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Dear Patty, My friend's Mitsubishi Eclipse Convertible is 8 years old and it stopped running the other day. It was leaking radiator fluid and she had it towed to a nearby repair shop that her husband insists is honest(not a dealership). They looked at it for 2 days before getting back to her and told her it was "engine tilt" and she would have to ...
I'm a woman in my mid-50's. I need to buy a different car because the engine on my car recently blew up. (I had my car serviced every 3,000 miles.) We live in the country in the middle of nowhere - all of the nearby towns are more than 10 miles from our home which is too far to walk, especially because I'm in my mid-50's & 100% arthritic. My ex-husband ...
What should acura 2004 ts with 38000 miles in a good condition be worth buying? It has a rebuild salvage title. The damage was in the front bumper and not on the engine.
My 2003 9.5 Aero Wagon has 88k miles and seized engine. Cost quote to repair is $4k used engine or $8k new engine. Dealer will take it as is in exchange for 2006 9.5 Aero Sedan with 1k miles for $35k. Do I repair with new or used engine or do I trade?
Why would an auto owner want to change their own oil and filter regularly... like every 3000 miles. I have heard from a former dealer mechanic that increased mileage between oil changes was only a stroke of a pen... that the engines have not been improved.
good day to u patty i plan on buying an H3 2007 model car but i like to ask about the petrol consumption, any common engine problems and complications that u know of in these cars as this is my first SUV car. also if u have some advice about it, like pros and cons pleaaaaaaseeee tell me. amir
Hi there, You guys have been so helpful to me in the past, and I'm back with yet another car problem. I have a 1997 Mercedes C-280. About once a month for the past 4 or 5 months, my car has stopped no warning, either when I am sitting in traffic on the freeway, slowing down off an exit, or just sitting there when my car is idle. Usually, I have ...

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