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I am in the market to purchase a car. I would like to know if I should lease or buy? What are the pros and cons of the two options? Thank you.
HI there, I bought this car from an older owner one year ago, at the beginning everything was good, but now I'm having problem to start, every time i try to start it takes 4 to 5 tries before the engine starts, I mean the battery is new, it seems that the ignition problem, some time the key can come out from the ignition at the on position, please advise ...
On May 28, 2013 I took my car to a Patti certified shop for a lube and oil change before I left on a road trip. I was told my Honda civic was due for a new timing belt and that it was recommended to also replace the water pump. I approved the work and it was completed. On May 31, 2013 I left for my trip. 15 miles south of the shop my engine light came ...
I drive a 2007 Mazda 3 GS 4-door sedan with 85,000km (appx. 52,800 miles) on it. When I went in for a routine oil change, my Mazda dealership told me I needed the front left lower control arm to be replaced, as well as the rear trailing arm bushings (among other things, totalling over $1600+tax). Mazda told me one of the rear bushings was "completely out", ...
CEL light came on 3rd week of Dec-2012. Light stayed on. Car was parked for 1 1/2 I was out on vacation. When I came back on April 17th, battery dead, went to get a new one at Toy dealer. A month later the car lost power. Took it to a mechanic kept on giving code P0171..mechanic have checked and installed new or used parts: MAF, fuel injectors, fuel ...
I'm having trouble with my 1997 Ford Explorer. The car is a hand me down from my parents so when something goes wrong I of course ask my dad about it. The first thing is the check engine light goes on stays on for a few days then it goes out and could stay out for months and then comes back on. My dad says this happened all the time when he owned it and ...
My car is 70,000 miles and was just serviced for 60,000 mile check-up, when is the next time I will need to service it? I just moved to Minneapolis and i have had trouble with the Infiniti dealership overcharging me. Where can I go in Minneapolis that will not overcharge me?

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