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I'm looking to buy a 1999 Mazda Protege, it has 123k miles. I'm interested to know if I'm making a good decision to purchase this car. I want a reliable car that I can use for the next 10 years. I've red that the transmission isn't the best. Please help! I'm looking at it later but I need to know if I do purchase, I won't regret it. Thanks!
I just bought a 2012 Buick Enclave with 81,000 miles on it. What I am asking is can I safely change to a 5W30 Synthetic blend oil from Vavoline 5W30 regular blend oil. I am concerned about the mileage. Can I switch safely?
Hello, its been about two weeks now and for the first time my check engine light came on. I got an oil change soon after the light came on and nothing happened. Not sure if that was supposed to help or not anyway. I went to a local part store and had them use their device to check what the problem may be and they said that it was the "evaporative emission ...
Hello, I have a chevy cavalier 2003. This is more of a general question on how you would repair something so I'm not sure if the type of car will matter here. My trunk cannot close anymore because the metal clasp part on the bottom half completely came off. I'm not sure how anyone would go about fixing something like that or what type of car care expert I ...
Can I replace stock rear struts on an 08 accord ex with stock rear struts off an 05 accord ex?
The 1996 Toyota Camry at times will not start. It acts like it is not getting fuel. You can hear the fuel pump running and if you leave the ignition switch in the run position for a short time,it will start and run just a few seconds. You may try it again later,and it may start and run fine? I just can't trust the car. Any ideas?
Someone ran into my 1994 Honda Civic above the right rear tire. It did not affect the rear bumper or anything to do with the tire. Can it be pulled out? How much does that usually cost? Someone quoted me $2100. ($85 for parts, $600 paint, the rest is labor)

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