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I want to purchase a car that seats 6 adults with some limited luggage and that can be converted to carry bulky cargo when just 2 adults are in the car. I live in NW CT and we get some significant snow and ice on the roads so it is a must that this car handle well in these conditions. I like a manual transmission because of the extra control but am fine ...
I am thinking about buying a 2004 Mercedes E-Class 500 wagon, one owner, 47,000 miles. perfect car fax and service records. I have the car on hold while the dealer is performing an inspection and determining what, if anything, needs attention. It is very clean and will be my second car. I live in Colorado and drive a Mini Cooper in the city. The Mercedes ...
Hi Patty. Can men ask questions here? My wife's 2010 Subaru Legacy has a problem--a nasty squeak inside the car, apparently from behind the dashboard. Sounds like an issue with the blower for the air conditioning-heating system. How can I diagnose the problem? If it is the blower, can the unit be repaired, or does it have to be replaced? Thanks for the ...
Frequently I cannot increase or decrease the thermostat on the heat/air conditioning in my 1991 Cadillac Brougham. When I push the button to change the temperature that is set just does not change. Then at other times the button changes the temperature easily. What is happening? And how can this be fixed?
Which is better, a 2014 Honda CR-V or a 2014 Toyota RAV4?
Looking to replace my 2002 Jeep Liberty. Need ideas for new or slightly used cars to look at. I am 58 yrs old, live in chicago suburbs where parking is tight but travel many weekends 380 miles to house in Michigan. trips around town generally 1-5 miles. Work, store etc. Need 1) safe transportation 2) like to be seated high up. 3) good visability and ...
I'm lifelong New Yorker who just took big job at a VT college (professor plus management); am a driver but snow is hassle! College is 15 minutes from my home, and also want to get to gym nearby without worrying about weather. Have a big old 2004 Buick, now considering 4-wheel mid level priced "tank" - what do you recommend? Pls no "old lady/soccer ...

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