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Looking for the Goldilocks of Prii

The stars have aligned and I am looking to purchase a new car in the Bay Area. I am drawn to the Toyota Prius, but am confused by all of the different options and models (all the while being distracted by other cars). I've read a lot of reviews and write-ups, but would appreciate an updated ask.me on the Prius! [more inside]
posted by sums on Sep 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Mazda 3 vs. The Rest

I'm about to pull the trigger on a new 2014 compact car. I've done my research and driven almost everything in the segment in the last year as a rental. It's come down to a Mazda 3 i Touring hatchback with the full tech package. Looking for input based on experience. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Jul 12, 2014 - 41 answers

Non-depreciation cost of owning a car?

My fiancee and I are thinking about buying a new or new-ish Toyota Matrix, but it's apparently really hard to get an accurate picture of how much it costs to own and operate a car that doesn't include depreciation. Any suggestions or insight? [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Apr 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Long time driver, first time accident

So, I'm in my 30s and I had my first car accident last night. [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Apr 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Fix the old car or get a new (to me) one?

My 1986 Toyota Celica ST has 156K miles, a broken timing belt, and a bunch of other issues. According to my mechanic, it has a non-interference engine, so there shouldn't be valve damage, but it is time to move on anyway? And if I get a new car, which one? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Apr 5, 2014 - 17 answers

MeFi Mechanics--Older Car Issue

My wife and I have a rather old Lexus with low miles. On each of the last two times we took it out, the car shuddered a couple of times (like driving over a bump) and then lost all engine power, conking out in the middle of the road. There was no sound involved--just that little shudder, and then no power. Each time, we had to push it to the shoulder. Each time, the car would start up again with no problem--but would not stay on. Some more details inside--any ideas what's up? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 4, 2014 - 12 answers

How do I sell a car I know to be dangerous?

My car accelerates on its own. It think it needs to be taken off the road. How can I go about selling it in good faith? [more inside]
posted by release the hardwoods! on Feb 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Will the Prius C "fit" my needs?

I've driven a 2008 Honda Fit Sport for the last 5 years, right up until it got totaled in a collision last week. One of my top choices on paper is the 2013 Toyota Prius C 2, and another is the 2013 Fit Sport. I'll be test driving a Prius C tomorrow, but in the meantime I want to hear from anyone who has experience with both cars. One specific question is: How roomy is the back seat in the Prius C as compared to the fit? [more inside]
posted by jepler on Dec 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Independent Toyota Prius Repair in Portland, Oregon?

Does anybody have a favorite independent Toyota repair shop in Portland, Oregon? Preferably one you know to have worked on Priuses, but any recommendations / anti-recommendations welcome.
posted by spacewrench on Dec 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Good Toyota shop in Los Angeles for maintenance and repairs

Recently moved to the South Bay area of Los Angeles County and I am looking for a good place to take my Toyota Corolla for any maintenance and repairs it may need. [more inside]
posted by jayder on Dec 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Which car should I keep?

I own two cars. I need only one. But which one? Both are very reliable and always have had regularly scheduled maintenance. Their resale values are both tiny. Overall I am not partial to either one. So tell me which one I should keep in the driveway. Most importantly, tell me WHY. [more inside]
posted by Longtime Listener on Dec 4, 2013 - 30 answers

A good mechanic near New Orleans for a '94 4Runner?

This is a long shot, but does anybody know a good mechanic in the New Orleans area who'll work on my old 4Runner? I'm having a hard time finding one for some reason. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 29, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the best used car for the money?

I am buying my first car. I am thrifty so I'd like it to be used because I think I will find the best deal there; I just don't like the idea of spending all of that money for a rapidly depreciating asset and I'd rather buy it after it has already depreciated some. I am looking for one of two types of cars, either: 1) A sporty, but economical car (think Honda S2000, Mazda Miata) 2) A long lasting electric/hybrid (ie Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Corolla, etc) Please let me know what your suggestions are, along with any caveats to buying a used car. I do not know much about cars. Should I bring a friend who does or hire a mechanic to inspect my car before purchase? Also, where is the best place to find a good deal? Thank you all.
posted by locussst on Nov 21, 2013 - 9 answers

1994 Toyota 4Runner with bad muffler/tailpipe – what to do?

My 1994 Toyota 4Runner (V6, RWD) has a bad muffler and/or tailpipe. It runs loud, but not undriveably loud. Today I took a good look under there for the first time since buying the truck (pictures within) and I would like some advice on the best and most cost-effective way to proceed. Bonus mystery switch question at end. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Is there an Apple of carmakers?

Which carmakers these days (that sell in the US) have really good build quality? I'm thinking high quality interior materials, excellent fit and finish, as well as well thought out interior components like control layouts, displays, and compartments? Maybe carmakers (or models) that are known for little surprising details? I'm now starting to look for a smaller sedan or maybe hatchback/wagon under $40K. Some of the models I'm looking at so far are the Volvo S60/V60, Subaru Legacy/Impreza, Toyota Prius, Audi A4, maybe BMW X1.
posted by jroybal on Sep 26, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me hack the computer in my new Camry to kill the nag screen.

I just got a new 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid. It's by far the best car I've ever owned or even ridden in. The small bug in the soup is the annoying nag screen that pops up on the sound/navigation screen when I start up, reminding me to be careful, obey traffic laws, buckle my seat belt (which I always do) and always look both ways before going into the street. The dealer says the nag is programmed into the computer and can't be turned off, but there's got to be a way. Has anyone done this?
posted by KRS on Sep 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Jeep or pickup truck or...?

We need to replace our Subaru, and my wife and I both want to have something rough and tumble and fun to bounce down the road in. Help us find the right car, please! [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Aug 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Frustrating Car Question

I have a huge car financing question that is giving me a headache. I plan to travel soon so I wish to pay off the amount I owe on a car that I've financed through Toyota Financial Services. This didn't seem like it would be such a huge deal, but then I run into this gem. [more inside]
posted by ishrinkmajeans on Jul 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Bigger wheels for Toyota Camry

I own a 2001 Toyota Camry CSI wagon (MCV20R). Would there be any issues if I replace the original wheels 205/65R15, with 215/60R16 from a newer model? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jul 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Buying a low-mileage 2002 Prius

We are considering buying a low-mileage 2002 Prius. Please tell us what to look out for. [more inside]
posted by gauche on Jul 2, 2013 - 13 answers

When will the Prius Plug In be available nationwide?

The Prius Plug In looks great, and I have been waiting for it to come to Illinois since it was released last year. Toyota's website said for a year that it would be released nationally "in 2013." Recently that has been changed to say "availability in additional states is currently under study." Do any gearheads know what has caused the delay and when (if?) it might become more broadly available? (Bonus question: what is so difficult about releasing it nationwide? Low production? Regulatory issues? It seems like it shouldn't be that hard.)
posted by AgentRocket on May 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Am I insane to buy a mk1 Toyota MR2 if I live in NYC without a garage?

I live in Brooklyn, sans garage, and have recently gotten it into my head that I want a small used car for occasional driving... I'm talking about the few miles to my office a couple times a week, maybe to the beach on weekends. Perhaps as far as the Jersey shore once or twice a summer. I do not intend or need to use it as a daily commuter. Seems pretty simple, only catch is... I am infatuated with the idea of getting a mk1 Toyota MR2. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Apr 11, 2013 - 9 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

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror?

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Feb 10, 2013 - 4 answers

How to trade a vehicle, for a vehicle, for trade in.

Should I trade my rebuilt title vehicle for any other vehicle, just to get an increased trade in value? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Clash of teh humble Cute Utes

Dear Car Shopper, what would You choose? RAV4 or Outback, new base models. [more inside]
posted by methinks on Oct 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Spare parts for an ex-Japan Toyota Hilux Surf?

How (in the hell) do I find spare parts for my '02 Toyota Hilux Surf? Difficulty factor: car in Kenya, originally made for Japanese market, wife in US and could bring parts back. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 18, 2012 - 7 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

What do I use in my '95 Camry as power steering fluid?

My '95 Toyota Camry uses Dexron II transmission fluid as power steering fluid, but nobody sells Dexron II anymore... [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan on Jul 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Is the dealership scamming me?

Bought my used 01 Toyota Camry from a dealership over a year and a half ago. Today they inspected the brakes and told me all pads need to be replaced + new brake fluid + powersteering fluid flush + resurfacing the rotors, and new battery. I have been taking this vehicle to same dealership for routine oil changes which include multi-point inspections, and only the battery was an issue in the past. Am I wrong to think that after just over a year and a half I shouldn't need so much work done- should I complain and write a letter, or is this to be expected with a used vehicle? [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on Jul 14, 2012 - 20 answers

1988 Toyota 4Runner V6 Transmission Trouble

How much will my transmission cost to fix? Left to its own devices, how much longer will it last? Any advice for a mechanical laywoman? [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on May 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Disappearing power steering fault on a Toyota aygo

Power steering failure, AA guy said it was the alternator, dealership (where it's under warranty) claim they can find nothing wrong with the alternator or any aspect of the power steering. Warranty expires next month. What now. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on May 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Used car suggestions, which should I choose?

UsedCarFilter: Shopping for a small inexpensive hatchback, <$10k. Have a few models in mind, but looking for more info [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Mar 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Blowing my head gasket...

My RAV4 is two months out of warranty, and suddenly needs $5k worth of work. What should I do in this scenario? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Mar 5, 2012 - 14 answers

A new transmission? Really? It's a Toyota?

My pickup is a 2000 Toyota Tacoma V6 4X4 with an annoying problem of popping out of first gear both under load and when not under load. This is apparently a known issue with Tacomas as documented here. I've replaced the bushings per the linked article except for the white one on the end of the shift lever visible in the second photo of step four. This part is on order but I'm not optimistic. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by stet on Mar 5, 2012 - 9 answers

1988 Toyota 4Runner Intermittent Radiator Problem

I need guidance from car-fixin' types before I take my truck to a mechanic, in order to prevent falling into a money pit of unnecessary repairs. I also need to know if this is a critical immediate fix or if I have time to collect a few paychecks before addressing it. [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on Jan 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Best Toyota mechanic in Seattle?

Answer me these questions three: Do you live in Seattle, do you have a Toyota and do you have a mechanic that you absolutely love? Hook a brother up then! [more inside]
posted by friendlyjuan on Oct 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Beyond Consumer Reports

I'm going to be buying a used car soon, for around $3000. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports doesn't have a reliability chart for beaters. [more inside]
posted by freshwater on Sep 3, 2011 - 20 answers

What's wrong with my car?!

'03 Toyota Matrix makes terrible noise when even slightly lugging engine. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by cman on Sep 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Is an older 4runner a good adventure vehicle + daily driver?

What automatic used 4runner should I buy that will be best for both rugged roads and daily driving? Specific project plans inside... [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Aug 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Should I pay for cam and oil pump seals?

My 2001 4-cylinder Toyota Camry with a little less than 200K miles is at the dealer to have its timing belt and water pump replaced as "preventative maintenance". They haven't even started the work yet and a service writer is recommending that I also have the cam shaft seal and oil pump seals replaced for an additional $150. And of course he's say they could leak but won't tell me what the odds are. My car is in excellent condition and I hope to get another 50K miles out of it in the next 3 years or so. Is this something I should have them do or are they just trying to scare some more money out of me? [more inside]
posted by someonesomewhere on Jun 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Can I buy a plastic removable bubble window to replace the glass rear window in a Toyota 4runner?

Where can I get a plastic removable bubble window to replace the glass rear window in my Toyota 4runner? [more inside]
posted by cda on May 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Modding a Toyota RV

I was given a 1984 Toyota RV that is in rough shape cosmetically, but is a strong running chasis. It has the legendary 22r engine (with low miles), a 6 bolt rear axel and a dual battery setup. The living quarters are a little run down. I am wondering if there is any information on how to strip it down to the frame and if there are any examples of rebuilding a new structure using modern materials?
posted by Herb Jones on Apr 8, 2011 - 2 answers

'99 Corolla...worth it?

'99 Corolla CE, 120,000 miles, $4700...help me decide if this is a good deal. [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny on Feb 20, 2011 - 20 answers

Help me buy a Toyota Truck and get it on the road in LA

I want to buy a Toyota Hilux and get it licensed to drive in LA, CA. I have two questions: What mechanical problems should I look for when buying this specific truck (2WD, 22R engine, early 90's model)? What should I look out for when trying to license it in California? I'm shopping on Craigslist. [more inside]
posted by fake on Jan 19, 2011 - 20 answers

2005 Toyota Corolla stalled on highway; battery cables; recall

Asking for a friend: "I've got a 2005 Corolla. That year/make is one of those selectively affected by the Toyota recall re: random stalling. I never received a notice that my car was affected, but I did buy (and transfer the title) fairly recently. Anyway, my car stalled--basically on the highway at rush hour..." [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Dec 29, 2010 - 10 answers

My tiny Nissan Sentra is killing my big dreams!

Looking to get a used compact to mid-size truck. What make and models should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Asbestos McPinto on Nov 6, 2010 - 16 answers

2000 Toyota Camry overheating issues

2000 Toyota Camry is having engine overheating issues - what is causing them? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Nov 5, 2010 - 21 answers

Are Toyotas Safe?

In light of last year's extensive recalls and "runaway vehicle" issues, is it safe to buy a new Toyota? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Sep 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Jeep Wrangler or FJ Cruiser?

Carshoppingfilter: Jeep Wrangler or Toyota FJ Cruiser? Please help this SUV newb pick a vehicle. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Sep 14, 2010 - 13 answers

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