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2001 mitsubischi eclipse gt spyder 3.0L v6 sputtering

Hi guys, i need your expert opinions please and your help with my concern/dilemma here.

I do not know much about cars but recently my car was sputtering and it would die on idle, so i had to rev up to keep the car running everytime i stopped. I opened up the hood and i saw some oil on the valve cover and the plugs got fouled. I took it to a car shop referred by my friend( owner is a friend of my friend). They changed valve cover gasket, installed new plugs and wire set, distributor cap and rotor, some new fuel injectors but then it was still sputtering and misfiring. So the shop couldn't fix it and sent it to another mechanic. Now the new mechanic said that it was electrical problem and he had to fix the wiring, im not sure what kind of work he did here, but the receipt shows that
1) he replaced mass air flow sensor wiring
2) he replaced throttle position sensor wiring
3) he repaired map sensor wiring
and for these he said it took him about 2 days of work and charged me a total of $650. Does it really cost this much to do all this work and how do i know that he did actually do these services?

After all this, the car worked fine for about 2 weeks then the same problem started again, engine light went on and misfire on cylinder#2. so i took it back to the shop, and now they are saying that they need to fix the piston ring and it has become internal problem and they need the engine overhauled completely from the ground up and they can not just fix the piston ring, otherwise the plug will keep on getting fouled up. They also did some compression test and said cylinder#2 is weak, compared to the other cylinders. This is the broken down cost from them:

Head set job $375
Valve job $350
Overhauled block $600
$1325 parts only
Plus the labor of $1000( they said it'd take about 5 days), so total is $2325

I just do not have trust on these guys anymore, because they have been making me pay all these repairs and stuff, yet they still have not fixed the problem and the car still has the same problem just like the very beginning. I think they are just trying to rob my money here.

Here is my questions:

  1. Do you guys think that i can ask for the $650 that i paid for the wiring repair, since the car still has the same problem.
  2. Do you guys think that what they were saying about the pistons ring on cylinder#2 is true and that it will foul the plug
  3. Is the cost around $2325 to overhaul or rebuild my engine reasonable?
I very much appreciate your help and thank you.

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  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    low idle ,miss fire on take off now it wont start



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Yes you should ask for a refund. no 2 if your having a real fouling problem on number 2 plug it could be a bad piston ring or it could be a bad valve seal. there are different options you can take when it involves an engine. first 2600 bucks for rebuild is way high. as far as 5 days for rebuild that is way too long i have done it in no more than 3. also depending on age of vehicle you can get a fresh reman engine through diamler chrysler mitsubishi for the same price and have a better warrenty. or you can get what is called a used or drop in motor with minimal parts cost at least half the price. when you have a backfire problem and it drops alot of smoke out the rear pipe it could mean you have a timing problem. In the future when you take a vehicle to the shop always have someone with you. also ask alot of questions and if they same kind of of the wall answers take it to someone else. as a mechanic i hate that people get taken advantage of it makes things really hard for good ones to help the people who need it. hope i have help you. please rate this solution and if you need more answers just ask me. thank you and good luck

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