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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 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,448 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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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 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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Face it: cars are a depreciating asset. Unless you have a collector's model that you keep in your garage most of the year (the proverbial "trailer queen"), you buy a car as a means of conveyance.

If you've got more dollars than sense and are buying a car as a status symbol or because "this car is so me!", this book isn't for you.

You buy the Lemon-Aid guide if you want a car that will do what you need it to do while costing you the least amount of money over its service life, until such time as you sell or scrap it.

Here's a bit of personal advice for those who don't know how or where to start car shopping:

- start with a budget and don't go over it; you CAN find something in your price range, even if it takes a bit longer

- there are millions of cars out there and you are under NO pressure to buy - another one will come along

- decide what you NEED, not what you WANT and be specific: air-conditioning, automatic transmission, cruise control, fuel-efficient, seating for four; don't limit yourself by trivial things like colour (nobody sells pink cars) or fabric (it's all designed to be reasonably durable and cleanable)

- eliminate anything that doesn't fit your criteria, which will leave you with a handful of choices

- compare what you're left with to the ratings in the Lemon-Aid guide; eliminate anything that gets below average ratings (unless you want to spend an above-average sum keeping your car on the road - in which case, why did you buy the Lemon-Aid guide and why are you still reading this?)

Start with your local online & paper classifieds (Craigslist, Kijiji, newspaper) and make a note of every car that passes the above gates.
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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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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.
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I was astonished to see how far the car manufactures have fallen in past 10 years, and that we as consumers must do due diligence to find affordable reliable vehicles for our families.
The Japanese have really dropped ball, and the most reliable cars that we relied on are no longer in the running.
Do your research with this book and you will be as amazed as I am.
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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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