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After 24 years with the same car (VW Jetta 1982), I am looking to buy a new car. I want a car that is dependable, safe, with more horsepower, and fun to drive. I am considering the Ford Fusion, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, Saturn Aura, and Hyundai Azera. What would you recommend? Thanks, Marina
Hi AskPatty, I just read your article in the NYT and was interested in this web site, since, as a female, sometimes I feel helpless going to mechanics (who are mostly men) for help doing things that I could have done myself if I knew how. Thank you!! Question: I have a 2003 Honda Pilot at ~58,000 miles. It uses a lot of gas. I was wondering if you ...
I recently bought a 2006 Honda new from a dealership.The manual says there is a five year guarantee against rust. Does that mean I need not wax the car for winter driving in an area that salts the streets in the winter? Also what about winterizing the car. Will it need anti-freeze.
I have a 2000 Mercedes C280 automatic with 70k miles. Lately, there's be some slight jolting when the car changes gears between 10-40 mph. What type of transmission problem could this be or could it be something else? I have a routine checkup in 4000 miles, but should I start worrying now?
What do you think is the best American compact or small SUV? I'm looking for a combination of cost and fuel efficiency.
My 2004 VW Jetta has 60k miles & 2 days ago the check coolant light came on. I checked the coolant & it was not below the proper level. Today the light came back on & coolant scented steam was coming from under the hood where the coolant tank is. I am going to a Napa auto parts shortly to get more coolant to add until I decide where to get it fixed or ...
How do you rate the new SUVs? In particular, the Volvo XC90 compared to a Tahoe or Ford Expedition? Two features I am looking for are the 3rd seat folding down and a reverse sensing system

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