I live in the semi boonies. There is no dealer, no testbook, etc.
1995 HSE. Remote doesn't work. Have been using just the key for years. Last week went to unlock car, only driver door unlocked, rest of locks did not pop up as usual. Tried to start car, car alarm goes off. Best I can figure, car still thinks it is locked and alarm is armed, so cannot start/drive car. Driver door has no power, in addition to locks not popping up, window will not roll up/down. I know the door latch going bad is common, but will a bad latch also cause the other power features of the door to not work?
Everyone says these cars never fail suddenly, there are usually "signs." These are some of the signs I got: I would get a random message saying my tailgate was open even if it was not. Also, the power windows would function sporadically, the up and down motion would be very jerky. I could hear strange electrical noises coming from the driver door, I'll almost say electrical "sizzling" noises, but no electrical smells or smoke associated.
I'm no mechanic. I did take apart the door. Swapped those outstations, look for obvious wiring issues including the a pillar connections and see nothing obviously wrong. That is the extent of my car skills.
This car is basically my surf car. Its not pretty, but it is functional, and up to now has been more or less reliable. It's to the point where I am unwilling to spend huge money to keep this car going, so if it sounds expensive, I am willing to walk away from this car. If it's likely a cheap fix, I'll go for it. But if it sounds very involved, I'll need to weigh the benefits.
Any help anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated.