Readers weigh in with some worthy alternatives to our pick for Worst Car of the Millenium.

03.01.2000

a lot of great mail about our Worst Cars of the Millennium contest RAY Already some patterns are emerging AMC has a groundswell of support out there Not to mention the Ford Pinto Chevy Vega and several mid-' s Chrysler...

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What should I do to prepare my convertible for winter storage?

03.01.2000

My wife just bought me a ' Miata for my th birthday I really wanted a Z or a Boxster but I love her anyway We live in British Columbia Canada and I want to store the car over the...

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Can you tell me where I can get hand controls...

03.01.2000

Can you tell me where I can get hand controls for my gas pedal and brake Do you know anybody who does this kind of work I have a Caddy Thanks -- Emanuel TOM Sure Contact the National Mobility Equipment...

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4WD, AWD, front/rear-wheel drive for winter driving? How about "traction control"?

03.01.2000

I've been thinking about buying a new car and one of my big concerns is performance in the snow I'm looking for a full-sized car but I'm confused about whether I should be looking for all-wheel drive front-wheel drive or...

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What is that high-pitched whine coming from my (car's) rear end?

03.01.2000

I have a Ford Aerostar extended version with miles For about the last miles I have been increasingly aware of a moderately high-pitched whine that seems to be coming from the rear of the vehicle This noise reminds me of...

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Regular car servicing or family therapy? Maybe both.

03.01.2000

First-time car owner Carol wonders how often to service her new car, and whether Tom and Ray could recommend a good therapist for her family. Fortunately, she's come to the right place.

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$35 for battery installation? What gives?

03.01.2000

I have a Chrysler Cirrus I went to the dealer to have a new battery installed The price was plus for installation According to the owner's manual this is a very easy job Is such an installation fee common practice...

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Going through a belt every month? Check your harmonic balancer.

03.01.2000

My daughter's ' Ford Tempo a four-cylinder with the usual peeling paint is shredding serpentine belts I have installed four new belts in the past six months After installation the belt immediately begins to wander off the water-pump pulley At...

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The noise isn't a problem but that low oil pressure is. Here are three likely causes.

03.01.2000

I have a ' Pontiac Transport with a liter V- engine and only miles Ever since I got it I've noticed that once the car has been driven awhile and the engine is at operating temperature the oil-pressure gauge will...

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Neither snow tires nor chains will make your Mercedes a snow-worthy vehicle.

03.01.2000

My wife and I live in Colorado and our grandchildren are to the east west and south of us There are mountain passes snow between us and them At present we have a Jeep Grand Wagoneer great in snow and...

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Those backfires probably aren't a problem with your exhaust system. Your engine is probably "dieseling".

03.01.2000

I own a Chevy Corvair Monza It has a -horsepower pancake six-cylinder engine The problem is with the exhaust system I think The car has around miles on it and after I turn off the engine about five seconds later...

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