The alure of the (unreliable) Fiat Spider

09.01.1990

I am interested in buying a used Fiat Spider The reason I'm interested is that the Spider is the only sports car convertible within my meager means I know very little about these cars other than what my father says...

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How do you test a seatbelt for effectiveness?

09.01.1990

How can I tell if the seat belts in my Buick Regal work Alan RAY It's not that easy Alan Luckily my brother free-lances as a crash test dummy in his spare time so he knows quite a lot about...

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Horn placement: A history lesson

09.01.1990

Could you use your good offices--wit irony satire--even humor--to help get the automobile manufacturers to stop being cutesy about where they locate the horn button They've started putting it on the wheel spokes instead of in the center of the...

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What to do about a humming fuel pump...

09.01.1990

I have a Volvo DL with a humming fuel pump From inside it sounds like a hum from outside it sounds like a buzz The hum buzz gets louder when the gas tank gets below full My husband called our...

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Viable road-trip vehicle suggestions

09.01.1990

My family of four is planning to tour the western part of the United States for several weeks next summer We plan to stay in motels so we don't need a vehicle we can sleep in But we'll be spending...

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Low fuel level: running on empty

09.01.1990

I have a Chevy pickup Last week I had the gas tank down more than it had ever been It indicated tank While starting from a stop with the truck facing slightly downhill the engine stalled Did the the gas...

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Can a hairdresser fix a sagging ceiling?

09.01.1990

I have a problem with the ceiling of my car It sags on the driver's side What can I do about it The sagging is unbearable I get a flat head each morning Carla RAY It's not the ceiling that's...

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Beverly'The "no-start" phase

09.01.1990

I own a Nissan small pick-up with an automatic transmission Overall performance and experience with the vehicle have been good But about one year into ownership the truck began entering no-start phases which come about once a month or so...

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Help us find a family-mobile

09.01.1990

We are planning to purchase a family vehicle in the next three weeks We are currently looking at the Subaru Legacy L wagon Toyota Camry Deluxe wagon and the Volvo DL wagon all standard shift We currently have two boys...

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A stupid idea...

08.01.1990

About a year ago I bought a Toyota Corolla The first owners babied it and it's a nice car The problem is that it has a manual transmission I have gotten the hang of it but my wife has decided...

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The "pre-luber"...to buy or not to buy?

08.01.1990

I've heard that someone makes a device that lubricates the engine with a separate oil pump before the car is started They claim that it will save significant wear and tear on the engine Have you heard of such a...

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Brand-name filling stations vs. convenience store outlets...

08.01.1990

I own a two year old car My friends have always told me that it's better to fill up new cars from brand-name filling stations They say I should avoid convenience store outlets Any truth to this David RAY Good...

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Changing the oil and filter while under warranty...

08.01.1990

I have a car under warranty Can I change my own oil and filter without jeopardizing the warranty Earl RAY That's a good question Earl Although my knucklehead brother and I disagree as to whether you SHOULD do it the...

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"Go forth, my son, buyeth yourself a used Nissan."

08.01.1990

I am looking for a used X pickup I'd like to get a - with a V- and extended cab I like the styling of the Nissan Are they good reliable trucks Edward RAY I can tell already that this...

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A tree fell on my tractor...

08.01.1990

I have a International Harvester tractor that I use for general farm purposes About eighteen months ago I made a miscalculation in felling a tree which landed across the middle of the tractor's hood The only damage I could see...

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