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I was in an accident and the front and rear crumple zones have been smashed. If these areas are stretched back, will the car be as safe as it was originally? I have read reports that say it'll never perform as it was intended when it was new.
My wife's Sebring sometimes makes a whizzing noise when the care accelerates. Our regular maintenance shop was unable to determine the cause. Can you advise?
Greetings: I'm looking at buying a used truck. The dealer doesn't have the build sheet. How can I verify optional equip was installed if I don't want to take their word for it? Specifically: It's a 2005 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4WD LE. The option is MFR Code B01, 4 wheel Limited Slip with Active Brake Assist. Since I can't see it how do I know it was ...
Hello, I was borrowing a friend's car, a green volvo. I took it to a car wash and afterwards I noticed stuff on the hood. They said that they think someone splattered acid on it, but I never saw it before. The paint looks a little messed up, similar to how you mess up nail polish on your fingers (wrinkled and dry). Also, there are some slight scratches ...
Have you heard of needing the rear control arm (not sure if it is upper or lower) going bad with no accident history? Dealer says my car won't take an alignment because the rear control arms are bad. I plan to go to an alignment specialist. What do you suggest?
I bought a 2005 MINI Cooper S in March 2005. A week after I took delivery on the car, I took it back to the dealer because the sunroof was leaking. It was repaired and never leaked again. However, since then I've heard an intermittent ticking from somewhere around the dashboard and steering wheel areas where the dealer had dissembled to fix the leak. In ...
Hi ( I chose a car - ford mustang- from drop down menu, but only because I had to, to ask you a question. I don't own a car). my question: I need to buy a car. I haven't owned a car in 7 years! I sold my car while living in SF, didn't need a car while living in the city. but now I don't live there and need a car. I'm nervous about the experience ...

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