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Well it's not the oil level (check engine light question)

First my check engine light went on. After checking the oil I saw it was getting low, refilled it. I took it to jiffy lube cause it was time for all that. Then, a few days later, the light came on again. I'm going to take it to a repair shop, but I want to know what to expect. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Feb 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Need used car recommendations

Need recommendations for a used car that meets certain conditions, snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Feb 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Porsche 911 or Boxster or...?

Porsche 911 or Boxster or...? Please help us choose our next car! My wife and I are getting a second-hand car and are looking for something fun to drive on the New Zealand B-roads. What we are looking for: - A fun and quick driver’s car. Practicality is not a major concern, but… - A reasonably comfortable and luxurious car (ruling out a Lotus for example!) - A reliable car. Neither of us knows anything about fixing cars - Price in US$ maximum $30,000 Which car would you choose? [more inside]
posted by sinbarambam on Feb 17, 2011 - 48 answers

How should I report road rage

I have witnessed road rage and I want to complain about it. How should I go about this? Or should I just leave it? I live in Vaughan, Ontatio (a suburb of Toronto). I witnessed a man get out of his car (I didn't get the plate number but it was a company van with the company address and logo on it) and yell at the other driver, hit his window repeatedly and then opened his door to yank the driver out of his car. Luckily the other driver managed to let go of him and shut his door. Then the aggressor went on to kick his driver side door. It was a traumatic to witness this incident for me. I wonder what the poor driver of the other car must have gone through. All he did was block a lane to get into a lane from the gas station that would make a left turn. The other driver obviously angry that his man blocked the lane (mind you the light ahead was red). So how should I go about this? I have never reported such an incident. Should I call 911?
posted by alshain on Feb 16, 2011 - 23 answers

I give you the money, you give me a car. Please.

I have $3000 cash. You have a car. Help me make this transaction go smoothly. [more inside]
posted by sonika on Feb 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Jalopnik alternatives?

What are some fun car blogs? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Feb 3, 2011 - 17 answers

Intensive driving course = stupid idea?

I have to take two weeks off work in the next two months, and thought it would be a great idea to learn to drive. I've heard of 'intensive courses', which would theorically let you pass the driving test after 40+ hours -- in more or less 7 days. But! I'm not sure this is a great idea... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Jan 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Title, registration, proof of insurance and license, please

This Saturday I'm picking up a used car in Milwaukee and bringing it down to Chicago. I haven't had a car in 2 years, I lost my driver's license and I only have on-street parking. I'll buy insurance on Saturday once I know the VIN. I'll register the car and get a new license Monday morning. What can I do to make sure I'm not screwed on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by ictow on Jan 27, 2011 - 22 answers

How bad does driving kill me?

How much time is removed from your statistical life expectancy for each hour you drive in a car? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Jan 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Am I off base on this car?

Am I being unreasonable on this used car price? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jan 13, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me identify these cars!

What are the makes/models/years of the cars in this photo? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach on Jan 13, 2011 - 13 answers

I don't know what it's called but I want it

What is the term for a shabby looking car that is tricked out like a muscle car underneath?
posted by InkaLomax on Jan 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Car lover visiting Los Angeles; is there an automotive mecca I should see while I'm here?

I love cars, particularly European classics, but modern and US cars too (though not the Japanese tuning scene). I'm in Los Angeles until January 22nd; is there an event or place that is a 'must see' while I'm here?
posted by wildatheart on Jan 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Can I legally claim my de facto ownership of a car?

My parents bought me a car, but registered it under my mother's name with the understanding that it would be, for all intents and purposes, mine once I could pay back the purchase price. This happened, but we can't transfer the title to my name without voiding the warranty. Is there any way to make this de facto ownership any more de jure without re-registering it? [more inside]
posted by XerxesQados on Jan 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Car committed suicide

My friends 02 honda crv which she has taken immaculate care suddenly totaled itself. She has had every conceivable maintenance on time from the dealership and they say they cannot do anything to help. She either drops 5 grand on a new engine or buys a new car. Is there anything anyone can do? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Dec 29, 2010 - 22 answers

Negotiating tips to help buy a used Toyota Camry?

Tips for negotiating the price of a used car, namely a used Toyota Camry, years 2007-2010? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Dec 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Should We Buy a 2007 Nissan Versa SL Sedan?

My wife and I are considering buying a used 2007 Nissan Versa SL Sedan here in Canada. It has 19 000 km on it, and the pretax price is $13 000. Should we buy it? If you have experience with this vehicle, or are generally car-savvy, we would love your input. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Dec 18, 2010 - 20 answers

Is there an car thief app for that?

Recently, a friend's beat up old car was stolen the old fashion way - with a screwdriver to the ignition. This made me wonder about auto theft and newer, computer chip laden cars like the 2011 Volvo that I rode in yesterday. Has the computerization of automobiles led to new ways to steal cars? Basically, is there an car thief app for that?
posted by R. Mutt on Dec 17, 2010 - 8 answers

How much will it cost to paint my car?

How much will it cost to get my car painted? [more inside]
posted by arveale on Dec 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Gotta get home for Christmas (and car repairs!)

[Holiday Travels & Car repair Filter] In order to save a load of cash, I'm driving to my dad's house, where he'll repair my car's exhaust pipe for the cost of parts. But will I make it there??? [more inside]
posted by sk932 on Dec 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Alternatives to Mini Cooper?

I really wanted a Mini Cooper, but the nearest sales and service location is too far from me. What should I get instead? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Dec 13, 2010 - 43 answers

Oh look it's my special snowflake car thread

My wife and I would like to buy a new used car... the perfect vehicle would be a reliable wagon with a nice ride/interior. I have 15k. What are your thoughts? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Dec 12, 2010 - 41 answers

How to deal with a possibly stolen car while out of the US?

My friend is out of the country, and her colleague has disappeared with a car he was meant to sell for her. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Dec 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Can anyone identify the car in this video?

Can anyone identify the car in this video? [more inside]
posted by sallyann on Nov 27, 2010 - 10 answers

Fixing two misfiring cylinders in a 2006 v6 Mustang?

MustangFilter: 2006 v6 Ford Mustang giving cylinder misfire codes. Crank sensor and pulley recently replaced, the shop tells me to replace the coil pack. Looking for other root causes before I take the plunge? [more inside]
posted by ASoze on Nov 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Can I lease and then finance the balloon payment on a new car?

Lease + financing end-of-lease payment. Is this feasible? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Nov 15, 2010 - 7 answers

Which cars are similar to Saturns?

Cars similar to Saturns? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Nov 13, 2010 - 14 answers

iPod replacement halp

My original iPod Mini, circa 2004, has finally died. I need to replace it with another mp3 player with an FM transmitter. What would you fine folks out there recommend? [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse on Oct 30, 2010 - 12 answers

What's up with the people who keep offering to do body work on my car?

Why do these skeezy guys solicit me in public to do body work on my car? [more inside]
posted by Kylio on Oct 29, 2010 - 31 answers

Should I turn off the SRS light on the instrument panel on my 2003 Honda?

The SRS light on my 2003 Honda Civic comes on when the ignition is turned on and remains on while the car is being driven. I googled this and understand that Hondas as well as other cars have this problem. I can take it to a mechanic to have it diagnosed and repaired. Or I can turn it off myself which I'm tempted to do since it appears that Honda has a faulty system that has nothing to do with the airbag --just the light. But there is a small part of me that wonders and is concerned if something could be wrong with the airbag. Does anyone have experience with this?
posted by Tziv on Oct 28, 2010 - 11 answers

That's not a knife. This is a knife!

Subaru Outback: New or used? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Oct 28, 2010 - 22 answers

Contemplating on switching my comp sci major to something specifically related to the automotive industry...

Switching from comp sci to automotive. Is it worth it? Also, work ethics and discipline dilemmas are abound. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Oct 18, 2010 - 6 answers

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

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