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I just took delivery of a 2009 Subaru Tribeca with leather seating, how should I care for the leather?
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

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