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We have moved to a new town. I've recently had my 1997, Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, 6 cylinder, 2 wheel drive, serviced by a Jeep dealer. I have 128,000+ miles on this car and have been the sole owner, have had great service prior to my move from an independent car mechanic. The (new) dealer/service dept. recommends repairs to a cracked exhaust manifold ...
How often do you need to buy new tires?
I am turning 60 in a few months and want to give myself either a Mercedes E320 or Lexus SC (convertible hardtop). Either car must be USED not new. I am looking for luxury, reliability and value. What's your opinion on these two cars? Any other suggestions for a soon to be 60 year old? Thanks
I have a 1994 Ford Aerostar 3.0 I have bought everything for the electrical system and "No start" so maybe..Timing Belt? How to you check easily ?
I have a 1995 Chevy Beretta, and beginning about last July or August, I began having problems with my radio. I am going to college, so my car sat until the beginning of December, and now I have been consistently driving it. However, the radio won't work at all now; I thought I just needed a new radio, but have been examining the problem a little closer with ...
Own 2003 Buick Rendezvous with original tires & 24,000 miles. Expert advice varies as to replacement. Tires never rotated, hot AZ. temps --should they be replaced even tho tread still good? Have full size spare which has never been used. Better to purchase thru tire shop or dealer? Thus far all servicing has been done thru dealer. Thanks so much for ...
I'm looking seriously at a hybrid Camry, but someone mentioned recently the battery may give out after five years, and they're terribly expensive to replace. What can you tell me about this? Thanks...

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