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I have finally located a 2008 Highlander Hybrid "leftover" that the dealer is offering for $38K. This seems to make up for the first year depreciation but I think it should be offered for less. How much should I expect to pay since the 2010 models will be out soon? Also is it better to do a trade with my current car or just a straight sale? Thanks for the ...
I have a 1992 Chevy K1500 pickup. The joint at the tilt steering in the steering column is broken, I know I need to replace the steering column. What I am wondering is, will a steering column out of a 1989 Chevy pickup fit in my 1992?
Took car in to be checked out. Dealer found a catalytic converter problem and replaced, then the exhaust system. Picked up car and drove 2 miles and lost power took back now they say I have a electrical harness(?)problem to the tune of $2,000. Nothing really wrong with car before I took it in. A scam? Help!
4/20/09 I purchased a 2008 Chevy Malibu, 26,000 miles for my son, a 19yr old driver. The dealer convinced us the Major Guard Warranty was the best thing we could purchase, aside from the car itself. Now I am having mixed feelings. I have been reading some unfavorable reviews. Especially of concern is that a custom radio was installed by the prior owner ...
Hello - I am looking to lease. I was wondering if you could tell me who determines the "money factor". Is the the lender or the dealers and is it negotiable. thanks so much
Thunderbird.....An auto shop is telling me I have to replace my intake manifold $800.00 as it cannot be repaired They are telling me the brass fitting is leaking and not the hose......and only way to repair it is to replace the entire intake manifold..... Want another opinion. thank you.
Hi Patty, I am thinking of buying a used Volvo (from a dealer) low mileage. I want this car and cannot afford it new. I have leased a Honda for the last three years now want to buy, not sure if I should buy something new or go for this used Volvo $36, 15000mi. Thanks for you time. Mary

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