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Please don't be dying or badly maimed

What are these problems with my car? Including: an intermittent moaning noise when my foot is not on the gas, some startup strangeness, and very rare RPM revving in park. [more inside]
posted by nrobertson on Mar 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Mechanical Filter: Follow-up question: '93 del Sol won't start

A few weeks ago I asked this question. Consider this a follow-up question. I have a 1993 Honda del Sol 5-speed Si that has a "mystery" problem of sometimes starting and sometimes not starting. It's always a cold-start problem. I put the key in the ignition, switch it to ON until the check engine light goes on, the fuel pump pressurizes, and the main relay clicks, and then crank it. Sometimes it will fire up right away. Other times the engine will turn over but not ignite. Once it is started, it will start up fine for the rest of the day. It only gives me trouble when the engine has gone completely cold and has been left untouched for upwards of four hours. A new issue has developed since I first posted my question. Even after getting the car started, sometimes just a few minutes later during a sharp acceleration (approaching 4000rpms or more) the engine stalls out. I have to pull the car over and start it up again. It always starts up fine after that and will usually not stall out again. I had this issue looked at by several mechanics, most of whom hadn't the slightest clue what it was or willingness to investigate. The last mechanic I took it to said it was a faulty ignition switch and replaced it . . . but that has done no good whatsoever. Also, just FYI, the spark plugs are relatively new. Any thoughts are appreciated!
posted by fignewton on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Convert to another car?

Should I buy this car, or find another one? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Feb 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Which certified pre-owned sedan would you prefer - 2008 Mercedes C300 or

I'm in the market for a pre-owned sedan with a budget of about 20k and the 2 options that I have come down to are a 2008 Mercedes C300 and a 2007 BMW 335i. Being a total newbie about cars, I have very little idea which one should I go for. They are both certified pre-owned hence I am hoping there should not be a major problem with either one's condition. Please advise as to which one would you prefer and what are some things I should watch out for while buying them?
posted by libbrichus on Feb 20, 2013 - 16 answers

New Car Maintenance Checklist

So for my old car I had this fantastic maintenance checklist, but I just bought a 2013 Honda Accord Sedan Sport and I can't find anything like this checklist. I've asked the dealer, I've searched websites but I just can't find it. I don't want to only depend on the system to tell me when to do maintenance, can you help me out?
posted by xicana63 on Feb 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Toyota Prius owners- what should you've known when you bought your car?

We're likely going to buy a used (2006 or 2007) Prius soon. Any advice from Prius owners would be appreciated! E.g., problems you've had that we can ask our mechanic to check on before buying; unexpected likes or dislikes about the car; your experience with aging batteries; regrets you didn't buy a different hybrid instead? Thanks all!
posted by b_alex_a on Feb 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Can you tell me whether this used car seems like a good deal?

Can you tell me whether this used car seems like a good deal? I'm currently out of the country, but I'm looking to buy a used Toyota 4Runner. I would like to buy a truck/SUV that will last me FOREVER. In other words, I want to keep it as a second car even when it has 200k+. I think that the 4Runner might be good based upon what I know. [more inside]
posted by denverco on Feb 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Other driver suggested settling outside insurance, now ignoring me.

I rear-ended someone last month while on vacation and the other party, an elderly couple, suggested not involving insurance. The police were not called. After supplying an initial estimate that I agreed to pay, they suddenly realized that they are entitled to a car rental, too, and after I agreed to that they stopped answering their phone and email. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Mechanic filter: 1993 Honda del Sol sometimes starting and sometime not

About six weeks I purchased a 5-speed 1993 Honda del Sol Si. Overall, I'm very pleased with the transaction. It's in great shape and runs very nicely. However, ever since a few days after I bought it, I've had a very frustrating recurring problem. [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Feb 5, 2013 - 26 answers

Tried a "Car Concierge" to buy a used car. Didn't go well. Now what?

I need to buy a used car. I hate the process, am afraid of dealerships, and am easily talked into things — so I hired a "car concierge" buying service to do this for me. But it didn't work out like I thought and I felt pressured to spend more than I wanted. Should I give up? If so, how do I deal with buying a used car, when it completely freaks me out? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Feb 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Should I buy my friend's car? How can we fairly value it?

One of my oldest friends is selling his 2002 VW Passat Station Wagon (GLX V6). He bought it new and has taken good care of it (I've known him for 30 years; he takes care of things). He has all of the car's records. As it turns out, I'm in the market for a used car. The car drives beautifully. He is listing it at $6K. But a thorough pre-purchase inspection uncovered several problems, for which he is willing to take the price down. How can we find a fair value for the car? And should I buy this Volkswagen at all? [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Jan 30, 2013 - 28 answers

What do we need to know about window tinting?

My partner and I want to get a car window tint job. We're more concerned about quality (materials, won't bubble, etc.) than price, so what do we need to look for? One well reputed company in town is offering "basic color stable film," "high performance stable film" and "CTX ceramic," in ascending order of cost, but we don't know one from the other. One company offers LLumar and another offers 3M--how do we choose? Is quality more or less proportional to cost? Look for a lifetime warranty? Is ceramic the preferred material? Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by jroybal on Jan 27, 2013 - 6 answers

What to expect when returning a leased car?

We lease a Honda and the lease is ending on February 27. This is our first time leasing and we are nervous about the end-of-lease vehicle inspection. Should we expect to have to pay? [more inside]
posted by miaou on Jan 23, 2013 - 8 answers

2010 Ford Fusion Brake Question

The rear brakes on my 2010 Ford Fusion, which is still under warranty, have worn out in what seems to me like a premature and unusual way. I have included the details inside and would like your opinion on whether this is an issue I should press with the dealership and/or Ford, or whether I should just fix the brakes and move on. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jan 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Car guy needs a wagon that's fun to drive

An Audi A4 is a bit small and I can't import and RS6, what else should I look at? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Jan 16, 2013 - 34 answers

Snow tires in Seattle?

Are dedicated snow tires a good idea for Seattlites who only occasionally visit the mountains? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 answers

I think there's a crossed wire...or my car is determined to die

How could changing a car's battery cause the panel lights to come on when turning the car OFF? Or is everything in my car falling to pieces coincidentally at the same time? [more inside]
posted by Eicats on Jan 4, 2013 - 13 answers

Sharing a car with roommates. What's the right price?

I bought a new car. What is a reasonable and fair way to split car usage expenses with roommates? [more inside]
posted by chrysanthemum on Dec 31, 2012 - 16 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

Finding a mechanic for an old car in a new city (Toronto)

How can I find a trustworthy mechanic in a new city (Toronto) without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Dec 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Subaru Impreza or Hyundai Elantra?

Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback '13 or Subaru Impreza hatchback '13? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard on Dec 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Or, for the same price, we can get a 1977 Dodge Challenger...

Kia Spectra Hatchback vs. Kia Rio Hatchback vs. Mazda3 Hatchback vs. Hyundai Accent Hatchback? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Dec 3, 2012 - 14 answers

2010 Honda Insight - good value?

How's the reliability and driveability of the 2010 Honda Insight? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Dec 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Is there any alternative to an SUV or minivan?

Fuel efficient car for dog and future baby? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Nov 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Booster Seat Advice Needed

It's time to switch my kids from regular car seats to booster seats and I can't figure out which to buy or what features I should be looking for. If you've gone through this, can you please share your experiences to help me make a decision? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

What do I do with this dead car?

My car (97 Oldsmobile Aurora in pretty bad physical condition) is more or less a lost cause. The fuel pump is shot, the battery's dead, and it won't turn over because of those two things working in conjunction. It also has no working AC or radio. It's sitting on the street, as it has been for the past several weeks. I need to do something with it and get rid of it but I have never had to do this. Never had to even sell a car. What do I do?
posted by Modica on Nov 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Do we have to drive a tank?

Since car safety ratings are based on equal sized cars, how can I maximize safety while minimizing size? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Nov 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Should I fix up an old Fiat?

I want to fix up a fun little old car, but haven't really worked on cars much before. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by epilnivek on Nov 9, 2012 - 25 answers

Filing a claim with the city maybe

Messed up my car! City construction work was involved. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Nov 1, 2012 - 8 answers

get it right

Any MeFites with experience adjusting to an imported right hand drive vehicle? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Oct 25, 2012 - 19 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

Help me figure out why my car is making horrible sounds?

I am worried about the sounds emanating from my car. Could it be an alignment issue? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Oct 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Austin travel tips?

Thinking of a January trip to Austin, and I've got a few questions... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Oct 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Volvo - What to do with the engine?

I have a 1991 Volvo 740 with a 4 cylinder engine that was rebuilt less than 3000 miles ago. Car was just in an accident that totaled the car but didn't affect the engine. So I figure I'll look for another Volvo that needs an engine. Does anyone know what year & models can take that engine? Or point me in the direction of where to look. Or just part the car out and start fresh? Thank you!
posted by mikedelic on Oct 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Do I "owe" him a ride home if he pays for the date?

Do I "owe" him a ride home if he pays for the date? [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Oct 12, 2012 - 100 answers

So how worried should I be by these fumes.

I just bought a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. I'm having some issues with fumes. [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Oct 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Best Route from DC area to Indianapolis?

Road trip with my wife next week. I'm looking for practical experience with routes from Fredericksburg VA to Indianapolis IN. [more inside]
posted by COD on Oct 5, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I get the most mileage out of my manual-transmission car?

Can you help me understand, once and for all, what I need to do to get the best mileage out of my manual-transmission car? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 2, 2012 - 27 answers

Should I consider an all-wheel-drive car?

Should I buy an all-wheel-drive car? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Sep 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Help me ID this 60's sedan

Help me ID this car (mid-60's American Sedan) : [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Sep 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I go for the really, really new car smell?

I've always heard, "Don't buy a first-run car, wait until the model has been in production for a few years." But, I'm really interested in the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Would the fact that it's essentially a jacked-up Impreza offset that rule of thumb? Or should I stay far away from being one of the first US owners of this vehicle? [more inside]
posted by weathergal on Sep 22, 2012 - 16 answers

Where should I get my car's brakes checked?

I need my car's brakes looked at. Where should I have this done, and should I expect to pay for it? How much? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 20, 2012 - 15 answers

After a bunch of trips to mechanics, my car engine is hesitating/missing intermittently, and I would love a second opinion.

My 1998 Nissan Sentra GXE (1.6L) has been acting up for the past few weeks, in decreasing degrees of severity. After a varied set of problems and repairs, the engine now hesitates at random, more often when idling than when driving. It sounds like it's about to die completely and then returns to normal in a second. What the heck is going on? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Sep 14, 2012 - 12 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

Car Stereo Filter: Am I better off with a whole new head unit, or just an adapter?

Car Stereo Filter: Am I better off with a whole new head unit, or just an adapter? [more inside]
posted by bleachandink on Sep 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I farm my car out to the movies?

Weird question: Is there a place I can register my newly-acquired vintage car for use as a movie prop? [more inside]
posted by mibo on Sep 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Explain car lights to me

Which car lights should I use when? On different cars: How do I select them? How do I know which ones are on? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Sep 3, 2012 - 28 answers

What is the model of this car's engine?

Where can I find information about the engine specifications of a car down to its manufacturer and model number? [more inside]
posted by jacobw on Aug 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Bought a Toyota, how do I make it last a long time?

I recently bought a 2011 Toyota Corolla with 37,000 miles on it, it's Toyota certified. I drive about 2000 miles per month (probably more). When I'm done with college, I'm hoping to move closer to work at reduce my overall commute by 50% or more, but right now I'm stuck at 2000ish miles a month (lots of alone car time). [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Aug 22, 2012 - 18 answers

Selling a car from afar, help me avoid pitfalls!

I am moving from Colorado to New Jersey and unfortunately have not managed to sell my car. I am at a loss as what to do with the car but taking it with me is not an option in the short term. I have a friend who can take care of the car and possibly show it to interested buyers but I am unaware of the limitations or pitfalls of this process (aside from inconveniencing my friend). What would be the issues I would have to deal with? Is there a way other than craigslist that I should by trying? Carmax is too far to try out. Any other ideas?
posted by occidental on Aug 21, 2012 - 10 answers

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