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I am trying to decide if I should just payoff my 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK or trade for mid-size economy car. I want the most reliable car and the lowest repair cost.
On May 28, 2013 I took my car to a Patti certified shop for a lube and oil change before I left on a road trip. I was told my Honda civic was due for a new timing belt and that it was recommended to also replace the water pump. I approved the work and it was completed. On May 31, 2013 I left for my trip. 15 miles south of the shop my engine light came ...
I have a Pontiac Grand AM SE 4 door sedan. Had an accident and the front wheel is broken off, I took it into my local repair shop who is also a certified inspection place. They came back with repair costs of 1350.00. The car has 198000 miles on it. I have always kept up with the regular maintenance and repairs. I wondering if the cost of this repair is ...
The brakes on my Ford Escape went out and when I managed to get the car back into the garage, I believe the brake fluid went out. There was fluid at the front of the car it was not oil. What can this be? any clue on repair costs?

I'm trying to make a more educated decision on the purchase of my next vehicle (within the next month or so) and need some advice from someone who knows much more about cars than I do. I have a few very specific needs that require a very specific vehicle, but now that I've identified those needs and narrowed down the vehicle search, I'm still ...


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