WOW, it's been a long time since I've been on this site. (And, to be honest, since the only reason I was really on here was for issues with my Balt, I can't say that I miss it.
This is gonna be a bit long. Since it's been so long since I've been on here, want to refresh some things.
So this is my issue (not really mine, my mom's). 05 Balt LS 4 door, 63-64xxx miles. Out of the blue, her check engine light comes on sometime over the weekend. She takes it to autozone or somewhere, has the code read (not cleared), and it's the throttle position sensor code. To make a long story short, she took it to chevy, and today they installed a new throttle body, and since her warranty is only good through tomorrow, only had to pay the deductible.
Back in November-ish of 2010, I had a stalling issue and CEL on MY balt (an 06 LT 2 door). CEL (at the time, at least) was the same as mentioned above. My mechanic (NOT chevy, as I was well out of my warranty) suggested just seeing if it would correct itself. It didn't. A couple of months later (1 of which the car was parked due to an accident), my hubby put a new throttle body in. For ALL of 2011, I STILL fought issues (misfires, which caused stalling). Between late 2010 and early January of 2012, it stalled out on me when coming to a stop (but only when the temperature was 30 degrees or below). Over that time, we replaced the fuel filter, cleaned injectors (x2), replaced injectors, replaced plugs (x2, once with autolites, once with ac delcos), replaced coil pack, and cleaned MAF sensor. At the end of January, I drove my car to work (was fine, no stalling). On my lunch break, however, I started her up, and she had a louder-than-crap knock to her. I kid you not, it made the car louder than the 72 IH pickup my hubby is restoring, and she's been parked since.
I spoke to my mom today after she picked up HER car. She said that she can already tell that it's running better than before.
Now, this is my question(s)-
Did "waiting it out" like my wrench suggest totally screw me?? Would I still be driving my Balt today, instead of a leased CRV that has put a 2 adult family up to 3 car payments (and 3 full-coverage insurance plans lol)? OR, is it inevitable that a TPS code will eventually lead to a misfire issue down the road? (I guess inevitable isn't the right word. Basically, what I mean is, did anyone else have the misfire right after the TPS code like I did.)
My mom's car is at about the same mileage mine was when I started having issues. She's planning on retiring at the end of this year, and I REALLY don't want to see her have to be nickel and dimed by her balt like I was. She doesn't really want to get into a car payment again, esp. not now, BUT her car is in immaculate condition and VERY low mileage, and could get upwards of $6000 TRADE IN for it. (Per KBB.)
When my car was wrecked, the insurance company was close to totaling it out. My husband (at my request alone) talked them out of it. (It was super close, and since he's a body guy, he knew the adjuster well and was able to convince them not to.) I am regretting it day in and day out since January of this year, of course, but hindsight is always 20/20. I just really don't want to see my mom miss out on getting over $6k for her car now and having a POS a year from now that she can barely get $1000 out of.
What are your guys' thoughts?