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We own 1994 Cadillac and a 1994 Volvo 850 wagon. About every two months one of the cars (if not both) are in the shop for repairs. I added up all the repair bills (not oil changes) for the last three years, took the most expensive year, divided by 12 months, then divided by 2 cars. The cost per month per car was $300. Since we couldn't buy a new or ...
When I changed the oil in my car recently (I have a 2005 Trailblazer), I had them fill it with Mobil One Synthetic Oil as I heard it would give me better mileage and was better for my car, etc. However, no one can tell me how many miles I can run the car on this oil. I had heard that you don't need to change the oil as often with synthetic oil (not a ...
I purchased a 2006 Honda Civic in January. I drive for work and the car now has 30,000 miles on it. I took the car in for service and an oil change today and was told that my car needed the 30,000 mile checkup to the tune of $489. When I asked what the service included some of the highlights: flushing the transmission fluid, changing the air filter, ...
I would like to buy a Mini Cooper but the nearest dealer is 60 miles away. They said that they have to maintain it or else I will void the warranty - even for oil changes! Should I buy a used one close to home and not worry about having a dealer maintain it?
Dear Patty, I am currently driving a 2003 leased Honda that is due to be returned in May. I plan to lease another Honda at that time. I have been very good about getting all of the service in the "little booklet" done at the dealer and date-stamped. Here's my question: Since it's a lease have I been foolish to take such good care of the car? A friend ...
i have a 94 jeep grand cherokee. it*s burning oil, a quart every two-three weeks. i get regular oil changes but is now "smoking" when i start it and idling. put it up for sale?? Thank you.
Dear Patty, I have a 04 Dodge truck with 60,000 miles. Recently, the brakes failed and it was discovered that the fluid was contaminated. A complete brake replacement was performed. Only one place has done my oil changes and I feel that someone added something incorrectly. The break down was 6 weeks after my last oil change. I am waiting for lab ...

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