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Ideas for a car that can be used to commute during the week and haul the family on the weekend?

07.01.1996

I read your column every week You not only supply great automotive advice but you add that extra quart of humor that we all need I'm in need of a combination vehicle I need a four-door six-passenger car with good...

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Difference between "remanufactured" and "rebuilt" auto parts?

07.01.1996

I recently needed a new alternator for my Chevy When I asked about getting a rebuilt alternator it was recommended that I purchase a remanufactured alternator instead There is a substantial price difference the remanufactured one is more expensive Are...

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How is it that coolant, aka "anti-freeze", can protect against both hot and cold temperatures?

07.01.1996

This is not really a car question but it has to do with a car It will help you to know that I'm from Canada where winters are very cold My husband kept running away then I met this great...

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What do you think of the BMW 318ti?

07.01.1996

I'm thinking about buying a BMW ti I'm in my early s married with two dogs It seems to be just the type of car for people like me But since it's only been out for a year or so...

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