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Overdrive on steep, hilly roads?


I have a Mitsubishi Montero with an automatic transmission It is incredibly reliable and I hope to have it for many years I recently got a new job and my daily commute now takes me down a long winding mountain...


It seems like the AC shuts off above 50 mph. What's going on?


Our Lincoln Town Car -- which rides like a charm and is in excellent condition -- is now giving us problems with the air conditioner It cools very well if I don't exceed miles an hour But on the higher-speed...


Will repairing this oil leak cost more than the car is worth?


I have a Crown Victoria with miles It's now leaking oil My mechanic has checked the obvious places for leaks and tells me that checking further would involve stripping down the motor and would cost me more than the car...


PBCSD: Post British Car Stress Disorder


I have a brother-in-law who is neurotic He thinks that if you drive on the highway for an hour you have to let the car idle for half an hour with the hood up when you get to your destination...



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