ok, this will be kind of long, but i'm pissed, and feel like typing it. you were warned.
this starts back in june, when i got my car inspected. here in NJ, we have to pass a pretty stringent emissions test. anyway, my NOx reading was 2,922, and passing is 1,577. so i posted here about how to fix it. you guys said tune up, new cat, leave the radiator fan running... etc. i decided to take it to the foreign car place [who shall remain nameless... but they're on rt. 206 in somerville, if you're from around here]. the place came highly reccommended, so i figured it wouldn't be a problem.
i told them to make it pass emissions, fix the idle problem (it jumps around, up, down, up, down), and fix the rear brakes (they were leaking). they give me an estimate, and $800 later, my car is set up with a new cat, plugs, wires, cap, rotor, left tie rod (was apparently messed up), and the brakes were fixed, along with a full tune up. i have my mom pick it up because i'm at school, and it sits at my house, for about a month before i can come home and take it out.
now... here's where the trouble starts. i start it up and rev it a bit to clear out the cobwebs. i notice a vibration at 2100 rpm. "ok, i'll have to adjust the cat shield so it doens't vibrate against the car." i think to myself. no biggie. i take it out for a spin. i notice a big ass clunking sound when i rev it or let off the gas in the lower gears. seems like an engine mount problem to me. check out this other post about that here
. i drive around a bit more. the engine temp is waaaaaaaay high i notice, after only like 10 minutes. so i put on the heater, full blast, hot. cold air. i realize what's going down, pull over, and put in the extra gallon or so of coolant/water mix that it needed to be full because they didn't have the engine running when they filled it up. so i continue along. i stop at a couple stop signs, lights, and i notice this terrible odor. just like the kind that you smell from a car with an effed catalytic converter. so right about now, i'm pretty pissed, because my car stinks! i got out to see if i could smell it outside too, but it was only in the car i think. it was weird.
now, for the best part. drum roll please...
i took it to be reinspected. the NOx score this time: 3,528!!!!!!
it did 600 points worse this time!!!! i am so pissed!! the way that i see it, i am down $800 with a car that is in the exact same condition it was in before.
i don't know what to do about this. do i take it back and yell? do i take it back and say "fix this please", or what? suggestions, please, before i [just kidding]burn down the service station?
oh yeah, they didn't fix the idle problem either.
[Modified by acafounder, 2:12 AM 11-23-2001]