hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,500 miles

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problem #2

May 212008


  • 80,000 miles
My case is similar to ODI case 10151711. I perform most of my car maintenance from oil changes to brake pad replacement. I had recently replaced my pads and made sure every bolt was tightened correctly. One week later I was driving down the highway at an approximate speed of 70 mph and heard a clunk and it sounded like I had ran over something as the object hit the bottom of my car. I thought someone threw something out their window. About a mile down the road I heard a noise that sounded like I had a flat tire. As I began to brake and pull over the noise went away. Confused by the sudden stop of the noise, I proceeded another mile or so down the highway until the noise from the right front tire started up again and sounded like grinding. I immediately pulled over at this point and came to a skidding stop. I tried to pull forward as I was off the road but very close to the shoulder. The car would not move forward regardless of the pressure on the gas peddle. I decided to try and back up and I was successful and pulled further off the shoulder. I saw that my caliper had come free and began to take chunks out of the alloy rim. I am very fortunate that I did not lose control of the vehicle or damage any other vehicles on the road. The tow truck driver and service manager stated they never saw anything like this before. $497.66 later (new bolts and a rim) my car was mobile. I was over twenty miles from home when this occurred. Photos and bill available for review.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 102005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
At 19000 miles, the front rotors had to be replaced due to warpage. Dealership says it is not covered under warranty after 12000 miles. Now the car has 22000 miles on it and needs front rotors replaced again. I refuse to again pay for something that should at least have a life expectancy of 55000 miles or more. Dealership mechanic says it is a defect in the rotors but it is not covered under warranty. Why"???????"

- Goldsboro, NC, USA