Is Irene's '04 Ford safe to pass along to her granddaughter?

01.01.2009

I am an old lady, 83, and I have a 2003 Ford Focus Coupe with all the bells and whistles and only 3,000 miles on it. It has sat in my Ohio garage since 2004 with only an occasional one-mile trip around the block...

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What services are really needed for Dennis' Toyota Prius?

01.01.2009

Today I took my 2005 Prius in for its 55,000-mile routine service. I have been basically faithful in getting service done on schedule since getting it new in May of 2005. In addition to the routine maintenance items, they suggested: (1) MAF (Mass...

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What's the "B" mode in a hybrid all about? Find out.

01.01.2009

We recently bought a 2008 Prius, and just love it, love it, love it. But we're having a bit of a discussion about how to use the "B" on the gearshift. I say it's like a downshift, and you should use...

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What's the right "impractical" car for a sheep-farming woman?

01.01.2009

I am a middle-aged (OK, middle-aged-plus) woman who drives a Mini Cooper S with a manual transmission. I purchased it last year for whatever psychological reasons post-hormonal women do things like that. I love driving it, but it is totally...

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After an accident, how do you know if your car's front-end is safe?

01.01.2009

I live in India, and have a question about my father's car (he lives in Dubai). He bought a new Peugeot 307 in May. It's a lovely car, but about a month ago we had an accident. A car came up...

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Should Liz's partner be allowed to drive, after a few fainting spells?

01.01.2009

My significant other has collapsed several times in restaurants. My children are concerned about his driving me around. What does one do in an emergency like that? I was told not to turn off the engine. He drives an SUV...

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SG, SF, SM, SA, SB, SC, SE... what's it mean, when it comes to oil?

01.01.2009

When purchasing oil, the oil has a quality level (API Service). There are many different categories/types, such as SG/CD, SF, SM, SA, SB, SC, SE, to list a few. Today when I purchased oil, all the available viscosities...

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Today: why topping off the tank is a bad idea.

01.01.2009

I got into an argument recently concerning whether I should top off when I fuel up. You know what I mean -- the pump shuts off, and I can either stop or put another half a gallon more in. Is...

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Did Dennis almost get taken for a ride on his Prius' 55k service?

01.01.2009

Today I took my 2005 Prius in for its 55,000-mile routine service. I have been basically faithful in getting service done on schedule since getting it new in May of 2005. In addition to the routine maintenance items, they suggested: (1) MAF (Mass...

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