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Buying a used European car for $5k or less after a car-less decade: y/n?

Used car filter: after a decade without owning a car, I'd like to get back into the game. I'd prefer to spend $5k or less. I understand this means older cars/higher miles. I find myself drawn to early 2000s VW Golfs/GTIs, late-90s BMW 300 series, '90s Saabs, early '00s Volvos. Are any of these types going to be substantially more reliable or cheaper to maintain than others? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 12, 2014 - 38 answers

How can I replace a lost 1989 VW vanagon key?

Totally embarrassing, but I lost the sole remaining key to my family's 1989 VW Vanagon (on my way to make a copy, natch) ... I'll be calling locksmiths and my mechanic today, but if anyone has any experience and/or knowledge of fixes for such a SNAFU, I would appreciate tips. (No, I don't have a picture of it. Yes, very stupid. Trust me; I've heard it.)
posted by mrgrimm on Jun 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Can I avoid having a salvage title (California)?

My Vanagon was hit, and the other person's insurance company wrote it off as a total loss. We settled, and I retained possession of the vehicle. It's fixed and good to go--except maybe the whole salvage title thing. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 3, 2014 - 8 answers

How to get at something stuck between dashboard and dash in VW Jetta?

This morning, I tossed the RFID parking strip that automatically opens the gate for my building onto the dash and it slid under windshield. I can't see it, but when I slip a thin piece of cardboard in, I can feel it rattling around. Has anyone else ever experienced this and have any suggestions? Is it possible to remove the dash?
posted by perpetualstroll on Jul 20, 2013 - 10 answers

VW - Y/N?

Is buying a used VW (or Audi) really that bad of an idea? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on May 24, 2013 - 31 answers

a woosh and a shift and the land that we...wait your car is making that noise...?

i hear cars coming up my road, and when they obviously shift to the next gear, i hear a "whoosh" of "air" or something else. what is that? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on Sep 8, 2012 - 7 answers

No honk car lock

Is there a way to deactivate the horn honk when locking a car with the key remote? Or some other trick to lock a VW Jetta without having the horn honk? [more inside]
posted by yarrow on Aug 9, 2012 - 26 answers

Engine braking with a cold engine - bad idea?

Engine braking with a cold engine - bad idea? [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Mar 7, 2012 - 30 answers

Getting AACs in bulk to become MP3s to better be played with SDs.

What's the best - and ideally free - way to get a LOT of AAC's onto a memory card that will play in my car? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 24, 2012 - 9 answers

how do I make this popular retro car look more retro?

2012 Beetle-filter - I just got one and I'm looking for ways to make it MORE retro looking. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 5, 2011 - 10 answers

VW Golf mk4 oil pan busted. Is there anything wrong with my car?

I was driving up a mountain road today in my 2000 VW Golf GLS, when I ran over a rock that was about the size of a football and broke open my oil pan. I drove a little further down the road before my "check oil" light lit up and my engine started getting louder. When I had a chance to pull over and have a look under the car, I saw that the oil pan was busted and the remaining amount of my cars oil spewing out. (read on) [more inside]
posted by mtomanelli on Mar 19, 2011 - 21 answers

Cars do not run on air.

I ran my 2000 diesel VW Beetle out of gas. Before taking it to the mechanic, I want to see if I can fix the problem. I'm pretty sure nothing I do will screw it up worse than it already is. [more inside]
posted by cereselle on Sep 19, 2010 - 9 answers

New lease... how can I avoid getting screwed?

With any luck, today I'll be leasing a new car. The price has been negotiated, the car's here, and I have an appointment at the dealership to handle all the paperwork. What do I need to know? What should I be on the lookout for? How are they going to try to screw me? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Sep 2, 2010 - 17 answers

VW Jetta: Dreck or no?

VolkswagenFilter: I'm going to be looking at a '99 VW Jetta (A4 body) in the next couple days and am wondering what, specifically, I should look for when I'm there. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Oct 7, 2009 - 14 answers

How do I read a Passat odometer?

How do I read a 2002 VW Passat odometer? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Nov 29, 2008 - 18 answers

are the older GTI's still awesome?

I'm looking for a used car that's fun to drive, nice power, great handling. I've been thinking about the VW GTI, which I hear fits all these criteria, but I've also heard that they don't get totally awesome until 2007. Is this true? Or can I go older and still get something super fun? [more inside]
posted by alohaliz on Jul 13, 2008 - 16 answers

Help us get our crappy cars fixed.

Where in Chicago can I get the brakes on a '99 VW Jetta and '98 Ford Escort replaced reliably and cheaply? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Jan 17, 2008 - 3 answers

VW Golf wants to stall after A/C repair. Fixable?

After having the A/C compressor replaced in our VW Golf, the engine idle speed drops way down to near-stalling whenever the clutch is released while driving. It pops right back up, but it's a bit unnerving. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 8, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me build a relay & timer electronics project please.

I'd like to trigger a relay that momentarily closes a switch based on the voltage of another wire. Maybe. I think. Please help me with this basic (I hope) electronics project. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on May 14, 2006 - 6 answers

How much to fix a cluth?

What is a reasonable price to pay to get the clutch replaced in a Jetta? [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Dec 7, 2005 - 5 answers

Is my VW service guy ripping me off?

How much should a 20,000 mile dealer service cost for a 2003 VW Passat? $470? Am I getting ripped off? Should I fight? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Oct 11, 2005 - 12 answers

Have you used a low cost ($20-$50) Cold Air Intake on your car?

Have you used a low cost ($20-$50) Cold Air Intake on your car? [more inside]
posted by skyguy14 on Jul 12, 2005 - 7 answers

Should I Buy This Karman Ghia?

I've just moved out to san fran and feel like i need a convertible. found a sweet little Karman Ghia for 5 grand. Has anybody had any experience with these good/bad/ugly?

oh, and how long has ask metafilter been here? (pretty damn cool)
posted by NGnerd on Dec 10, 2003 - 14 answers

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