Are there any real advantages to filling my tires with nitrogen rather than regular air?

02.01.2005

I recently heard about filling tires with nitrogen gas to maintain pressure and lengthen tread life Since the air we breathe is percent nitrogen I fail to see how much benefit you actually get from changing from air to nitrogen...

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At what point can I ease up on pricey "preventative maintenance" procedures?

02.01.2005

I have a Toyota Camry with miles which I bought new in November of ' I've been getting routine and preventive maintenance at the local Toyota dealer and have never had any problems with the car My question is this...

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My father's birthday is coming up and I'm trying to...

02.01.2005

My father's birthday is coming up and I'm trying to decide what to get him Keep in mind that I've totaled two of his cars -- a Jeep and a BMW His wife totaled his Volvo as well I'll spare...

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Please tell me it's a good idea to buy a pre-1998 VW Beetle!

02.01.2005

My college roommate Kathryn and I are avid fans of your column and radio show and now I have a question I have always been interested in purchasing a pre- VW Beetle convertible Is this just a dumb idea or...

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Is an extended warranty worth it for a new-to-me used Toyota Prius?

02.01.2005

I have purchased a Toyota Prius hybrid with miles and the dealer is urging me to buy extended insurance that covers everything parts and labor to miles It costs and I wish I could determine whether that's a good investment...

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Can my Geo Metro get by without a catalytic converter...and a muffler?

02.01.2005

I have a ' Geo Metro with a -liter engine and a five-speed transmission I recently took my car four-wheeling and broke a few things OK OK I broke a lot of things -- the catalytic converter being one of...

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Why are so many of the vehicles I see stuck in snowy weather SUVs?

02.01.2005

I recently drove from Mississippi to Oklahoma to visit my family for Christmas I made my trip one day after a winter storm moved through the area I saw several vehicles off in the ditch which I presumed were accidents...

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What could be causing this Mercury Sable's heater to fail?

02.01.2005

I've got a peculiar problem My Mercury Sable's heater has been putting out less and less hot air for the past few years This year there was no heat I flushed the cooling system still nothing Then I flushed the...

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Whose midlife crisis is this, anyway?

02.01.2005

I'm in a bit of a pickle and maybe you can help me out My dad is going through a bit of a midlife crisis and wants to buy a brand-new Honda motorcycle Now I'm not opposed to motorcycling but...

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Update: What's being done in response to fire danger reported in 2003-05 Honda CR-Vs?

02.01.2005

I read your recent column about Honda's actions regarding fires in - CR-Vs Editor's note Fires were being reported immediately following oil changes due to oil from an incorrectly installed oil filter dripping on the hot exhaust Honda blames improper...

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