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East Coast vs West Coast Cars

Am I stupid for buying a car in LA when I am moving to Boston in six months? Are "west coast" cars different than "east coast" cars? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Oct 15, 2010 - 27 answers

Is cruising in neutral really saving me gas?

I drive a 2003 Manual-Transmission Honda Element, and I've gotten into the habit of shifting into neutral at every opportunity, usually when I'm at the top of a large hill. I do this under the impression that this is saving me gas, but I'm curious about the specifics. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Oct 13, 2010 - 24 answers

Is the Fit a fit?

From Element to...Fit? Help me make an informed car choice. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Oct 12, 2010 - 31 answers

To CRV or not to CRV?

Should I get a 2010 Honda CRV or a 2010 Toyota Rav-4? [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz on Oct 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Amazingsitetokeeptrackofvehiclemaintenance.com?

Are there any really slick sites for entering and keeping track of vehicle repairs and maintenance? [more inside]
posted by Capa on Oct 8, 2010 - 5 answers

I want to do it, but it's expensive.

Should I take my car in for its 90k maintenance? [more inside]
posted by oddman on Oct 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Which car should we replace?

Which car should we replace? My husband’s grandmother is going into a nursing home and has decided to give us her car. My husband and I both have a car and both need a car for work. So, which one do we get rid of? Her car – 2003 Honda Accord, 25K, blue book value (per edmunds) $9000 My car – 1998 Jeep Cherokee, 215K, bbv $1700 My husband’s truck – 2003 Nissan Frontier, 75K, bbv $5000. [more inside]
posted by NancyR on Sep 28, 2010 - 16 answers

Little car needs a new pair of shoes...

I'm looking to change my car tyre size, and I've got some questions (more maths related than automotive related, I'd guess). [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Sep 27, 2010 - 16 answers

Do you recognize this short story?

Prompted by the recent Harlan Ellison thread I was reminded of a short story which I think was his in which a depressed and suicidal man freaks out an armed carjacker by threatening to kill him in an accident and leaves him trembling on the median. It was called something like "The More Dangerous Weapon". Google-fu is getting me to nowheresville. Can anyone help? Maybe it's not Ellison...
posted by chavenet on Sep 25, 2010 - 13 answers

Should I contact my ex-boyfriend for help with buying a car?

I’m looking to buy my first (used) car, but feeling kind of overwhelmed by the process. I don’t really have anyone in my life who is car-savvy. Is it a bad idea to ask my ex for advice or help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Timing belt! Now! Help!

It's way past time to change my timing belt - like almost 30,000 miles past! Help me find the right Honda/Acura dealership in West Central Florida (Tampa to Gainesville) to change the timing belt on my 1994 Acura Integra. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Sep 15, 2010 - 13 answers

What's the best, sleep-able, road-trip car I can buy for under $3k?

What's the best, sleep-able, road-trip car I can buy for under $3k? [more inside]
posted by rolex928 on Sep 15, 2010 - 12 answers

Which Chinese artist paints round cars in rural American landscapes?

Looking for a Chinese painter who paints "round cars on the rural roads of America." Last name probably starts with "z". [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Sep 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Cleaning the EGR port

How should I clean my EGR port? The check engine code says "inadequate flow through the EGR valve." [more inside]
posted by noonknight on Sep 9, 2010 - 3 answers

A mismatched, jammed zipper of rage.

When losing a lane on a highway, what is the proper place to merge? [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower on Sep 7, 2010 - 16 answers

You built a time machine... out of a '74 SAAB wagon?!

I'm considering going back to the good old days, when cars were simple and could be easily repaired by a competent home mechanic with basic tools. Problem is, I'm a SAAB junkie and the particular older car I'm considering (the 1970's era 95 wagon with the V4 Ford engine) is rare & quirky. Am I crazy to be considering a rare Swedish antique for basic transportation? Do I have the right idea but the wrong car? Help me, MeFi greasemonkeys! [more inside]
posted by richyoung on Sep 4, 2010 - 20 answers

Do I need to change my car's fluids before this trip? Which ones? Anything else?

Taking my car (previously mentioned here) on a cross-country road trip on Saturday. Need some more advice. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 1, 2010 - 21 answers

Negotiating custom car deals

How do I get the best deal when custom-ordering a new car? [more inside]
posted by sharding on Aug 30, 2010 - 7 answers

I need a decent car for super cheap! Help!

What is the absolute best, most reliable car I can get for about $3000? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Aug 25, 2010 - 35 answers

How to replace the arial on a 2002 Ford Focus?

How to replace the aerial on a 2002 Ford Focus? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Aug 25, 2010 - 4 answers

What website has the most/best used car listings?

Lots of sites have listings of locally available used cars. Aside from Craigslist (which is spotty where I live), what site do you feel is most widely used and provides the best variety of listings, especially of cars being sold by a dealer (of any size)?
posted by anastasiav on Aug 23, 2010 - 5 answers

Origin of Car Keys

What's the origin and history (first make/model, etc.) of auto ignition keys?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Aug 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Stopping is a state of mind

Carfilter: I have a 2003 Ford Explorer (2WD, 2-wheel ABS) with 98k miles whose brake pedal requires more travel and pressure to get the vehicle to stop. I've checked the fluid--as has the repair shop every time it gets its oil change--as well as the pads and booster pump compression. My gut says to change the master cylinder. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Aug 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Which car is quiet, fast, and reliable?

Which car is quiet, fast, and reliable? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Aug 19, 2010 - 23 answers

Looking for Wired Photos of Salt Flat Racers

Could anyone help me find photos from an article in Wired about racing on salt flats? [more inside]
posted by picea on Aug 17, 2010 - 6 answers

If only they made a Fitrester

Looking for advice on a new-to-me car. Anyone with experience of late-model Subaru Foresters, Honda Fits, and the AWD vs. FWD question? I'll be in central NJ. Loooong-winded "more inside" with a summary. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Aug 10, 2010 - 26 answers

Sending a vehicle across Australia!

Transporting-Cars-Filter: My brother is working on the mines in Western Australia and would like to get his jeep or scooter transported from Gold Coast to Perth / Karratha. Any idea how to do this as cheaply as possible? Brother has heard that rail freight is a less expensive option. [more inside]
posted by mjao on Aug 6, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I fix a Toyota Sienna's rear liftgate which will not close?

My dad has a 2004 Toyota Sienna which he takes very good care of. He was picking something up very recently and a meaning-to-be-helpful person went to shut the rear door for him (the rear liftgate). This person didn't realize that it would close itself and he tried to force it. Since this happened when my dad pulls the door to engage the power door function, the door beeps like normal, comes down part way and then reverses and opens back up (as if it has hit something, engaging the safety switch). The only way you can get it to close is to turn off the power to the door and close it manually. Does anyone know of something he can do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Original 1928 Flavor on Aug 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Blower motor resistor or worse? Did you mean 'power motormite rotor'?

If my 2001 Honda Accord's blower motor resistor goes out, should I expect the air conditioner not to come on at all, or is there something more seriously wrong with the car than just the resistor? [more inside]
posted by tybstar on Aug 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Repo'd cars in Austin

How do you find, examine, and buy repossessed cars in Austin, TX? Other suggestions for low-priced car buying also welcome. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on Jul 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Buying and selling used cars for profit in California?

Buying and selling used cars for profit in California? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Jul 28, 2010 - 18 answers

How do I sell a dead person's car in California?

My sister died without a will in California, her estate is going through probate, and I am (will be) the executor. How do I sell her car? My lawyer and the DMV are telling me different things. [more inside]
posted by pizzazz on Jul 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Soothe my Paranoid Mind

Selling my car privately: Do I HAVE to mail Bank of America my blank pink slip? [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Jul 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Will an alignment fix my tire problems?

Lowered car = tire murder. How much will a proper alignment help? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Jul 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Insurance is confusing!

What do I need to do to insure my car? (a tricky Canadian situation) [more inside]
posted by Bergamot on Jul 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me choose a car. I need shift paddles.

I need a car for traffic, but don't want it to bore me to death. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Jul 11, 2010 - 22 answers

The DMV sucks, amirite?

Having lost my wallet three times in six months, I need to streamline the process for replacing a Driver License and dealing with the California DMV as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jul 8, 2010 - 18 answers

when I was a teenager I owned a muscle car, now I want the exact opposite.

Should I expect to pay MSRP for a new ford fiesta currently for sale at my local dealer? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Jun 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Something missing below headlight on 1999 Toyota Avalon

I have a 1999 Toyota Avalon. I noticed the small plastic grille below my left headlight missing and there's a dangling plug inside. I can't figure out what used to be in there. The car still runs fine. Inside the passenger-side grille is a grey plastic box, probably connected to a similar plug.
posted by boognish on Jun 27, 2010 - 4 answers

zoom zoom...boom?

YANMM but: how hot is too hot for an engine? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Jun 26, 2010 - 14 answers

I can remember lying down in the back of station wagons and pickup trucks, but what did we do in the VW?

How did kids under 2 travel in cars before car seats were the norm, particularly on long trips? My mom recalls tots in the lap and something called a 'car bed' (got any pictures?). Would little ones get lap-belted in to prevent them from falling off the seat on corner-turns?
posted by xo on Jun 23, 2010 - 56 answers

Why are auto parts more standardized.

Why doesn't an auto manufacturer use more standardized body parts across the product line? I know many platforms share drivetrain components (Audi/VW etc), but wouldn't it be cheaper to extend the concept to the rest of the car? Or is it all just marketing and perceived product differentiation? [more inside]
posted by TDIpod on Jun 16, 2010 - 11 answers

How likely is fixing this Audi to be cost effective?

How likely is fixing this Audi to be cost effective? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Jun 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Help dating old photo with cars

Can anyone help date this photo by looking at the cars? (United States, 1950's) [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Jun 12, 2010 - 22 answers

How to get the best price on orlando car rental

Getting the best possible price on a rental car in Orlando. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jun 4, 2010 - 9 answers

What do I need to do before driving this car?

What do I need to do before driving this car? A car (2000 Toyota Corolla, previously in good shape) sat outside (in Maryland), unused, for two years. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jun 1, 2010 - 12 answers

How to go about buying a used car in Sydney?

I need help in figuring out how to go about buying a used car in Australia. [more inside]
posted by vidur on May 30, 2010 - 12 answers

What happened to my car battery?

Yesterday my car started fine, but today the engine wouldn't crank even once. What caused my car battery to fail so suddenly and without warning? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on May 26, 2010 - 18 answers

How do used car loans work?

I have some general questions about financing a used car [more inside]
posted by pete0r on May 25, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I get cockroaches out of my car?

I think I have a cockroach infestation in my car. I've only seen a few of them so far, but I want to stop this before they multiply. I've had a look at other threads dealing with cockroaches in houses, but has anyone had any experience with them in cars before? I could bug bomb the car, but I'm worried about overdoing it, as a car is so much smaller that a house, and also, would it be dangerous from an explosive point of view? Also, should I be worried about cockroaches hitching a ride from the car into my apartment when I carry shopping, etc around and then bring it inside? [more inside]
posted by Piroska on May 24, 2010 - 14 answers

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