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One of the local dealerships basically destroyed my car. The guy said it was the heater core and they replaced it. They treated me with the utmost disdain. When I got the car back, it was OK for a while, but they had put the serpentine belt back on wrong and it cost me $600 because it took the transmission down with it. Or least that's what the second shop ...
The tire pressure monitor constantly lights up on my 2005 Toyota Corolla. And just as frequently I check and adjust the pressure on all four tires. The pattern of low/adequate pressure is random - sometimes the tires will be fine, sometimes one or more will be off by 1-4 pounds. The history is this: I don't use the car that much. When I had my 3,500 mile ...
I am in the market for a new car. I currently have a Honda Civic, which is my second Honda. I would like a car that's a bit on the sporty side, maybe a hatchback, something that's good in the snow, great gas mileage and finally extremely reliable. I keep buying Honda's because I never have any problems with them and I don't have to worry about the ...
I own a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer. After my last oil change when I start the oil light stays on for a good five seconds then goes out. The only time this light comes on is at start up. Is this something I should take into the dealership to check?
I need help! I read about AskPatty.com in the NY Times, and I thought, what a great idea! I think I may have been fleeced more times than a Merino ewe. I just have had many, many bad experiences with auto mechanics, and though I'm a journalist typically more than comfortable with confronting injustice, I'm shy about doing it without solid information ...
In June of 2006, I purchased a 2006 Kia Optima. I also purchased an extended warranty. The price of the warranty was $1098. Now I am having second thoughts about spending the price of warranty and wondering if I really need it considering the Kia warranties. Any advice would be appreciated. I realize I am asking for advice only. Although the price is a ...
We have moved to a new town. I've recently had my 1997, Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, 6 cylinder, 2 wheel drive, serviced by a Jeep dealer. I have 128,000+ miles on this car and have been the sole owner, have had great service prior to my move from an independent car mechanic. The (new) dealer/service dept. recommends repairs to a cracked exhaust manifold ...

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