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My 1996 Honda's A/C is gone--I've replaced the compressor (twice), the expansion valve, schrader valves, and I don't know what all else (the compressor died the day before Thanksgiving while I was driving to my sister's near Yorktown, Va. from Falls Church, and the Alexandria Exxon Car Care place had to redo the work in March when it failed again--and it ...
I'm looking for a vehicle that seats 7 (with a 2-3-2 configuration), gets over 20mpg in the city, and costs less than $25K. Is there anything other than the Ford Freestyle that meets those criteria?
Given your upper middle class orientation, this may not be the kind of question you're interested in, but I'm desperate...last week my Honda Accord got rear ended, while I was in my driveway. The woman who hit me had insurance, but of course, that's not doing me as much good as you'd think. The Honda had a lot of miles on it, and it was called totaled. The ...
I only use my BMW in the summer and am looking for a product that is easy to use (for someone who knows nothing about cars) that will prevent the battery from being drained in the winter.
I have a 2002 Passat. Recently, after a heavy rain, there was substantial flooding in the floor on the driver's side. None of the electrical buttons worked, the hazard lights were frozen on, and no matter how much we mopped out the water, there would be another inch of it within an hour. Apparently, water came through the pollen filter seal into the car ...
I took my car into the dealership to get the "check engine" light figured out. I was told I would need to replace the catalytic converter. I was suggested to take it to another place where it would be cheaper to replace. I took it to Midas and was told the problem was not the catalytic converter but the oxygen sensors. Who should I trust?
My windshield wipers no longer go back to starting point and my interval setting is also not working. I have a 2000 Toyota Avalon.

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