my car overheated and had to be towed into a car repair shop in 09/2005. long story short, i brought it back to them 6 or 7 times after that point, the last visit being 03/2006. I spent roughly 2K, and every single one of those visits was because my car was overheating (again) and leaking radiator fluid (again).
they would fix it, pressure test it, keep it overnight, and then it woudl be fine. then a month or two later it woudl start losing fluid and overheating. after all of those visits, and all the money spent, it started losign fluid/overheating again, at which point they pretty much said they don't want to work with my car anymore and that i should take it to the dealership so that tehy can work with it, as they woudl have better knowledge of that specific vehicle.
i asked if they would be footing the bill for that, as i had already paid them to fix the problem, and of course they refused. i brought my car in today to the mistubishi dealership, they said that it was leaking at the waterpump, and that it is probable that only the water pump needs replacing. on the second to last visit out of the 7, they replaced the water pump.
mitsubishi thinks it will be about 600 for the repairs, and i think that it is unfair that i paid 2000 for all that work at the local shop and my problem was never fixed. whenever i argue with them, i basically say 'i paid you to fix the problem, and you don't fix it, yet you keep my money', and their response is along the lines of 'we did the work adn it is a new problem'.
should i pursue this? it seems cut and dry to me but i'm ignorant in this area. seems i should get at least 600 to cover the repairs i had to have done at the dealership, if not a full refund of my 2000 as they never fixed the problem (and nevermind how inconveniencing it is to have to deal with 6 or 7 trips to the car dealership, where you have to either find a friend or taxi back because you need to leave the car overnight)