November 2nd, 2011, 10:02 PM
Please forgive me, I am typing on a tiny smartphone screen as our internet hasn't been installed yet. I used the search function, but didn't find what I was looking for. Before we shipped our car (2005 Kia Sorento) we purposely got the 90,000 mile maintenance done, even though the car wasn't having any problems, because I didn't want to get to Germany and have something preventable go wrong. We shipped the car 5 days afterwards (drove it about 200 miles in that time with no problems), and yet today we went to Kapaun, picked up and registered the car, and on the drive home the oil light came on and the engine started knocking. My husband checked the oil level, and it was fine, so he decided to take it to the Kia place right across from Pulaski Barracks. They called us earlier and said they would charge €600-800 just to diagnose the problem! Of course the shipper says they are not responsible for mechanical problems! So we called the Auto Hobby on Ramstein, they have no appointments for 2 weeks. Basically we need to have the car towed (without costing a fortune) to a reliable place that won't expect us to pay them €600 just to tell us the oil pump is bad, or a valve is blocked, etc. Any suggestions? Wish we had gotten ADAC before we picked up the car!