The Truth About Cars » New Or Used? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 18:00:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Americans Loving Their Leases, Not so Much Their Loans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/americans-loving-leases-loans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/americans-loving-leases-loans/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2016 20:05:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1295794 Good times have clearly arrived, because Americans are flinging money at cars like it’s going out of style. Leasing has never been more popular for American car buyers, reports the Detroit Free Press, and the size of their auto loans have also reached record territory. According to industry data tabulator Experian Automotive, 33.6 percent of […]

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Good times have clearly arrived, because Americans are flinging money at cars like it’s going out of style. Leasing has never been more popular for American car buyers, reports the Detroit Free Press, and the size of their auto loans have also reached record territory. According to industry data tabulator Experian Automotive, 33.6 percent of […]

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TTAC News Round-up: China Binds Up Holland, BMW Needs New Friends, Young People Dream On http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-china-binds-holland-bmw-needs-new-friends-young-people-dream/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-china-binds-holland-bmw-needs-new-friends-young-people-dream/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 14:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1292898 Amsterdam’s port facility is more crowded than a Walmart on Black Friday and it’s all China’s fault. That, BMW wonders how it all went wrong, Millennials bare their souls to a salesman, Toyota walks down memory lane, and a safety regulator has some explaining to do … after the break! Barges for Buicks leads to […]

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Amsterdam’s port facility is more crowded than a Walmart on Black Friday and it’s all China’s fault. That, BMW wonders how it all went wrong, Millennials bare their souls to a salesman, Toyota walks down memory lane, and a safety regulator has some explaining to do … after the break! Barges for Buicks leads to […]

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New or Used?: Should This Mustang Man Get a Minivan? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/new-used-mustang-man-get-minivan-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/new-used-mustang-man-get-minivan-2/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1259457 Hi folks, I have a ’15 Subaru WRX and a ’68 Ford Mustang. I pick my daughter up from daycare everyday. When the weather is nice, I drive the Mustang. My wife and I are thinking of having a second kid, which would render my Mustang unusable since there’s no middle seat and zero space behind the […]

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Hi folks, I have a ’15 Subaru WRX and a ’68 Ford Mustang. I pick my daughter up from daycare everyday. When the weather is nice, I drive the Mustang. My wife and I are thinking of having a second kid, which would render my Mustang unusable since there’s no middle seat and zero space behind the […]

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New or Used?: German Car Lover Wants Germanic German From Germany http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/new-used-german-car-lover-wants-germanic-german-germany/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/new-used-german-car-lover-wants-germanic-german-germany/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1223785 TTAC commentator tedward writes: Hey Steejeev, I thought I’d finally throw my hat into the ring as my wife and I are on the hunt for a second family car. We currently own a ’91 BMW 318is and a ’13 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen 2.5 — both manual, of course. In our previous lives as NYC residents, […]

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TTAC commentator tedward writes: Hey Steejeev, I thought I’d finally throw my hat into the ring as my wife and I are on the hunt for a second family car. We currently own a ’91 BMW 318is and a ’13 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen 2.5 — both manual, of course. In our previous lives as NYC residents, […]

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New or Used?: Kiss My Yuppie Ass Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/new-used-kiss-yuppie-ass-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/new-used-kiss-yuppie-ass-edition/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1194754 Hi Sajeev and Steve, I’ve always enjoyed this column, and several years ago I took a piece of the advice you provided: I bought a used Ford Taurus for a teen driver. Anyway, I’m curious for your thoughts on what we should drive now. My wife and I have long commutes as well as 3 […]

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Hi Sajeev and Steve, I’ve always enjoyed this column, and several years ago I took a piece of the advice you provided: I bought a used Ford Taurus for a teen driver. Anyway, I’m curious for your thoughts on what we should drive now. My wife and I have long commutes as well as 3 […]

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New or Used: A Used Car’s Silent Ricochet? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/new-used-used-cars-silent-ricochet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/new-used-used-cars-silent-ricochet/#comments Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1175946   TTAC Commentator Silent Ricochet writes: After almost 6 years and 55,000 mostly reliable miles, the Cavalier must go. I knew the car was aging and I thought it could make it another year. I recently graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree back in May and since then my Cavalier has been on a steep decline […]

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  TTAC Commentator Silent Ricochet writes: After almost 6 years and 55,000 mostly reliable miles, the Cavalier must go. I knew the car was aging and I thought it could make it another year. I recently graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree back in May and since then my Cavalier has been on a steep decline […]

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New or Used: Terminating the Terminal Lease Deal? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/new-used-terminating-terminal-lease-deal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/new-used-terminating-terminal-lease-deal/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1156570 Steve (not Lang) writes: My wife has a 2013 Prius with a total of 36,000 allowable miles over the 36 month lease through June 2016. The problem is she now drives more and is already at 37,500+ miles! At 0.25 cents per mile, it will add up quickly. Should we just plan on buying the […]

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Steve (not Lang) writes: My wife has a 2013 Prius with a total of 36,000 allowable miles over the 36 month lease through June 2016. The problem is she now drives more and is already at 37,500+ miles! At 0.25 cents per mile, it will add up quickly. Should we just plan on buying the […]

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New or Used: Red Rover, Red Rover. Should Tim Get A Land Rover? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/new-used-red-rover-red-rover-tim-get-land-rover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/new-used-red-rover-red-rover-tim-get-land-rover/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1133393 Tim writes: Tim from Hooniverse here, looking to see what you and the B&B have to suggest. I’m writing for recommendations to replace my ’69 Wagoneer as the Family Dirtwagon. The Wagoneer’s great as a 46-year-old classic, but it’s a 46-year-old classic, and is a little too old, project-y and fragile for what I need. […]

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Tim writes: Tim from Hooniverse here, looking to see what you and the B&B have to suggest. I’m writing for recommendations to replace my ’69 Wagoneer as the Family Dirtwagon. The Wagoneer’s great as a 46-year-old classic, but it’s a 46-year-old classic, and is a little too old, project-y and fragile for what I need. […]

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New Or Used: Wishing For Simpler Times http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/new-used-wishing-simpler-times/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/new-used-wishing-simpler-times/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1107425 Hi Sajeev & Steve, “You have not covered extensively the problems encountered by GDI engines, especially Mitsubishi Dion (the engine is 4G63). As the revs go beyond the 2000 rpm, the ‘check engine’ light comes on, then eventually the engine — if forced — cuts off. After a few minutes, the engine can start but […]

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Hi Sajeev & Steve, “You have not covered extensively the problems encountered by GDI engines, especially Mitsubishi Dion (the engine is 4G63). As the revs go beyond the 2000 rpm, the ‘check engine’ light comes on, then eventually the engine — if forced — cuts off. After a few minutes, the engine can start but […]

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New Or Used? The $25,000 Question http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/new-used-25000-question/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/new-used-25000-question/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=860633 Michael writes: This August, we will have a 23-year-old German au pair coming to live with us. She will be taking care of our three boys – ages 6, 4, and 1. I am looking for transportation for said au pair that fulfills the following criteria: accommodates 2 boosters and 1 car seat– i.e. older […]

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Michael writes: This August, we will have a 23-year-old German au pair coming to live with us. She will be taking care of our three boys – ages 6, 4, and 1. I am looking for transportation for said au pair that fulfills the following criteria: accommodates 2 boosters and 1 car seat– i.e. older […]

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Tesla Preparing To Enter CPO Market By 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/tesla-preparing-enter-cpo-market-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/tesla-preparing-enter-cpo-market-2016/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=927409 Always wanted to own a Tesla Model S, but couldn’t get past the $71,070 base price? CEO Elon Musk has a plan to make it easier to bring one home: CPO sales. Automotive News reports the automaker is working on a certified pre-owned program that would be offered through its stores, competing against similar programs […]

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Always wanted to own a Tesla Model S, but couldn’t get past the $71,070 base price? CEO Elon Musk has a plan to make it easier to bring one home: CPO sales. Automotive News reports the automaker is working on a certified pre-owned program that would be offered through its stores, competing against similar programs […]

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New Or Used? : Try To Hit Em’ Where They Ain’t http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-try-to-hit-em-where-they-aint/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-try-to-hit-em-where-they-aint/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:24:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=856001 Hi Steve, I have been trying to find a Lexus GX470 for several months now. Either a 2012 or a 2013. What I have found is that these vehicles simply don’t exist here in Tennessee. I have gone through every Lexus dealer in the state, along with a few others that are out of state. […]

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Hi Steve, I have been trying to find a Lexus GX470 for several months now. Either a 2012 or a 2013. What I have found is that these vehicles simply don’t exist here in Tennessee. I have gone through every Lexus dealer in the state, along with a few others that are out of state. […]

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New or Used? : Sadly, Infiniti Will Never Sell An M80 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-sadly-infiniti-will-never-sell-an-m80/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-sadly-infiniti-will-never-sell-an-m80/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=847225 Dear Mr. Lang, Your most recent article put the final nail in the C4 coffin for me and for that, I’m everlastingly grateful. The VW GTI is but a distant infatuation, another foolish pleasure set aside. Onward to the Infiniti M35. My wife, county librarian, needs a reliable safe car to visit her 34 branches. […]

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Dear Mr. Lang, Your most recent article put the final nail in the C4 coffin for me and for that, I’m everlastingly grateful. The VW GTI is but a distant infatuation, another foolish pleasure set aside. Onward to the Infiniti M35. My wife, county librarian, needs a reliable safe car to visit her 34 branches. […]

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New or Used? : Why Are Old Corvettes So Cheap? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-why-are-old-corvettes-so-cheap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-why-are-old-corvettes-so-cheap/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:32:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=846233 O.K. Steve Why are old Corvettes so cheap ? . Just Monday I saw yet another 1984 ‘Vette for sale in a used car lot for $2,500, are some years simply so bad they’re worthless? I have never owned one and only driven a few . Mostly my buddy’s ’68 350 W/ 4 speed back in the […]

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O.K. Steve Why are old Corvettes so cheap ? . Just Monday I saw yet another 1984 ‘Vette for sale in a used car lot for $2,500, are some years simply so bad they’re worthless? I have never owned one and only driven a few . Mostly my buddy’s ’68 350 W/ 4 speed back in the […]

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New or Used? : Vroom! Crunch! Cha-Ching! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-vroom-crunch-cha-ching/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-vroom-crunch-cha-ching/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:47:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=842650 Troyochatter submits this request for your perusal. Hey there, I have a dilemma that you might be able to help with. Got a sec? My brother had a motorcycle accident. All is well, but here’s the issue. The bike is a 1996 Honda Nighthawk that books for $1895…except I have never seen one sell for […]

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Troyochatter submits this request for your perusal. Hey there, I have a dilemma that you might be able to help with. Got a sec? My brother had a motorcycle accident. All is well, but here’s the issue. The bike is a 1996 Honda Nighthawk that books for $1895…except I have never seen one sell for […]

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New Or Used? : A Mitzvah For The Mazda http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-a-mitzvah-for-the-mazda/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-a-mitzvah-for-the-mazda/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:11:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=840674 I have a 10 year old Mazda Protege which I have loved ever since new. There is just one small problem. Rust. This car rusts like Dolly Parton sings. There is rust on the frame. Rust on the rear wheel wells which I have steadfastly removed ever single year. Rust on various parts of the […]

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I have a 10 year old Mazda Protege which I have loved ever since new. There is just one small problem. Rust. This car rusts like Dolly Parton sings. There is rust on the frame. Rust on the rear wheel wells which I have steadfastly removed ever single year. Rust on various parts of the […]

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New or Used? : At $5.00 A Gallon, The Crown Vic Doesn’t Cut It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/new-or-used-at-5-00-a-gallon-the-crown-vic-doesnt-cut-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/new-or-used-at-5-00-a-gallon-the-crown-vic-doesnt-cut-it/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 04:01:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=833945 Hi Steve, I’m a 17 year old in grade 12 who purchased his first car about six months ago, a ’96 Crown Vic for $1300. As much as I love the size, comfort, space and V8 soundtrack it offers, gas here in Ontario costs nearly $1.40 CAD per litre (about $4.90 USD per gallon). Taking […]

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Hi Steve, I’m a 17 year old in grade 12 who purchased his first car about six months ago, a ’96 Crown Vic for $1300. As much as I love the size, comfort, space and V8 soundtrack it offers, gas here in Ontario costs nearly $1.40 CAD per litre (about $4.90 USD per gallon). Taking […]

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New or Used : Buy Retail? Sell Wholesale? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/new-or-used-buy-retail-sell-wholesale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/new-or-used-buy-retail-sell-wholesale/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 17:55:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=815738 Steven Love your articles on TTAC. Especially those on auctions, your dealership, and used cars. I was wondering, do you provide services to buyers looking to buy a specific car? The prices in ATL are much better than the market in New England, to the point where I would be willing to fly down, buy […]

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Steven Love your articles on TTAC. Especially those on auctions, your dealership, and used cars. I was wondering, do you provide services to buyers looking to buy a specific car? The prices in ATL are much better than the market in New England, to the point where I would be willing to fly down, buy […]

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New Or Used? : The Most Reliable Car In The USA Is A …. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-the-most-reliable-car-in-the-usa-is-a/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-the-most-reliable-car-in-the-usa-is-a/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:42:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=809362   Hi Steve, What would be the most reliable car I can purchase for about $7000-8000? And what would be the upper limit on mileage that I would even consider? Steve writes: I grew up in the food import business. So to me, the answer to this question is a lot like asking my Dad, […]

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  Hi Steve, What would be the most reliable car I can purchase for about $7000-8000? And what would be the upper limit on mileage that I would even consider? Steve writes: I grew up in the food import business. So to me, the answer to this question is a lot like asking my Dad, […]

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New or Used? : This Musician Wants An Escort (Wagon) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-this-musician-wants-an-escort-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-this-musician-wants-an-escort-wagon/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:30:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=806738 I’m a working musician from NYC. I have a conundrum. Since 1998 I’ve owned a 1989 BMW E30 ‘vert, which has served me well as a touring artist — it just hit 160k, most of those miles mine. However, all those miles have come at a price, between 40k timing belt changes and other occasional […]

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I’m a working musician from NYC. I have a conundrum. Since 1998 I’ve owned a 1989 BMW E30 ‘vert, which has served me well as a touring artist — it just hit 160k, most of those miles mine. However, all those miles have come at a price, between 40k timing belt changes and other occasional […]

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New or Used: Can One Car Last Through Five Kids? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-can-one-car-last-through-five-kids/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-can-one-car-last-through-five-kids/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:58:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=804162 I currently have three cars and I feel a hankering to buy a fourth. My wife has bought into the idea, now it’s just a matter of what to get. The particulars: – Five kids between the ages of 5 and 15… – Active duty military with seven (7!) moves since 2005 with a couple […]

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I currently have three cars and I feel a hankering to buy a fourth. My wife has bought into the idea, now it’s just a matter of what to get. The particulars: – Five kids between the ages of 5 and 15… – Active duty military with seven (7!) moves since 2005 with a couple […]

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New or Used : Do Two People Need Three Cars? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-do-two-people-need-three-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-do-two-people-need-three-cars/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:29:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=791657 Steve, Thanks for sending along your email address, and for you all that you do to demystify the process of buying and owning cars. I find myself in a unique situation, and I would like your thoughts. My wife is considering taking a job that is 135 miles away from our home. She will commute […]

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Steve, Thanks for sending along your email address, and for you all that you do to demystify the process of buying and owning cars. I find myself in a unique situation, and I would like your thoughts. My wife is considering taking a job that is 135 miles away from our home. She will commute […]

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New Or Used? : More Troubles With Old GM http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-more-troubles-with-old-gm/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-more-troubles-with-old-gm/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:42:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=790249 A reader writes:  I have a 2007 Pontiac G6 coupe which, up until last fall, had been a pretty decent car. Then, in October, I had to replace a clutch and a flywheel ($1,700).  While the clutch was being fixed the driver’s side window stopped working and is now propped shut with wooden blocks.  Within […]

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A reader writes:  I have a 2007 Pontiac G6 coupe which, up until last fall, had been a pretty decent car. Then, in October, I had to replace a clutch and a flywheel ($1,700).  While the clutch was being fixed the driver’s side window stopped working and is now propped shut with wooden blocks.  Within […]

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New Or Used : To Fleet? Or Not To Fleet? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-to-fleet-or-not-to-fleet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-to-fleet-or-not-to-fleet/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:10:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=787681 Hi Steve, I really enjoy your articles.  Thank you. I have a question about fleet cars.  I was driving to a meeting in one of the fleet cars my employer has.  Nothing special, a late model Ford Fusion .  And I was thinking is this a better deal to buy when they get rid of […]

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Hi Steve, I really enjoy your articles.  Thank you. I have a question about fleet cars.  I was driving to a meeting in one of the fleet cars my employer has.  Nothing special, a late model Ford Fusion .  And I was thinking is this a better deal to buy when they get rid of […]

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New Or Used : Go Fetch! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/new-or-used-go-fetch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/new-or-used-go-fetch/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:38:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=773737 We own a pet supply delivery business and use two vehicles. A 1995 Toyota Tacoma with 360,000 miles, and a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica with less than 20,000 miles. Guess which one has given us more problems? In fairness, the Pacifica wasn’t intended to be used for our business. However my dad no longer finds the […]

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We own a pet supply delivery business and use two vehicles. A 1995 Toyota Tacoma with 360,000 miles, and a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica with less than 20,000 miles. Guess which one has given us more problems? In fairness, the Pacifica wasn’t intended to be used for our business. However my dad no longer finds the […]

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