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I recently had my brake pads on the front replaced. . . around Christmas. . .since then they've been squeaking like crazy. I took the car back twice. The first time they replaced the drums. . .said that missed that when they Fixed all the brake problems the first time. The second time they said it would simply work itself out. Last week I took it to ...
How do you decide when to trade in a car? I bought a used 2002 Chevy Malibu a year ago with 35K on it, thinking it was a pretty good deal at around $9000. I've since put well over $1500 in it, even with an extended warranty covering many items that have broken or needed replacing. I feel like it's a lemon; should I hang in with it since I've spent so much, ...
Hi Patty. I'm seriously considering buying a 2000 VW Beetle and i'd like to know if you know what the average life i.e. how many miles they go and what defects they have. I've been told their expensive to keep up and that could be a problem. Help! Would this be a good purchase for me! The seller has had nothing but good things with it. Thanks!
We have 2002 Chrysler Sebring. The heater and defroster blows only cold air, until it reaches a certain speed on the highway. My daughter replaced the radiator cap and it all worked again for a short time but now is back to doing the same thing. I know it is losing water and antifreeze as I have to replace it almost every trip to town I make. If I keep ...
Our 2001 Chev. Blazer heater starts on hot enough but after a min. or two really cools down depending on the out side temp. at middle fan speed. The thermastat was changed.
I have a 1996 Cadillac DeVille with 53,00 miles and the keyless entry lock works for the fuel,trunk and locking the doors but to unlock it doesn't work. I have put in new batteries and that didn't help. I have had the car for 5 months, New ones are costly so any suggestions Thank you
I have a 2004 Buick LeSabre with 44,000 miles on it. I've not had any problems with the car but am not sure if I would be further ahead to trade & purchase a new car while this one has under 50,000 miles or run it until I start to have maintenance issues with it. Thank you!

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