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I am looking to buy a new entry level compact car. I am considering a Toyota Corolla, a Honda Civic, a Mazda3 or a VW Jetta. Which of these is the best choice considering I need an inexpensive car that is reliable, easy to repair/order parts for, and can do a lot of mileage on as little gas as possible?
I JUST BOUGHT A 1992 PONTIAC GR PRIX. SOMETHINGS HAD TO BE FIXED ON IT. THE INSURANCE WAS FAXED OVER , AND THE USED AUTO SHOP WAS GOING TO DMV TO REGISTER IT. WHEN THEY FIXED THE ODOMETER INSTEAD OF 133,000 MILES IT HAD ABOUT 190,000. HOW LONG DO THOSE CARS LAST? IT SEEMS SOUND THE ENGINE SOUNDS GOOD. I LOOKED LONG FOR A CAR THATS INEXPENSIVE AND HAD TO ...
I am considering buying a 2000 mazda millenia (not the S type) with a damaged engine. I was considering this because of how inexpensive the car is (1000) and the cost of replacing the engine seemed relatively cheap (1175 for rebuilt engine, 6 months, under 75 000 miles) labor approx. 600. Also, some electrical problems, some relays got burnt and interior ...
My power steering fluid leaks. I was told the high pressure hose needs to be replaced, but I do not have the time or the money. Is there an inexpensive remedy to this?
I have a 1998 Chevy blazer that is in excellent condition. After noticing a cooling leak I took my car to my local Chevy dealer and they said all the freeze-out plugs were leaking. The parts are very inexpensive, but the labor would be about $2500 because the transfer case and the transmission would have to be removed to gain access to the plugs. I do not ...
I am in the market for a used 5 passenger vehicle that is inexpensive to purchase(50cu.ft.). Yes, I am asking for "it all". Any suggestions??
My car dents really easily. Is there a good inexpensive place to get minor dents fixed?

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