 10 minutes, things seems to “reset”, the dash clock comes back and says it’s 2007 again, and the car starts, Then it runs fine for another 2 weeks,
And three days ago, it happened again, the same way.
It seems as if my best choice is to wait until it happens again and DOESN’T ever 'reset" and then take it to the dealer. But that could happen in an unsafe place or just maybe quit in the middle of traffic or the highway.
Is there anything proactive I can do or try? Anything I can suggest to the dealer’s Service Manager? (There’s only one dealer with a Saturn technician in town that I know of, so I am sort of stuck with them).
Or should I just start saving for a replacement?
Any enlightenment would be appreciated. Again, not looking for miracles, just ideas,
Thanks in advance.