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Patty - my daughter who lives in Los Angeles is considering the purchase of a new Subaru Outback. She says she prefers the feel of the 4 cylinder engine versus the 3.6 6 cylinder. I noticed the 4 cyl comes with the CVT transmission while the 6 cyl has a 5 speed automatic. She has two children, 4 and 7 years old. She drives all over the area going to ...
I am a soon to be grandma who drove a minivan until the kids left home and then downsized to a Saturn Astra which I loved. With the new granddaughter arriving I need to get a new car with a little more room for my grandaughter, my husband and myself, the three dogs and prefer a hatchback. I want something safe and maybe treat myself to a nicer car :) Any ...
Is a 2009, Mini Cooper convertible with about 23,000 miles on it, in good condition a good buy at $13,500? New brakes and tires.... Thank you... Leslie C.
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?

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