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Florida residents scrambled to find cover for their cars, and found themselves at odds with car dealers.

Jun 01, 1998

Apple employee look for Tom and Ray's approval for buying a new VW Beetle.

Dear Car Talk

I am looking for a new commuter car that is both reliable and gets great gas mileage I work at Apple Computer so while I'm busy saving an American icon I don't want to have to worry about how I'm...

buying Volkswagen Beetle

Jun 01, 1998

Do I really need an oil pan gasket replacement to the tun of $200?

Dear Car Talk

I have a ' Honda Accord LX that I recently took in for a -mile service it has almost miles The nice mechanics informed me that I needed an oil pan gasket which is a real bargain at only Unfortunately...

gaskets

Jun 01, 1998

A dealer weighs in on how dealerships are able to survive on those razor-thin margins.

Dear Car Talk

As a former dealership sales manager I may be able to shed some light on how dealerships survive on those razor-thin invoice deals First of all you were absolutely right when you noted in your column that there are many...

dealers selling

Jun 01, 1998

Having regret over disconnecting an odometer cable to adhere to lease terms. What can I do to make it up to the dealer?

Dear Car Talk

Help I think I'm in deep doo-doo The two-year lease on my Jeep Cherokee is about to expire I did the unthinkable I unhooked the odometer cable at the transmission But after miles my conscience won out and I reconnected...

odometers scams ethics

May 01, 1998

What can I do to be alerted that my turn signals are still on, short of getting a hearing aid (not an option)?

Dear Car Talk

Do you know of any device that would alert someone that the directional lights are still blinking I have a hearing deficit please don't suggest a hearing aid and I know the blinking is annoying and perhaps dangerous to other...

turn signals auto parts lights

May 01, 1998

What would cause a car to run fine for a few miles, then start bucking, kicking and die?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Nissan Pulsar NX with a five-speed transmission It's in really great shape and usually runs well Recently though it has developed an annoying habit of dying a slow - to -second death complete with shivers and shakes...

diagnostics filters fuel pumps

May 01, 1998

Is it purely coincidence that I've gone through three different gaskets in a year?

Dear Car Talk

I own a ' Dodge Caravan with miles When the van had miles I started noticing oil spots on the driveway and garage floor Four hundred dollars and a new head gasket later the oil leak was supposed to be...

gaskets

May 01, 1998

How do I get car wax off my windshield?

Dear Car Talk

I get my car washed at the gas station car wash a couple of times a month and always get the super duper package which includes spray-on wax Now I know that I am supposed to wash and wax my...

cleaning windshields

May 01, 1998

Advice on switching a Ford Pinto's steering column to manual steering.

Dear Car Talk

I live right in New York I've got a Ford Pinto Wagon that came from Florida It's in very good shape ugly green though To me it's worth fixing but to a limit Right now I'm driving it with no...

DIY steering Ford Pinto