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Title:
Lemon-aid car guide 2000
Author:
Edmonston, Louis-Philippe.
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Publication Information:
New York : Stoddart, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
x, 483 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Originally published : Lemon-aid used cars, 1999" -- T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780773760844
Format :
Book

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Summary

Would you like to: know what will go wrong with your car before it happens? Be able to get your car fixed for free? Get refunds for paint, transmission, and brake problems? Avoid ever again losing money on a car?

In refreshingly direct and blunt language, Lemon-Aid Car Guide 2000 will explain everything consumers need to know about cars, including:
-- Which GM, Ford, and Chrysler secret warranties on paint, engines, and transmissions apply to your 1989-97 vehicle.
-- How to use "Lemon laws" to your advantage.
-- The best "Internet Gripe Sites" to get quick responses to problems.
-- The real truth about airbag dangers, crash and safety tests for every type of car.
-- How to avoid dealer scams on leases, trade-in values and warranties.
-- How to write complaint letters that work.


Author Notes

Phil Edmonston, a former Member of Consumers Union's board of directors, is one tough customer who has fought auto fraud for three decades. Edmonston lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Table of Contents

Key Documentsp. ix
Introduction: Costly Little Secrets!p. 1
Part 1 Steals and Dealsp. 3
Five Reasons to Buy Usedp. 8
Safety Featuresp. 12
Choosing the Right Sellerp. 23
Paying the Right Pricep. 31
Financing Choicesp. 34
Dealer Scamsp. 35
Private Scamsp. 38
Choosing the Right Kind of Vehiclep. 39
Other Buying Considerationsp. 48
Recommended Beatersp. 51
"Beaten" Beatersp. 54
Saving Money and Keeping Safep. 58
Summaryp. 58
Part 2 Fighting Back!p. 60
Invest in Protestp. 61
Getting Your Money Backp. 61
Warrantiesp. 62
Three Steps to a Settlementp. 88
Getting a Secret Warranty Settlementp. 93
Lemon Lawsp. 98
Involving Other Agenciesp. 101
Launching a Lawsuitp. 104
Collecting Your Winningsp. 108
Key Court Decisionsp. 109
Defects (Body/Performance Related)p. 109
Defects (Safety Related)p. 114
Illegal/Unfair Insurance Company Practicesp. 118
Other Court Decisionsp. 119
Part 3 Car and Minivan Ratingsp. 120
Small Carsp. 127
Chrysler
Charger, Horizon/Omnip. 128
Colt/Summit, Expo, Mirage, Vistap. 130
Duster, Shadow/Sundancep. 133
Neonp. 135
Ford
Aspirep. 140
Escort, Tracer, ZX2p. 143
General Motors
Cavalier/Sunfire (Sunbird)p. 147
Saturn S-Seriesp. 153
General Motors-Suzuki
Metro-Swiftp. 160
Honda
Civic, del Sol (CRX)p. 162
Hyundai
Accentp. 167
Elantrap. 168
Excelp. 170
Mazda
323, Protegep. 172
Nissan
Sentrap. 175
Subaru
Impreza, Loyalep. 177
Suzuki
Esteemp. 179
Toyota
Corolla/GM Prizmp. 181
Paseop. 183
Tercelp. 184
Volkswagen
Cabrio, Golf, Jettap. 186
Medium Carsp. 191
Acura
CL Seriesp. 192
Integrap. 194
Vigorp. 197
Chrysler
Acclaim/Spirit, LeBaronp. 198
Breeze, Cirrus/Stratusp. 201
Ford
Contour/Mystiquep. 205
Sable/Taurusp. 208
Tempo/Topazp. 223
General Motors
6000, Century, Cierap. 226
Achieva/Grand Am, Calais, Skylarkp. 231
Beretta, Corsicap. 237
Bonneville/Delta 88/LeSabre, Cutlass/Malibu, Cutlass Supreme, Grand Prix/Intrigue/Regal, Lumina/Monte Carlop. 241
Honda
Accordp. 250
Hyundai
Sonatap. 257
Mazda
626, MX-6p. 260
Mitsubishi
Galantp. 263
Nissan
Altimap. 265
Stanzap. 267
Subaru
Legacyp. 269
Toyota
Camryp. 272
Volkswagen
Corradop. 279
Passatp. 281
Volvo
240p. 284
Large Cars/Wagonsp. 286
Chrysler
Concorde/Intrepid/LHS/New Yorker (1994-98)/Visionp. 287
Dynasty, Fifth Avenue, Imperial, New Yorker (1988-93)p. 296
Ford
Cougar/Thunderbirdp. 300
Crown Victoria/Grand Marquisp. 303
General Motors
Caprice, Impala SS, Roadmasterp. 308
Luxury Carsp. 313
Acura
Legendp. 315
Audi
A4, A6, A8, S4, S6, 80, 90, 100, 200, 5000p. 317
BMW
3 Series, 5 Seriesp. 323
Ford
Lincoln Continental, Mark VII/Mark VIII, Town Carp. 327
General Motors
98 Regency, Park Avenuep. 334
Cadillac Allante, Catera, Eldorado, Sevillep. 338
Aurora, Riviera, Toronado, Trofeop. 343
Brougham/Fleetwood (RWD)p. 347
Concours, DeVille, Fleetwood (FWD)p. 349
Infiniti
G20, I30, J30, Q45p. 352
Lexus
ES 250, ES 300, GS 300, LS 400, SC 400p. 356
Mazda
929p. 361
Milleniap. 363
Mercedes-Benz
190 Series, C-Classp. 364
300 Series, 400 Series, 500 Series, E-Classp. 367
Mitsubishi
Diamantep. 369
Nissan
Maximap. 371
Saab
900, 9000p. 374
Toyota
Avalonp. 377
Cressidap. 378
Volvo
700 Seriesp. 380
850 Seriesp. 381
900 Seriesp. 384
Sports Carsp. 386
Chrysler
Avenger/Sebringp. 387
Daytona, Laser, Shelbyp. 389
Laser/Talon/Mitsubishi Eclipsep. 391
Stealth/Mitsubishi 3000 GTp. 394
Ford
Cobra, Mustangp. 396
Probep. 401
General Motors
Camaro/Firebird, Trans Amp. 404
Corvettep. 410
Honda
Preludep. 414
Hyundai
Scoupep. 416
Tiburonp. 418
Mazda
MX-3 Precidiap. 420
MX-5 Miatap. 422
RX-7p. 424
Nissan
200SXp. 426
240SXp. 427
300ZXp. 429
Toyota
Celicap. 431
MR2p. 433
Suprap. 434
Minivansp. 436
Chrysler
Caravan/Voyager, Grand Caravan/Grand Voyager/Town and Countryp. 437
Ford
Aerostarp. 449
Mercury Villager/Nissan Questp. 454
Windstarp. 459
General Motors
Astro/Safarip. 463
Lumina/Lumina APV/Silhouette/Trans Sport/Venturep. 467
Honda
Odysseyp. 471
Mazda
MPVp. 473
Toyota
LE, Previa, Siennap. 475
Appendix 30 Best Internet Gripe Sitesp. 479