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Dear Patty, I live in BC Canada, and I am experiencing some problems with leasing problems with Audi. Here is part of the letter I wrote to them, I am wondering if you can give me some advise? Am I treated this way because I am a female? Just to let you know my financial background to help you understand the situation. I own a house and a vehicle. ...
Hi, My name is April Jackson. I am an undergraduate student who will be buying her first automobile soon. I do not want to buy a car that is unreliable,expensive, or imperfect for me. Can you please advise me on a affordable dealership for first time buyers? If so, what would be a good car to save my pennies for. Thanks for this site. It was just what ...
Given your upper middle class orientation, this may not be the kind of question you're interested in, but I'm desperate...last week my Honda Accord got rear ended, while I was in my driveway. The woman who hit me had insurance, but of course, that's not doing me as much good as you'd think. The Honda had a lot of miles on it, and it was called totaled. The ...
The service engine light of my 2002 Ford Escape has been on for a few weeks. I have not noticed any drivability issues with the car. I took it in to an AutoZone retailer for their free diagnostic test and was advised to replace the EGR valve. I called my dealer and got an outrageous quote to fix this valve and that they do not accept outside tests. The ...
I am trying to decide which is the best car for me. I have 2 yonng children and work full time. I have always had an SUV and I like the extra cargo room for hauling. My budget is around $25,000. I am trying to decide between a Honda CRV or Satrun Vue or a Subaru Forrester. I want the best gas mileage and best in safety. What is your advise
My gf was told by several people to put hot water on her car door locks to open it up. I say this is a bad ideal what do you advise please?
I currently own a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. Looking to but something under 25k, smaller (kids now gone)but 'sporty', like leather seats. Am being advised to buy Japanese for reliability - any suggestions?

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