Used Cars and Minivans

SUVs Vans and Trucks

New Cars book

What is Lemon-Aid?


Buy your Lemon-Aid from independent book stores, Chapters/Indigo, Costco, Sam’s Club, or
If you are really cheap, stand in line at your Canadian library reference desk!
Remember, like universal healthcare and state-run auto insurance, Lemon-Aid isn’t available in the States, Eh…

Each Lemon-Aid Guide is really 4 books in one:

  • a year-round service manual
  • a guide to prices and defects relative to two decades of cars and minivans
  • an archive of internal service bulletins and memos granting free repairs or offering troubleshooting shortcuts with upgraded parts
  • a legal primer on getting your money back

Ratings are based upon over 800,000 owners reports, government-recorded safety complaints, and confidential automaker service bulletins. It's the only publication that lists hundreds of secret warranties and service tips now in effect for 1987-2005 cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and minivans. Lemon-Aid will tell you exactly what may go wrong today or tomorrow with your present vehicle or the one you may purchase. And, if repairs are needed, you will have the needed service bulletins to shop around for the cheapest repairs possible. Lemon-Aid also gives you:

  • A fresh, "in your face" attitude formed from over thirty-three years of consumer advocacy in the trenches.
  • An expose of safety features that kill (airbags and anti-lock brakes)
  • Crashworthiness data going back a decade
  • Secret warranty summaries with reprinted bulletins as proof you can use in court, or in negotiations Summarized service bulletins to get right to the problem
  • Specific prices for more models and years
  • A section dealing with the best and worst used vehicles over three decades
  • Legal information to help you gain an out of-court settlement and sample complaint letters/faxes
  • A list of great Internet gripe sites
  • About 500 pages in an easy-to-read format


Best-sellers for over thirty years, Lemon-Aid new and used car/truck guides are unlike any other auto books on the market. Their main objective, to inform and protect consumers in an industry known for its dishonesty and exaggerated claims, remains unchanged. However, these guides also focus on warranties and confidential service bulletins that automakers swear don't exist. That's why you'll be interested in finding the exact bulletin, memo, or news clipping reproduced from the original so neither the dealer nor automaker can weasel out of doing the right thing.

The Lemon-Aid guide's information is gathered throughout the year from owner complaints, whistle blowers, lawsuits, and judgments, as well as from confidential manufacturer service bulletins.

Each year, we target generic vehicle defects and abusive auto industry practices. After warning readers, we then demand that automakers extend their warranties to pay for factory mistakes. For years we have highlighted Chrysler, GM, and Ford engine head gasket, automatic transmission, paint, and brake problems, and Ford and GM engine intake manifold, automatic transmission, paint delamination and peeling problems. Additionally we downrated Honda and Toyota three years ago after noting a decline in their quality control.

Following Lemon-Aid's intervention, all three Detroit automakers paid off thousands of powertrain and paint claims on six year or older vehicles, extended their warranties (secretly), and lost some important Supreme Court and small claims cases, as well.

The latest 2006 Lemon-Aid guides make a critical comparison of 1990-2006 cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans and safer, cheaper, and more reliable alternatives are given for each vehicle.

Points are also given for crash test results and for the availability of essential safety features. Performance comparison tests and a list of essential accessories are only a sampling of the wealth of material you have at your fingertips. Lemon-Aid combines test results with owner complaints, Internet postings, and surveys to determine its ratings.

Phil Edmonston

Copyright 2006