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#51 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 02:47 PM
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5% discount?!? What a joke.

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If you are entertaining this as a consolation, make sure there is not a time provision attached to the 100,000 miles.

Beyond that, they are taking the low risk (cost) path (for them) to make you simply go away. I am an ASE Master Mechanic. Your engine's useful life has been compromised ... how much ???? ... how many miles of equivalent wear occurred ???? ... was anything damaged to where 100,000 is possible but beyond that who knows ????

The bottom line is that every time you turn the ignition key, you will wonder "is today the day" the engine will start knocking ... "is today the day" the engine will spin a bearing ... "is today the day" the engine will start burning oil ... etc ... etc.

You did not pay top dollar for a new vehicle to have this looming over your life. For me, this would drive me crazy and is enough to pursue what the dealer should offer ... a new vehicle.

For me, anything less would be unacceptable.

If they need to save face with their regional manager or factory, then have them give you a trade-in value and pricing on a new vehicle to where you come out whole.
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Thank god. I still would be unglued. I might even drain the oil and drive away just to be sure it was replaced by them.


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Also, one of my friends had this happen to her Lexus at walmart. She drove it until it stopped, about 4 miles, and they paid to put in a new motor.


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I would have run it till it locked up on the side of the road. Picked out a new one and moved on.

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Take the 100 K warranty, but make sure it is a Toyota warranty. At least you have that coverage.
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Even an abused Toyota can run 100k no problem. You're probably ok, but I know I'd be pissed and worried every day.
I had something like this happen in 1987, and I called the dealership pretending to be a lawyer (I had taken law classes for two years) and I got them to take care of me. Took some 'nads, but I was young and it worked. Might want to consider it. Good luck.


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A friend put some prospective on it. Said if you drive on weekends only 52 weekends a year that's 104 starts and the engine has only residue for 1 second before oil is pumped through then that's 1.7 minutes a year with no oil or only residue. That's about 3 times longer than I ran with only residue. Not sure how accurate that is but was nice to hear.

Also the oil light only flickered when the vehical started to move. Was off when I stood still. I barley accelerated because my eye caught a red light flicker. Then it took a few seconds to realize it was the oil light. At first I thought they didn't top it off.
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That's not the same thing, although it's probably fine. Constant running for that long vs seconds over years isn't quite a fair comparo. But, again, modern oils are amazing, and it's probably fine. Take the warranty, but keep an eye on it. Or, pretend to be a lawyer


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