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I have been told that my 1998 Ford Escort needs a new car engine. Could you please give me advise on whether I should replace engine or should I just junk the car. What would be the most economical thing to do? Thanks for having this website. Shari
How can I find the best price for a 2007 Toyota Hybrid?
I have a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis with 80,000 miles. The cruise control no longer works. Is the only solution to go to a high priced Mercury service technician? Thank you.
I had a transmission fluid leak took the car in was told the trans had to be dropped. Work done now my car sounds like a loud whine and like it takes a long time to go from 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th. And I'm burning a lot more gas. Still has a small leak too. 1995 Nissan Sentra. Cost $1300. Do I need another transmission?
I have a 1999 Honda CRV - good condition with 119,000 miles - if I wait another year to trade in will I be loosing much? Assume I'll put 15,000 + more miles on this year - Thanks!
Patty: Do you have info on battery care and maintenance, jump start, etc.
Hi - i just picked up my New Jeep Wrangler 2007 last night, and this morning I noticed a "chirping" sound. I took the vehicle to the Dealer and they said that the clutch release bearing is defective. When I compress the clutch, the sound does disappear. They said to make this repair they will have to remove the transmission, when they replace the part. ...

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