A woman at work, a very high-maintenance, picky type (she drives a red Cooper Mini with the license plate HI DRAMA) recommended a local mechanic to me and I figure, if they can make her happy, they'll make me happy. I took it in last night, described the problem on the slip and got a call first thing. The mechanic was confused as to how it could have gotten loose, and I told him as short a version of the story as I could without a few beers and a few hours to do so. He said he called a dealership earlier to see about a new cable, and the dealership said Dodge no longer makes throttle cables for a 95 Neon. I told him what my brother-in-law said, he agreed, and less than an hour later, called to say it was ready.
I just got back from picking it up. My baby is all better. Labor charged: 30 minutes.
I noticed when showing the problem to my B-I-L, just how shiny and new the cable looked. Hearing now that new cables aren't available, and thinking about how quickly the body shop guy denied any possibility of the cable being the problem, I'm pretty sure he knew exactly what was wrong. I've come up with a few options:
Any one of these things are possible, but the conclusion remains. Avoid Koons Dodge at all costs.