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25 October 2007

How long does a 1-day job take?

On Saturday, Duller took my car back to the Hyundai dealer to get the timing belt replaced. This was supposed to have been done already, so they're not charging us. 'The book' says it's an 8-hour job. They were also supposed to fix a spot where the paint was chipped. Actually, it was a small place where someone had bumped the side trim strip. When we bought it, the service department was closed, so we had to take it back the following weekend so they could clean off the gunk from the stickers. They also washed and vacuumed it. Oddly enough, according to Duller, they used a push broom to clean the exterior. This made the small paint-damage spot about 6 times larger.

Anyroad, since Duller wouldn't be here on Monday, we left it over the weekend so they could get right on it first thing Monday AM. They even gave me a loaner... this 2008 Sonata.

Around half past noon on Monday, they called and said it was all done. (So much for 8+ hours.) Duller asked if they had fixed the paint and there was a pause. OOPS! Forgot about that. We'll get back to you. It should still be done today. End of day came and went and no word. Tuesday came and went.. nothing. Duller left a message or 3, but nobody called back. Now Wednesday is well done and still not a peep.

Not that I'm complaining. I really like this loaner. Hyundai is no longer just cheap, shoddy little imports. This is a really nice car. The only thing I don't like about it is the steering is a bit loose. I'm getting used to that.

And it has XM radio. I could definitely get used to this.

DS keeps changing it back to the classical station. (What's wrong with that picture?) That's cool , though. Yesterday, we cruised to the entirety of Grand Canyone Suite. The day before, it was Dvorak's New World Symphony. Two of my all-time favourites.

So, how long are they going to work on my car? Do I look concerned? 8-]
I'll hang on to this baby as long as they need. It even seems to be getting just as good mileage as my little Accent. Hey, possession is 9/10 of the law, right? ;]

Meanwhile, I'm pricing satellite radios, comparing Sirius and XM. Never thought I'd see the day! 8-} Either service is only $12.95 a month. I can handle that.

I borrowed this shot from Edmund's,
coz I didn't think to take a pic of this feature.
Automatic w/manual shift capability.


rcwbiologist said...

One of the things I dread the most in life is taking in one of our cars for service. If there was a bike path to my work I would get rid of mine and cycle.

Meems said...

automobile service (or not) is like no other. for some reason it rarely works out in the customer's favor. always baffling. hope you get yours back soon and still like it after having the loaner and XM. :-)

SophieMae said...

RCWB, if I didn't live on a dirt road, 5 miles from the nearest anything, I'd get a bike myownself.

Meems, dis-service would be a more appropriate term, wouldn't it? It's kinda funny... every time I think about my car, it gets a little shabbier. LOL! Now I'm trying to think of a plausible excuse to talk Duller into a $200 radio when there are several - not so 'nice', of course - for under $50. 8-}

Floridacracker said...

On the great road rally adventure this summer, Thunder Dave's XM radio made taking the GA backroads very entertaining.
The comedy channels were much appreciated.
Now, if there was an all Buffett channel, I might ...

SophieMae said...

FC, maybe I shouldn't tell you this... Sirius airs Jimmy Buffet's Radio Margaritaville.

The Bama Breeze tour hits Tampa this Thursday and Saturday.
EVERY concert on the tour will air LIVE on Radio Margaritaville!