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Are these Volvos good?

This question is for my friend. He's looking to buy a more fuel efficient car (he gets 10-12 mpg from his Suburban—wants more like 20-25). He is looking at Volvo cars, specifically the 2000-2002 S60's, S70's, and C70's. Evidently the convertible models from the early 2000's weren't that safe. Looking to spend $11 grand or less. What information do you have about these Volvo models? What should he look out for? Are their similar convertibles to the C70 with similar MPG and better safety/maintenance records?
posted by Korou on Jun 7, 2008 - 7 answers

US auto rental advice

Some advice please on auto rental in the US please? [more inside]
posted by daveyt on Jun 3, 2008 - 11 answers

Tips for pimpin' my ride

I have this fantasy of deckin out my car... fast and the furious style. I drive a '99 Chrysler 300M fully loaded (minus the sunroof). I was thinkin of getting some ground effects to give it a tougher look, but still maintain it's classy appeal, and some nice rims to complement the classier (yet aggressive look). Also for interiors, I was hoping there is some kind of heads up display to show engine stats, radio info and more, as well as a nice receiver. How much would I be looking to spend? Any tips,pointers, links, are literature would be great!
posted by FireStyle on Jun 2, 2008 - 6 answers

My car was repoed and auctioned and now they want my soul!

My car was repossessed and auctioned and now Honda wants the difference paid in full. If I could have made the payments I would have...are there any lawyers out there that can help answer my questions, worries and anxieties? [more inside]
posted by eve28 on May 27, 2008 - 14 answers

Should I bail out of my SUV now?

Should I dump my SUV? I have a 2006 Expedition, I've only put 12,000 miles on it since I purchased it new. My commute is 12 miles round trip and I only drive it in the winter and when it rains in the spring and summer, I bike on all other days. My concern is two fold. First, I am currently under water on my loan and will have to come up with around $5,000 on a trade or private sale. Second, if I keep the vehicle am I effectively throwing good money after bad, will this vehicle be unsellable / undriveable in a few years. I know that my question requires some prognostication, but I would appreciate some opinions.
posted by revan on May 23, 2008 - 27 answers

Insurance claim against other driver denied. So what now?

Insurance claim against other driver denied. So what now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Recommend a VW mechanic in PDX

Can you recommend a Volkswagen mechanic in Portland or Eugene, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by maniactown on May 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Good auto glass repair shop in L.A.?

Anyone have a recommendation for a good auto glass repair shop in L.A.? [more inside]
posted by scody on May 11, 2008 - 5 answers

What's Involved In an Ethanol Conversion?

What are the differences between vehicles that are ethanol (e85+) compatible and those that are not? [more inside]
posted by IronLizard on May 8, 2008 - 14 answers

An Ill Volvo

Los Angeles Volvo Filter: Does anyone know of an auto shop that specializes in Volvo service? [more inside]
posted by thesiameseffect on May 8, 2008 - 9 answers

Identify this car part!

Please identify this part pulled from a car. [more inside]
posted by kaozity on May 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Enough with the Calvins wizzing on the Ford/Chevy logo.

Asking for Mr. Oflinkey: Where can he find reliable statistics about how many Americans are employed by various auto manufacturers (Honda, Toyota, Ford, etc.). This should not be limited to manufacturing jobs. He is seeking this information to answer a larger question: Does buying American-made cars really make much of a difference anymore?
posted by oflinkey on May 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Selling my car in Oklahoma, but it's registered in Texas. What do I do? The sale might happen today! Help!

Selling my car in Oklahoma, but it's registered in Texas. Can I get some advice on what to do here? More details inside, and this sale could happen today! [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch on May 1, 2008 - 1 answer

Ford's Law?

Is there a precursor to Moore's Law for internal combustion engines? If so, can you provide details, please?
posted by Exchequer on Apr 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Should I take the unlicensed driver who destroyed my car to Chicago small claims court?

My car was just totaled by an unlicensed, uninsured 16-year-old driver in Chicago. I'm insured, but I have no collision coverage, so any/all expenses are strictly out-of-pocket. The teen responsible was found to be 100% liable on the police report. Can/should I take the family to small claims court? Related: Can anyone suggest a salvage guy that pays a fair price for junked cars and a decent lawyer to represent me in small claims court? Do I even need a lawyer in small claims court? Sorry - I'm new to this. [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross on Apr 21, 2008 - 33 answers

3-ply vs 4-ply tires

Do I need to buy 4-ply tires? I am starting a research position that will involve lots of travel on rock/sand/gravel roads in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico. A desert rat friend of mine says I need to upgrade my 3-ply tires to 4-ply tires to avoid repeated flats. Is he right? [more inside]
posted by intoxicate on Apr 16, 2008 - 4 answers

Will it be difficult to buy Grand Theft Auto IV in stores on its release date?

Will it be difficult to buy Grand Theft Auto IV in stores on its release date? [more inside]
posted by poppo on Apr 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Do truck tuners and other supposed mileage boosting equipment work?

Does the Hypertech Max Energy Programmer really increase fuel economy for trucks and SUVs? If so, why do auto manufacturers not simply include them in their vehicles so as to beat out the competition? [more inside]
posted by tosteka on Apr 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Sell a classic sportscar with a brand new Ebay seller account?

Selling classic car Filter: Can a seller with no history/feedback/seller rating realistically sell a 1978 De Tomaso Longchamp for $25K on Ebay? [more inside]
posted by JustDerek on Apr 1, 2008 - 5 answers

Replacing fuel filter

I'm looking to replace the fuel filter on my 2003 Chevrolet Tracker. It's a relatively easy process, but I'm having some difficulty locating the exact position of the filter. Does anyone happen to have a diagram or link to where can I get this information?
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 31, 2008 - 4 answers

I'm going without a car for half a year or so, what are my auto insurance options?

I junked my old car and am going without a car for half a year or so, what are my auto insurance options? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Mar 26, 2008 - 7 answers

xB Touch-up Paint Pen Advice

Anyone have experience using auto paint touch-up pens? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Mar 26, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I get enough money to replace my car?

How do I get a fair settlement for my totaled car in Pennsylvania? The insurance adjuster insists that I am not owed the replacement value of my car and refuses to budge. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Mar 24, 2008 - 11 answers

walk-in (well, drive-in) auto mechanic in Catonsville MD?

My front headlight on my 99 Jeep Cherokee has just blown and I'm driving to WV tomorrow after dark. What are my chances of finding a walk-in auto repair place in Catonsville Maryland (suburban Baltimore)? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Mar 12, 2008 - 9 answers

What's up with my Honda Civic door dinger?

Why is my Honda Civic dinging when I come down to go to work in the morning? And can I make it stop? Some backstory... [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Mar 11, 2008 - 6 answers

My car needs fixin'

Good place to order 1989 Mercedes Benz w201 parts? [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan on Feb 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Should I file a claim with my auto insurance?

Should I file an auto insurance claim on what appeared to be a fender bender but now involves engine overheating? The person I rear ended didn't see a need to claim since his car was fine so I don't have any info on him. [more inside]
posted by spacesbetween on Feb 9, 2008 - 12 answers

My steering fluid is leaking. What now?

I think my power steering fluid is leaking. What's this going to cost me? I've got a 2K Nissan Xterra. I think I overfilled it a few weeks ago and notice oil dripping a few days ago.
posted by atchafalaya on Feb 2, 2008 - 8 answers

heated windscreen troubleshooting

Rear heated windscreen on Ford Fiesta (UK) has stopped working. I've checked the fuses; is there anything else I should try before phoning the garage?
posted by primer_dimer on Jan 28, 2008 - 6 answers

Have iPod. Will travel?

I'd like to start listening to my podcasts in m'car. [more inside]
posted by tcv on Jan 25, 2008 - 12 answers

I got the blues, baby

1. Is blue antifreeze special? 2. If the coolant reservoir is half-full, can I keep driving until I can get what I need? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 25, 2008 - 12 answers

Chevrolet Tracker Spark Plugs

Changing sparkplugs: I have a 2003 Chevrolet Tracker, with an unusual ignition coil setup, and I want to learn how to remove the coils and access my plugs. (Pictures inside) [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 25, 2008 - 5 answers

To lease or not to lease ...

Two year lease (new, used or swap) vs. buying a used car with the definite intention of getting rid of it after two years? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Jan 24, 2008 - 6 answers

Should I refinance my auto loan

Is it worth refinancing my auto loan since the Fed made a cut? My current interest rate is 3.90%, can I do better than that, and if so, where?
posted by mgrimm on Jan 23, 2008 - 12 answers

Should I repaint my car?

Should I get my car repainted? I have a '97 Toyota Corolla, dark green. The clear coat on the hood and front bumper is starting to peel pretty badly, though the paint underneath seems okay. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Jan 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Car Wont Start

My Car wont start, It just clicks when i try and eventually stops doing anything! [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jan 19, 2008 - 22 answers

How long can I drive a car before turning it over to the insurance company?

Someone hit my car. Their insurance company wants to total it. How long can I drive it before they take it away? [more inside]
posted by tss on Jan 15, 2008 - 21 answers

Pre-gapped sparkplugs

Is there any difference in performance between pre-gapped sparkplugs (such as these) and ones that you have to gap yourself? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me get my truck fixed up

What should I ask the mechanic to do to get my 1995 truck running smoother again? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jan 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Ignition Lock Assembly Repair

Apparently the ignition lock assembly on my 1999 Honda Accord is fried... [more inside]
posted by jtajta on Jan 11, 2008 - 12 answers

flip down tailgate or bust!

Is there a newish station wagon with a flip-down tailgate? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Jan 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Car trouble

Cars! I don't want to go to the mechanic as a female and say, "I have no idea what's wrong with my car! Please replace half my engine and overcharge me ridiculous amounts!!" I'm hoping to get some ideas on what might be wrong before I go... [more inside]
posted by veronitron on Jan 3, 2008 - 19 answers

Dumb questions about car insurance

I've got a few questions about car insurance [more inside]
posted by special-k on Dec 27, 2007 - 11 answers

I crashed my car... and may have to move before I can fix it.

I rear-ended somebody with my car. Twist: I'm moving in a week... background inside. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Dec 27, 2007 - 2 answers

Should I worry about my car's detached door seal?

The rubber door seal has come off the door of my car -- how big a problem do I have? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Dec 23, 2007 - 16 answers

Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while?

Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while? I usually fill up at Shell, and there is 87, 89 and 91 kinds of gas, with 87 being the cheapeast and 91 being the most expensive. I usually get 87. However, I heard that if you own a car and want it to last longer, it is beneficial to fill it up with the most expensive gas, to "clean the engine". Is that true? If so, what is the explanation behind it? I drive a 2002 Kia Rio, if that makes any difference.
posted by esolo on Dec 22, 2007 - 22 answers

Should I get my tires siped

Should I get my tires siped? [more inside]
posted by doppler68 on Nov 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Hybrid reliability and reapirs?

I'm looking to purchase a hybrid car (Toyota or Honda) in the $10,000 range (~2002, 2003), I'm wondering about reliability and repair bills. Are they in-line with other non-hybrid cars of this range?
posted by mac-way on Nov 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me choose tires for my car

I think I should replace my car's tires. I'm bewildered by the vast amount of tires available and want some help narrowing it down. Also, I'm on a budget. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Nov 19, 2007 - 15 answers

How can I safely shop for auto insurance?

How can I shop for auto insurance without compromising my privacy? I HATE telemarketing and junk mail, so I avoid giving my name, address and phone number to anyone that might possibly sell it. I am also very protective of my SSN. [more inside]
posted by amfea on Nov 11, 2007 - 8 answers

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