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Ideas for a car that can be used to commute during the week and haul the family on the weekend?

07.01.1996

I read your column every week You not only supply great automotive advice but you add that extra quart of humor that we all need I'm in need of a combination vehicle I need a four-door six-passenger...

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Difference between "remanufactured" and "rebuilt" auto parts?

07.01.1996

I recently needed a new alternator for my Chevy When I asked about getting a rebuilt alternator it was recommended that I purchase a remanufactured alternator instead There is a substantial price...

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How is it that coolant, aka "anti-freeze", can protect against both hot and cold temperatures?

07.01.1996

This is not really a car question but it has to do with a car It will help you to know that I'm from Canada where winters are very cold My husband kept running away then I met this great...

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If the check engine light goes on after the car warms up, is it still a problem?

07.01.1996

If anyone ever told this female that I'd be looking forward to an automotive column every week I'd never have believed it But it's true I'm writing because our Mercury Marquis has an ailment that our...

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What do you think of the BMW 318ti?

07.01.1996

I'm thinking about buying a BMW ti I'm in my early s married with two dogs It seems to be just the type of car for people like me But since it's only been out for a year or so...

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An unconventional fix for a well known issue with the factory sealed choke of Plymouth Voyager minivans.

06.01.1996

We own a Plymouth Voyager minivan and have been extremely happy with it except for the cold start system When the engine and weather are cold the exhaust is a deep black color We were told this is a...

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Overdrive on steep, hilly roads?

06.01.1996

I have a Mitsubishi Montero with an automatic transmission It is incredibly reliable and I hope to have it for many years I recently got a new job and my daily commute now takes me down a long...

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Is AC installed after-market at the dealer as good as factory installed AC?

06.01.1996

I am considering a new Honda Civic I need air conditioning and I'm wondering if factory-installed air works better than a c installed at the dealer -- Kelly RAY Almost all cars are set up for factory...

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It seems like the AC shuts off above 50 mph. What's going on?

06.01.1996

Our Lincoln Town Car -- which rides like a charm and is in excellent condition -- is now giving us problems with the air conditioner It cools very well if I don't exceed miles an hour But on the...

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The definitive clutch-slipping test.

06.01.1996

My wife and I were driving across the country on a concert tour about five years ago in our VW Golf Starting uphill at a traffic light the clutch made a whining sound while she released the clutch...

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