HOLE IN TIRE EXPOSES HOLES IN DEALER'S STORY

09.01.2009

My friend has a fancy-shmancy 2007 BMW 3 Series. Recently, one of his tires blew out through the sidewall and left a gaping, scary-looking hole. That tire and the other three all have plenty of tread, so the blow-out seems troubling to...

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IS SISTER'S EXCUSE A COVER STORY?

09.01.2009

My sister and I recently had an argument. She drives only short distances, rarely more than five miles. She wants her '98 Buick Regal with 40,000 miles to last as long as possible. Therefore, she refused to drive the 350 miles to...

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THIS DAKOTA WANTS A FANCY NEW BELT BUCKLE

09.01.2009

My rotten Dodge Dakota (2007) came with a PLASTIC front bumper. (I knew body panels were being made of that flimsy substance, but was horrified to find out that so were bumpers.) Now, this is a "work vehicle," which can be...

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Stuck oil filter has reader stumped

09.01.2009

I have a 2006 4.7-liter V-8 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 50,000 miles, and we change our own oil every 3,000 miles. We always have. This last time we went to change the oil, my husband and I battled for two and a half hours to get the...

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Can Dave find an old-fashioned steel bumper for his truck?

09.01.2009

My rotten Dodge Dakota (2007) came with a PLASTIC front bumper. (I knew body panels were being made of that flimsy substance, but was horrified to find out that so were bumpers.) Now, this is a "work vehicle," which can be...

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In today's column: is buying a used police cruiser a good idea?

09.01.2009

I am looking for a used vehicle for less than $10,000, and I was curious about used police cruisers. I have heard that they are built for durability. But how reliable are they as used cars? A company I am looking...

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Do you still need to "blow out the cobs" from time to time?

09.01.2009

I know we are supposed to drive our cars gently ... accelerate gently, brake gently, etc. But is there any benefit from occasional and brief full-throttle blast, for, say, a mile or so? As a boy in the 1960s, I recall...

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Today: the many uses of your local auto junkyard.

09.01.2009

I have an old 1995 Toyota Celica with 180,000 miles on it. It's in great shape, but the driver's seat has become worn and broken -- so broken that an upholstery shop cannot repair it. Buying new aftermarket seats is expensive, and...

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