I had noticed for about 6 weeks that my car was running slightly rougher. It just sounded a little deeper throated when it idled. I kept thinking that I probably should take it in and have someone look at it, but put it off as it didn't seem emergent and would probably cost a lot of money.
Then today as I was turning tightly I heard a little bit of "groaning" noise. I thought since the car is now groaning and moaning, I really should do something about it. I had bought an extended warranty with the car, way back when, since I tend to put a lot of miles on a car. My warranty is good for 100,000 miles. I'm at about 97,500.
I just heard from the dealer that the car needs a new power steering rack, to the tune of 2000$. It also needs an injection flush, motor mounts, radiator flush. All to the tune of about 2700$ plus or minus. They think they can get the extended warranty to pay for most of it. How fortuitous that I got myself in before the warranty expired! Or maybe it was inspiration? It's all good which ever one it was.
I had to rent a car while mine is being fixed. They gave me a Mazda 5 with 31 miles on it. New car smell, mmmmm. It makes it oh so tempting to buy a new one. But I know once mine is fixed and I get it a bath, I'll be happy with it again (Especially if I don't have to pay for all the repairs!).
Isn't it nice the way things can sometimes work out?