When you move to Costa Rica, don’t buy a car from a dealer with “Blessing” in his name.
It won’t be.
I bought the Effin’ Car from Autos Blessing in Grecia.
He jobbed me.
The car had the wrong radiator. It was for a four cylinder and the engine was a six. After a week of driving and overheating. I took it back to the dud dealer and he replaced the thermostat and sent me on my way. (There is a 30 day guarantee on engine and drive train mandated by the gummit.)
That made things good until about day 60 and the overheating started again.
I took the car to Freddie, a local guy recommended by our building contractor. He said the radiator needed a new core. When he gave the VIN to the radiator guy they discovered the wrong radiator courtesy of Autos Blessing.
$800 later the correct radiator was in place and the car has worked fine for months.
So much so that I volunteered to drive Mike and Joni up the mountain for a shrimp dinner.
The next day Terri and Nancy went shopping and I got the call.
We’re at the LaGarita exit and the car has major problems.
I stopped by Freddie’s and we drove to find them. He took one listen to the engine crank and said “Expensive.”
We loaded the car on a roll-on truck and schlepped it back to his “shop” (a shack under some trees.)
There Freddie diagnosed the problem as a blown head gasket – no doubt caused by the wrong radiator being installed.
We decided that the best course of action was to rebuild the engine. He’ll buy a “long block” (for you gearheads) and install it.
$2000 or 1,000,000 Colones give or take a few hundred thousand.
I gotta think that hauling Mike and Joni up the mountain contributed.
I think I’ll bring that up to them when they are schlepping us to Grecia to celebrate the 4th of July on the 8th. Either that or hit them up for a $2000 hot dog.