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I am looking to purchase this car from a dealership - is there anything I need to look for?
The vehicle is generally reliable and indeed reliability may be above average. However, repair costs, if there is a breakdown, are likely to be somewhat greater than average certainly for parts. There are at least 4 Recall Campaigns that may...
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Purchasing Used Car
A pre-purchase vehicle inspection is a good idea and is available through YourMechanic. That inspection, performed by a certified Mechanic, dispatched to your location, will give you very specific data regarding any current problems that the car has. You have...
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Buying a specific car
There are a few items to keep in mind. In terms of recalls, some 2004-05 Focus models were recalled to add a lower rocker seal and have the rear door latches inspected or repaired because of possible corrosion. You can...
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hi, what can i change on my 2006 4runner to give it smoother ride on bumpy roads
There can be some gains in comfort by changing the tires to, for example, top rated tires as tested by Consumer Reports. The best thing to do is review Consumer Reports' tire ratings and recommendations for the particular tire type...
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What are the most frequent problems on 2013 135i bmws
Based on data from "Consumer Reports" (i.e., their annual automobile reliability ratings), overall the BMW "1" Series, for model year 2013, has the highest reliability rating that CR assigns. The only sub-components on the "1' Series in 2013 that had...
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Is this a good car to purchase?
Yes, according to Consumer Reports, the 2014 Malibu has excellent crash ratings and the "overall" reliability of the 2014 Malibu is listed as better than average, and much better than average for most individual vehicle systems. There are some potentially...
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I'm thinking of buying a 2002 Mercedes ML500 w/ approx 208k miles. What parts do I possibly need to replace or check?
Hello....used car repair, maintenance, and restoration costs are highly dependent on the actual, as found, condition of the vehicle. To get a reasonably precise estimate, and also to protect yourself in the transaction, I recommend you request a pre-purchase vehicle...
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Would you advise in buying a mitsubishi starion as a daily driver? And is there any way to remedy any of its common problems?
If your research already allows a conclusion that the vehicle is unreliable, you should not buy the vehicle unless the price is heavily, heavily discounted to make up for the inevitable and predictable costs you will experience repairing and managing...
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Newcomer to Land Rovers
Hi Elizabeth: Thanks for your inquiry. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a database of consumer complaints, official recalls, investigations, and factory service bulletins for all makes and models, by year. I encourage you to go to the NHTSA...
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How much will a 2005 Volvo XC90 will run ?
At present, this vehicle typically costs around $3,000 to $5,000 range depending on sub-model, options, mileage, and condition. Inasmuch as used car repair, maintenance, and restoration costs are highly dependent on the actual, as found, condition of the vehicle, the...
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Hi, I'm in the process of purchasing a 2007 escalade
In evaluating the wisdom of buying a particular model of car (used or new), consult the database of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA. The NHTSA database contains model specific consumer complaints, official recalls and factory service bulletins searchable...
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Hi Noe, I am thinking about buying a Wrangler but I am seeing a lot about the engine quitting while it is being driven. Do you hav
If you're interested in just the Jeep Wrangler, you can gauge the reliability of the various recent model years of the Wrangler by looking at the reliability survey data published by "Consumer Reports" (CR). That reliability data is extremely detailed...
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I'm looking into buying a cltruck with this description only to use for a few years. What issues should I look out for?
There are five "versions" of the 2003 Dodge Dakota and the price depends on the version you are considering. Given the mileage (200,000 miles), if this is the cheapest 2D version (not the SXT version or higher), $1,750 is about...
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I have an odd question. I'm looking to purchase a new older vehicle (03 or so BMW, 100,000 mi range) ~$3500
There is nothing odd about your question at all. Indeed, you have posed an excellent question that suggests you are thinking ahead. In evaluating the wisdom of buying a particular model of car (used or new), consult the database of...
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Do you recommend the Toyota Avalon?
"Consumer Reports" (CR) publishes system-by-system vehicle reliability data for all Avalon model years. Since at least 2009, the Avalon's overall reliability rating has been very high. The CR complied data on the Avalon is extensive and covers differences from year...
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Aisin transmission
The transmission is reliable and, indeed, I see no transmission related complaints in the NHTSA database for the 2007 Volvo S80. The car overall has a total of only 10 complaints in the NHTSA database which is the smallest number...
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advice on infiniti fx35 2006/ 2005 Mercedes ml350
There are relatively few consumer complaints about the 2005 ML350 in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database. There are no recalls and no NHTSA investigations to-date on that vehicle. There are a few complaints regarding the crankshaft position sensor...
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Buying a 2007 CTS
A pre-purchase vehicle inspection is a good idea. That inspection, carried out by a certified Mechanic, dispatched to your location, will give you very specific data regarding any current problems that the car has. You have additional opportunities, too, in...
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tires
If your car only has 24,000 the tires have worn out prematurely possibly due to bad wheel alignment, under inflation and/or lack of rotation. YourMechanic does offer tire rotation on a mobile basis. If you are going to buy new...

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