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Visitors to L.A: Was traffic better or worse than you expected?

I reply to a fair number of L.A. travel questions here and many of the answers (including mine) often contain dire warnings about traffic. This happens even if traffic isn't directly related to the question being asked. So, visitors to our fair city, how bad was the traffic really, and what information/advice can I give to newbie LA tourists who drive? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 29, 2013 - 60 answers

help me find my perfect vehicle

I have a 4 yo and another on the way. We camp a lot. We have a VW jetta wagon, but it's getting cramped and we need something bigger. I like the Mazda 5 but my wife thinks it's "too minivan looking." ANy suggestions for maxi-wagons that have that third row of seating that can fold down into cargo space? We do not want an SUV but may have to consider something on the small end of the SUV range ... and we're hoping not to spend more than 24k. Used/new/prev lease all are options.
posted by luriete on Jul 30, 2012 - 22 answers

How should I go about selling my car?

How should I go about selling my car? [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Apr 16, 2012 - 10 answers

What do I do with a brand-new car?

How do you "break in" a new car? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Apr 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Rolling in My Hooptie

Help me decide how to finance my vehicle purchases. I need to get two cars for my family. Could be new, could be used. I want both of these cars to have very high safety ratings. Everything else doesn't really matter. I could pay cash for two new cars, but that just seems stupid to do on a depreciating asset. Is the best course of action to find two used, yet reasonably new cars and pay cash? What if we like having new cars? Should we just lease two new vehicles? I have read that the best course of action is to buy a used car and drive it into the ground. That's great, but what if I leave the country again in 5 years. And do I really want to be driving around in a Hooptie in ten years. How do I approach the whole buy new / used, lease issue.
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Should We Buy a 2007 Nissan Versa SL Sedan?

My wife and I are considering buying a used 2007 Nissan Versa SL Sedan here in Canada. It has 19 000 km on it, and the pretax price is $13 000. Should we buy it? If you have experience with this vehicle, or are generally car-savvy, we would love your input. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Dec 18, 2010 - 20 answers

Amazingsitetokeeptrackofvehiclemaintenance.com?

Are there any really slick sites for entering and keeping track of vehicle repairs and maintenance? [more inside]
posted by Capa on Oct 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Ghost Riiiiiiide

My car has died. I live in New York City (Queens) and I need a car. Should I lease? Should I buy? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by orville sash on May 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Older car, cold weather?

My car's getting older, and I have recently moved to a new place with no garage. I'm worried about it starting in cold weather. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by Richat on Dec 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Lead Foot Equall/Not Equall Need Brake Job

Theoretical brake wear: Do brake pads wear out faster, slower, or at the same rate if you brake later and harder than normal? [more inside]
posted by Liver on Oct 15, 2009 - 17 answers

Finding a new car mechanic

I'm looking for a new car mechanic in Melbourne, Australia and/or tips for finding a reliable one in general... [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Mar 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Looking for an antique automobile renter/dealer in Florida panhandle, South Alabama, or South Mississippi?

Looking for an antique automobile renter/dealer in Florida panhandle, South Alabama, or South Mississippi? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Sep 18, 2008 - 0 answers

when silence is *not* golden.

is volvo liable for my car alarm not going off during a break in? [more inside]
posted by violetk on Aug 21, 2008 - 14 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

Helpe me make lemonade from this lemon.

My practically-new car is having serious problems, but the dealers don't believe me. What can I do to get the car fixed once and for all, or else get out of my lease? [more inside]
posted by Lillitatiana on Jan 13, 2008 - 17 answers

Should I buy a used rental car?

UsedCarFilter: Is buying used from a rental car company, specifically Enterprise, a good idea? First hand experiences appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Sep 14, 2007 - 26 answers

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

Key wouldn't turn in ignition.

The key in my wife's Camry wouldn't turn until I jiggled the steering wheel. [more inside]
posted by codswallop on Aug 16, 2007 - 20 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

Sorta-Kinda Fast and the Furious Filter: Ideas for tuning my 2001 Toyota Camry XLE?

Sorta-Kinda Fast and the Furious Filter: Ideas for tuning my 2001 Toyota Camry XLE? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 31, 2007 - 17 answers

Need to know about remote starters on cars.

My mother-in-law is in a contest with my wife that involves waking up early in the morning to go to the gym. Now that winter is finally starting to rear its ugly head, my mother-in-law is interested in getting a remote start setup for her car. She has a 2003 Subaru Forrester with automatic transmission, remote door locks on a key fob, and no alarm. She also has a few questions about the whole remote-start thing. [more inside]
posted by Moondoggie on Dec 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Guidance for buying an auto part at a junkyard

Should I get a car part at a junkyard/salvage yard/auto recycler, and how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Sep 5, 2006 - 18 answers

What kind of car is the safest to drive?

What kind of car is the safest to drive? There are lots of studies on which cars are best in a crash, but I suspect that some cars crash less often than others, so I am interested in statistics that take the rate of accidents as well as crashworthiness into account. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Dec 27, 2005 - 24 answers

Teach me how to fish .. FOR CARS

Mechanics: I've got a 1964 chevy bel air which is my daily driver that needs some work. I'd like to do it myself, but I'm sorta a car newbie. What online communities and resources will be useful to me? Do you have any specific anecdotes, tips and tricks for working on old cars? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker on Dec 7, 2005 - 25 answers

How do you make sure your car is getting the most mileage possible?

I'd really like to see what tricks of the trade you guys have to make sure your car is getting the most mileage it possibly can. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on May 29, 2005 - 38 answers

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