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Should This Retiree Retire an Oil Burning Civic?

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Buying new may be a good investment in longevity for the driver.

oil buying Honda Civic 2005

Aug 01, 1989

A full-size car for a full-size Cello.

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I have a Subaru wagon I'm going to need a bigger car in about a year when my son Joey switches to a bigger cello I don't like the way my friend's Volvo handles here in the mountains--my Subaru has...

wagons

Aug 01, 1989

What kind of male chauvinist porcine are you, Stan?

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I'm looking for a new car for my wife She drives a Toyota Celica The requirements are sporty looking need to seat family of four stick shift AC AM-FM stereo front wheel drive good performance and reliable As for price...

marital advice

Aug 01, 1989

What to do when a carburetor cleaning doesn't help...

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I bought a used Nissan Stanza with miles which has two problems First when travelling on a highway with even a small grade the car tends to lose power I must downshift to as low as second gear and eventually...

fuel pumps filters

Aug 01, 1989

How do you silence noisy brakes?

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Is there anything that can be done to eliminate very noisy brakes on a AMC Renault John TOM The noisy brakes on AMC cars are a safety feature These cars are otherwise so quiet luxurious and comfortable that people tend...

noises brakes

Aug 01, 1989

How long should you let your turbo engine idle before turning it off?

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We have a Peugeot Turbo Wagon We love the comfortable ride and the nice features However after only miles the turbo burned out Thankfully it was under warranty but the dealer tried to blame us by saying that we didn't...

turbo idling

Aug 01, 1989

What to do about leaky power brake boosters...

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I have a practically new fuel injected Volvo with miles on it When I step on the brake while idling the rpms drop almost to the point of killing the engine The brake fluid level has been fine The mechanics...

brakes leaks

Aug 01, 1989

Does "unintended acceleration" really exist?

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My brother-in-law who never makes mistakes drove his Nissan Maxima off the end of his driveway and into the woods He attributed this to unintended acceleration and maintained that his foot was on the brake the entire time My personal...

safety myths

Aug 01, 1989

How do I calm a shakey tire?

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I have just purchased a Volvo DL with miles on it I have several questions First when the car goes over a bump especially when going around a corner somewhat fast the front tire that hit the bump will vibrate...

front-ends

Aug 01, 1989

A smaller car for empty-nesters...

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My husband and I own a Dodge Ram Van--the eight seater We bought it to pull our foot boat and trailer and carry our five kids around What has happened is that the kids have grown up and gone away...