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This week's trivia question: "What was the name of the Japanese version of the Datsun 240z?"  

The word about RepairPal is getting out, and consumer advocates everywhere are taking notice.  Check out the great spot that appeared yesterday on Phoenix's KNXV ABC 15 News.  We caught the attention of their "Smart Shopper" columnist, Daphne Munro.

You love that new car smell! You're so freaked out about your new baby getting its first scratch that you somehow manage to take up 3 parking spaces trying to keep it safe. You adore the fact that your ride has never had a problem. But you know it's inevitable: your car will have its first "event"—hopefully later rather than sooner. To help you prepare you for that first issue, check out RepairPal's Common Problems With Your Car section. Select the make, model, and year of your car, and our exclusive database will tell you if there are any problems that commonly crop up on your specific vehicle. These can include issues with the brakes, drive train, electrical system, lights, engine, exhaust system, heating, AC, suspension, or steering. If there are common issues, some may be avoidable by a preventive visit to your mechanic (Repairpal can even help you find one).

BMW 335i, 335xi, 328i, 328xi (2008 Models) Chevrolet G-Series Vans, Express Vans, Metro, Impala SS (1994-1996) and the Celebrity

This week's trivia question: What automobile manufacturer sold the last V4 engine available in the U.S.?

After many suggestions from our users and a lot work by the entire RepairPal team, we're please to announce new features and information to better help you understand and manage your car care. Our new Cars section combines the ever-expanding Common Problems information we collect with an all-new feature that allows owners to share reliability ratings and reviews for their cars. Owners and potential buyers can see what our experts and other owners say about specific models. We also have a new Encyclopedia section that features our expansive explanation of automotive systems and repair, which will now also feature Auto Care Helpful Hints to help with anything from understanding the dreaded check engine light to buying new tires.

RepairPal is a nominee for the SXSW (that's the South by Southwest Conference) Interactive Web Awards. This competition uncovers the best new websites and celebrates those who are building tomorrow's online trends. To enter your vote and review, simply click on the following link:

You asked. We delivered. Buick LaCrosse, Riviera, Roadmaster, and Skylark; Cadillac XLR, XLR V, and Eldorado; Chevrolet G Series Van (G10), Caprice, Impala, Beretta, and Corsica; Ford Aerostar, Lincoln Continental and Town Car; Mercury Capri and Cougar; and finally, Nissan Versa.

We heard some great answers to our last question, Which vehicle has one of the most expensive regular maintenance services? They included an oil change on a Ferrari Enzo and any service for a Bugatti Veyron. If you've had any of these services performed, please let us know how much you paid. The answer to our last quiz, which no one came up with, is changing the spark plugs on a Mercedes MacLaren SLR. A Mercedes technician blew us away when he told us that the warranty time for this service was 25.5 hours! Our local Mercedes dealer charges $175 an hour for labor—that's $4,500 plus parts for new spark plugs.