Tag: used cars

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what causes a shuddering steering wheel and clicking noise
Nov 01, 2010

In today's column: a shaking problem that urgently needs fixing.

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1999 BMW 323i that I love. My husband wants to trade it in because it has 207,100 miles on it. He's afraid of racking up big repair bills. I say if we keep up with maintenance and repairs, who...

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Can old cars be dependable
Aug 01, 2010

Is a dream car from high school a good idea today?

Dear Car Talk

I graduated from high school in 1963, and my dream car was the 1963 Studebaker Avanti. Well, life got in the way, and I never realized my dream of owning an Avanti. I recently have been going on eBay to find Avantis...

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Buying a used car from friends
May 01, 2010

Should Laura's first car be a '93 Olds Cutlass that doesn't run?

Dear Car Talk

I'm 17 years old and trying to buy my first car, without fiscal help from my parents. I have about 4,500 dollars to spend, but I'm trying to keep it under that. A neighbor is selling a 1993 convertible Olds Cutlass Supreme. It's...

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are used police cruisers good cars
Sep 01, 2009

In today's column: is buying a used police cruiser a good idea?

Dear Car Talk

I am looking for a used vehicle for less than $10,000, and I was curious about used police cruisers. I have heard that they are built for durability. But how reliable are they as used cars? A company I am looking...

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Mar 01, 2009

Does a slow leak signal the end for Faye's 432,686-mile Chevy?

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1992 Chevy Lumina with 432,686 miles on it. I'm losing coolant. The "low coolant" light goes on on cold mornings and stays on for about one to two minutes before it goes off. The cooling/heating system has been...

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Mar 01, 2008

Can Linda make it all the way to 300k in her '97 Honda Accord?

Dear Car Talk

My 1997 Honda Accord has 270,000 miles. It still runs great, and doesn't use any oil. There are some problems I could take care of, like a clicking from an axle, struts that are pretty worn out and a pitted windshield. But...

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Mar 01, 2008

Is car-buying the same in Portland, Maine as it is in Hilo, Hawaii? Tom and Ray help Natalia go shopping.

Dear Car Talk

I'm a big fan of your show and column, and sure can use your advice. I've applied to nursing schools in both Portland, Maine, and Hilo, Hawaii. I currently live in Seattle and have been carless since 2000. I am required...

buying used cars

Jun 01, 2007

What's the best way to get a used car checked out... when you and the car are in different cities?

Dear Car Talk

We all know you should have a competent, trustworthy mechanic check out a used car before you buy it. This works fine when you, the used car and your mechanic are all in the same city. But how can you...

buying used cars

are there interesting used cars at or around seven thousand dollars
Dec 01, 2006

When you've only got $7,000 to spend, does that mean you have to choose between style and reliability?

Dear Car Talk

We are looking to purchase a used car for around $7,000. Are we doomed to choose the utterly styleless but ultra-reliable 2000 Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla? We have two boys, 4 and 6, and are concerned about safety. We loved the safety ratings...

buying used cars

what should i do in advance if i want to sell my car on my own
Sep 01, 2006

Plan on selling a used car, or know someone who is? Check out Tom and Ray's advice to Denise.

Dear Car Talk

I am planning to buy a 2006 Subaru Forester this year and don't want to deal with the trade-in hassle and rip-off, so I'm thinking about selling my five-speed Subaru 1997 Impreza Outback Sport privately. I'm a little wary about the whole...

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