I’ve been the proud owner of a 2005 Honda Civic since the end of January. His name is Valentino, and he’s sturdy, handsome, and a hard worker. (I’m continuing the tradition of naming cars that I was introduced to by RayRay and Aaron. I miss you guys!)
When I bought him, he had about 75,000 miles on him. Since then I’ve put on just shy of 6,000 (yikes!) more miles with little in the way of issues.
A few weeks ago though, Val’s “check engine” light came on and he started waiting a bit too long to change gears (he’s an automatic), and my gas mileage went down noticeably. I agonized over who to trust my baby with, and finally settled on John Piechowski, over on Overland near Venice, in Culver City.
John is a godsend. He found a cheap fix option for me that seems to be working, and if it turns out that the repair doesn’t fix the issue, he’s already said he’ll apply the cost to any further work on the same problem. And it only cost me $64. Near as I can tell, any auto repair invoice under $300 is rare in this city.
Val and I will continue to putter along together for the foreseeable future, and if he starts feeling under the weather again, another trip to Dr. John should do just fine.