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What Unmarked Black Helicopter Pilots drive on their days off?

The unmarked black cars cars: why is their existence a secret? [more inside]
posted by univac on Sep 8, 2007 - 14 answers

Help a hick drive out of the sticks.

What are your best tips and techniques for driving in a big city? [more inside]
posted by barchan on Aug 27, 2007 - 52 answers

My baby (car) has a secret (compartment)

My hatchback car (Honda Fit) doesn't have a separately-locking trunk or glovebox. Can I add a lock-box or secret compartment somewhere inside the car for stashing a few items, for those times I must turn over my keys (parking garage, valet)? Ideally I'd only be securing/concealing 3 deck-of-cards-sized items: iPod, GPS, EZPass. There are no official Honda accessories that do this, nor can I find any Fit-fanatic mods that have addressed it.
posted by xo on Aug 1, 2007 - 4 answers

I have a car! But it smells funny. How can I fix it?

How can I make my car smell better? I have recently been passed partial stewardship of a family car and I want to fix it up. It's a good car, but recently it's had some window issues that have, in turn, led to some smell issues. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jul 1, 2007 - 12 answers

Wheels on 1963 Ranchero

What was the original size wheels/tires that came on the 1963 Ford Ranchero? Thanks in advance!
posted by drleary on Oct 20, 2006 - 6 answers

What happened with my brakes?

What happened to my brakes? [more inside]
posted by skallas on May 15, 2006 - 15 answers

Cars sold in US?

Looking for car *brands* currently sold at dealerships in the United States. I've got a 40+ member list (after the jump) that strikes me as fairly exhaustive but I also have this nagging feeling that I'm missing one or more "niche" brands. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor on May 9, 2006 - 18 answers

Help us find a car! Please don't recommend the (ugly) HHR!

So, my wife and I are ready to buy a car, and we need some suggestions... [more inside]
posted by richardhay on Mar 14, 2006 - 42 answers

What is the origin and significance of furry dice?

What is the origin and significance of furry dice (or fuzzy dice), which some motorists hang from their rear-view mirror?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 27, 2006 - 5 answers

What's a 1967 Camaro worth?

A friend wants to sell a 1967 Camaro RS, but has no idea what it's worth. Can anyone recommend online (or other) resources that would provide a value range for such a car?
posted by Neiltupper on Sep 14, 2005 - 16 answers

When to replace an old car

At what point is it not worth putting any more money into keeping an old car running, and just going out and getting a new one? What's the equation? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Aug 29, 2005 - 15 answers

Getting a car from A to B

International auto shipping recommendations wanted... [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Jul 25, 2005 - 3 answers

Why can't car shopping be simple?

How do the taxes work when buying used (but fairly new) cars? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 15, 2005 - 7 answers

Tax Refund?

AccountingFilter:
I purchase a car for 10,000. with a $1000 rebate
The state levies a 5% sales tax of $500 . Am I not entitled to to a tax refund of $100 ?
My good buddy Google is uncharacteristically mum about this query.
posted by Fupped Duck on Feb 13, 2005 - 7 answers

Can anyone recommend cars with a great deal of headroom?

I need to buy a car in the near future. I am on the tall side (6'3") and most of this height is in my torso. Can anyone recommend cars with a great deal of headroom? [+]
posted by al_fresco on Feb 2, 2005 - 45 answers

Car Temperature

[CarTalkFilter] '94 Buick with electronic heat & a/c controls. External temperature reads 94 degrees F (it's currently around 10 above). What do I check out to fix this? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy on Jan 15, 2005 - 2 answers

Red Stickers in VA

Virginia drivers- what the heck are those little red stickers in everyone's windshield? (MI) [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Jan 10, 2005 - 14 answers

Wet Weather Car Trouble

ClickandClackFilter: My car will not start in wet weather. [+] [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jan 8, 2005 - 24 answers

Can I slow down the spreading of a windshield crack?

Cracked Windshield Filter: Anyone ever successfully slowed down the spreading of a windshield crack? Mine's moving at about an inch a day and I'd really like to put off getting a new windshield for as long as possible.
posted by amro on Jan 3, 2005 - 24 answers

How is the word "merc" pronounced and what does it mean?

Pronunciation/Definition Filter: The "word" merc. (+) [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Dec 17, 2004 - 21 answers

zipcar and car donation questions

Does anyone have any experience with zipcar? I have to get rid of my car but would like an alternative to occassional rentals. Also, ancillarily, any advice on donating an old but much beloved car to charity? [more inside]
posted by helcat on Dec 17, 2004 - 19 answers

MP3 player specifically for the car?

XmasGiftFilter: I would like to get my sweetie an MP3 player for the upcoming holiday ... but what he really needs is a player that is built exclusively for use in his car. I've tried stuff like cnet reviews with little success -- any suggestions?
posted by anastasiav on Dec 16, 2004 - 22 answers

Good Auto Mechanic (for American Car) Near Berkeley or Emeryville?

Can someone recommend a good, trustworthy, American-car auto mechanic, preferably near my work in Berkeley/Emeryville?
posted by fandango_matt on Dec 15, 2004 - 4 answers

Buying a fun car

I would like to buy a car. Fun to drive (think handling, not necessarily pickup) is paramount, everything else is negotiable: 2-seaters are fine, I'm willing to shift for myself. My price tops out at $16k and I live in Los Angeles. Recommendations? I'm leaning towards a Porsche Boxster, which Consumer Reports says is surprisingly reliable. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by lbergstr on Dec 14, 2004 - 57 answers

What are the best new or used car dealerships in Atlanta?

My sister-in-law is looking for a low-priced new or used car, probably a Toyota, but she's also looking at a Kia or a Hyundai. We're in the metro Atlanta area [MI]... [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Nov 19, 2004 - 26 answers

Help deciphering a letter from our VW dealership

We got a weird letter from our VW dealership in the mail yesterday, and I need help deciphering it. [mi] [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Nov 18, 2004 - 16 answers

Used car recommendations?

What's the best car you've owned in terms of reliability, longevity and generally fun to drive? I'm in the market for a used car and I'm leaning towards a luxury sedan. I'm curious to learn what cars everyone loved.
posted by renyoj on Nov 4, 2004 - 25 answers

What are your best habits and techniques for safe, defensive driving?

What are your best habits and techniques for safe, defensive driving? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Nov 1, 2004 - 48 answers

Car AC

Is it safe to always keep the car air conditioner on, and on recirculate? A good idea? Because apparently that's what people in Taiwan do, but I've never seen it done in the US.
posted by calwatch on Oct 26, 2004 - 10 answers

Red-light runners

As a pissed-off pedestrian and all-too-frequent near-victim of vehicular homicide, what can I do in the way of inflicting public shame (or, at the very least, education) on drivers who run red lights? (Without resorting to violence. Or childish name-calling.)
posted by PrinceValium on Oct 25, 2004 - 30 answers

How to fix the headlights on my '72 Volvo ASAP?

My headlights are out! [M to the Izzo] [more inside]
posted by nicwolff on Aug 28, 2004 - 10 answers

Breathing some life back into a CD changer.

I have a 12-disc CD changer mounted in the trunk of my aging car, and it's starting to fail. It refuses to recognize about half of the CDs put into it, and will frequently decide that a given CD is unacceptable at a track transition. It's also a lot more skip-prone than it used to be [exposition inside]. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Aug 17, 2004 - 1 answer

Saab repair question, or recommend a mechanic near Kansas City, Missouri?

Saabfilter

Any saab mechanics or semi experienced shade tree mechanics in the green audience today?

Need some advice...more inside... [more inside]
posted by damnitkage on Aug 14, 2004 - 5 answers

If I spend $6k on repairing my VW, will it still need regular expensive repairs?

Carfilter: I have a 1988 VW Golf GL that currently costs me about $85/month in repair costs. In other words, I'm finding myself putting about $3-400 dollars into it every 3-4 months. The car has 60k miles on a transplanted eight-valve Scirocco engine. And the steering is getting mushy. And I have no real mechanical skills.

If I take the $6k that I could spend on a newer car and put it into the VW, and I just going to end up with a pimped-out VW that still needs spendy repairs every 3-4 months?
posted by mecran01 on May 18, 2004 - 19 answers

How do I protect my car from thieves?

How do I protect my car from thieves? I headed out to work this morning and was confronted by this. (that would be all four tires and wheels - $750 worth) I have a Clifford alarm system, I always park in highly visible areas, I stay out of "bad areas", there is a police academy 100 yards from where this picture was taken. What do I do to make this never happen again? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 on Feb 19, 2004 - 29 answers

Car speaker installation hassles

Say you have two holes in your front car doors where the speakers should go. And say that even though you can wire them up, you have no way to attach them, because the geniuses that can design a car to drive 300,000 miles can't make interior door panels that don't shred like cardboard after a quarter of that. What would you do? [mas adentro] [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 8, 2004 - 3 answers

Renting a Car

I want to rent a vehicle for my daughter and 3-4 friends to drive from PA to Myrtle Beach, SC this summer. Guess what - more inside! [more inside]
posted by iconomy on Jan 14, 2004 - 22 answers

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