What has more value: a roaring restored classic or a boring new sedan?

10.01.1990

I'm a business man contemplating the purchase of a second car for my family We already own a new Isuzu Trooper as our number one car I'm thinking about buying a classic mid-sixties muscle car like a Camaro or Mustang...

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Why is my clutch roaring?

10.01.1990

I have a Oldsmobile Regency I recently had a new fan clutch installed But the new fan clutch makes a loud roaring noise which is very annoying What can be done to stop it Constance RAY Well Constance I think...

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How to store a convertible for winter

10.01.1990

I have a LeBaron GT convertible that I plan to store for the winter Having never stored a car before I would like some advice on what I should do before putting it away John RAY Well the first thing...

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Ford Taurus: A connoisseur's guide.

10.01.1990

I retired about eight years ago and at that time said good bye to new cars cost and all I've always driven GM cars why I don't know But now I'm thinking of buying a Ford Taurus I would like...

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To pump or not to pump the brakes

10.01.1990

I need help in convincing my wife that she doesn't need to pump the brakes when coming to a stop on dry pavement It really jerks the unsuspecting passenger around It seems a guy she knew in high school told...

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Do you want the short answer?

10.01.1990

My friend and co-worker has a Volvo with miles on it The car seems to have chronic ailments front end transmission distributor etc which are always big dollar items To add insult to injury once a mechanic works on it...

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The alure of the (unreliable) Fiat Spider

09.01.1990

I am interested in buying a used Fiat Spider The reason I'm interested is that the Spider is the only sports car convertible within my meager means I know very little about these cars other than what my father says...

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How do you test a seatbelt for effectiveness?

09.01.1990

How can I tell if the seat belts in my Buick Regal work Alan RAY It's not that easy Alan Luckily my brother free-lances as a crash test dummy in his spare time so he knows quite a lot about...

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Horn placement: A history lesson

09.01.1990

Could you use your good offices--wit irony satire--even humor--to help get the automobile manufacturers to stop being cutesy about where they locate the horn button They've started putting it on the wheel spokes instead of in the center of the...

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What to do about a humming fuel pump...

09.01.1990

I have a Volvo DL with a humming fuel pump From inside it sounds like a hum from outside it sounds like a buzz The hum buzz gets louder when the gas tank gets below full My husband called our...

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Viable road-trip vehicle suggestions

09.01.1990

My family of four is planning to tour the western part of the United States for several weeks next summer We plan to stay in motels so we don't need a vehicle we can sleep in But we'll be spending...

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Low fuel level: running on empty

09.01.1990

I have a Chevy pickup Last week I had the gas tank down more than it had ever been It indicated tank While starting from a stop with the truck facing slightly downhill the engine stalled Did the the gas...

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Can a hairdresser fix a sagging ceiling?

09.01.1990

I have a problem with the ceiling of my car It sags on the driver's side What can I do about it The sagging is unbearable I get a flat head each morning Carla RAY It's not the ceiling that's...

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Beverly'The "no-start" phase

09.01.1990

I own a Nissan small pick-up with an automatic transmission Overall performance and experience with the vehicle have been good But about one year into ownership the truck began entering no-start phases which come about once a month or so...

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Help us find a family-mobile

09.01.1990

We are planning to purchase a family vehicle in the next three weeks We are currently looking at the Subaru Legacy L wagon Toyota Camry Deluxe wagon and the Volvo DL wagon all standard shift We currently have two boys...

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