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Dear Patty, My friend's Mitsubishi Eclipse Convertible is 8 years old and it stopped running the other day. It was leaking radiator fluid and she had it towed to a nearby repair shop that her husband insists is honest(not a dealership). They looked at it for 2 days before getting back to her and told her it was "engine tilt" and she would have to ...
How do I know I'm getting the best price for car. If my car lists at $28,000. sticker price what would be the best price? I'm looking for a RAV4 and also can I negotiate for 0% financing? I wish I didn't have to haggle price. I realize the salespeople are trying to make a living but come on.
I'm having problems with my 1996 BMW 328. The check engine light keeps going on and off and my temperature gage is staying on cold and my car starts to shake when I start it in the morning. What can it be?
What would a used vehicle with 70,000 mile possibly need? I was told to ask if the timing belt had been changed before buying the car because this is very costly? Should I repair the car's cylinder head? cost $2000. The car has 250,000 miles and my daughter 20 year old loves driving this car. I have spent 2500 for a new tires,thermostat,fan clutch,wheel ...
Blew out the radio gage, radio tuning, center console digital readout, electronic locks, interior light, & lighter when plugging in cell phone charger. ????
I want to go to driving school for a mini cooper, just like in the movie the Italian Job, but is there a school in south Florida and women friendly?
I bought a used 2002 BMW 325i and ever since I've had it, it has had nothing but problems. Example: had exposed wires which caused a fire, needed a new AC two times, window motor died, had covered light which included: check engine, engine coolant, & service engine, and many more problems! Now I am stuck in an auto loan with the car that is a HUGE money ...

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