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A car for camping?

Does it make sense to buy a cheap car just for weekend camping trips? If so, what should we look for? [more inside]
posted by enn on Jun 15, 2014 - 33 answers

What would be involved in converting an old SUV into an electric vehicle

This is just a thought experiment at this point, and probably will remain so. In the back of my mind I have the idea that when my old SUV finally gives up the ghost I might rip out the internal combustion drivetrain and convert it to an electric vehicle, possibly with a removable range-extender generator. Setting practicality aside for the moment, can you help me envision what this would involve? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 2, 2014 - 11 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

How might I squeeze a little extra mpg out of my old truck?

I've become mildly obsessed with trying to improve the fuel efficiency of my old truck. I've already done all the basic things and I realize that I'm fighting physics at this point, but what else might I consider if I wanted to make a bit of a hobby out of it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 19, 2013 - 28 answers

1994 Toyota 4Runner with bad muffler/tailpipe – what to do?

My 1994 Toyota 4Runner (V6, RWD) has a bad muffler and/or tailpipe. It runs loud, but not undriveably loud. Today I took a good look under there for the first time since buying the truck (pictures within) and I would like some advice on the best and most cost-effective way to proceed. Bonus mystery switch question at end. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

What should I keep in my truck's toolbox?

So I have an old truck. I'd like to hear your suggestions for tools, spare parts, fluids, etc that I should keep on hand in the truck either in case something goes wrong or in case I find myself having to do something tool-related while I'm out of the house. Hit me with your best suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 5, 2013 - 20 answers

Cargo van options with decent gas mileage?

I'd like to find a newish, reliable cargo van with under 100,000 miles, good gas mileage (at least 15+ city, 19+ highway), and a high top. The first two are strongly preferred, the high top could go either way I suppose. My budget is under $18K. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 8, 2013 - 2 answers

Bumper Stickers!

I want to slather the tailgate of my truck in bumper stickers. I am a science-minded, fun-loving, environmentalist, social-justice-oriented, politically-progressive dude who fancies himself a connoisseur of the pithy phrase. (So, pretty much your average MeFite.) What are some of your favorite bumper stickers that you think a chap like me would appreciate, and where can I buy them? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Aug 28, 2013 - 36 answers

Car that can carry a bike

I want a car where I can throw my bicycle in the back without taking it apart, and that has 4WD and higher than average clearance. What car satisfying these criteria has the lowest operating cost? (fuel + maintenance) [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Spend the Dough to Make it Go?

1. The truck's broke. 2. It would cost about half it's meager value to fix. 3. I'm ready for a new vehicle. So, do I........? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Oct 24, 2012 - 10 answers

In search of a motor vehicle that can take what I dish out

Help my find my dream motor vehicle: I want a durable and dependable ride that can take a fair amount of abuse and is cheap to fix. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by pupus on Sep 14, 2012 - 23 answers

Modifying 4x2 truck into 4x4

What needs to be done to turn a 4x2 Toyota 2011 Tacoma truck to a 4x4? [more inside]
posted by badger11 on Oct 30, 2011 - 9 answers

Craigslist Whitetext Mystery

What are the mysterious, apparently non-sensical, religious-sounding words that are appearing as small white text on white background on Craigslist car+truck ads across several cities? [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

I think pi is involved somewhere.

What's the math to figure out my speed and mileage after going to a larger tire? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Jun 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Turns out selling a car is a nightmare.

How do I ditch my old car without taking a bath? [more inside]
posted by zvs on May 22, 2010 - 18 answers

What's the best truck for my baby seat?

Tell me about your good experiences with a pickup truck and a LATCH car seat. [more inside]
posted by willpie on May 21, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I go about buying a used cargo van without burning my money?

What should I look out for while buying a used cargo van for my business? Or is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Apr 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Junk in my Trunk

I want to make my car into a truck. Do I just buy a blow torch, superglue and bubble wrap? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Dec 10, 2009 - 19 answers

Vrooom!

Why do little boys love trucks? [more inside]
posted by easy_being_green on Apr 21, 2009 - 56 answers

Portland area auto mechanics?

Please recommend your favorite transit-friendly Portland (OR) area auto mechanic for my aging chevy pickup. [more inside]
posted by janell on Nov 3, 2007 - 1 answer

How to sell an upside down car?

I owe more than my car is worth. My monthly auto-expenses are too great. I would be better off with a truck. Advice? [more inside]
posted by farmersckn on Nov 15, 2006 - 23 answers

Help me buy a new vehicle

Help me choose my new vehicle... please. It's great fun! You should play. [more inside]
posted by Witty on Aug 10, 2006 - 30 answers

Help me find the pickup truck of our dreams...

Please suggest a make and model for our next vehicle, based on the following criteria: [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Mar 17, 2006 - 19 answers

What is the best grease to lube my chassis?

What is the best grease to lube my truck chassis? [more inside]
posted by FakeOutdoorsman on Aug 6, 2005 - 3 answers

How much knowledge do you need to keep antique/vintage cars running?

I love old cars from the 50s and 60s - especially pickup trucks - and I've always dreamed of owning one. Unfortunately my auto expertise is limited to oil changes and, vaguely, what a carburateur does. I assume you have to have a lot of knowledge to keep an antique car running. Then again, they are much simpler machines than modern vehicles. Right? Where would you recommend picking up the necessary know-how? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 1, 2004 - 10 answers

Is the DC-powered stuff in my truck corroding my battery terminals?

I was going to ask these guys, but I'm sure we can come up with an answer here. I use some DC powered "stuff" in my truck and I'm afraid that it may be causing corrosion on the battery terminals. True, false, indeterminate based on the facts presented? [more inside]
posted by ajpresto on Jan 17, 2004 - 4 answers

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