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I currently have a '99 Windstar SEL with 108K miles which I believe isn't worth continuing to repair. I have 2 LARGE dogs traveling with me so I need the space. I want to get a 2003 Sequoia with 57K but my husband is pushing for a 2004 Freestar SEL with 25K. I think the Sequoia is more reliable and safer but will cost me more for fuel. I must admit the ...
Is it more financially prudent to consider buying a slightly used "program vehicle" than to buy a brand new one?
This morning I just noticed a crack in my windshield. It's at the very bottom (by windshield wipers) and does not interfere at all with vision. It runs about 2ft. horizontally. I'm shopping for a new car this spring, can I get by without fixing it or is it a safety issue? Thank you!!! This site is incredible, you ladies are wonderful!!! Amy
Hi, I have to get new tires for my Buick Rendezvous (2003). I live in Washington, D.C....not much winter - but some. Plus I drive to upstate NY and plan on seeing snow on the road between here and there. Some say Cooper - some say Yokohama (sp). I am confused...don't know which are best. Please help
Dear Patty: I own a Nissan Altima 2001, my brakes do not hold very well when I am reverse parking in a space, they appear to grip and let loose and bumping into the car behind me, my mechanic told me its the master cylinder that the cause, can you please tell me is the reason, I recently had changed the brake linings on all four wheels, since then this ...
I have a 2004 Subaru Baja. After I drive it and get out of the car it smells alot like antifreeze. But my water level isn't going down any in the radiator. No Moisture on inner windshield wither like if it was a heater core. Got any other ideas? Thanks!
The digital clock, an integrated part of the CD player, radio, cassette player in my 03 Toyota Matrix XR, loses time if the car sits idle for several days in a row. Naturally this occurred several months after my warranty expired. A new unit from Toyota is $455 plus $45 installation. Any idea *why* the clock is doing this? I'm still using the same battery ...

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