Originally Posted by JagerGirl13
I have an 06' Forenza and my car has been doing the same exact thing as your car. Its been doing it for about a month. I have 64k miles on my car.
I just took my car to the dealership where I purchased it. It cost me $69 to have them plug it in and give me a diagnostic. They told me it was the range switch, which is not under the 100k warranty. The dealership wants to charge me $276 plus tax to have it fixed. Its complete bullshit! I found a local repair shop that will fix it for $120 plus tax. So do yourself a favor and DO NOT take your car to the dealership for repair!
being a forenza owner i see your point, being a dealership mechanic for gm/chevy, i will say this about dealership work....
theres many reasons why sensors go out,
1) worn out... happens ALOT
2)moisture/dirt RARELY a plug will not seal properly and cause connections to corrode(rust) and will cause a circuit failure (loss of power to the sensor,etc) causing a code
3) my all time favorite .... electrical, ive seen rare cases where a voltage is not what its supposed to be and caused the initial failure AND damaged the replacement parts
i HATE spending money fixing things, and I HATE the thought of someone else's hands on MY CAR....
but this is the wife's car, and its going to be fixed right, i feel your pain when it comes to problems, i work on trucks that cost well over $100,000 and am used to the concerns my customers have. but if there's a known issue (there are hordes of databases that customers are not privy to that document everything from bad wiring connections, to fuel line issues etc that only dealers have access to) as a mechanic, it would suck for me to replace a part, tell wifey that is fixed, and have something else fail because i didnt know that x voltage was supposed to be yy.y instead of zz.z or that theres some sealant required on the connection to ensure that elemental effects dont damage the connections
and quite frankly, $276 for a sensor replacement.... is a heck of alot cheaper than $3000 for a new transmission, etc
i have yet to get rid of a car w/ less than 340,000miles so... take advice for what it is.. advice, you dont have to do anything anyone tells ya, but from both sides of the fence, ive seen some ugly ugly problems that could have been avoided by paying the premium and letting the Pro's do their thing