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MeFi Mechanics--Older Car Issue

My wife and I have a rather old Lexus with low miles. On each of the last two times we took it out, the car shuddered a couple of times (like driving over a bump) and then lost all engine power, conking out in the middle of the road. There was no sound involved--just that little shudder, and then no power. Each time, we had to push it to the shoulder. Each time, the car would start up again with no problem--but would not stay on. Some more details inside--any ideas what's up? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 4, 2014 - 12 answers

 

How do I sell a car I know to be dangerous?

My car accelerates on its own. It think it needs to be taken off the road. How can I go about selling it in good faith? [more inside]
posted by release the hardwoods! on Feb 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Will the Prius C "fit" my needs?

I've driven a 2008 Honda Fit Sport for the last 5 years, right up until it got totaled in a collision last week. One of my top choices on paper is the 2013 Toyota Prius C 2, and another is the 2013 Fit Sport. I'll be test driving a Prius C tomorrow, but in the meantime I want to hear from anyone who has experience with both cars. One specific question is: How roomy is the back seat in the Prius C as compared to the fit? [more inside]
posted by jepler on Dec 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Good Toyota shop in Los Angeles for maintenance and repairs

Recently moved to the South Bay area of Los Angeles County and I am looking for a good place to take my Toyota Corolla for any maintenance and repairs it may need. [more inside]
posted by jayder on Dec 13, 2013 - 6 answers

A good mechanic near New Orleans for a '94 4Runner?

This is a long shot, but does anybody know a good mechanic in the New Orleans area who'll work on my old 4Runner? I'm having a hard time finding one for some reason. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 29, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the best used car for the money?

I am buying my first car. I am thrifty so I'd like it to be used because I think I will find the best deal there; I just don't like the idea of spending all of that money for a rapidly depreciating asset and I'd rather buy it after it has already depreciated some. I am looking for one of two types of cars, either: 1) A sporty, but economical car (think Honda S2000, Mazda Miata) 2) A long lasting electric/hybrid (ie Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Corolla, etc) Please let me know what your suggestions are, along with any caveats to buying a used car. I do not know much about cars. Should I bring a friend who does or hire a mechanic to inspect my car before purchase? Also, where is the best place to find a good deal? Thank you all.
posted by locussst on Nov 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Frustrating Car Question

I have a huge car financing question that is giving me a headache. I plan to travel soon so I wish to pay off the amount I owe on a car that I've financed through Toyota Financial Services. This didn't seem like it would be such a huge deal, but then I run into this gem. [more inside]
posted by ishrinkmajeans on Jul 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Buying a low-mileage 2002 Prius

We are considering buying a low-mileage 2002 Prius. Please tell us what to look out for. [more inside]
posted by gauche on Jul 2, 2013 - 13 answers

How to trade a vehicle, for a vehicle, for trade in.

Should I trade my rebuilt title vehicle for any other vehicle, just to get an increased trade in value? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Bought a Toyota, how do I make it last a long time?

I recently bought a 2011 Toyota Corolla with 37,000 miles on it, it's Toyota certified. I drive about 2000 miles per month (probably more). When I'm done with college, I'm hoping to move closer to work at reduce my overall commute by 50% or more, but right now I'm stuck at 2000ish miles a month (lots of alone car time). [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Aug 22, 2012 - 18 answers

What do I use in my '95 Camry as power steering fluid?

My '95 Toyota Camry uses Dexron II transmission fluid as power steering fluid, but nobody sells Dexron II anymore... [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan on Jul 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Is the dealership scamming me?

Bought my used 01 Toyota Camry from a dealership over a year and a half ago. Today they inspected the brakes and told me all pads need to be replaced + new brake fluid + powersteering fluid flush + resurfacing the rotors, and new battery. I have been taking this vehicle to same dealership for routine oil changes which include multi-point inspections, and only the battery was an issue in the past. Am I wrong to think that after just over a year and a half I shouldn't need so much work done- should I complain and write a letter, or is this to be expected with a used vehicle? [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on Jul 14, 2012 - 20 answers

Beyond Consumer Reports

I'm going to be buying a used car soon, for around $3000. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports doesn't have a reliability chart for beaters. [more inside]
posted by freshwater on Sep 3, 2011 - 20 answers

Help me buy a Toyota Truck and get it on the road in LA

I want to buy a Toyota Hilux and get it licensed to drive in LA, CA. I have two questions: What mechanical problems should I look for when buying this specific truck (2WD, 22R engine, early 90's model)? What should I look out for when trying to license it in California? I'm shopping on Craigslist. [more inside]
posted by fake on Jan 19, 2011 - 20 answers

2005 Toyota Corolla stalled on highway; battery cables; recall

Asking for a friend: "I've got a 2005 Corolla. That year/make is one of those selectively affected by the Toyota recall re: random stalling. I never received a notice that my car was affected, but I did buy (and transfer the title) fairly recently. Anyway, my car stalled--basically on the highway at rush hour..." [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Dec 29, 2010 - 10 answers

Jeep Wrangler or FJ Cruiser?

Carshoppingfilter: Jeep Wrangler or Toyota FJ Cruiser? Please help this SUV newb pick a vehicle. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Sep 14, 2010 - 13 answers

rough ride

'97 Corolla rumble: I think the transmission or clutch is suspect. What should this cost to fix, and are there more durable components that could be installed for future driving? [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Jun 30, 2010 - 9 answers

'96 Toyota Camry isn't doing so well

My daughter's car ruptured a radiator hose. I replaced it, and now it's not running properly. Help! [more inside]
posted by doh ray mii on May 13, 2010 - 19 answers

Which Whip should I Wish for? (Help me choose my next car)

My car was totaled, (totally not my fault) and I'm in the market for a newer car (yipee!). I was in a 2003 Mercury Sable and found it was too much car for me, now I'm leaning towards a coupe or smaller hatchback. Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by Advocate, I on May 12, 2010 - 24 answers

Where have all the control arms gone...?

Where did all the xB control arms go? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Oct 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Shall we grab our ankles now?

New car buying hell. Are we the only ones being told that the Toyota Prius price is MSRP PLUS expensive add-on premiums to cover their gouging? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Aug 8, 2009 - 21 answers

2001 Corolla, Fog Lights Always On

My 2001 Toyota Corolla has spontaneously developed a problem: the front and rear fog lights never turn off, even when the key is out of the ignition. A good mechanic was recommended to me, but he won't be able to see me for several weeks. He warned me to expect to spend $200 minimum. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to try to solve this myself? [more inside]
posted by churl on Jul 24, 2009 - 21 answers

Where is the coolant drain pipe in a Toyota & is rust-colored coolant a bad thing?

Where can I find the coolant drain in a Toyota Avalon 1995? [more inside]
posted by Bearded Dave on Jun 14, 2009 - 9 answers

Cheapest way for me to diagnose car troubles.

Engine is turning over slowly and I think it might be the battery. Affordable way to check this myself or just take it into the garage? [more inside]
posted by scarello on May 29, 2009 - 31 answers

Insight, the big brother, or bigger brother?

BuyingCarFilter: Should I get Honda Insight, Prius, or Prius 3.0? [more inside]
posted by 7life on Apr 1, 2009 - 14 answers

What repair fixes a misfiring 4-Runner?

Why does my uncle's 1998 V6 Toyota 4-Runner misfire at highway speeds? Last month we drove from Los Angeles to Tucson and back, and at what seemed to be random points while we were driving the engine would buck repeatedly. Once it started, it would continue at all speeds, with the engine running particularly rough at low/idle RPM. We took it in to 3 different Toyota dealerships along the way, and to it's home dealership once we got back. They were all happy to service the vehicle, but none were able to fix it and two insisted they couldn't find any problems with the vehicle. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 12, 2009 - 10 answers

My 1994 Toyota Camry died while driving, any ideas why?

My 1994 Toyota Camry died while driving, any ideas why? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons on Dec 23, 2008 - 20 answers

How long can I wait to replace a purge valve in my car?

How long can I wait to replace a purge valve in my '98 Toyota Corolla? How much is a reasonable price for getting this done? [more inside]
posted by lblair on Dec 15, 2008 - 3 answers

Heater core? What?

The mechanic said my heater core needs to be replaced and it will cost $700. What does this mean? Lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Dec 2, 2008 - 18 answers

Is it worth it?

Is it worth it? Mazda Protege vs. Toyota Camry! [more inside]
posted by bob bisquick on Oct 20, 2008 - 9 answers

Should I trade up from Corolla to Impreza?

Thinking about switching my 2005 Corolla hatchback for a 2007 Subaru Impreza sport wagon (non WRX version). Am I nuts? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei on Mar 4, 2008 - 12 answers

Repair Car Before Selling?

I am looking to sell my 2003 Toyota Echo. It's in great condition except the rear bumper. I am wondering if I should have the bumper repaired before selling it. [more inside]
posted by mto on Nov 5, 2007 - 10 answers

The dealer won't deal!

All the Toyota dealers in my region (Quebec/Canada) have a no haggling policy. The salesman just gives you the price from their webside and that's it. Anyone managed to get them to lower their price? Are they more flexible by the end of the month?
posted by racingjs on Sep 24, 2007 - 12 answers

some don't like it hot

For about a week, I've noticed a "hot" smell coming from my engine. I don't know how to describe it except that it smells like an iron that has been left on. What is it? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Aug 21, 2007 - 13 answers

My cassette adapter is flipping (haha) annoying...

My cassette tape adapter doesn't get on well with my car... why? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Jul 19, 2007 - 14 answers

Looking to buy an SUV as my first new car ever.

The time has come to buy a new car, and I've got a LOT of questions with regards to cost, options, leasing vs. buying, and haggling. Also recommendations on Toyota Highlanders and Mazda CX-9's... [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on May 26, 2007 - 15 answers

Water leaking into my car from outside

Water is leaking into the back seat of my '92 Toyota Camry when it rains. I suspect a clogged drain in driver's front door but I don't know how to confirm this and unclog it. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Dec 2, 2006 - 2 answers

Get this Mother^$(*ing Thump out of my Mother$*(#ing car!

Very strange electrical noise getting into radio on newly imported 1997 JDM Toyota Tercel hatchback. Radio replacement is imminent, but there's [more inside]
posted by toxic on Aug 29, 2006 - 5 answers

how to import a Toyota from Canada to the US

How hard and expensive it would be to import a Toyota from Canada into the US? We're looking at the Yaris, but the love of my life wants the 5 door hatchback and Toyota only sells the 3 door in the US. This is new for us, so please help out! [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on Aug 21, 2006 - 25 answers

My car won't start...sometimes.

Sometimes when I try to start my car, it doesn't seem to "catch". This only happens sometimes, and when I took it to the shop, they couldn't find anything wrong. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Jul 3, 2006 - 17 answers

How to close my hood?

I was topping off the windshield washer fluid on my 1999 Toyota Tercel. That was easy enough, but now the hood won't completely shut. It will catch on the very first latch, but will not completely shut. How do I make it shut on my own? And if I can't do that, will it be safe enough to drive (not on major highways) until then? [more inside]
posted by BlzOfGlry on Jun 30, 2006 - 16 answers

Selling A Tercel with an engine light that won't turn off

I am about to sell a 1996 Toyota Tercel that has seen better cosmetic days. It runs fine, has a pretty new exhaust, and a new thermostat. However, the engine light is on. I got an inspection at a Toyota dealer and the read out states that there is nothing wrong with it, but the light will not turn off. [more inside]
posted by toddst on Apr 24, 2006 - 13 answers

Toyota engine issues

CarFilter: My wife's old Toyota (1996 Tercell) is having an odd problem. I know very little about engines, and Google has turned up a variety of possible answers [mi] [more inside]
posted by sixdifferentways on Dec 16, 2004 - 15 answers

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