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I have a 2001 Mazda 626 with 58000 miles. My primary use is around town driving and I am the original owner - purchased the car in Jan 2002. The dealer states that it's time for a transmission flush and a fuel filter change. I couldn't find either of these procedures in my owner's manual. Do I really need to do these or is the dealer just trying to ...
I just finished up the second year of a 3-year lease on a 2006 Volvo S60. At the time I got into the vehicle, I was only driving 10K miles per year, so the 36K limit did not seem a problem. But things change. I am now committed to a new commute for my childs sport that is going to put me way over my miles. I was not thinking of buying the car, because ...
Hi! My son had a 1988 Camry that was in excellent condition inside and out with low miles. We loved the car and he worked all last summer to make the money to buy it. It was stolen from a store parking lot last month. Three weeks later the police found it in a field totally trashed. Truly heart breaking! We did not know that these cars were so easy to ...
I have purchased my car, now I would like to purchase an extended warranty. My credit union offers a PLATINUM Bumper to Bumper plan for $925.00 covering 7 years/100,000 miles with $0 deductible. Should I go to the Nissan dealer (who offered me a plan which was double that amount) or call around to different dealers for the best PRICE and best QUALITY ...
Hi Patty, My name is Andy and I have a general question about cars. I was wondering if you could recommend some good websites or books to purchase that would teach me more about the technical side of automobiles. I wrote you about a month ago and deleted your reply by accident. Thank you! -Andy
I own a a 1993 pontiac grand prix that my father gave me. Lately I am having problems finding parts, such as a window regulator for my drivers side window. Is there any way to locate this part without costing an arm and leg? I do not have much money to spend on this car, since I am hoping to purchase a new car in the future. thanks sue
I just purchased a 2004 honda accord ex. The car radio displays a message to enter a code number. I am not sure what that is all about. Any ideas. I am sure it has something to do with the battery the dealer just replaced. The dealer was clueless since it was used and not the type of cars they sell. Any suggestions?

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