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Do I have to have all services performed at the dealer to keep my warranty valid?

12.01.1993

I don't have a problem with my new Buick but I need some information To have the warranty honored is it necessary to go to the GM dealer for maintenance and regular oil changes I'm not completely...

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Will my car last until it's paid off at 30k miles per year?

12.01.1993

I commute miles a week sometimes to and from graduate school I'm a doctoral student in political science The trip is straight flat and boring My ' Geo Metro convertible has miles on it after two and...

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Rule of thumb for repairing used cars, versus trading them in.

12.01.1993

Can you tell me if you have a general rule of thumb that you use when deciding whether or not to have a major repair done to an older car Our Thunderbird is in need of a head gasket It...

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Electric windows: will they work if you drive into a river?

12.01.1993

My mother has an anxiety that has puzzled my family for quite a while now Our Buick Electra has electric windows If my mother were to drive off the side of a bridge and land in the river would the...

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Idling your engine on cold mornings without driving it will do more harm than good.

12.01.1993

I am an elderly woman and I like to take very good care of my car My question concerns a car that has to be left outside in the winter with no garage and is only used about once a...

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Don't believe the dealer, there IS something wrong with brakes that fail just one time.

12.01.1993

My wife and I are the reluctant owners of a Olds Delta When I say reluctant I mean we hardly dare to drive the thing My wife was travelling through town the other day and when she approached an...

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Does downshifting use more gas, or less?

12.01.1993

Our names are Pete and Charley and we've had an ongoing discussion for years about a certain subject Your answer to this question will result in one of us getting a free breakfast We've both agreed...

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Turbo engines explained.

12.01.1993

You guys are really funny I enjoy your column Can you explain to me how a turbo engine works Andy RAY Sure Andy Here's the basic idea An engine needs air in order to run And on a normal engine...

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Is it safe to leave a manual transmission in neutral at a stop light?

11.01.1993

I recently got your pamphlet and read about how to make your clutch last longer One of the things you said is to put the car in Neutral and let the clutch out while sitting at a stop light I...

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Click and Clack refrain from trying to talk Phil out of a VW Microbus.

11.01.1993

I want to buy an old VW bus to use on car camping trips and to take to bluegrass festivals What should I look for or look out for in a VW bus Should I avoid automatics How about campers...

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