I left my 1999 Corolla(120k miles) at the airport for 6 days in freezing weather. When I returned I drove home without incident. The next morning, as I was about to get a bite to eat the car died about 100 yards from my driveway. Turning the key would crank the starter, but nothing happened in the engine. I checked the oil, it was lower than the last dot so I put some more in, and I checked fuses. Still baffled, I checked the return fuel line to see if any fuel was coming out of the engine. There wasn't any trace of fuel, so I thought maybe it was the fuel pump. Apparently for the 1999 the fuel filter is bundled with the pump.
I then brought the car into a mechanic who spent a few hours tracking down the problem, eventually saying it is an electrical problem and that he is 95% sure it needs a new computer. I am assuming he means the engine control computer.
Has anyone had a computer go bad on them? Have they experienced a similar situation where the car suddenly dies? The car really hadn't warmed up (still freezing weather) before I drove it. It seems so odd that I got home fine from the airport the night before, only to have it die the next morning!
The shop quoted me $300 for a used computer and $1200 for a new one. I found a salvaged one on ebay for $100. We are waiting for it to arrive. Do the quoted prices seem reasonable?
Edited by ncg, 03 January 2007 - 09:20 AM.