What is a reliable car for a 16-year-old?

12.01.1990

Okay I'm I need a car It has to have good gas mileage a standard shift and seat about four I have earned dollars and my parents are contributing another dollars So what is the most reliable car I would...

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50 dollars

12.01.1990

I enjoy your articles about cars convertibles in particular I am the original owner of a Chevrolet Caprice convertible in excellent condition It has a big engine and only miles The car is always garaged and I expect to keep...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 2

12.01.1990

gave you the first installment of Click and Clack's Ten Best Cars TOM We named the Dodge Caravan Plymouth Voyager Best Minivan We named the Ford Taurus Mercury Sable Best All Around Sedan And we named the Toyota Camry the...

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Brake fluid contamination? or simple obfuscation?

12.01.1990

Recently the brakes on my Olds Royale Brougham went to the floor while my wife was driving She had to pump them to get them back We took the car to a muffler brake shop and were told that the...

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Which cars have PASSENGER side air bags?

12.01.1990

Can you tell me which cars are now available with PASSENGER side air bags Bill RAY I'm afraid you've taken the bait Bill Your wife wrote to us a few weeks ago and asked how she could get you to...

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Thank you for the good work!

12.01.1990

This letter is to thank you for your column on GM power steering problems I too was having a problem with the steering on my Chevrolet Cavalier wagon It was just as you described it was hard to turn the...

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You're the next best thing to "Dear Abby!"

12.01.1990

I'm interested in buying a new car next year My main criterion will be safety A military tank wouldn't be sporty enough for my teenager to drive so that's out What else would you suggest Thanks By the way I...

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Can sludge in the carburetor cause racing?

12.01.1990

I own a Olds Cutlass Ciera When I have the air conditioner or the defroster on the car will start racing Really racing I can have my foot on the brake and you can hear the gas pedal clicking by...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 3

12.01.1990

two weeks we've been unveiling our picks for ten best cars of In case you forgot here are the winners we've announced so far TOM The BEST MINIVAN is the Dodge Caravan Plymouth Voyager The BEST ALL-AROUND SEDAN is the...

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Why hide the headlights?

11.01.1990

I have never seen a man or woman put a band-aid over a diamond ring Yet every year some cars come out with their headlights covered Why hide them George TOM It's purely a matter of styling George Some designers...

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A camaro shifting lesson

11.01.1990

I hope you can help me with my problem I own a Chevrolet Camaro RS which I purchased new More specifically I very often have trouble getting the transmission into reverse It just doesn't want to slide in I usually...

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A year-long test of the Mazda 929S

11.01.1990

fixing cars or defending ourselves against lawsuits one of the things we do is test drive new cars Usually we get them for a couple of weeks but once in a while we get one for a long-term test And...

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Should I be worried that my car ticks?

11.01.1990

When I turn off the engine and start to walk away from my Nissan I often hear a ticking noise What exactly is causing the noise and is it anything to worry about Jack RAY What do you do for...

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Correction, it was the moulding!

11.01.1990

Several weeks ago you got a letter from a woman whose Honda Accord was whistling You suggested she have the doors and windows checked as that was a frequent source of whistles We have a Honda and it too whistled...

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Carla's ex-husband tells her what to do with her Cadillac

11.01.1990

I have a Cadillac with miles I will soon be divorced and am concerned about this car since you stated in a previous column that an ' Cadillac is not exactly the zenith of reliability I asked my soon-to-be-ex-husband what...

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