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Malcolm in the Middle

Help me find a technique to be able to park in the middle of a perpendicular parking spot, first time everytime, without backing up. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Nov 5, 2006 - 14 answers

Car Audio in Toronto?

Where should I go in Toronto for car audio purchase/installation? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Nov 2, 2006 - 5 answers

Fishy van?

Last spring I purchased a van through craigslist to use in a set for an independent movie. Now I want to sell it again. However, I suspect that the circumstances of the original sale make this impossible or illegal. [more inside]
posted by davidriley on Nov 1, 2006 - 5 answers

Maximum down-payment on new car, or invest the rest?

I'll be buying a car next month. The total with tax and fees will probably be around $23,000 and I'll have about $16,000 saved up. Which is a better move, financially: putting it all down and getting my monthly payments very low, or putting a smaller amount down ($5,000 or so) and investing the rest? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems on Nov 1, 2006 - 14 answers

Driving off the fat of the land.

Biodiesel or hybrid? I need a new car, and of course there's [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Nov 1, 2006 - 19 answers

Cheap Jeep?

How hard/expensive is it likely to be to get a ten-year-old Jeep to pass California emissions standards? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean on Oct 19, 2006 - 8 answers

did i miss something?

what are these circular stickers i see on everyone's cars that show a blue hat and eyeballs underneath (which, when seen from afar, resembles a car k-car profile with the eyes as wheels)? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 on Oct 12, 2006 - 11 answers

windshield washer fluid

Windshield washer fluid vs. soap/detergent + water -- what's the difference? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Oct 7, 2006 - 16 answers

How can I avoid getting a car wash every week?

NewCarFilter: What colors are easiest to keep clean? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems on Oct 5, 2006 - 26 answers

Which car stereo + ipod adapter best integrates an ipod?

Which car stereo model + ipod adapter best integrates an ipod? Or should i just keep it simple and go for a car stereo w/a front aux input? [more inside]
posted by purplestarz on Oct 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Can airplanes really check your speed when you're driving?

You know those "Speed Checked By Aircraft" highway signs? I always use those as guide to knowing when there are no cops around whatsoever. But it got me to thinking: if there were in fact such aircraft COULD they check our car speed with radar? Is such a thing even possible?
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 28, 2006 - 28 answers

Brake woes.

I'm having an extremely weird brake problem with my '94 Grand Am. [more inside]
posted by booticon on Sep 26, 2006 - 11 answers

removal of minimal hail damage

are there any methods to remove very minimal hail damage that work well? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Sep 24, 2006 - 5 answers

Driving with only 3 brakes connected?

CarFilter: With regard to brakes... 3 out of 4 ain't bad? [more inside]
posted by knave on Sep 23, 2006 - 11 answers

Peak oil what?

Why have the gas prices fallen rapidly in the last few weeks? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Sep 20, 2006 - 28 answers

what do roads really cost?

What do our (United States) roads really cost? [more inside]
posted by R343L on Sep 19, 2006 - 10 answers

What to expect from auto insurance companies in an ackward situation?

My current auto insurance policy expires in 11 days. At the beginning of the month, I bought a policy from another company to start on the same day my current policy ended. Today, I was in a car accident. How would the fact that I'm not renewing my current policy affect me? [more inside]
posted by Darke on Sep 18, 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

Can this smell be the result of a bad oil change?

CarExhaustFilter: (Sorry, couldn't resist.) I recently had my oil changed at the dealership. (I have a 1998 Honda R-V.) Since then, there has been an overwhelming smell of car exhaust in my car, even when I roll the windows down. I want to be able to go into the dealer and tell them what's wrong, and that, more than likely, some thing was done incorrectly or not replaced correctly when they changed my oil. [more inside]
posted by schoenbc on Aug 30, 2006 - 15 answers

My clutch is scraping, do I need to replace the whole thing?

1997 VW clutch is making scraping sounds when fully depressed, but is working fine otherwise. Do I need a whole new clutch kit? Simultaneously, the interior fans (cooling) are dead, and the parking brake light is stuck on. Blown fuse? [more inside]
posted by juniper on Aug 23, 2006 - 7 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

Fender/hood mounted side mirrors

What is benefit of old style fender/hood mounted side mirrors on vehicles? and why are they gone? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo on Aug 16, 2006 - 7 answers

How many miles are too many on a used vehicle?

How many miles are too many on a used vehicle? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Aug 12, 2006 - 18 answers

The Last V8?

In the late 70s or early 80s, I watched a movie, probably on network television, which was called something like, "The Last V8" or "The Last of the V8s". Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by tomierna on Aug 12, 2006 - 7 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

How do I fight back after uninsured guy smashed my car?

I was involved in an accident Friday (in Tennessee) and it was the other driver's fault... [more inside]
posted by finitejest on Aug 8, 2006 - 12 answers

Car Exporting

How can I buy and export a left hand drive car to Ghana? [more inside]
posted by viama on Aug 7, 2006 - 1 answer

When it's time to cheat on your mechanic

My 1970 Dodge Dart swinger has begun making some odd noises and my current, very-good mechanic, can't figure it out. But he says it's nothing. For the first time, I don't think he's right. So I need to cheat on him with a new mechanic. A Dodge Dart specialist. Does anyone have any supremely talented classic mopar men in the Los Angeles area they can recommend?
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 2, 2006 - 10 answers

And where do I get the lambs?

Auto Insurance: What? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Aug 1, 2006 - 22 answers

Locked my keys in a Ford Explorer

I'm currently barrowing a car from my aunt and uncle and I just managed to lock the keys into the car. They are on vacation and I can't find a spare key. I'd really rather not pay a locksmith right now (college budget) and I don't have AAA. Does any one have any tips? Is there anything I should know before contacting a locksmith, any way to keep the prices low? I'm open to any suggestions, if it were my car I'd just go in with a coat hanger, but the doors are sealed up pretty tight and I don't want hurt the car. While it's not in a bad part of town, I'm also a little nervous about leaving it for more than a night with keys laying right there (as well as my PDA and my external hard-drive, which I'd really hate to lose). Thanks in advance!
posted by chrisWhite on Jul 28, 2006 - 24 answers

what is proper maintenance of cold air intake ?

Installed a cold air intake on my car. How does one maintain a CAI?
posted by donmayo on Jul 27, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I put a front plate on my Scion XB?

How do I mount a front license plate on my Scion XB? I got a fixit ticket for having only a rear plate, but there's no holes to screw on a front plate. [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Jul 24, 2006 - 12 answers

Running down the road trying to loosen my load...

Traveling from Washington DC to St. Johnsbury (actually Greensboro) Vermont towing a trailer. Is there a way to minimize the hills? [more inside]
posted by smellycheese on Jul 21, 2006 - 2 answers

Seeking Chevy Suburban in Washington D.C.

We're looking to rent/take on loan, a white or black Chevy Suburban in Washington D.C. for a specific date. How can we locate one? [more inside]
posted by omidius on Jul 20, 2006 - 4 answers

Honda Civic Si Suspension - too bumpy?

There's a wait list for the Honda Civic Si, so I can't test drive it. Can you help me know how it will compare to the Civic EX and/or Mini Cooper? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Jul 16, 2006 - 8 answers

engine break in

Do modern auto engines still require a break in period? [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell on Jul 11, 2006 - 12 answers

From TV into reality...

Have any of you ever seen any of the vehicles refurbished on shows like Trick My Truck, Monster Garage, or Pimp My Ride out in public or in real life? Not just at a car show or special appearance, but actually out driving around somewhere.
posted by drstein on Jul 10, 2006 - 23 answers

New Nissan?

Mysterious new Nissan car? (wow that sounded like viral crap) [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Jul 10, 2006 - 9 answers

Land Cruiser Filter

I'm thinking about buying a used, diesel, Toyota Land Cruiser to supplement my 1987 BMW 635csi mid-life-crisis car, which is much more fun than practical. [more inside]
posted by baylink on Jul 10, 2006 - 12 answers

Question about biodiesel

Why is biofuel diesel, instead of standard gasoline? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Jul 7, 2006 - 16 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 can I improve my parking skills?

I am horrible at parking:-( Thanks to the great advice in this thread, I was able to pass my driver's test. Unfortunately, my parking skills are all over the map. Is this something that will improve with more practice, or are there certain tricks and techniques that I should know? [more inside]
posted by Esther Festers on Jun 30, 2006 - 23 answers

So I got scratches on my car from going to the cheap car wash. Is there some sort of miracle cream to apply to take care of them?

What's the name of that stuff that you rub into your paint job that gets rid of the little scratches inflicted from car wash rags?
posted by rileyray3000 on Jun 30, 2006 - 9 answers

Blinded by the light or by an urban legend

Was there ever a plan for a public art project which would placed a giant rearview mirror next to Chicago's Lake Shore Drive? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Jun 29, 2006 - 3 answers

Is my car's smashed window a break-in or a hit and run?

Can a car window be "popped out" by hitting the door mirror housing? Or was my window just smashed by an inefficient thief? [more inside]
posted by litlnemo on Jun 28, 2006 - 14 answers

Fast and Furious, American Cars.

Fast and Furious 1, 2 and 3 and American Musclecars... (spoilers?) [more inside]
posted by lundman on Jun 27, 2006 - 33 answers

Non-existent car deal on credit report?

Does backing out of a car deal affect your credit? [more inside]
posted by starbaby on Jun 19, 2006 - 21 answers

Environmental car choice?

Car question: a choice among Honda Ciivc Hybrid, Toyota Prius, and VW TDI Jetta. Primary concerns (in order of priority): (1) general safety, reliability and maintenance issues, (2) gas mileage, (3) emissions, (4) pimpin' built-in iPod accessories. The car's used 80% in a daily stop-and-go commute (40-60 mins each way) but road trips are certainly in mind too. Opinions, experiences, venting appreciated. [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Jun 13, 2006 - 41 answers


Why bother blurring license plates? [more inside]
posted by baltimore on Jun 6, 2006 - 7 answers

Buying out a lease on a car.

Buying a used car. Basically paying the buyout of a lease. Am I getting a good deal? [more inside]
posted by eurasian on Jun 3, 2006 - 16 answers

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