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Chris Ingram said:
May 24, 2007 at 10:28 am from
Success Story

One bad experience should not sully an entire marque. I've driven classic lincolns for years, and have no complaints. But I have to say the new Lincolns are really poor quality.
Rick said:
May 23, 2007 at 6:42 pm from
Success Story

I love my Lincoln. 1963 4door convertible. Maybe everyone should stick with the classics. They are cheap and easy to repair, and they look sooo much better than the crap that most car makers push on us.
Chad Helton said:
April 26, 2007 at 8:08 pm from
Horror Story

I worked with 2 guys who owned and a VW Jetta.

Our parking lot was flooded from heavy rains poor landscaping to the tune of 23 feet of water (just below the windows)

The VW owner, took out his key, lowered the window, put the car in neutral and pushed it uphill enough to open the door without getting the car flooded and drove home. Cleaned the upholstery and no harm done.

The American car was already full up to the dashboard inside. Had to be towed to the dealer where they attempted to dry out the car.
It had all kinds of electrical problems for the next 6 months until the dealer noticed enough rust to total the vehicle. It was covered by insurance, but not under warranty.

Jeff said:
April 23, 2007 at 3:07 am from
Make and Model

I once had a Mitsubishi that had the engine timing belt skip. It cost me $5000 to replace the engine.

Then it skipped again. Turned out the guy never replaced it, he just rebuilt the engine and put the old timing belt back in!!!
Joe Kovar III said:
April 27, 2007 at 7:27 am from

You should get the dealership & the service center you got the repairs done at (assuming they are different places) to provide you with print outs of the cars onboard computer driving records, & post them on the site.

The computer records instances of "extreme operation", things like rapid acceleration & abrupt braking.

Dealerships often use this information as a basis for denying warrenty claims when the owner of the vehicle has been "hot rodding" it.

The records could do wonders for your cause, that is, unless you, or someone you let drive it, was "hot rodding" the car.
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