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Reliable Car/Truck Data -- Which Sites?

by HelpMeOver50 / March 22, 2006 12:15 AM PST

Hey, all of a sudden my Toyota (well, it IS a 1989 model, so some new parts are in order) is needing more work than I can afford someone else to do. I have found the usual Chiltons and Haynes manuals to be lacking as far as completeness and reliability. I have been going on-line, have found a few sites that seem to offer good information, but how do I find an objective analysis and comparison of ANY do-it-yourself sites (from car repair to home repair) on the internet? Occasionally, I do locate sites that seem to offer helpful information, but then I question its usefulness. For example, if you want to do any car repair yourself, any Google search will result in thousands of sites trying to sell you a new vehicle. Obviously, anyone looking for DIY info is not in the market for a new vehicle. But of the few relevant sites that I do locate, how do I judge its usefulness without first putting down anywhere from $10 for a simple answer on a specific question (like www.JustAnswer.com which I found very helpful) to paying $25 for access to tech bulletins, specifications, and diagrams (like www.AllData.com will do) for one specific vehicle for the first year.
Please help me!

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