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I purchased our daughter a 1999 VW beetle For $5500 for her 16yr. birthday. We did not have it inspected - bad mistake - we were dumb. So, when we purchased the car we knew the AC did not work. Within 3 wks of the purchase, not only did we repair the A/C blower motor, blower motor resistor and climate control panel, we had to replace the battery, clutch kit ...
We have a three year old, a 15 month old, and another on the way. We need to buy a car that will fit three car seats. We are opposed to mini-vans and are interested in safety and fuel efficiency. Do you know which cars would accommodate three seats, while allowing tall parents to sit comfortably up front? Our current car, an 07 Outback does NOT do this, nor ...
Is there any truth to the advice that one should avoid buying a certain automobile model in either the first or the last year of production? I am currently considering a Pontiac grand prix and have a choice of a 2007 or 2008 model. However I read that 2008 is the last year for the Grand Prix. I test drove two 2007 models and found minor defects in each ...
I put in oil, now I am getting white smoke,although I am seeing that white smoke comes from coolant, it
My car has been running erratically,surging,gauges moving up and down dying at times. Could you give me someplace to start looking to determine what is causing this.
I am thinking about buying an Outlander. Your thoughts?
I continue to have what appears to be a transmission fluid leak. I

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