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My car overheated but the inside gauges were normal and the radiator was cool. Smoke was coming from the middle of the engine and finally, it would no longer turn-over. What could be the problem?
I have a Lexus RX300 which used to be warm and toasty inside. Now, all of a sudden, I have little heat on the drivers side and no heat on the passenger side. The blower still blows strong and the AC works fine. I was told I needed to replace the heater core which will cost about $1000.00. I did some asking around and I was told that in my car, a flush ...
Hi,I was in a car accident with my 2003 camry on thanksgiving.Tried to avoid hitting the driver ahead of me when he suddenly stopped on the freeway, and instead lost control and hit another car.I have not been told yet if the car will be totaled, but with both air bags out and the front badly damaged, I think that it will be.I just wanted to know the kind ...
Which mini-van is the best deal (consider all in great condition with clean carfaxes): 2000 Toyota Sienna XLE 4dr 58,225mi $7,500, 2001 Honda Odyssey XE-L 66,009mi $9,770 or 2006 Kia Sedona LX 31,819mi $9,700?
Is minivan really the only answer if I have 3 kids (2 in car seats and 1 in a booster), and a kids occasional play date or grandparent? Trying to make Ford Flex work, but fact that second row in minivan can accommodate 2 car seats and still have an aisle for 1 kid to get to back row (with 3 seats) is nice. Should I just get over it, let functionality win ...
I just bought a 2008 Honda Fit with 36,000 miles based on the fuel economy claimed by both the company and consumer's report. I traded in a V6 Honda Accord that got 21 miles to the gallon. I just went through my first tank of gas on the Fit - it got 22 miles per gallon. Is there any way I could get my money back based on false advertising? Or is there a ...
My daughter is in a GM Smart Buy. There is 9 payments and approx 1,000 miles left on the Smart Buy. I am having a lot of problems with dealerships in my area, mostly male salesmen, who don't seem to want to negotiate with a woman and I did not find any on your website. Do you know of any female friendly dealerships in the Pittsburgh area?

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