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To keep or dump a car while Peace Corp-ing.

12.01.1991

I am going into the Peace Corps and will be overseas for two years I have a Toyota Tercel with miles on it It's paid for and is in good shape I have two choices I think I can sell...

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Actually, I'll take the hug.

12.01.1991

I will hug your neck if you can find me a place to get a gear box for a Ford truck with four wheel drive That's all I need to put it back on the road Wanda RAY You don't...

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The great regular/premium debate.

12.01.1991

My girlfriend owns a Honda Civic Her father says that it will run better if she puts premium gasoline in it I said that a four cylinder Honda needs nothing more than regular unleaded gas The car has never rattled...

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"All Wheel" versus "Four Wheel" drive.

12.01.1991

My driveway is quite steep and I have an old beat-up four wheel drive truck that I use to get in and out of it in the winter when there's snow or ice on the ground I also have a...

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When is it correct to down-shift?

12.01.1991

A friend and I have been arguing about the long term effects of constantly down-shifting to slow a car rather than applying the brakes My argument is by down-shifting you put unnecessary strain on the engine and transmission My friend's...

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Does the tachometer serve any practical purpose?

12.01.1991

My Infiniti G is the first car I've ever owned with a tachometer The owner's manual tells me to shift gears on the basis of speed not on the basis of revolutions per minute That being the case does the...

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Run, Jack. And don't look back.

12.01.1991

I read with interest your series on buying a new car I have one question you didn't address It has to do with when I'm in that little room with the empty desk and a single light bulb hanging from...

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Cursed with gooey tires.

11.01.1991

Last September I purchased a Toyota MR I love the car and am enjoying every mile I do have one problem though My rear tires are wearing out twice as fast as the front ones They're Bridgestone RE Potenzas I...

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I hearby bequeath to you a jalopy!

11.01.1991

A dear relative has just passed away and willed us her four-door Plymouth Savoy The car is in very nice condition and runs well except that it has a worn drag link and idler arm--making it quite unsafe to drive...

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When the only answer is a goverNESS.

11.01.1991

I am a long time fan of your column and your radio show Here's my question My year old son has a Nissan SX with a five speed transmission He has a lot of trouble holding the speed below he...

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