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    Make your car last 200,000 miles -CR

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> I would say a good bet is *any* domestic full size pickup truck with a V8 or a diesel. They hit 200,000 miles all the time without trying, and with minimal repairs to get there. <hr /></blockquote> Without a doubt . As a group , they put this group on the trailer ...
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    '03 Buick Park Avenue: Strong car?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> Well, the deed is done. The dealership delivered on their promises, and the big grey warship looks great. She and I cruised home and I slid her into the usual berth outside my apartment. (I'm not set on the female gender for the car, because I tend to think of big...
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    What's so great about Opel? Re: Saturn

    Deutschland - pretty much covers it .
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    '03 Buick Park Avenue: Strong car?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> The most important part is the distilled water. Most mechanics I've ever seen just reach for the water that's in the retractible hose reel; and you know that's just tap water. It's the calcium and mineral deposits from tap water that reek havoc on a cooling system. I...
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    1968 Mopar Engine - Do I need Lead substitute?

    SuperEd73 , that sounds like a fun car to have <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> - any more details ? Always thought highly of that year and that engine . Well, I'm digressing . As to the other yes , you are on the right track as is dwendt44's first post - thats definitely...
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    '03 Buick Park Avenue: Strong car?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> Merkava_4, that's what I'm concerned about regarding the Dexcool: If the owner let it get low, he may not have maintained the system as well as it requires. <hr /></blockquote> You know Paul , while a 'lack of maintenance' , or even 'benign neglect' , ( or a leak for...
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    GM showing off compression-ignition gas engine

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> <i>"There's so many different ways to approach fuel efficiency. It doesn't have to come through one huge break through smash hit."</i> Uh, lets make cars lighter and use smaller engines <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/pat2.gif" alt="" /> Lets offer TDi/CRd/CDi...
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    '03 Buick Park Avenue: Strong car?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> My look-over indicated that the recovery tank (labeled "Dexcool" -- and I've read the horror stories here and elsewhere) was low.<b><i> Hmmmm ..... see even though I'm a DEXCOOL kinda guy , that gets my ears up and now I'd have to go sniffin' around that at least a...
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    Toyota Hybrid: 150,000 mile Battery Life?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> While waiting for my dinner to cook tonight, I opened up a brochure on the 2007 Toyota line-up and on the very last page, I noticed in small print that the expected battery life for the battery pack is 150,000 miles based on laboratory bench testing. I had always...
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    '03 Buick Park Avenue: Strong car?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> G20ooh, thanks for all your work and input. You wrote: << . . . you will want to go with a Series III L26 VIN CODE (eighth digit = ) equiped vehicle. . . .>> Did you mean the 8th digit should be blank? On this car, the 8th digit of the VIN is...
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    '03 Buick Park Avenue: Strong car?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> The revised intake -- is that the dreaded gasket/coolant issue I've read about here in regard to the 3.1 and 3.4 engines? Is it a one-time fix? Are there external signs of this intake failing -- visible coolant leaks? Or maybe I should just insist that the dealer do...
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    Lexus ES350 Price Negotiation Help

    Critic , Somehow this discussion is missing some things concerning price . Also , things like looking up data on recalls , tsbs , campaignes , and owner feedback . Of course , there is just the most basic information , ie open information on the 'net . Here is just two things your friend...
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    Can Mopar ATF-4 be used in other applications?

    Boy , Is this one I'd really like to know about - in practical terms . Char Baby , thanks for bringing it up . Part of what I do (when able) is work with various volunteer groups . Within that activity , 'we' have the activity of trying to 'square away' or 'make better' not just primary...
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    '06 Buick LaCrosse -- opinions?

    Well Benzadmiral , that Katrina thing and your last two posts might explain a few things - I can imagine under any number of scenarios none of that is helping them or you . They maybe doing the best they can , and then again they maybe more than a little 'weak' - don't want to judge - I'm not...
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    '06 Buick LaCrosse -- opinions?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> Should I use KBB's trade-in value of the Buick ($13K) to figure that was what the dealer paid? <hr /></blockquote> Yes, $13,XXX seems to be a reasonable number to me, to determine what they likely have invested in the...
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    '06 Buick LaCrosse -- opinions?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> True enough about the pricing. I plan to push the fact that this car has been on their lot since March -- the "Certified Inspection" paperwork in the glove box is dated then. I'm sure they are really motivated to move it. I do wonder why no one has grabbed it. The...
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    '06 Buick LaCrosse -- opinions?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> Benzadmiral , <b> Do not </b> use KBB unless you 'know how to 'adjust ' for your ' right now - local' market conditions - its a 'guide' <i>not</i> an absolute . This is why TMV at Edmunds tends to be lower - its trying to do the 'correcting'...
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    '06 Buick LaCrosse -- opinions?

    Benzadmiral , <b> Do not </b> use KBB unless you 'know how to 'adjust ' for your ' right now - local' market conditions - its a 'guide' <i>not</i> an absolute . This is why TMV at Edmunds tends to be lower - its trying to do the 'correcting' for you . Its old data , but it probably hasn't...
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    '06 Buick LaCrosse -- opinions?

    <blockquote>Quote:<hr /> The mother has an 06 Lacrosse with the 3.8. Super riding and driving car! The only thing is that at 6'3" it is a **** getting in the darn thing. Other than that I would buy one in a heartbeat! <hr /></blockquote> Are you sure that isn't a 3.6L ? I 'think' thats been...
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    '06 Buick LaCrosse -- opinions?

    Appears that a Buick with a Buick Dealership 'behind it' could be a very good thing , - or really , if you start putting all these surveys together , as good as it can get . ( As always , depends on the specifics , YMMV .) J.D. Power and Associates Reports Jaguar Ranks Highest in Customer...
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