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This is a fab website! I'm looking for a sporty (yet somewhat affordable) coupe, and live in Chicago. I ruled out the 350Z since I had heard that winter driving was horrible with it. I've switched my focus to the Infiniti G35 coupe, 5-speed automatic with the 17" wheels. I don't want to change the tires that come with the car, but I also don't want to ...
Hi, Patty-- A couple of months ago, I had a problem with a routine oil change. It was a "double gasket" error which led to oil covering the entire bottom of my car. The oil light went on, I got to the closest service center, they took me out into the service bay and explained/showed me the problem. I got the underside power washed, oil changed again, ...
My 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe experiences road wobble at speeds in excess of 55 mph. It feels like someone is standing at the side of the vehicle & rocking it from side to side.What would cause this annoying act?
I put new tires on my 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix this summer. After a few weeks,I noticed a shaking when reaching the speed of 62.It had thrown a weight.I got that fixed.Now,at times,it seems like I am getting a flat while going down the road.There is a flapping sensation or something going on under the car. The "Service Engine Soon" light comes on after the ...
I am a 5'3" fluffy short-waisted woman who wants a 4 wheel drive vehicle that fits me. My Chevy trailblazer fits 6'2" husband beautifully, but... I need more lumbar support, a seat belt system that does not cut off my carotid artery circulation, a head rest that allows me to get my chin off my chest, a seat system that adjusts more upright, a tilt ...
I purchase a car every 10 years and this is the year. I am considering a Mercury Mariner hybrid -- it is time that I put my money where my environmental philosophy is. So I have 3 questions as this time: 1. I drive about 12,000 miles a year, including longer road trips of about 1000 miles. About 2/3 on the road and the other 4000 around town. I am ...
Our 2001 Chev. Blazer heater starts on hot enough but after a min. or two really cools down depending on the out side temp. at middle fan speed. The thermastat was changed.

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