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DAVID Long is an auto mechanic who has seen car repair bills ruin several of his customers’ lives.
Fortunately, David made a video highlighting how these car owners incurred their high service expenses so you can avoid making the same mistakes.
2007 GMC Acadia
Long stated that he believes GMC’s 2007 Acadia has a “piece of trash” 3.6-liter engine.
The mechanic claimed that one of his customers suffered multiple failures within their 2007 Acadia.
This Acadia driver eventually spent $10,000 repairing their vehicle over one year.
Long said the motorist’s SUV would break every two to three weeks.
Issues within the Acadia included problems with the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) actuators, transmission, and more.
The Acadia’s owner eventually pawned the model at a public city auction. The U.S. Sun approached GMC for a comment on its 3.6-liter engine but didn’t receive a response.
2001 Mazda Millenia
This auto mechanic noted that he was working on a 2001 Mazda Millenia with an almost shredded timing belt.
Worn-out timing belts that snap can cause thousands in damages.
The Millenia owner approved $1,300 in repairs but couldn’t come up with the money.
Long eventually repossessed the Mazda and was shocked at how the car’s repairs financially ruined the model’s former driver.
1985 Porsche 928
Long explained that he previously worked on a 1985 Porsche 928 that had sat unused for 12 years.
This period of immobility led to the Porsche’s fuel inside its tank to turn into nearly-solid sludge.
Long added that the Porsche had a bad fuel tank, pickup screen, accumulator, fuel pump, fuel administrator, injectors, and warmup regulator.
This Porsche eventually drained the motorist’s bank account and left him on the verge of bankruptcy.
1986 Mercedes-Benz 190e
This experienced mechanic shared that when he opened his first auto service shop, he was visited by a man with a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190e.
The Mercedes-Benz had a bad engine and several other issues, but Long took on the client as his car repair business was just starting.
But Long sensed something was wrong when his new customer asked to send monthly payments for intermitted repairs.
After months of working on the vehicle on and off, Long said the Mercedes-Benz owner asked to halt repairs and get his car back.
Long eventually discovered that the Mercedes-Benz driver’s wife was dying of cancer in a hospital.
The motorist’s wife wanted her husband to avoid spending their savings fixing the vehicle, so they had enough cash for her cancer treatment bills.
Long noted that he didn’t know what happened between the married couple after he stopped spending money on car repairs, but said he lost all respect for the customer.
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Long listed another example where a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee owner approached his shop.
This Grand Cherokee needed a new transmission, engine, and other major components totaling $9,000 in expenses.
After the repairs were approved and completed, this Grand Cherokee owner said he didn’t have any money for the SUV’s repairs.
The driver added that he would abandon his Jeep’s auto loan.
After discovering the bank and dealer weren’t interested in repossessing the car, the motorist remained locked into his loan as the vehicle’s lien wasn’t released.
While waiting for legal advice on how to proceed, the Jeep’s driver parked the car for two or three years, where rats destroyed the model’s interior.
The only legal response the Jeep owner could take was to salvage the SUV in a junkyard, which he chose to do.
1953 Chevrolet Half-Ton Truck
This expert mechanic told viewers about a 1953 Chevrolet Half-Ton Truck owner who drained his family’s savings to restore the pickup and was later divorced.
A divorce court put the Chevrolet in storage, where the classic truck sat for years.