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I have had my 1998 toyota 2 door Rav 4 soft top windows slashed and can not find any replacement or repair services. I live in LA. Can you please help?
Where is the thermostat located for a 2001 Malibu. How much trouble to change it myself.
Dear Patty, I am currently driving a 2003 leased Honda that is due to be returned in May. I plan to lease another Honda at that time. I have been very good about getting all of the service in the "little booklet" done at the dealer and date-stamped. Here's my question: Since it's a lease have I been foolish to take such good care of the car? A friend ...
I currently have a '99 Windstar SEL with 108K miles which I believe isn't worth continuing to repair. I have 2 LARGE dogs traveling with me so I need the space. I want to get a 2003 Sequoia with 57K but my husband is pushing for a 2004 Freestar SEL with 25K. I think the Sequoia is more reliable and safer but will cost me more for fuel. I must admit the ...
Is it more financially prudent to consider buying a slightly used "program vehicle" than to buy a brand new one?
This morning I just noticed a crack in my windshield. It's at the very bottom (by windshield wipers) and does not interfere at all with vision. It runs about 2ft. horizontally. I'm shopping for a new car this spring, can I get by without fixing it or is it a safety issue? Thank you!!! This site is incredible, you ladies are wonderful!!! Amy
Hi, I have to get new tires for my Buick Rendezvous (2003). I live in Washington, D.C....not much winter - but some. Plus I drive to upstate NY and plan on seeing snow on the road between here and there. Some say Cooper - some say Yokohama (sp). I am confused...don't know which are best. Please help

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