I was guilty of letting my '99 Grand Am 2.4L go for over a year and a half without getting it serviced. I drive about 100 miles per day going to work and back, so I didn't have a lot of down time. My car had developed several issues in that time, and my fuel economy had dropped from about 33 mpg to about 26 mpg. With 256,000 miles on it, I had to make a decision. Should I retire it and take on another note, or get it repaired. Since I really do like this car and it has a nice sound system in it, custom lights and good paint, I decided to take it to Curtis' Auto Repair and let them go through it bumper to bumper. I figured if I bought another used car, I would probably have to do the same with it before I felt confident driving it every day. I figured for $1500 - $2000, I could have my baby back running sweet again.
They put a timing chain kit in it, new plugs, new power steering pressure hose, new ABS sensors, did a complete brake job, changed the belt and hoses, cleaned the cooling system and fuel injectors and more. I was prepared for a $1000 or higher labor bill. Was I ever surprised that the total bill was less than $800 !
My car now purrs like a kitten again, no more shaking when ideling or feeling like I need to put it in neutral at redlights. I had 6 warning lights on in the dashboard, now there are none. My mileage is back to 32 mpg at last fill up. I honestly think that this car will last many more years now.
The next day I drove my weekend cruiser, a 1994 Z28 to them for a work over. Curtis and his wife Janel are both wonderful christian people that will help you anyway they can.
They have a customer for life.