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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

Auto shop for adults?

I'm looking for a what I can only describe as something like shop class for adults...any ideas? [more inside]
posted by m@L on Mar 7, 2006 - 7 answers

Buy a used Japanese car - go on used Japanese welfare.

Buying American: Does buying a foreign *used* car matter? [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Mar 1, 2006 - 54 answers

It's a parking lot on the southbound 101 this morning

Why do people in Los Angeles usually refer to their numbered highways with "the" (for example, US 101 is "the one-oh-one")? [more inside]
posted by armage on Feb 28, 2006 - 117 answers

What is the origin and significance of furry dice?

What is the origin and significance of furry dice (or fuzzy dice), which some motorists hang from their rear-view mirror?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 27, 2006 - 5 answers

MPV MVP

Looking to buy an MPV to cope with the growing family. Any recommendations (cars available in the UK) [more inside]
posted by lloyder on Feb 27, 2006 - 6 answers

Creative Zen on Car Stereo

What's the best widget to buy to hook my Creative mp3 player up to my car's stereo? [more inside]
posted by kafziel on Feb 24, 2006 - 17 answers

Lemon Aid

We're in Toronto and looking to buy a car. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Feb 24, 2006 - 18 answers

Temporary tags for transporting a car from TN to CA?

I have a car that has been sitting parked for 6 months in Nashville, TN and the tags have expired. I will be going this week to drive it to my new place in San Jose, CA. I know that I will have to pay a few hundred bucks to register it in CA when I get there and would like to avoid paying to register for a full year in TN when I only need valid pates for a few days. I've done some searching on the TN website and can't find any information if there is any sort of temporary tag (even 10 days is more than enough) that would get me through. Does anyone have experience with this? Any ideas on what my options might be?
posted by aaronh on Feb 19, 2006 - 18 answers

Accident Prone?

Is there such a thing as "accident prone and am I currently experiencing it? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Feb 18, 2006 - 8 answers

Where can I find a good CD head unit for my new car?

Where can I find a good CD head unit for my new car? I'm having trouble finding good reviews for current products online. I'm looking for sites with reviews or recommendations of actual head units. [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Feb 16, 2006 - 7 answers

Car Repairs and extended warranty companies

Dodgy charges for a car repair and recommendations for extended warranties? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 on Feb 16, 2006 - 11 answers

Experience with canadaescrowservices.com?

Someone is selling a car via an escrow service, Canada Escrow Services... [more inside]
posted by knave on Feb 11, 2006 - 16 answers

Parking Space Thievery

What should be done about those horrible people that occasionally steal your assigned parking space in apartments? [more inside]
posted by Phynix on Feb 8, 2006 - 52 answers

RFC on Dacia-Renault Logan

Dacia (Renault) Logan. Your opinions/experiences with this new very low price car ?
posted by elpapacito on Feb 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Advice for Dealing with Car Accident Stress

Yesterday I caused a car accident. I'm a college sophomore and I've never been in a car wreck before. I have liability insurance so it only covers the other persons car and its going to cost $1250 to fix my car which I have no choice but to fix. I also have to appear in court next month to deal with the ticket or whatever. The whole incident has just weighed on my heavily. I can't get any work done, I am having trouble sleeping. I just feel awful. Does anyone have any advice on dealing with this kind of situation?
posted by icespide on Jan 21, 2006 - 24 answers

Good used auto dealership in LA?

Can someone recommend a good used-car dealership in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by maxreax on Jan 16, 2006 - 2 answers

OUTATIME

Which state has the most vanity license plates? [more inside]
posted by mikepop on Jan 12, 2006 - 26 answers

Best Sports Coupe or Sedan in the $20-50K range that can accommodate a tall driver?

Best Sports Coupe or Sedan in the $20-50K range that can accommodate a tall driver? I'm giving my SUV to my son and want something new and fun to drive. My favorite car ever was a 1988 Porsche 944 -- great handling, adequate power and surprisingly enough room for me at 6'3". Many current cars (Boxsters, 3 series BWM) just are not comfortable. I've read good reviews about the Mazda RX-8 and Acuras will probably test drive this weekend. Any other recommendations?
posted by queue_strategy on Jan 7, 2006 - 27 answers

Anyone know how to get out of a car loan you no longer want?

How can my mom get rid of her car? It doesn't work, numerous attempts to repair it have been unsuccessful (long story), and she still owes money it. Is there some way to get rid of the car altogether without defaulting on her loan and ruining her credit? [more inside]
posted by pikachulolita on Jan 5, 2006 - 30 answers

How to buy my first car in Ontario?

I need to buy a car. I'm in Toronto. We've never had a car in Canada before. What are useful sources of information? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Dec 31, 2005 - 11 answers

Is the 3,000-mile oil change a scam?

Is the 3,000-mile oil change a scam? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Dec 29, 2005 - 24 answers

Tips or suggestions for shipping a car cross-country?

Tips/suggestions for shipping a car cross-country? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Dec 28, 2005 - 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

Recent book on crap cars - need title

Book-filter: help me find a book called (I think) "Crummy Cars" [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Dec 21, 2005 - 8 answers

Advise on selling my car

I need help selling my car. [more inside]
posted by ButWhatDoIKnow on Dec 20, 2005 - 11 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

Help me buy a car

CarFilter: the lease is up on my 2002 Jetta 1.8T in just under 2 months, and I'm looking to lease a new car. Help me make sure I consider all of the models I should! [more inside]
posted by mikel on Dec 2, 2005 - 20 answers

keeping my car's feet in good condition

What are some good wheel and alignment shops in or around Montclair, NJ? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Nov 30, 2005 - 6 answers

Old car with low miles = dry rot or not?

I just inherited a 1998 Mountaineer that has only 20,000 miles. It's never been tuned up and still has the original tires. I'm pretty sure the spark plugs are fouled because it's never been driven at highway speeds. Everything appears to be in great shape. What kind of problems can I expect from this car? [more inside]
posted by Slap Incognito on Nov 28, 2005 - 7 answers

collapsible roof-top luggage carriers

I'm thinking about getting a tiny car, and using a roof-top luggage carrier for trips. Good idea? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Nov 26, 2005 - 18 answers

Paying for repairs on a return lease vehicle

I am returning my Hyundai Accent after a four-year lease and leasing a new car with the same dealer. They evaluated some damage on the returned car which we negotiated around. Can the dealer legally come back after me in the future for any additional repairs or problems they find with my car that they did not find initially.
posted by sandrapbrady on Nov 24, 2005 - 5 answers

My '97 Chevy Blazer smells like burning rubber when I drive it.

My '97 Chevy Blazer smells like burning rubber when I drive it... and the emergency brake is NOT on. None of the indicators on the dashboard are showing anything either. I'm not very good with cars. What could be causing this smell?
posted by deafweatherman on Nov 22, 2005 - 14 answers

How to get an iPod to work in my car?

Help a girl listen to Jenny Lewis in her car. [more inside]
posted by sonnet on Nov 18, 2005 - 5 answers

Two or 4? Need snow tire advice!

My fiancee's car is a 2003 Altima that I would like to put some snow tires on. I have used 4 tires on my vehicle for work (paid for by the company) and am wondering how much difference there is between using 2 or 4. I am not cheaping out on her of course, but we both have concerns over the cost/benefit ratio as we are just starting out. I am very familiar with using 2 new tires on front wheel drive cars with less tread on the back with all seasons and summer tires, and experienced no difficulty in seasonal months. If you have used 2 tires snow tires only, what was your experience? More inside... [more inside]
posted by skyguy14 on Nov 14, 2005 - 19 answers

What is causing my engine to vibrate at low RPM?

Why does my car vibrate at low RPM and idle? It occasionally gets very close to stalling out at low RPM and idle as well. I'm starting to worry because the Cleveland winter is approaching. [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Nov 13, 2005 - 13 answers

Stop needed at French-German border?

When driving from France into Germany, is there a border crossing where you have to stop and speak to an official? Or do you just drive across with only a sign to mark the border? [more inside]
posted by richg on Nov 12, 2005 - 26 answers

Sending IR from my K750

Capturing IR signals, and sending them from my K750i... [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Nov 10, 2005 - 3 answers

Winter car tips

What do I need to get for / do to my car to have the best possible first winter in Minnesota this year? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Nov 9, 2005 - 36 answers

No scoop on the 5-0

I live in a small city in Texas. I got home this evening and found a cop car scene 2 houses down. My wife went to talk to them and they just said, "Everything's ok." Not wanting us to bother them again, I called the non-emergency number and they said, "I'm sorry, sir, I can't release that information." Are they being evasive or is this just standard procedure? I just want to know what's going on in my 'hood, that's all.
posted by zek on Nov 3, 2005 - 10 answers

How do I get over driving fears?

I live in L.A. I'm terrified of, and suck at, driving; can I improve? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Oct 25, 2005 - 20 answers

Should I expect more problems from my older car?

My old car didn't start up this morning - but is it likely to refuse to again? [more inside]
posted by ruddhist on Oct 24, 2005 - 15 answers

Auto repair shop reviews?

Any good online references for finding an auto repair shop? Reports, reviews, horror stories? [more inside]
posted by intermod on Oct 24, 2005 - 9 answers

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