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I want to purchase a car that seats 6 adults with some limited luggage and that can be converted to carry bulky cargo when just 2 adults are in the car. I live in NW CT and we get some significant snow and ice on the roads so it is a must that this car handle well in these conditions. I like a manual transmission because of the extra control but am fine ...
I am a soon to be grandma who drove a minivan until the kids left home and then downsized to a Saturn Astra which I loved. With the new granddaughter arriving I need to get a new car with a little more room for my grandaughter, my husband and myself, the three dogs and prefer a hatchback. I want something safe and maybe treat myself to a nicer car :) Any ...
Patty - my daughter who lives in Los Angeles is considering the purchase of a new Subaru Outback. She says she prefers the feel of the 4 cylinder engine versus the 3.6 6 cylinder. I noticed the 4 cyl comes with the CVT transmission while the 6 cyl has a 5 speed automatic. She has two children, 4 and 7 years old. She drives all over the area going to ...
What is the windshield wipers blade part number for my 2000 Honda Accord. I need to replace them and can I purchase at walmart?
I am trying to charge the battery in my 2015 Mazda 3. The clamps holding the two poles cover most of their surface. Is is necessary to remove them ( there are screws holding them on) do that the jump cabled can make more connection?
The check engine light on my Honda Civic comes on anytime I reach 55 mph & the car will drop out of o/d.
Hi. I need some purchasing (or leasing) advice: I have a family of 6. We are looking to replace our 11 year old Honda Odyssey. We live in NY, and recently moved to a woodsy area with bad roads. We feel we need 4 wheel or AWD for both ground clearance and to handle snowy hilly roads. Also, we take long family trips a few times a year and would like ...

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