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This is not the disaster it appears to be, trust us.

What do crisis management PR campaigns such as BP and Toyota's actually accomplish and how? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Aug 11, 2010 - 7 answers

MechanicFilter- Help w/ an '01 Corolla

2001 Toyota corolla (75k) makes a whirring/grinding noise which is clearly coming from the passenger side of the engine compartment. Noise stops when actively turning the steering wheel. Noise is present when idling and moving forward. It's also getting louder from day to day. Any thoughts? I'll be taking it to a mechanic but mine is closed for the holiday weekend. Can I safely keep driving this?
posted by jz on Jul 2, 2010 - 9 answers

rough ride

'97 Corolla rumble: I think the transmission or clutch is suspect. What should this cost to fix, and are there more durable components that could be installed for future driving? [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Jun 30, 2010 - 9 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

help me attach my kayaks to my car

Best roof rack for kayaks on a 2003 Toyota Echo? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on May 29, 2010 - 4 answers

'96 Toyota Camry isn't doing so well

My daughter's car ruptured a radiator hose. I replaced it, and now it's not running properly. Help! [more inside]
posted by doh ray mii on May 13, 2010 - 19 answers

Which Whip should I Wish for? (Help me choose my next car)

My car was totaled, (totally not my fault) and I'm in the market for a newer car (yipee!). I was in a 2003 Mercury Sable and found it was too much car for me, now I'm leaning towards a coupe or smaller hatchback. Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by Advocate, I on May 12, 2010 - 24 answers

Info about used hybrid cars and their hybrid-battery life

Used hybrid cars and their batteries. I want to buy a used hybrid in the US, looking at '04-'07 Toyota Priuses and Honda Civic Hybrids. Looking for your experiences with these cars, things to look out for, driving in winter conditions, and especially any solid info about the service life (yrs/mileage) of the hybrid battery. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jan 22, 2010 - 19 answers

1999 Toyota Camry Check Engine Light Problems

Calling those w/ more knowledge of cars than I... 1999 Toyota Camry with a well-documented Check Engine light problem. How can I convince people/mechanics that the problem is a low-percentage systemic design flaw and not something that needs replacing if there's never been a recall issued? [more inside]
posted by Lacking Subtlety on Nov 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Where have all the control arms gone...?

Where did all the xB control arms go? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Oct 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Crime victim (auto break-in) seeks advice (lost SSN, where to repair in SV)

Victim of auto break-in in Silicon Valley seeks advice about a) compromise of my SSN (Social Security Number) and b) reputable, affordable and speedy window-glass replacement for an old Toyota. [more inside]
posted by Rash on Sep 20, 2009 - 6 answers

How much work is a used Toyota truck?

Never owned an old car, thinking of buying a 1988 Toyota 4x4 truck. Stupid? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Aug 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Instant clown car.

Please help me fit three little ones into my car. I need recommendations for some skinny car seats. [more inside]
posted by wg on Aug 11, 2009 - 11 answers

Shall we grab our ankles now?

New car buying hell. Are we the only ones being told that the Toyota Prius price is MSRP PLUS expensive add-on premiums to cover their gouging? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Aug 8, 2009 - 21 answers

What's the shift pattern on a 1980 Toyota pickup?

What's the shift pattern on a 1980 Toyota pickup? The 4-speed shifter, not the 4WD.
posted by attercoppe on Aug 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Buying Used Without No Clues

I'm generally freaking out about buying a car (used, my first) and have a short laundry list of very general questions. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 28, 2009 - 19 answers

2001 Corolla, Fog Lights Always On

My 2001 Toyota Corolla has spontaneously developed a problem: the front and rear fog lights never turn off, even when the key is out of the ignition. A good mechanic was recommended to me, but he won't be able to see me for several weeks. He warned me to expect to spend $200 minimum. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to try to solve this myself? [more inside]
posted by churl on Jul 24, 2009 - 21 answers

Does high octane gas matter?

I have recently acquired a 1988 Toyota pickup with 126k miles. Is it worth it to use higher octane gas? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jul 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Any recourse against a shady car dealer?

A franchised, "legitimate" car dealer lied to us in order to get us to purchase a car. I know.. not really news and not really unique. But how can we fix this now? [more inside]
posted by getawaysticks on Jul 21, 2009 - 19 answers

Where is the coolant drain pipe in a Toyota & is rust-colored coolant a bad thing?

Where can I find the coolant drain in a Toyota Avalon 1995? [more inside]
posted by Bearded Dave on Jun 14, 2009 - 9 answers

Cheapest way for me to diagnose car troubles.

Engine is turning over slowly and I think it might be the battery. Affordable way to check this myself or just take it into the garage? [more inside]
posted by scarello on May 29, 2009 - 31 answers

How do I tell whether a 2000 Toyota Celica GTS has ABS or not?

How do I tell whether a 2000 Toyota Celica GTS has ABS brakes or not? I'm buying used, and the owner isn't sure.
posted by ssnickerer on May 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Where can I rent an import truck?

Where in Vancouver, BC can I rent a Toyota and/or a Nissan truck? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on May 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Insight, the big brother, or bigger brother?

BuyingCarFilter: Should I get Honda Insight, Prius, or Prius 3.0? [more inside]
posted by 7life on Apr 1, 2009 - 14 answers

What repair fixes a misfiring 4-Runner?

Why does my uncle's 1998 V6 Toyota 4-Runner misfire at highway speeds? Last month we drove from Los Angeles to Tucson and back, and at what seemed to be random points while we were driving the engine would buck repeatedly. Once it started, it would continue at all speeds, with the engine running particularly rough at low/idle RPM. We took it in to 3 different Toyota dealerships along the way, and to it's home dealership once we got back. They were all happy to service the vehicle, but none were able to fix it and two insisted they couldn't find any problems with the vehicle. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Playing tunes.

Can the standard (type II, I think) stereo/CD system in a 2007 Toyota Corolla play MP3 CDs? Or what are my options? [more inside]
posted by Science! on Jan 7, 2009 - 5 answers

My 1994 Toyota Camry died while driving, any ideas why?

My 1994 Toyota Camry died while driving, any ideas why? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons on Dec 23, 2008 - 20 answers

How long can I wait to replace a purge valve in my car?

How long can I wait to replace a purge valve in my '98 Toyota Corolla? How much is a reasonable price for getting this done? [more inside]
posted by lblair on Dec 15, 2008 - 3 answers

Heater core? What?

The mechanic said my heater core needs to be replaced and it will cost $700. What does this mean? Lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Dec 2, 2008 - 18 answers

Is it worth it?

Is it worth it? Mazda Protege vs. Toyota Camry! [more inside]
posted by bob bisquick on Oct 20, 2008 - 9 answers

Recommend a mechanic in Vancouver BC

Can anyone recommend a mechanic in Vancouver, BC, preferably in the westside? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jul 28, 2008 - 2 answers

How much does it cost to replace the shocks on a Toyota 4Runner?

How much should it cost to replace four shocks on a 1996 Toyota 4Runner? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jun 20, 2008 - 5 answers

I can has 1st geer? Corolla transmission only downshifting to 2nd gear!

My '93 Corolla (AT) isn't shifting into 1st gear. What's the likelyhood that this is a simple or very expensive repair? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on May 20, 2008 - 7 answers

They See Me Coroll'n, They Hatin' ....

Toyota filter: Price, time frame, and reputable (Vancouver BC) shop to do a 4AGE engine swap to a 1994 Corolla. [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos on Apr 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Trailer towing advice needed

First time travel trailer tower question... [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Mar 30, 2008 - 9 answers

Payload capacity of a Toyota 4Runner?

Payload capacity of a Toyota 4Runner? Measured with or without the weight of the fuel in the tank? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Should I trade up from Corolla to Impreza?

Thinking about switching my 2005 Corolla hatchback for a 2007 Subaru Impreza sport wagon (non WRX version). Am I nuts? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei on Mar 4, 2008 - 12 answers

What's the mystery ECT/Snow button?

ToyotaFilter: What does my "ECT / Snow" button actually do? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Jan 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Tire chains for an '06 Toyota Sienna?

Tire chains for an '06 Toyota Sienna? Unsafe? If not, which ones? [more inside]
posted by diastematic on Dec 21, 2007 - 4 answers

What can I expect from the dealer when I try to cancel my extended warranty?

So I didn't research as much as I should have, and I financed my new 2008 Toyota today with the extended warranty. Now it sounds like I should have waited or gotten other quotes, but with all the number juggling, I lost sight of the bottom line. I'm going back to the dealer tomorrow to cancel the extended warranty. Can I expect the dealer to try to change the APR or any other aspect of the financing of the car? [more inside]
posted by lychee on Dec 19, 2007 - 12 answers

Repair Car Before Selling?

I am looking to sell my 2003 Toyota Echo. It's in great condition except the rear bumper. I am wondering if I should have the bumper repaired before selling it. [more inside]
posted by mto on Nov 5, 2007 - 10 answers

Where can I find an aftermarket 16" wheel cover for a 2005 Totoya Matrix?

Where can I find an aftermarket 16" wheel cover for a 2005 Totoya Matrix? [more inside]
posted by dy on Oct 25, 2007 - 6 answers

Minor damage to borrowed car - next step?

I backed into a rock and damaged a borrowed car. The owner won't return until Monday. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Oct 25, 2007 - 25 answers

How can I get this strange fog off the inside of my windshield?

My old Toyota Camry gets a strange oily build up on the inside of the windshield every month and a half--traditional cleaning methods don't work. How do I clean it? Help me not crash and die. [more inside]
posted by eralclare on Oct 17, 2007 - 26 answers

Help me "name" our new black Prius

I would like help "naming" our brand new black with tan interior '08 Toyota Prius. I have always loved names for cars that make them seem like part of the family-----my friend's red Subaru was "Ruby" etc. Another friend's caravan was Carrie and so on. What are some suggestions you have for names for our new black Prius? We are a family of 5 with 2 teens and a tween living in the Pacific Northwest. (I do not know if that matters!) Thank you!
posted by seekingsimplicity on Oct 9, 2007 - 66 answers

The dealer won't deal!

All the Toyota dealers in my region (Quebec/Canada) have a no haggling policy. The salesman just gives you the price from their webside and that's it. Anyone managed to get them to lower their price? Are they more flexible by the end of the month?
posted by racingjs on Sep 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Hitch on a 2007 Camry

Anyone have any experience with installing a hitch for use with a hitch bike rack on a Toyota Camry? I haven't had a chance to visit the dealer, but is there an official Toyota-sanctioned hitch for a 2007 Camry? The manual says it can tow 1000 lbs, so there's gotta be something. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Aug 30, 2007 - 5 answers

some don't like it hot

For about a week, I've noticed a "hot" smell coming from my engine. I don't know how to describe it except that it smells like an iron that has been left on. What is it? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Aug 21, 2007 - 13 answers

My cassette adapter is flipping (haha) annoying...

My cassette tape adapter doesn't get on well with my car... why? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Jul 19, 2007 - 14 answers

Sorta-Kinda Fast and the Furious Filter: Ideas for tuning my 2001 Toyota Camry XLE?

Sorta-Kinda Fast and the Furious Filter: Ideas for tuning my 2001 Toyota Camry XLE? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 31, 2007 - 17 answers

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