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I have a Lexus SUV The seat kills me-I am tall. I got away from the jeep, as they widened their wheel base from the 1999 model. Do they have a more "grounded" feeling now and a wider wheel base? I might go for a foreign SUV but, I never want the short seat again
I purchased a 2006 Honda Civic in January. I drive for work and the car now has 30,000 miles on it. I took the car in for service and an oil change today and was told that my car needed the 30,000 mile checkup to the tune of $489. When I asked what the service included some of the highlights: flushing the transmission fluid, changing the air filter, ...
recently my alternator gave out on me . the mechanic that replaced it told me that it was a rebuilt alternator. he installed it and gave me a price of 245.00. he said it would carry a warranty of 1 year.at that point i told him i would have to give him half now ,and half next week.when i went to pick up the car he changed the warranty to six months . can ...
Do I need to change the timing belt on my 2001 Acura TL at 100,000 miles?
Car is a 1992 Pontiac Grand AM,six cylinder, 3300 engine, 68,000 miles. Last April or May while slowing down for a stop light at an intersecration, the engine suddley started "chugging" and quit completely. Put in park and turned key and car started immediately. Upon shifting it into drive the engine killed.This would continue for about five times before ...
I have a 1992 Chevy Silverado Pick Up. It refuses to start. The lights come on but it just will not start. I also have a remote/security system on it. Could the remote be interfering with it starting? I don't have a clue as to what the problem is. I would appreciate your help. Thanks, Jan Cragun Wichita KS
I need help! I read about AskPatty.com in the NY Times, and I thought, what a great idea! I think I may have been fleeced more times than a Merino ewe. I just have had many, many bad experiences with auto mechanics, and though I'm a journalist typically more than comfortable with confronting injustice, I'm shy about doing it without solid information ...

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