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Product Details

  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (May 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459702344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459702349
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Unlike any other auto books on the market."

(Buyingcaradvices.com 2011-07-08)

About the Author

Phil Edmonston, Canada's toughest customer, is a former MP and Consumers Union board member. For over 42 years he has written more than 140 Lemon-Aid bestsellers. About three decades ago, Nissan and Honda sued Phil for $5 million -- and lost. Currently, he lives in Panama.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on March 8 2013
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I was very dissapointed in this book. I have used the Lemon-Aid series in the past when purchasing new and used cars.
The 2012 edition did not meet my expectations. Many vehicles were not mentioned and in general the information in the format provided was very little help. I don't recommend spending any money to purchase this book. You'll find more useful information just browsing on line. They need to go back to individual reviews by each make and model and include all common models.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By An End Times Reader on Aug. 25 2013
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Ive previously bought many of Phil's hard copy books and found them great! However, the kindle addition leaves something to be desired. The layout is poor and is hard to navigate. The format on line is definitely not user friendly.

However, as per normal all of Phil's work it contains a lot of information not found in other resources. I also got Consurmers Reports online for cars. Between them and Phil's info I got great details. Going forward, I'll buy Phil's hard copy books in lue of the Kindle.

In short the info is there in the Kindle version, just not as well laid out as in the book.
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I can't really put a finger on it, but Phil seems to have gotten lazy. There is an air of tiredness to it all.
I have always bought the current copy when buying a new care, but the previous editions seemed to offer more insight.
Numerous vehicles were not discussed at all (but then, their may be more to discuss currently).
It is best treated as one more source of information -- like red/blue/black books,Edmunds.com, and other websites. It is better than listening to friends who likely have very little breadth of experience. It is probably better than Edmunds, but you have to pay for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Lockhart on Dec 1 2012
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It was informative.
However it was missing MANY SUVs that I was in the market for such as BMW W3 and X5. Also missing were GM Acadia to name a few.
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We always purchase used cars. When it's time to change our vehicle(s), the first thing that we do Is invest in the current edition of 'Lemon-Aid used cars and trucks.'

We advise people to do the same...we learned the hard way when we purchased a Toyota and discovered that the rusting that we were experiencing was a flaw only for the production year of our vehicle. Had we checked 'Lemon-Aid' we would have noted the warning.
GW
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By Autos since birth on Nov. 28 2012
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Many recent models are barely or not mentioned or reviewed. One rare or minor issue seems to turn the author against an entire brand; Toyota for example with the accelerator issue, VW with turbo diesel problems. Better to do research online or get this book from the library at best. Info on service bulletins and goodwill programs keep it above 2 stars.
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I have purchased these Lemon-Aid guides before and have found them to be very useful. However, I was surprised and disappointed to find that it no longer includes Volvos -- station wagons or cars! Since that is the only kind of vehicle my husband buys, we had to return the book.
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This is a great resource for anyone who is buying a used vehicle. It gives all the known information about maintenance or safety issues with recent years' used vehicles. We've been buying these books for years, and consider it like a little preventive insurance policy.
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