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I'm very happy with all aspects of my new 2006 Prius, um, except the microphone for the Bluetooth phone connection. I sound like Woody Woodpecker on helium to others, although the JBL speakers make them sound lovely to me. As I understand it, the microphone is situated up by the dome light (hey Toyota, we're not all six feet tall.) Do you have any ...
has there been any good reviews of audi's a3 cars? any feedback as to whether it is a good family (i've a toddler), sports (i am a triathlete, marathoner) and city car (i will likely be commuting from nj where i will live to manhattan where i work). TIA!
One of the local dealerships basically destroyed my car. The guy said it was the heater core and they replaced it. They treated me with the utmost disdain. When I got the car back, it was OK for a while, but they had put the serpentine belt back on wrong and it cost me $600 because it took the transmission down with it. Or least that's what the second shop ...
Trading in car: I have an old Toyota Camry, over 10 yrs old w about 250K miles on it, that i am hoping to trade in for a new 2007. i am not expcting to get much for it, i would be happy if the dealership wld take it off my hands. How difficult it is to trade in an old clunker? Can the dealership just refuse? thanks
I'm 62, retiring,want to buy a new car($30,000 or less-cash). Plan to drive across country(Sea-Ohio). Appreciate suggestions. My concerns: safety,mileage,maintainence. Thanks.
Yesterday I almost was a victim of the "good ole boys" club when I bought a new window motor from an auto parts place, took it to another place only to have them REFUSE to put in something that did NOT come from a dealership. THen they had the balls to price the repair HIGHER than what the dealership did! I'm now trying to figure out if I can do this ...
The service engine light of my 2002 Ford Escape has been on for a few weeks. I have not noticed any drivability issues with the car. I took it in to an AutoZone retailer for their free diagnostic test and was advised to replace the EGR valve. I called my dealer and got an outrageous quote to fix this valve and that they do not accept outside tests. The ...

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