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Am I nuts to buy a used Ferrari? What should I look out for?

01.01.2000

Am I nuts I want to buy a Ferrari No not one of the new gazillion-dollar Testarossas or whatever the car I want is a GT from around Now this car would be used for trips to the beach and...

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Can I recharge my own battery with the trickle charger I use on my lawnmower?

01.01.2000

We spend five months each winter in a warmer climate and store our other car in the garage When we return the battery is always run down There's no short so it must just be running down from disuse I...

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Cell phone use while driving has tragically and irreversibly changed the life of this reader.

01.01.2000

My 2 1/2-year-old daughter Morgan Lee was killed as a result of an auto accident that occurred on Nov My vehicle was hit broadside by a man who admitted that he did not stop at the stop sign because he was...

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Does my car have "engine braking"?

12.01.1999

My wife and I have a bet about my Olds with a four-speed automatic transmission When descending a hill the car picks up speed as if there is no engine braking My wife says this was designed into the transmission...

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