I am sitting here waiting for the oven repair guy (or gal) to show up. Earlier this year, our oven, which looked brand new when we bought the house 10.5 years ago but was probably several years old, would randomly shut off during baking. Fortunately, if we turned it back on, it was fine, so we chose to ride it out. Then, a few weeks later, it would not light/start (whatever happens with a gas oven). So hubby scheduled a repair and mentioned only that the oven would no longer light/turn on. The repair guy fixed that, but within a day or two, the oven would shut off again. Since hubby failed to mention the randomly turning off issue, we knew we would have to pay for another appointment, so we, once again, ignored the problem. Unfortunately, it has gotten worse, and the oven hardly stays on now. And that is why I am waiting for the repair person and hoping beyond hope it won't set us back more than $150. Wall ovens are not cheap to replace!
But wait, there's more. Back in July, my car key, at random intervals, would not turn in the ignition. I was not even able to turn the steering wheel as that too was locked up. Thanks to Google, hubby found a boring video of a guy explaining that replacing the worn-out key would solve the problem. So off I went to the dealership, paid $8, and the problem was greatly reduced. I also went on Edmund's to see what else I could find, and some guy in the Saturn Vue forum suggested putting your foot on the brake when the key would not turn. So whenever the key would stick, I would try that, which usually worked.
Since then, hubby, whose work car is a Chevy HHR, was sent a recall notice for, wait for it, the key sticking in the ignition. Hmm, both of are cars are GMs. Seems like a GM problem to me. But since Saturns are no longer made, getting GM to issue a recall is going to be next to impossible. I know because I went to Edmund's and suggested that very thing. The response I got from the GM media adviser was no recall, but I could take it to the dealer to see what they had to say. I asked if I would have to pay for the dealer visit, and my GM person said, not surprisingly, yes. So I called up my local GM dealer, explained the problem, and was told assuming it was the ignition cylinder that needed to be replaced, the cost would be approximately $640. What?!!!!
I promptly called my mechanic, who works for Jesus and for you (this used to be printed on his receipts), and explained the situation to Josh. Although he won't know until he actually looks at the car and gets the parts, Josh thinks it will cost me around $230. Here's hoping!
So I continue to sit and wait and hope. Oh, do I hope I can end the week with spending under $400 in repairs. If not, maybe I should go out and buy my second lottery ticket of the year...