I've got a 2007 Camry. Bought it brand new from the dealer, have only ever had it (regularly) serviced at the dealer.
I was on my way home from a meeting today, and I was driving down a road. The radio went off, and all of the sudden, all of the lights on the dash lit up: check engine, parking break, etc. I didn't have any turn signals, the power windows/locks didn't work, etc.
Since I already had the vehicle on, I drove it right to the the dealer, who got it right in. Once I turned the engine off at the dealer, the car wouldn't start, and everything was dead in the water.
First they checked the battery, which was fine (I had it replaced in January...by the dealer!). Then they thought the issue could be the starter or possibly how the after market remote starter (which was installed by the dealer) was interacting with the starter. That wasn't the problem. So this afternoon, they said that they ran every diagnostic possible on it, and they think that the problem is the engine harness. They said that the entire engine harness had to go, and that there probably is a sensor involved here as well. The total price of the estimated fix is $2800, which is a pretty large amount to risk, especially given that:
- I've got no guarantee that replacing the engine harness would do the job, and
- I've lost my faith in the dealer's competence. We're talking about 4 different dealers in 4 major U.S. cities that I've worked with for maintenance, so I don't think that going to a different one would solve the problem.
My question: What are some possible reasons that my car would have suddenly just died it did?