Originally Posted by 95trep3.3
Well first off did your sister change to oil at all much less on a regular basis?
I've never been with her, heard of her, been told she has, witnessed, seen a pay stub of, or any other idication of her having the oil changed. (Boy, was that convoluted or what? O.O) I know she's added oil, the cheap $1.50 Wal-Mart type. My Dad used synthetic during his owner ship of the vehicle, and he uses it in his current Caravan.
Now, I cannot say for certain that she's never had it changed, but I doubt it. I know she hasn't had the car cleaned, or detailed. And she's more about the visual than actual functionality. SO if she didn't do that, chances are great that she didn't change, or have the oil changed. EDIT: I talked to her just now. She had it changed last week, first time she's owned the vehicle.
You could take the car to a reputable private shop or a dealer and just have them perform all of the preventative maintenance required for the next big interval you are close to. Transmission service, new spark plugs,etc OR have them do a diagnostic, etc. and make recommendations for what to do. Then you could post their list and we can help weed out the fluff or unnecessary stuff.
There's a dealer pretty close to my house. I think this is the route I would most likely go. Take it in, have them do any maintenance imperative to the vehicle, then have them do a diagnostic and make a list. While i'm there I can have them fix the turn signal (I've done this myself before, but if it's more than a bulb, mind as well have them do it... plus if i'm going to already BE there, I'll cop out on the lazy route! =D )
On a side note, the power window issue is annoying. Drive-Thrus, Tolls, Parking Booths. Anything you would roll the window for, I have to get out of the car. I took it for a spin the other night and went to McDonalds, it's sort of cute to the girls working at McDonalds, and it gives me a chance to chat them up if I'm not busy and there's no line, BUT DAMN does it waste time, not to mention it's embarassing when there's 5 cars behind me! lol
I think it's something wrong with the window mechanics, not a power issue. You can hear something moving inside then there's a loud BANG, like someone hit a pan with an aluminum baseball bat. Have to duck sometimes, cause you never know if you're getting shot at... =P
If, actually; When, I take it into the dealer, I'll have him pry open the door panel and check it out, I don't know if I'd want the dealer fixing that though, I'd gaurentee they'd screw me over on something like that.
Lastly, can I take it into the dealer, or an Oil Change shop and have them... I'm sort of giggling thinking about this, but: Have them "clean" the engine. Take a sample, run a contents test, flush out some sludge (if there is any) and etc.. I've never heard of anything like that, and if you guys know, it might save me a call to a QuikStop or a Meineke.