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I am a single mom. Jan 2003, I took equity out of my home to buy a new 2002 Mazda MPV (minivan). At 41,000 miles, I began having missing problems. The rear 4th coil was replaced, which took care of the major miss but left me with smaller ones. I now have 66,000 miles and have had it to three different mechanics in the past two years but the miss is not ...
Where is air filter located and how do you replace it? Should this be a job a person who is not a mechanic can handle?
I have a 1998 Oldsmobile/Cutlass, 6 cylinder, 28,000 (original). Recently, my mechanic said that he discovered a small puddle of antifreeze lying on the engine. He said it was a gasket with a bill of $700.00 for repair. He explained that 1998 Oldsmobiles are noted for this problem. Is this true? Can a person add an additive to the radiator to seal the ...
What are the best items to target when negotiating down the price on a used car? How much can I typically expect to reduce the asking price? Is it common for the dealer/lot owner to allow me to take the car to my mechanic? Will I need to leave a deposit to be allowed to do this? And if so, how will it be reimbursed typically if I decide against the ...
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 have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Sedan, it has 125.500 miles on it. I have owned it since it was new and never had a problem until yesterday. The anti-theft system would not allow me to do anything - it just kept sounding the alarm. A mechanic undid a connection to the battery and left if off for about 30 minutes and then when everything was hooked ...
Saw you on TV this morning. do i really have to change my oil every three thousand miles? A local mechanic told me i have to change it every 1500 miles because it is an SUV. This sounds shady, what say you? Gena

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