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What does "burning rubber" cost my son and his car?

04.01.2002

My son who owns his own car seems to take pleasure in showing off the power of his engine by spinning his wheels upon takeoff He says it's harmless fun I say he is burning rubber and costing himself money...

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The difference between factory and extended warranties.

04.01.2002

I read your article about the study you did in which dealers charged more for the same repairs than independent shops But I have a question I have a competent mechanic who I have used on my vehicles for years...

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Tom and Ray retract: some cruise control systems DO have the ability to slow a car going down hills.

04.01.2002

Usually your advice and comments are not only scintillating but also accurate Alas I am forced to come to the defense of the poor father-in-law you wrote about a few weeks ago He wanted to know if his cruise control...

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What is an "oil purge" service...and is it worth it?

04.01.2002

I have miles on my Saturn and I've always been happy with the dealer's service I've had all of my maintenance done on schedule and now I find that I'm putting in about quarts of oil between changes possibly more...

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