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I am single again after 37 years of marriage and work in the school system as a teacher assistant. I have a ford explorer and need to get a car with better gas mileage and cheaper repairs. Can I get an equal trade at a dealership. Phyllis
My car has been running bad for 2 months. It has no power, now it just sits there when you push on the gas. It starts fine, but will not go. One friend said it was the converter plugged up, someone else said it needed a timing belt. It has 110 thousand on it and it ran so good till this. I am afraid that the shop will charge me more than it really takes to ...
My engine sounds like it is struggling to run. I want to take the car to the Toyota dealer to have it checked out. I am planning a long road trip and I want to know that every thing in running up to he fullest potential. The thing is I do not know what the name of the service I need is. Is it a tune up or a diagnostic. I Want everything checked including ...
I live in Illinois. We've had a not so fun winter with pot holes. A couple weeks ago, the piece of street that belonged in a pot hole was out in the middle of the road. I couldn't avoid hitting it without hitting other drivers so I had to run over it. Luckily, it only damaged my trunk. It made a hole just under the spare tire. it scratched up the spare tire ...
Hi Patty, I routinely take my vehicle to a certified dealer that displays your logo. I took my vehicle in on last week with a complaint of hesitation upon acceleration when driving the vehicle. The service advisor called me back and gave me a long list of repairs, that she said the technician told her would correct the problem. I authorized the work, for a ...
I have a 99 mercury villager with 80000 miles. For the last couple of months I have had a problem with the heat, it takes for ever to heat up and when it does, it is not a real hot heat. It has never overheated, nor is there any sign of fluid leaking. The other day I took it to a repair shop to have them check the heat....they were a tire/muffler repair ...
I have a 2000 Honda Accord. My transmission gave out last week. When I went to research online the warranty for a Honda transmission, I noticed the web was inundated with information regarding the faulty transmissions that gave out early for 1998 - 2002 Hondas. My car has less than 70,000 miles. I had brought my car in for the very expensive 60,000 mile ...

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