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My 1992 BMW 325i has been slowly leaking antifreeze for several years. My mechanic has tightened and changed various hoses but to no avail. Any suggestions?
I'm considering purchasing a used car but suspect that the owner is not being truthful about the odometer reading. My mechanic suggested that it looks as if the mileage has been tampered with. How can I verify that he's being honest? Is this a crime if he's lying?
I need help! I read about AskPatty.com in the NY Times, and I thought, what a great idea! I think I may have been fleeced more times than a Merino ewe. I just have had many, many bad experiences with auto mechanics, and though I'm a journalist typically more than comfortable with confronting injustice, I'm shy about doing it without solid information ...
Car is a 1992 Pontiac Grand AM,six cylinder, 3300 engine, 68,000 miles. Last April or May while slowing down for a stop light at an intersecration, the engine suddley started "chugging" and quit completely. Put in park and turned key and car started immediately. Upon shifting it into drive the engine killed.This would continue for about five times before ...
recently my alternator gave out on me . the mechanic that replaced it told me that it was a rebuilt alternator. he installed it and gave me a price of 245.00. he said it would carry a warranty of 1 year.at that point i told him i would have to give him half now ,and half next week.when i went to pick up the car he changed the warranty to six months . can ...
my 2005 Chrysler PT cruiser is running fine, but the mechanic says I need to do a fuel injection service to keep it running fine. Sounds like bunk to me. Suggestions?

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