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Dear Patty: I am currently leasing a Mini, which I love to drive; however I am going to need an SUV before my lease is up. I would be interested in staying with BMW and I like the X5 in particular. Do you know if it is possible to bring back the Mini before the lease is up and start a new lease (X5) with the same dealer I got the Mini ...
I have a 94 Chevy Cavalier Station wagon with 170K miles. When I start the car all the dash lights (gas, oil, battery,radio/clock, etc) come on as they normally do to test. However once I turn the headlights on all the console lights and the radio and clock go black. Is this possibly just a fuse issue or a more serious electrical issue? PS Heard about ...
Have disabled daughter - total and permanent - from work accident. She has a child to support and raise. Despite everything, company still not being responsible, in any regard - medical treatment, pay, etc. Went for over a year without medical treatment causing worsening of problem to the point of it now being irreversible. Does anyone know any avenue of ...
I have a 1998 Chevy Malibu in good condition except for the engine needs rebuilt or replaced. How much should I ask for it since it needs an engine? Thank you.
My car has been running erratically,surging,gauges moving up and down dying at times. Could you give me someplace to start looking to determine what is causing this.
Is there any truth to the advice that one should avoid buying a certain automobile model in either the first or the last year of production? I am currently considering a Pontiac grand prix and have a choice of a 2007 or 2008 model. However I read that 2008 is the last year for the Grand Prix. I test drove two 2007 models and found minor defects in each ...
We have a three year old, a 15 month old, and another on the way. We need to buy a car that will fit three car seats. We are opposed to mini-vans and are interested in safety and fuel efficiency. Do you know which cars would accommodate three seats, while allowing tall parents to sit comfortably up front? Our current car, an 07 Outback does NOT do this, nor ...

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