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Will the "magic pellets" I dropped into each cylinder prolong the life of my engine?

05.01.2000

I have a BMW e with miles I bought it when it had Lately I've been burning a quart of oil every to miles I can still buy W- for cents a quart and the quotes I've obtained on a...

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Are manual transmissions generally more reliable than automatics?

05.01.2000

My wife and I are in the market for a new Toyota My wife insists on getting a manual transmission over an automatic She believes that automatics are more prone to breakage What's the deal Are automatic transmissions more or...

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Is that $129 engine flushing service really necessary?

04.01.2000

While having my Toyota Camry miles serviced recently the service technician handed me a brochure and told me it was time to have my engine flushed to the tune of by something called the Bilstein R- Engine Flush System I...

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I'm considering some modifcations to my engine to get more horsepower. Good idea?

04.01.2000

Earlier this year I purchased a new Dodge Dakota Sport pickup with the liter V- Magnum engine and five-speed transmission I would like to make some minor modifications to the engine to increase the horsepower but I'm not sure if...

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