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\abs lights ; wheel bearings; now engine light; Electrical???


In Aug, 2008, after my car refused to start after paying 250. for a new "crank shaft" lever?? when my car refused to start (not battery) I was lucky enough to have a garage owner tell me about the 10 minute trick and the computer chip on the key.
In Oct.2008, first the ABS light came on, then my car refused to start. After towing it, the mechanic announced that it needed new wheel bearings on the left. He also replaced battery (which was original), and 2 tires. ($700)
As I drove away, one block later, ALL abs lights came on. I drove that way rather than loosening (as suggested) until March, when my car again died. This time again, a wheel bearing was replaced. (Another 600)
Two weeks ago, again, I went through a minor pothole. ENGINE light came on , but assumed it was another GM "IGNORE" (Did I mention that I had a Chrysler Cirrus, 1999 die on a major highway in my daughter ? Or that she is driving , without problems, a 1997 Toyota Camry with 65000 km (her grandfathers??)
Anyway, once again, car died -engine light. Mechanic spent 2 days; could not identify problem. At 4 PM the day after bankruptcy announcement, he phoned and said he had crawled under car, looked at wires and found one loose wire (see pothole). Car repaired.
At the same time, ASK GM e mailed to say that "Malibus were known for electrical problems" Now, car has engine light again, mechanic says
maybe he shoulI d replace electrical; that if I take it to GM, they will
just scan it , and tell me to replace wheel bearings (already done??)
What do I do (widow, 2 college kids who need the car I want for jobs)
HELP
Anyway 2 days later (by the way, no noises, grinding etc.

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From what you tell , seems to me you either drive through a million potholes a mile, or bought a lemon car. from what i see you like medium to big cars; i would recommend a camry. i would reccommend you buy a used camry or corolla or altima with a proven service record(some document showing what services were done on the car)(check SAFETY RECALLS on the internet before; the model with the least, buy)with no electronic nonsense on board( wich are simpler and cheaper to diagnose and fix) .buy an external GPS if you really need it( and no i do not need the car to welcome me and tell me the temperature, thank you very much).
ps. where i live, a battery costs around $80, 2 tires, $100. I'd reccommend you buy the service manual(haynes, chilton if there is one available for your car) (any pepboys kragen etc)and read the intro of the chapters, so at least when the repair shop tells you whats wrong, you can check it with your repair manual.




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