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Car Repairs--Ugh

December 11th, 2014 at 02:20 pm

Well, it is going to cost around $2100 to fix the leaky roof of the van. I will never buy a vehicle with a moon roof or sun roof ever again. I didn't care one way or the other about having them. We almost never even use the things. If we lived in a better climate I wouldn't worry about it, but since it rains here 8 to 9 months out of the year almost every day, this isn't something we can ignore or we'll end up with a mold problem.

The whole point of buying a new car was so we could avoid expensive repairs for a good seven to ten years. I won't go for that logic ever again. This thing is only 3.5 years old. The whole point of buying a Toyota was that it had the reputation of being solid and not having major issues (well, that and good resale value). We plan to drive this vehicle for many years, drive it into the ground actually, but I think next time we'll be going back to Ford (used, of course). Never had a problem with them. Lesson learned.

6 Responses to “Car Repairs--Ugh”

  1. Wife of the Deacon Says:


    We just had the radiator replaced in our 07 Dodge Grand Caravan for $880. It will require a tune-up in February-March (about $300). I dislike car repairs, and join you in the "ugh" sentiment.

  2. Joe Says:

    I hope you get a second estimate/opinion. That sounds really high! Was this the dealer or the body shop?

  3. Joe Says:

    Just curious, can you see where the water is leaking from? Apparently, it is a common problem for the sunroof drain lines to clog. We just bought our 2nd Sienna (2014) and are still driving our old 2000. No sunroof and no problems.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV50pxBzleU

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Ugh! That stinks.

  5. llabruce4 Says:

    I am by no means a mechanic, but I do work part time in a body shop that my friend owns. I know there have been people with the same issue, and if they are not concerned about the sunroof being used, it can be sealed to stop the leak for a great deal less. I am sure this would affect the resale value and things like that, but may be worth looking into. I have seen it done for well under $1,000. I would at least ask around about that option

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thanks, I'll see if my husband will go for that. I'm not the one who ever cared about the moon roof.

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