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Is there any truth to the advice that one should avoid buying a certain automobile model in either the first or the last year of production? I am currently considering a Pontiac grand prix and have a choice of a 2007 or 2008 model. However I read that 2008 is the last year for the Grand Prix. I test drove two 2007 models and found minor defects in each ...
Ask Patty, I am a Sales Consultant at a Toyota dealership in Ohio. I have come up with a "recipe" in teaching women how to buy cars. I also provide women with free seminars in buying cars. I am so happy to hear that there is a professional organization for women to join in the automobile industry. I am interested in talking to someone in becoming a ...
Hi Patty I will be buying a new car in the next few weeks. Two of the models I am interested in are the Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix. In reading the avail spec info on line, all I can really determine is a difference in the transmissions. Are they both made by Toyota? Are there any other mechanical or engineering differences that you can point ...
I am thinking about buying a used BMW. I am concerned about the cost and repair. I would like to know if they require a lot of repairs after a certain amount of time. I am looking at a 2002 to 2004
I am considering buying a new minivan. I am choosing between the honda odyssey and the toyota sienna. I am concerned about safe driving in the winter. In comparing the honda odyssey with traction control versus the toyota sienna with all wheel drive is there a significant difference in performance and safety between the two? Thank you
Our requirements for a car include: excellent gas mileage, excellent reliability, AWD, a good safety record, and good storage because we travel with a small sound system. Our present car, the 2000 Outback wagon, has served most of these purposes well (we would prefer better gas mileage) but we have owned Subarus for the last 20 years and are tired of them. ...
I am interested in buying a Saturn Vue. What is the best time of year to shop to get the best deal?

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