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Between the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna, which is the better deal?
My husband and I are currently looking for a new (used) minivan. We now own a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan which has been nothing but trouble from the time it was just over a year old (including a bearing disintigrating in the engine when I was driving on the freeway with my 3 kids). We just want something safe that is easy to maintain with good gas mileage. I ...
I am clueless when it comes to cars. I've tried to rely on some male relatives, but they seem to all have their own opinions, and confuse me 10 times more. I need a car... SOON!!! - my 13 yr old Isuzu Rodeo is not holding out much longer, and I have two young boys. Lease / Buy, Make / Models, Honestly, I do not know where to begin. I've shopped around and ...
I have a 1979 Oldsmobile Regency 98 350 engine 5.7 ltr How do you adjust the valves
would like to know the benefit of a continuous variable valve timing in a four cylinder with a dual overhead camshaft. this is an automatic vehicle that I wish to purchase. A 2007 Dodge Caliber.
We own 1994 Cadillac and a 1994 Volvo 850 wagon. About every two months one of the cars (if not both) are in the shop for repairs. I added up all the repair bills (not oil changes) for the last three years, took the most expensive year, divided by 12 months, then divided by 2 cars. The cost per month per car was $300. Since we couldn't buy a new or ...
I have a 2002 Pontiac Montana with about 60k on it. About 5K miles ago we had the brakes completely redone by our local Pontiac dealership. A week or so later the rear passenger side wheel began making noise during braking. We returned to the dealership for a no-charge adjustment/repair. Now the same wheel is making noise again during braking. Should I ...

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