Car Issues

Car Issues

Hello everyone, I own a 2002 Mercury Cougar (well, half own. I'm still paying on it.) that has about 40,000 mils on it. I bought it used (13k miles) from a Chrysler dealer, so my extended warranty is through Chrysler. Since then, I've had my engine, axle, axle seal (different occasion), O2 censors (a few times... guess there's a lot of them), wires to my engine, and I think a few other things (check engine light kept coming on) replaced. For a period of about three months, it broke down and had to be towed about every other week. I think this may have been due to the dealership's incompetency of diagnosing one problem, because when I switched dealerships, my car quit breaking down on a regular basis. Currently, my car is shaking (I think due to an axle problem), and I brought it in to fix it, but it's sill not right. I am so stressed out and sick of bringing my car into the shops that at one point it actually made me physically sick. I've also had to miss work more than once. In addition, I have a deductible of $100 that I kept having to shell out every time I brought it in. When I switched dealerships, I was also getting charged for tax for all of the labor and parts, but they were able to fix the problems before returning the car. I've shelled out well over $1500 out of pocket for items that are "covered" by my warranty along with the money I pay for maintenance and replacing consumable items such as brakes and tires. I don't want to buy a new car because I still owe quite a bit, maybe even more than it's currently worth. When my car is not having issues, I love it, which makes my problems even more depressing. Since I bought it used in Michigan, it appears that I don't qualify for sanctions under the lemon laws. I currently live in Connecticut, but I don't think that current residence matters compared to the state it was purchased in. Does anyone know if I have any possible recourse with either Mercury or Chrysler? I don't want a lawsuit, because that would likely cost more money and effort than any sort of return would be worth. Ideally, all I want is for my car to work without me having to bleed out any more money. I don't know if they would ever consider replacing it, and I have no idea how I would even go about that. I'm quickly running out of surplus funds and sanity. Ideas?
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