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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

Hard-wiring iPod to car?

Best hard-wired solution to connect an iPod to my car? [more inside]
posted by cahlers on May 24, 2006 - 17 answers

Importing a car from US to UK

Importing a car from the US to the UK. [more inside]
posted by Mossy on May 23, 2006 - 7 answers

High pressure sales.

My wife succumbed to a high-pressure car salesman when I was out of town. Help me get some or all of my money back! [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on May 21, 2006 - 35 answers

car seemingly overheats while idling. Help!?

My car's engine heat indicator suddenly began soaring anytime I idle. This can't be good. What is the cause, and how do I fix? [more inside]
posted by donmayo on May 21, 2006 - 12 answers

What car should I buy?

Yet another "time to buy a car" thread [more inside]
posted by ajpresto on May 20, 2006 - 44 answers

Which Car?

I'm asking a question for my roommate. She's trying to decide between 2 cars, same price. Which should she choose? 1) '98 Subaru Forester S Series, 160k miles, Power everything, anti-lock brakes 2) '97 Volvo GLT 850 5-cyl Turbo wagon, 150k miles. Any experiences with either car? Opinions? Advice? Thanks.
posted by slow, man on May 17, 2006 - 21 answers

I hate cars but...

I want a car that carries more than 5 passengers AND gets good fuel economy! I did see some similar recent posts on this question, but not explicitly including the more than 5 seating issue! Right now I drive a tiny civic hatch back. I don't care about having a BIG car, I just want a car that can carry more people than the members of my immediate family. I hate to switch from 35 mpg to the 18 that even the most efficient minivan provides. Any creative seating solutions (Optional rear bench? Back facing station wagon seating?) will be considered!
posted by serazin on May 16, 2006 - 27 answers

Plaid Jacket Optional

Buying a used car in Vancouver, BC, dealers you'd recommend, or conversely, those to absolutely avoid? [more inside]
posted by eurasian on May 12, 2006 - 7 answers

How can I clean shoe polish off of rubber?

Any ideas on cleaning shoepolish off of rubber? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on May 12, 2006 - 1 answer

Can I get a driver's license without a car?

Is it possible to get a driver's license without a car? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves on May 9, 2006 - 12 answers

Cars sold in US?

Looking for car *brands* currently sold at dealerships in the United States. I've got a 40+ member list (after the jump) that strikes me as fairly exhaustive but I also have this nagging feeling that I'm missing one or more "niche" brands. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor on May 9, 2006 - 18 answers

How to find spare parts for my car online?

Is there an online outlet/store to find spare parts for cars? [more inside]
posted by skechada on May 9, 2006 - 8 answers

Importing vehicles into the US.

What does it take to import an older vehicle into the US? [more inside]
posted by 6550 on May 8, 2006 - 4 answers

Recommended tire pressure for a 95 honda civic ex coupe?

What is the recommended tire pressure for a 95 honda civic ex coupe? Also I know nothing about checking the pressure or giving a tire air. [more inside]
posted by icespide on May 8, 2006 - 14 answers

Buckle Up?

Do you wear your seatbelt? [more inside]
posted by dseaton on May 8, 2006 - 161 answers

How far to go to fix a car?

I need to fix up my brother's POS car to sell it. How much effort should I go to? My brother is moving out of state, and since my parents are also no longer in the area, it has fallen on me to sell the car and send the money on to my Dad. (My parents actually paid for the car.) [more inside]
posted by voidcontext on May 5, 2006 - 21 answers

European People Mover

Autofilter: What are some good family (2 adults, 2 toddlers) cars on the market in Europe? [more inside]
posted by smcniven on May 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Help me not get 'taken for a ride' when I go see a mechanic soon.

There is a piece of lose plastic hanging down near the passenger side tire of my girlfriends car. Need some advice on what it is and how much it may cost to fix. [photos inside] [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Apr 28, 2006 - 8 answers

Questions about gasoline.

All about gasoline. [more inside]
posted by grateful on Apr 26, 2006 - 26 answers

Help me get the most utility out of my vehicle.

Yet another request for car recommendations. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Apr 21, 2006 - 26 answers

What is the best recent sportscar between 20K and 30K?

Best performance auto between $20K and $30K? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 on Apr 19, 2006 - 68 answers

Racks for 2003 Matrix?

Any suggestions on roof and bike racks for my 2003 Toyota Matrix? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia on Apr 18, 2006 - 12 answers

How much to get car repaired after attempted theft?

The used car that I had purchased on Thursday was broken into on Friday before I had registered it. They busted a window, got blood everywhere, stole the cd player, sirius radio, and then tried to hotwire it I guess because there are wires sticking out. I tried to start the car when I found it but the key got stuck in the ignition. It's an 88 Jeep Cherokee. Here's my problem... [more inside]
posted by camfys on Apr 15, 2006 - 15 answers

Can a can fix a flat

Does anyone have any experience with alternatives to spare tires such as fix-a-flat or slime? [more inside]
posted by Samuel Farrow on Apr 11, 2006 - 18 answers

Fix it or junk it?

At what point is a car not worth repairing? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Apr 11, 2006 - 42 answers

How can I stop a bird from playing on my car and leaving its crap all over?

How do I get a bird to stop sitting on my side mirrors and shitting all over my car? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Apr 6, 2006 - 31 answers

How do I get around these bullshit parking tickets?

I need to renew my car tabs, but my ex-girlfriend stacked up $800+ in parking tickets on my car, unbeknownst to me. There's no WAY she's going to pay for them (she's got her own problems that lead to no money, and I really don't wanna talk to her anyhow). What to do? [more inside]
posted by mattoly on Apr 4, 2006 - 15 answers

BT in me car

I want a bluetooth speaker phone for my new Blackberry 7290 for use in my car. I found lots of articles talking about new cars that have bluetooth, but can anyone recommend a device that I can purchase for the car I have already? I need a new stereo, so one that requires me to replace my radio isn't a deal breaker. [more inside]
posted by about_time on Mar 29, 2006 - 4 answers

Physics, Car Wrecks, and Newton's Laws

I am interested in the physics of motor vehicle accidents. The most basic question I have is which of Newton's laws, if I am understanding them properly, is at work in the following situations: 1) You're driving in a straight line and suddenly you jerk the wheel in one direction. This makes the car start to roll. 2) You're driving and you fall asleep at the wheel, so the car drifts to one side. You wake up suddenly, jerk the wheel in the opposite direction, and the car starts to roll. 3) You round a sharp curve too fast and roll the car. If anybody would like to give detailed explanations of the physics of each of these situations, hopefully without calculus, that would be great, as well. thanks!
posted by soulbarn on Mar 23, 2006 - 12 answers

Wrong plate numder

Do I have to pay a parking ticket if they got the details wrong? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Mar 21, 2006 - 39 answers

Safe place to park a car in Lahaina for 5+ hours?

Safe place to park a car in Lahaina for 5+ hours? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Mar 18, 2006 - 5 answers

How to get people to observe a No Parking sign?

How can I get people to stop blocking my apartment building's driveway? [more inside]
posted by nadise on Mar 18, 2006 - 37 answers

Should my girlfriend cosign on my car loan? Or, how do I get a car loan?

How do I get a car loan? What are the mechanics of cosigning? [more inside]
posted by arimathea on Mar 18, 2006 - 9 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

Should I put on my parking brake when I'm parked on a hill?

Are you supposed to put your parking brake on when you park on a steep hill even if your car is an automatic transmission? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi on Mar 15, 2006 - 40 answers

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