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Are there any real advantages to filling my tires with nitrogen rather than regular air?

02.01.2005

I recently heard about filling tires with nitrogen gas to maintain pressure and lengthen tread life Since the air we breathe is percent nitrogen I fail to see how much benefit you actually get from changing from air to nitrogen...

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At what point can I ease up on pricey "preventative maintenance" procedures?

02.01.2005

I have a Toyota Camry with miles which I bought new in November of ' I've been getting routine and preventive maintenance at the local Toyota dealer and have never had any problems with the car My question is this...

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My father's birthday is coming up and I'm trying to...

02.01.2005

My father's birthday is coming up and I'm trying to decide what to get him Keep in mind that I've totaled two of his cars -- a Jeep and a BMW His wife totaled his Volvo as well I'll spare...

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Please tell me it's a good idea to buy a pre-1998 VW Beetle!

02.01.2005

My college roommate Kathryn and I are avid fans of your column and radio show and now I have a question I have always been interested in purchasing a pre- VW Beetle convertible Is this just a dumb idea or...

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