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How long can one reasonably expect a manual transmission to last these days?

11.01.1999

How long can one reasonably expect a manual transmission to last these days I drive a Volvo wagon At miles I had my First and Second gear synchros replaced by Volvo at no charge Then miles later I had the...

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What can I use to clean black brake dust off my alloy wheels?

11.01.1999

I purchased a new Mercury Cougar After driving for two weeks the hubcaps were covered with black brake dust I went back to the dealer and the service manager said That's normal All Fords have brake dust Look in the...

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We only just barely recommend "Restore", and only as a last resort.

11.01.1999

In a recent column you said you've had some success with a product called Restore Under what conditions do you recommend it and where can I find it -- Bill TOM Under desperate conditions Bill Restore is one of those...

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Is it possible to swap a passenger seat for a driver seat in the same car?

11.01.1999

Is it possible to rotate the seats in my ' Oldsmobile Aurora I'm a fairly big guy and I drive a lot The car has more than miles on it already The passenger seat has only a few thousand miles...

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