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Vehicle(s) that interest me
minivans, hatchbacks, wagons, hybrids
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Vehicle(s) I currently own
2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
  • Re: Purchasing through local dealer vs traveling

    Dealer swaps aren't that difficult. That said, some dealers may not be interested in doing swaps, or there may be competitive issues (one store may hate the other). And you have to watch out for transport fees. Some dealers will send a porter down to swap out the cars at no charge. Some people don't want any miles on a new car and they are willing to pay to have a car flat-bedded to their dealer. Ideally it's a straight swap and no money changes hands at all.

    Most dealers are familiar with selling cars to people from out of state. You get a temp tag and may have to do some of the DMV legwork yourself - maybe not. The taxes can be a wrinkle but most states have compacts so they credit you if you wind up buying out of state and having to pay taxes in that state. Something to check out with the CT DMV web page.

    Lemon laws typically don't apply if you don't buy a car in the state where you live. But you still have the normal warranty claims you can make if you do wind up with a lemon.

  • Re: Which vehicle?

    Unless you're moving to Flag, the most important feature to check is the AC.

    Much different car, but I checked out a Honda HR-V a few months back and the AC couldn't keep up. I'm a bit cautious with Honda's ACs after reading a bunch of posts about failed CR-V AC compressors over the years. The problems do seem to be worked out now though.

    (Funny, everyone posting so far has an Alaskan connection. :) )
  • Re: Learning to Like the Push-Button Shifter - 2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

    I'm in a poorer part of the country and I see a few broken down cars on the side of the road around here. But still nothing like I'd see 20 years ago. Back in the late 70s I'd have to occasionally crawl under the family Volvo with a big screwdriver and move the flywheel over a notch or two to get the starter to engage.

    Transmissions are pretty good these days to go into limp mode and get you home. Ever better will be the day when the call will send you a text and tell you what sensor is bad or what band broke.

    When the broken timing belt on my last van broke there was no way was I going to tear into that and try putting a length of rope around it. Just call for a tow like I did. ;)
  • Re: My wife's 93 Pathfinder SE starting problems

    Lots of times older cars lose fuel pressure sitting overnight. The trick with them was the same - you'd turn the key to on and that would energize the fuel pump. With some cars, you can hear the fuel pump kick on. After five seconds or so, the car would crank the first time.
  • Re: My wife's 93 Pathfinder SE starting problems

    Just seemed to me that you could have turned the ignition on and waited, and avoided the bypass switch. But I'm no mechanic.

    I had '99 Quest that had the second (or third?) generation of this engine (altered so it wouldn't ruin the engine when the timing belt broke). They weren't as famous as the VQ but they do seem to run well. When you finally get them cranked, LOL. Distributor and injector issues but never an "engine" issue on mine over 15 years/200k miles.
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