Recommendations for a family car that is also eco-friendly?

03.01.2005

I am an environmentalist who somehow went and had three kids -- one -year-old and a pair of -year-old twins My husband wants us to get a van or -- heaven forbid -- a sport utility vehicle but I am...

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What can you guys tell me about dealer markup on cars and their aftermarket packages?

03.01.2005

I am in the process of negotiating the purchase of a new car I understand that the difference between dealer invoice and MSRP is the dealer's markup or profit on the car Is there a similar markup for the add-ons...

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Opinion Poll: Which make and model deserves this year's "Ugliest Car" title?

03.01.2005

can all agree that my brother and I KNOW ugly RAY Yeah it's passed down from generation to generation in our family like the Kennedys pass down Senate seats TOM And we've noticed something recently There are some truly ugly...

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Is it OK to switch brands of oil between oil changes? What about topping up?

03.01.2005

My co-worker and I are having a disagreement about oil changes Our question When changing oil is it advisable to use the same brand of oil all the time I have always used the same brand and think this is...

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A reader challenges Tom & Ray's idea to sue SUV manufacturers. Do you agree or disagree?

03.01.2005

I've enjoyed both your radio show and your columns until I read today's criticisms of sport utility vehicles I understand your position that most people don't need them and I agree that some people drive them recklessly but to suggest...

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What's an affordable, reliable used car for this pizza delivery driver?

03.01.2005

I recently left a career as a pizza-delivery driver to work for an architectural photographer It involved changing cities and giving up what little social life I had In short I'm rethinking the decision and thinking about going back to...

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On your radio show recently I heard you say you...

03.01.2005

On your radio show recently I heard you say you liked a car called the Scion xB but couldn't recommend it because it was missing some crucial safety features Then I read this in an e-mail newsletter sent out by...

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What could be causing this Plymouth Laser to start automatically?

03.01.2005

Our Plymouth Laser starts automatically It has happened twice once in the rain in the middle of the night and once in sunshine in the middle of the day When this happens we cannot shut it off with the ignition...

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Do I need to change my oil more often in the winter?

03.01.2005

The owner's manual for my Pontiac Vibe lists two maintenance schedules The long-trip plan calls for the engine oil and filter to be changed every miles or months while the short-trip maintenance schedule sets a -mile interval for this service...

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