So get this...
A year or so ago I was hearing a strange noise from my engine, so I took my car to the dealership (i believe i posted about it on here too). At the time, my car was still under warranty. They told me that the noise was normal, and that nothing was wrong. It was due for an oil change at the same time, which they would have had to do anyway when they dropped the oil pan. It turns out that NO the noise was very much NOT normal, it was a rod bearing that was getting ready to go. So, last week... the noise gets MUCH worse. I took my car to a different shop to look at it. The verdict came back that i had lost a rod bearing, and the shrapnel from it had toasted all of the other bearings in the bottom of my engine, and damaged the timing chain. I need a new engine.
To top this whole story off, it would seem that at some point in the car's life, it has had its tranny fluid swapped. Given that it's only been to one shop where there was any engine work done (the dealership), I think i can assign blame for this one. They used 90 weight ENGINE oil in my transmission. After a few thousand miles, I noticed the problem when it started shifting rough, so i switched the tranny fluid myself, back to the sychro-mesh fluid it needs... problem solved... NOT! Now it whines in 4th and 5th. I need a new transmission.
Whole story, and I'm sorry, it's long... $4,000.00 repair bill coming my way in about two weeks.