It had been eons since we heard from the Dodge dealership and we were wondering what was going on (last update was they had a theory and were waiting for a part). Robert gave them a call today to find out what’s up. We received the following joyous news:
*The guy who was handling our case quit today, so they had to look us up in the computer.
*The part came in. They installed it. It didn’t help.
*They tried something else. It didn’t help, either.
*The van is now back to giving the “No Bus” message that it was giving back when these ass clowns replaced the main computer and pronounced it ‘fixed’ last year.
*Obviously the thing has NEVER been fixed. The problem was simply staved off for a while.
*They have no idea what’s wrong with it. They think it might be electrical but have no idea where to start.
*The guy who’s now dealing with us wants to talk to his manager on Monday and see if he thinks they should call Chrysler and ask if they can help fix it. (See also: Things That Qualify as a Bad Sign)
*All this fruitless dicking around has run up a price tag of $400 so far, with no end in sight if we actually want the thing fixed, IF they could ever even figure out what’s wrong with it.
We had a potential deal worked out here in town that would’ve gotten us two new vehicles but it hinged on trading in the van, which is not going to happen now because no dealership in its right mind is going to give us $5500 for a van that does not work, has no apparent fix and probably will never work again.
It’s times like these I really question the existence of a higher power, or if there’s one I question its sense of humor. We had a complete shitstorm for two years and then the tide finally turned and our recovery culminated in us finding this van, the exact sort of vehicle I’d dreamed about, for exactly the amount of money we had to spend. Seems serendipitous. Except that the vehicle has gone on to cause nothing but problems, cost thousands of dollars in repairs, and ultimately end up unusable. If that’s not a big middle finger at us, I’m not sure what is. Think of all the hundreds of thousands (millions?) of Dodge owners to whom this has never happened. But it happened to us! Of course it did.
Incidentally, we do have the ability right now to get another vehicle for me that will actually run. So it’s not that I’m being forced to be permanently car-less once again. What makes me angry is that we now owe thousands of dollars, all of which will have to be paid back, on a vehicle which is basically worthless and undrivable and will remain so. Instead of improving our situation somewhat we will end up worse off (financially, at least). Yeah, because we are just ROLLING in dough, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
I guess I should go count my blessings that a freaking asteroid hasn’t hit our house or something.
An hour later: May have posted too soon. Stay tuned for updates…..