What The Most Perplexing Problem You’ve Ever Had With A Car?

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Photo: tarasov_vl (iStock by Getty Images)

I envy anyone who has never had a problem with their car. Certain models are less prone to issues; some drivers never have to lift the hood or call a mechanic. My used 2016 Toyota Corolla was basically bulletproof. However, regular maintenance isn’t the only reason why dealership service centers and repair garages exist. Some problems with cars can seemingly never be resolved even after a professional has taken a peek under the hood.

What’s the most perplexing problem you’ve ever had with your car? How many times did you have to take your car to the shop before it was finally solved? Or did you just give up hope and sell the problematic set of wheels?

Some owners feel relieved when recalls occur, knowing they’re not the only ones experiencing a significant mechanical problem with their vehicle. However, waiting for a fix from a manufacturer can be frustrating. A 2022 Kia/Hyundai recall sticks out in my mind, where the six impacted models had an anti-lock brake problem that caused the module to short circuit. The electrical short could ignite the car at any moment, so the manufacturer advised owners to park outside and away from any structures. The fix was a fuse replacement.


Don’t hesitate to share your tales of woe in the comments below. If you have any ongoing issues, I’ll happily give advice backed up with zero technical certifications.

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