;145236 said:Live in Houston SW side myself and I used Sterling McCall for my 2001 Spyder...
I took my spyder in because it was showing horrible rev, not getting over 4000 rpm, all the (now) classic symptoms. However I didn't discover these forums until recently. I took the spyder in and asked for help. I never saw the CEL come on.
1) First help was to do a full clean and replace on the mass air flow meter and some performance tuning that the rep suggested (basically cleaning the EFI system) - total cost about $500.
2) Next day, took it back in because I was having the same problems. They asked if they could hold onto the car for a couple days to beter diagnose. I checked back in a few days later (they comped the rental car) and said it was fixed now. $0 cost
3) Picked up spyder, got on freeway and turned it back around and asked for the same rep. Asked him to get in the car with me so I could show him that it still wasn't fixed. Further diagnosis time. $0 cost
4) Finally able to speak to the mechanic and explain the problem. At this point they decided (as I found out later) to not just go of what their computers were telling them and looking at the actual parts. Lo and behold they find out one of the pre-cats has disintegrated. They would have to replace the entire exhaust system. $0 cost but I did have to get the service manager involved and spent a ton of time being a pain because these guys "had no clue".
If I had been active on these boards, I suspect this entire episode would be much more pleasant for me. So is Sterling McCall the best? NO. Did they eventually do right by me? I guess.
Should you go in to them to have this same problem fixed? Up to you, but make sure you talk to the mechanic that will work on your car and not just the service rep. The main cause (again as I found out later) of most of my hassles was that the rep was not relaying my exact complaint to the mechanic. Be very descriptive of what's going wrong with your spyder and let them know that the pre-cats need to be visually inspected.
All that being said, I don't know if this pre-cat problem is under warranty or not, but the exhaust system is not cheap to have replaced.
Hope that helps!
Two weeks ago I was attended by your Technician Juan Sanchez. Change all the oxygen sensor to my MR2. He gave me very good attention and help with diagnosis. Congrats! Good people for MR2 in Chula Vista Ca.Just a general THANK YOU to the forum and its admins.
There were some referrals here to Steven Velocity and Service Manager Greg at Chula Vista for servicing and help with my Spyder and these referalls turned out to be invaluable.
Thanks gain. This is a pretty cool forum.
Toyota Chula Vista
650 East Main Street
Chula Vista, CA 91911
special thanks to switchlanez for the direct reference.
If you live in the Boston area, Fresh Pond Mobil in Cambridge is recommended. A previous Spyder owner vouched for them and I've been taking mine there for a while now. The guys there have an uncanny ability to get parts the same or next day and knows his stuff.Scrolled all through the thread and didn't see any listed for Massachusetts. Anyone have a good one to recommend in MA?
Scrolled all through the thread and didn't see any listed for Massachusetts. Anyone have a good one to recommend in MA?