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Friday, February 11, my oil gauge showed no oil pressure. I had a friend look at my vehicle and decided the gauge was bad. I took my Avalanche in to be serviced by an independent shop who told me all vehicles with the same chassis and year had the same problem and GM issued a Special Coverage Adjustment to cover the defective part. Problem is my vehicle has over 70,000 miles, under 70,000 and everything is covered, between 70,000 and 80,000 just the part is covered. Now the amusing part, to get the free part you have to pay the dealer $60 dollars to get the numbers off your gauges! So much for free part. The real kicker is that GM has known about this problem since 11/8/2007 (date of the Special Coverage) but thought best to keep this knowledge to themselves. I'm sure hoping all the vehicle would rack up more than 80,000 miles!
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Anonymous on 02/16/2011:
Fix it, and sell it. get it off your hands before it sucks you for more money.
trmn8r on 02/16/2011:
By all means, if something major like the oil pressure gauge goes bad, I'd just sell it - sounds like a total lemon.

First the gauge, next a light bulb. It's a slippery slope.
dan gordon on 02/16/2011:
wait a second. A gauge goes out and its a 'major' defect and he should immediately sell the truck?? Its not a transmission or major engine componenet. I think your expectations are just a tad too high.
usnfsu1212 on 04/03/2012:
Defective parts should be covered. Oh no we bailed them out and now THEY are going to stick it to us. I guess that is the best way to say THANK YOU for the LOAN. Chevy is a real ROCK (STONE COLD).
madconsumer on 04/03/2012:
very helpful comment usnfsu1212!!
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Bad wheel bearings
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I bought this Chevy truck new after driving chevys for 45 years. At 52K miles, the left front wheel bearing was loose enough to cause a vibration. I was amazed to find that the bearings are not servicable but have to be replaced as a unit at at the cost of $550. The dealer covered this repair under extended warranty. Now at 94K miles, the right front bearing failed. The cost at this time is $757, not covered by warranty. For the first 100 years of automobile manufacturing, wheel bearings could be serviced and adjusted for a nominal fee. To change this assembly to something that can only be replaced for an exorbitant price is outrageous. The next vehicle I purchase wiil be a Honda.
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dan gordon on 01/17/2011:
is nothing supposed to wear out on a car? For gods sake what do you think Honda parts cost compared to a Chevy?
fast327 on 01/17/2011:
The sad fact is that wheel bearings on almost every make of car or truck manufactured today, are pressed into a unit and are not servicable individually. What used to be an easy fix that most every owner could do, is now impossible under a shade tree. A fact of "progress". As Dan said, Hondas are no different.
Whiteduck on 01/18/2011:
You could probably get an independent mechanic to remove the current bearing and repress the new one, but most dealer mechanics don't want to mess with that stuff. More than likely, the bearing itself is a standard size that anyone competent could replace, but why would they if people are willing to give them a lot more money for a lot less work?
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2004 Trailblazer
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I have a 2004 trailblazer that we drive not to often and baby it and keep all records up to date including changing the oil and all fluids breaks bulbs ...I mean everything and keep a detailed list of 22 thousand miles we had our transfer case fluid changed for the second time this was in July of 2008....DEC 2010 with only 30100 miles on vehicle the transfer case is gone and so is my power train warranty even tho 30 thousand miles on car its 6 years old...I have been a GM man all my life and have bought mostly GMC trucks and have loved them and still own one...but this trailblazer is not keeping up with the 34 thousand dollar sticker price... I mean come on if a transfer case is gone in a vehicle after just 30 thousand miles then I'm sure its a problem that us as the consumer should not have to eat...this is a costly fix as a new transfer case is about 1700 dollars and that is just for the part...GM should definitely put a recall out on this brother is a mechanic at a shop and Gm did do something they sent out a service call saying that one of the parts in the transfer case is faulty and needs to be replaced with a certain part number that they remanufactured....problem again no recall so they admit to problem but still don't want to fix it
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ChuhBaca on 01/08/2011:
Had similar problem with a Dodge Dakota. Transfer case went out at 60k, which is still too soon. Balls joints went out a lot too. They finally did a recall on the ball joints, but it didn't cover my year and I had traded it in by then anyway. The problem is, it's out of warranty and you won't get anywhere with GM on that.
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Airbags did NOT deploy on collision
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After reading other reviews on this site, I have to say I'm not only appalled, but frightened for the safety of myself and my 5 year old daughter with continued use of our only vehicle, which is a '98 Chevy Lumina.

I was involved in a thankfully non-injury accident the first week of February 2010, where I was stopped at a stop sign and a vehicle turning into the parking lot I was waiting to exit hit a patch of slushy ice/snow mixture and slammed into my driver's side door at approx. 25 mph (she didn't slow enough for the turn anyway, but moot point).

Thankfully, neither of us was injured, but I found it extremely worrisome that not only did MY airbag not deploy, but neither did the passenger side airbag.

One defective airbag, I can understand as a one-off incident, but with BOTH failing to deploy, I'm less inclined to attribute to happenstance, and more as shoddy worksmanship by the manufacturer. I'm honestly wondering if I truly HAVE airbags at this point; after all, I've never seen them, and they didn't deploy when they should have; it's entirely possible that I've got nothing but empty space in my steering wheel and dash.

If not, I might as well have empty space, for all the good it's doing me.

Then, I get online to research possible reasons for them not to deploy (ie does it have to be a certain speed of impact, or triggered by head-on or rear collision only, etc) and I find this site, where not only are the NUMEROUS defects listed with the same car I've got, but that I'm not the only one who had the EXACT SAME PROBLEM with the airbags.

And, apparently, the airbags are just crap all around, because there are a few people listed here who had them popping out for no reason whatsoever.

All I can say is that first chance I get, I'm going back to Honda Accord. I'd much rather spend $300-$500 every two years on CV joints and outer tie rods than not have working airbags or other equally dangerous defects.

Made In America was SUPPOSED to be a good thing, but evidently...not so much.
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spiderman2 on 02/20/2010:
According to this site the 1998 Lumina has driver and passenger front airbags. Front airbags do not deploy in a side-impact collission. They deploy when the vehile is hit head on.
Skye on 02/20/2010:
Why is your five year old daughter riding in the passenger seat? Shouldn't she still be in a booster seat, in the back? Be grateful the airbag did not deploy and cause her serious injury.
Skye on 02/20/2010:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say keep your child who is over 40 pounds in a belt positioning booster seat until they are eight years old, unless they are already 4'9" tall. This is because 'a child under 80 lbs. is generally too small for an adult seat belt. The lap belt rides up over the stomach and the shoulder belt cuts across the neck. In a crash, this can cause critical or even fatal injuries. The booster seat should be postioned in the rear seat, not next to the driver side, in the passenger seat.
PepperElf on 02/20/2010:
I thought it was the law that kids under specific height/weight had to be in child seats in the back.

the smartest place is to put them behind the driver, because the human's natural instinct is to protect themselves in a crash.
Venice09 on 02/21/2010:
Good info, Skye. My first thought too was thank goodness the passenger airbag did not deploy because a child could be seriously hurt.
yoke on 02/21/2010:
The OP did not say the child was in the front seat, just that the passenger side airbag did not deploy. The child could have been in the backseat.
madconsumer on 02/21/2010:
does this vehicle have side impact airbags??

at 25 mph, most airbags will not deploy. it is for the safety of the occupants.
let me see? on 02/21/2010:
You are kidding right? You have never seen the bags? It is very plain to see you know nothing about air bags. Airbags are deployed when you have head on collision over a certain mile per hour, unless you have side airbags, which I do not believe a 2008 would have. Also many cars have a sensor on the passenger seat, if no one is sitting it, it will not deploy. but that also may not be on a 2008. And PS same thing would have happened on a Honda, or I mean nothing would have happened with airbags on Honda in the same kind of accident.
CrazyRedHead on 02/21/2010:
Don't the front driver and passenger side airbags only deploy when hit head on? Now unless you are talking about driver and passenger side side airbags, that would be different; but do they even have those in a '98 anything?
Anonymous on 02/21/2010:
The OP mentions the car has side airbags. I did a google search and found several cars of this year that indicate they have passenger side airbags. That said, I cannot find anything that says they only go off at low speeds, the way front air bags do. Anyone have a link as to how side airbags work??
Anonymous on 02/21/2010:
OK, found something indicating side airbags go off at speeds of 8-18MPH, so if that is accurate, they would not have deployed in this accident
Starlord on 02/21/2010:
Airbags in most American cars do not deploy on a side collision, but on a head-on or rear-on collision. Your car did not have side airbags, so the airbags in your car would not have helped in a side colliosion.
Anonymous on 02/21/2010:
Star----did I read wrong? When the OP says "neither did the passenger side airbag"--did she mean the FRONT air bag on the passenger side? Or an actual SIDE airbag on the passenger side? Good grief....that reads like a freaking riddle from hades.
Venice09 on 02/21/2010:
Yoke, by saying, "I have to say I'm not only apalled, but frightened for the safety of myself and my 5 year old daughter" the OP is implying that her daughter was in the front seat. The daughter's safety would not be in jeopardy if she was in the back seat and the front passenger airbag did not deploy.
yoke on 02/22/2010:
Lost, I guess we view her post in different ways. I took it as she was appalled that the vehicle was not as safe as she thought it was. NOWHERE does she state her daughter was in the front seat.
klobbersaurus685 on 02/22/2010:
I read this post 4 times to understand the whole thing.
Here's what I got:
She is complaining that the driver's airbag and the passenger airbag did not inflate.
I didn't see any reference to a side curtain airbag or an airbag that comes out of the seats.
Based on that, the front airbags should not have deployed by being hit on the driver's side.
Venice09 on 02/22/2010:
You're right, yoke. The OP does not specifically say that the child was in the front seat. That was just the impression I got based on the wording in the review. Maybe the OP will come back to clarify.
Lasseg on 02/23/2010:
My daughter does NOT ride in the front seat. She rides in a booster seat in the middle of the back seat. I meant, in general, I'm worried for her safety in the car, not specifically air-bag related for her.

If one safety device in the car fails, what's to say that others won't? Especially as I've noticed the middle seatbelt does not seem to lock when buckled, the strap loosens. I've added a locking clip to it to keep it from sliding, but it still worries me, and I'm reluctant to move her to either of the other seats in case of side collision, even though the seatbelts in those seats seem to have less give when buckled.
klobbersaurus685 on 02/23/2010:
OP, since you are reading these, could you please explain why you feel the air bags should deploy in a side collision?
Ytropious on 02/23/2010:
"If one safety device in the car fails, what's to say that others won't?"...but OP you still don't understand. Nothing failed. The airbags were not designed to deploy in the type of collision you describe. Get into a head on and then check back with us. I bet they deploy then, as they were designed to do.
Slimjim on 02/23/2010:
Yes Lasseq, you do not seem to be absorbing the information being left here, which should parrot your previous research as well.
Bottom line.
Front airbags do NOT deploy in side or rear end crashes. They would be defective and a safety issue if they DID.
CrazyRedHead on 02/23/2010:
I didn't know that the middle seat belts were supposed to lock. I haven't seen any that do.
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Chevrolet Cobalts gone BAD!
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I live in New Orleans, Louisiana and after I experienced problems with my car after hurricane Katrina I purchased a 05 Chevrolet cobalt in November of 2005 from a certified used car dealership. I did a Carfax report on the car and nothing came back on the car. I purchased an extended warranty for my car as well. within the first month It started when I needed my headlights pushed up and my air conditioner was leaking all over the floor. When I brought my car to the dealership the front desk people came to inspect the problems and informed me that my car had been wrecked in the front that my warranty was now void! NOt to mention that I had to bring it 5 hours away from my house b/c all of the New Orleans dealerships were our of commission or I would have to wait 2 to 3 months. The dealership told me they could not do it unless I wanted to pay for it. I contacted the owner of the dealership and basically threatened to call all local news stations and he fixed the problem. About 2 months later I was commuting from Jackson, Mississippi to New Orleans weekly, and my cruise control stopped working and the wheels began shaking very badly on my way back to New Orleans. I took it to the dealership I purchased it from they told me while they had it they would fix a recall with the headliner. So I go to pick it up and everything worked fine. 2 days later I realized on my way back to Mississippi that the cruise control would not work at all on the interstate, only on highways. The dealership made me wait 2 months to bring it back in and gave me a line of crap about my warranty not covering it and the part I needed replaced would be an absurd amount of money. About 6 months my automatic door locks stopped working and would only work when used with my alarm remote. A few days after that my driver side door would not open. 2 months later my car locks started going crazy and locking and unlocking themselves when the car was on and off. A few months ago my unlock button on my alarm remote stopped working. I changed out the battery but it still did not work. Now here I am driving down the street and I hear beeping and see that my car is telling me that the power steering is completely out. Imagine that....just when you wonder how could it get worse..... Me and my husband are looking for another car for him and I will NEVER buy another Chevrolet or American made car again!! EVER!!! I can honestly say that I HATE CHEVROLET!!!
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MSCANTBEWRONG on 08/12/2009:
Goodness. That's a whole lot of issues with a car that supposedly is in excellent working order. Speak with your dollars and buy from someone reputable. Sorry for all of your issues.
Anonymous on 08/13/2009:
Granted that life up here in the northeast is different, our interstates ARE highways!
PTCuda on 08/27/2009:
You blame the car when the dealer you bought it from was a bunch of crooks? I don't get it? And did you ever check your fluids? I guess not that you ran it dry of powersteering fluid or you never listed as it sounded odd as you turned the wheel. Powersteering does tend to make a lot of noise as it goes dry..
unhappy on 07/22/2011:
I have an 07 cobalt I bought brand new.This car is a death trap.I had to get the power steering fixed after the recall,the airbags stopped working,the signal lights tore up,the doors won't shut properly,the engine knocks when you start it and now its leaking gas from the fuel pump module that is under recall if your 1 of the lucky few with the right vin number.They have tried 3 times to fix to the knock and cannot figure out what it is.My vin was 4 digits off from being covered for the fuel pump, and when I talk to them, they say it should be covered but its not!? Made in the same plant as the faulty ones at the same time but mines not covered.They tell me to go get a $250 diagnosis when I can get the part and put it on for that.And after I get the diagnosis,they still won't fix it, they just want it to put in the records to consider a full recall.They should pay for that,I'm still under warranty,for what that's worth,gm loyal care my big foot!
GenuineNerd on 02/10/2012:
The Cobalt uses an electronically-operated power steering system. There is no fluid cap. I own a 2007 Cobalt that I bought used (the car was sold brand new there, and most of the servicing was done by the dealer where I bought the car.) GM had a recall involving Cobalt power steering failures. I never had steering issues with mine yet, but the Carfax I got with my car reveals a steering and suspension inspection at 35,000 miles...I assume that the recall repair was already done on my Cobalt. Only time will tell, but at least I know what to look for should the steering go out on my car.
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For SUCKERS ONLY ---Chevrolet Traverse
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RENO, NEVADA -- I bought this vehicle in April of 2009,drove it through break-in around town for 1000 miles.
I then had Chevrolet change the oil and filter
such that I could enjoy my new Traverse on a 2000 mile trip to Washington state !
This Traverse was the most uncomfortable of
any vehicle I have ever driven in all my 64 years ! It was not stable at highway speeds and it drove as if it were a truck with alignment trouble ! The advertised fuel mileage was way above actual mileage. Actual fuel mileage for 2000
miles on the highway was ninteen (19).Actual fuel mileage for around town was 12,and it NEVER improved !(Its a 6 cylinder )
After the trip, I took it to my Chevrolet dealer only to be told that the mileage I experienced was good for the TRAVERSE !
Too bad they told me the truth only AFTER I purchased it ! I have tried to contact Chevrolet no less than FOUR times and all my requests for help have been totally ignored.
GOOD THING PRES. OBAMA NOW owns 60 some percent of this company----He'll make them fix it ! LOL What to do ?
All requests for Chevrolet help have been documented-------for all the good it will do !
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madconsumer on 07/11/2009:
when you test drove it, did you take it on the highway?

I have owned 5 new vehicles, and I have discovered the advertised mileage doesn't always seem to be what I get. there are many many variables in determining it. the way one drives, the use of ac, road conditions, and even number of passengers and over all weight. the displayed mileage is from smooth test track and computer tests, with 1 driver and zero extra weight.
P.T.Barnum's walking advertisment on 07/11/2009:
Of course I drove the vehicle on the highway--How do you determine overall fuel mileage or any other fuel mileage on a test drive ? EPA should advise the public of this test of estimated mileage--in fact--I did call the EPA in Wash,DC and they told me a completely different test than the one MR.Madconsumer described !
BobJohn on 07/12/2009:
The EPA figures do say they are estimates, not actual mileage. And I just blow off anything a dealer says about x number of miles per gallon - it is all hype. This is why you need to read unbiased reviews such as Consumer Reports.
Kevin Pearson on 09/06/2013:
I had a traverse pruchase on the same moment in 2009 and on the highway I spend 9.5liters by hundred kilometer and its excellent. I have use it in big montain with 4 peoples with a lot off package and I was near 85miles hours to reach the point.... consomption was 9,5 !!!!!
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What Have They Done To The 2010 Camaro
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Have you forgot what the build was supposed to be modeled after? The car was designed to rival the Mustang that was modeled after there "hot rod" 60's era. The 2010 was supposed to be modeled after the same era the only era that even looked half way decent. I have been a mechanic for over 10 years and been working on cars since I was 7 in the back yard. Currently have my own shop and struggling along like the rest of the city. I would usually start talking about Fords now and say how I like them so much because they keep me in business, being that if I only worked on them they would keep me busy enough to keep my doors open. Oh I specialize in transmissions not writing letters, but I saw the new Camaro coming out of retirement on a commercial tonight 4/24/09. Hey I might need a new shop soon tell the GM manufactures to call me before they fold up I might be looking to buy, if they don't suck the life out of there business before it folds up. I'm highly depressed when I look at this car and even more so when I think of the poor quality that went into making this car. Because judging by past experiences the quality of all domestic cars has gone way way way down. And keeps plummeting. I am and have always been a Chevy man but when asked what is a good car to own or buy I am ashamed to say "buy a foreign car " Toyota is one of the best on the market, Honda is way up there to the Corolla, Camry, Civic, Accord, Tundra. Man Chevy, Ford and of course Dodge can't even touch those cars. Speaking of that the 2010 Chevy Camaro looks like a Nissan Sentra on crack.

I mean really what was wrong with the first 30 designs? They just kept getting worse and worse now its not even something I want to buy ill go buy a new tundra and recommend everyone I come across to do the same. People wonder why we mechanics buy a 200 dollar car fix it and drive it, because it's better quality that way --- and at least it works for once. Oh and yes I own several Chevys everything from a 67 Camaro to a 95 s10 and even a 90 Surburban. Some of the cars I feel they got right, the 67 because its a sexy ass hotrod, the burban because its a huge freaking tank and the 2.2 S 10 because its a gas saver and its a truck I call it mighty mouse because I put it through hell and it takes it and asks for more. But try to but something like that new. Good luck, better buy from overseas I'm telling you you'll be a whole lot more happy.
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Anonymous on 04/24/2009:
I agree the looks of the 2010 Camaro doesn't score many cool points. What's up with that tail end?
Anonymous on 04/24/2009:
I've never been a Camaro fan, but I think the front end looks pretty cool.
Anonymous on 04/24/2009:
MM, Here is a video, it's not bad looking. Kind of has a retro look thing going on.
BokiBean on 04/24/2009:
I love it! I think its just awesome looking.
Slimjim on 04/24/2009:
I haven't seen one up close but it doesn't appear that bad. I was hoping for something more appealing from the reissue as a whole though. I like and would consider the Challenger as a much stronger purchase possibility. Little better looking, truer to the original spirit, and more power available. Can't say if I'm in the market for one of these, I'd buy an Accord. Apples and oranges. The Mustang would of course be in the running.
Anonymous on 04/24/2009:
I'm looking at crossovers right now. Nothing has jumped out at me but Audi and some others sure have built some sweet looking stuff the last couple of years.
BokiBean on 04/24/2009:
The Challenger is indeed sweet. I love the retro looks brought back and updated. But then, I used to think Pacers were cute too... =/
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QUINCY, FLORIDA -- Availability of non-warranty work
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Alain on 07/09/2012:
Which dealer?
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Power Train Warranty
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Rating: 5/51
ST GEORGE, UTAH -- I have a 08 Chevy Uplander with 79k and it needs a body contol module and it is not covered under the powertrain warranty. So now I have to pay 600 dollars!
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KevinTX on 06/22/2012:
No way, it's one of those things you can do yourself. Here is one for under $100.
trmn8r on 06/22/2012:
My guess, based only on what was written, is that your powertrain warranty is still valid but does not cover electronics. That isn't surprising, if true. What is sad is that the module would fail at a relatively young age.
FoDaddy19 on 06/22/2012:
The BCM really isn't part of the powertrain. It handles the electronics of the car, it does handle input from some electronic sensors, but it's not mechanical part like camshaft or accumulator pump. I can see where it wouldn't be covered.
BigAl on 06/22/2012:
KEVINTX> They will not let me join this site but if they did I would vote your answer helpful. As stated this is a very easy do it yourself repair. If the OP is unsure of his abiity to do this himself he can easily find a friend or even a local repair shop to do this for him and save big bucks. The trick is to order the part himself.
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2008 Impala Is Terrible
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN -- I just brought a 2008 Chevy Impala and have nothing but problems since. I borrowed from my 401k in order to have a reliable car and this is what I get for it. I need a dependable car that doesn't eat tires or scrubs or shakes while driving. I haven't had the car 1 year and I'm thinking of changing back to dodge. Can someone help me trade this car in for another Chevy? I'm paying a 450 dollar not on a car I really don't love.
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BigAl on 03/10/2012:
Did you have a reliable mechanic look at this car before you bought it? When buying used this is often the best money spent. On a bright note it might just need an alignment. Visit a reputable mechanic soon. Best of luck.
DebtorBasher on 03/10/2012:
Hey BigAl...I noticed you started to capitalize the 'A' in more BiGal for you!

You always have good advice to offer, it would be great if you registered. Once you're a registered member we can vote your comments 'helpful' and you can join us in the 'Community Forum' for some fun and laughs!
trmn8r on 03/10/2012:
What kind of help trading in your car do you need?
Cwazychicken on 03/10/2012:
In my experience, dodges have given my family nothing but trouble. To each their own I suppose.
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