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San Antonio, TX
this is a serious safety issue! I would have it scanned and check for codes, throttle position sensor failure is the first thing that comes to mind and although the manufacturer has designed triple redundancy into it's design, the real world is very different than the paper one and I have seen some wacky things with throttle bodies and tp sensors.
what Iusually do in these situations is getanother person to start it and with the hood popped and a long screwdriver in hand will put it on a non moving suspect pulley like the tensioner pulley (hint) and get them to start it. And of course make sure your pwr steering fluid is up to level with no sparkly stuff in it and listen to it as well,but I've had more tensioner pulleys go bad than anything else.good luck and let us know what you find.
the professor is right,get it scanned and don't assume a new part is good,especially if it's from a non genuine parts store.
Being that the trans has just been worked on I would start by checking all of the connectors around the trans and checked for pinched wires,the sunroof will probably not be related to the same issue. If you can hear the motor run when you press the sunroof switch you have broken cables. And of course check all fuses
I have seen high mileage bmw m5s in that price range,but expect to do some maintenance on it if you find one at that price point. You can buy a lincoln mark 8 pretty cheap these days and they have a cobra engine in them and are real plush to ride in,also lincoln ls with the 3.9 v8 is pretty quick as well. these are my picks for an affordable,fast grocery getter.
Not taking sides or anything,but if you look at it from a dealer's perspective when they do a repair under warranty and especially an expensive one we have to send the parts to the claim center and they will inspect it and determine if it is caused by bad workmanship or physical damage. If it's physical damage they will backcharge the dealer for the parts and labor,thus the tech will get backed out of his labor and some of these jobs can take several hours! So you are not the only that loses in this situation. Sorry this happened to you, if I lived near you I would help you out.
not sure on dodges but on fords we replace a ton of throttle bodies for similar concerns.
Do you have an aftermarket cone air filter/cold air kit? I've seen these things laying on the shoulder of many roads. Definitely sounds like something on the intake system.
You will need to have your vehicle scanned for trouble codes in the ABS/TCS system to narrow down the possible faulty components. Although most of the time a faulty wheel speed sensor may cause this concern,you want to diagnose it the right way and find the root cause and not throw parts at it. Get us a code and we can go from there.
I actually had an o3 explorer and a 94 ranger that had sugar poured in the tank of my customer's vehicles. the explorer tank had to be sent off to a radiator shop so the tank could be flushed and I had to flush the lines and ended up replacing all the injectors,fuel pump and cleaned the fuel rails. The ranger just needed the tank cleaned and a fuel pump. The longer you wait I know for a fact that the sugar turns to syrup like goop and gets into EVERY orifice and ruins any moving part it comes in contact with.