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June 3

Mystery illness for my 2003 Jetta

My 2003 1.8T Volkswagen Jetta is randomly dying and no one seems to know why. What mystery illness might it have? Details inside. Anyone outsmart my mechanic(s). [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 7:49 AM - 11 answers

June 2

Things to do on an overnight layover in Lima

We'll be in Lima, Peru from 9pm to 4am on a weeknight. Since who knows when we'll ever be in Peru again, we wanted to get out of the airport and actually see something. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll around Lima, Peru at 11:45 AM - 5 answers

June 1

Two questions about Australia's animals

Going to Australia for its animals. Seeking advice re making conversation: [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor at 9:11 PM - 48 answers

Video to prepare toddler for airport and flight?

My 2.5 year old toddler is going to be flying for the first time since she was a baby next week. We've been talking to her about it a bit, but I'd love to show her a video that would prepare her for the experience (security, boarding, taking off, landing, etc). I've found a few videos that show the process, but nothing really geared for toddlers.
posted by derivation at 12:33 PM - 7 answers

Mapping out kid-friendly road trip?

Is there an app or online tool that helps map out kid-friendly pit stops if you give it a general route? (In our case, Western Mass. to Morgantown, WV) [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor around Morgantown, WV at 9:18 AM - 4 answers

May 31

Aggressive Sales Tactic, or Understandable Common Practice?

I am shopping for a used car, and I found one which passed most of the points in my initial inspection. When I proposed meeting the owner and the car at a mechanic for a complete pre-purchase inspection--for which I offered to pay--the owner said he'd only agree to the inspection if I gave him a $500 deposit. The deposit would be non-refundable if the car passed the mechanic's pre-purchase inspection. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:22 PM - 16 answers

Random car search - how thorough was it?

I got chosen for a random car search yesterday at the US/Canada border, and I have a few questions about it. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 1:19 PM - 11 answers

Sporty lightweight robust car recommendation

I'm unironically mourning the demise of my '95 Del Sol. Looking for a lightweight, sporty, fun, comfortable car. If everything works out, anticipating that in a year/12 months time that I'll have to do a 20-30 minute rural highway commute (on good highway). However, I'd like capability to deal with rough roads. Please recommend me an appropriate vehicle. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 12:22 AM - 19 answers

May 30

Where to stay and how to get around for a three day trip to Sabah

At the tail end of our trip to Thailand we are planning to do a three day excursion to Sabah. I'd like to go to these areas: Mt. Kinabalu(not climb it, just hike around the base), the Danum Valley Conservation area, Sungai Kinabatagan and the Semporna Archipelago. Is this overly ambitious? Should we have a home base hotel in Kota Kinabalu or is there a better alternative? Should we rent a car? How easy is it to get shuttles or other transport to these areas? Any advice is appreciated thank you!
posted by abirdinthehand around Malaysia at 12:31 PM - 3 answers

Teen travel to Romania

We're sending our teenager to Romania for a week, need advice! [more inside]
posted by medarby around Romania at 4:13 AM - 11 answers

May 29

Shipping car from Utah to CA: tips & recommendations?

Need to move my mother from SLC (Utah) to LA (CA). Don't want to risk driving her aging car on the highways in July for fear of a mechanical breakdown or worse. Moving company quoted us $900-1000 to add car to the moving experience. Uship.com finds quotes from many services who offer car transport for considerably less. Does anyone have any recommendations, particularly with car transport companies to trust (and others to avoid)? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 9:53 PM - 6 answers

Best way to get to Dodger Stadium from Disneyland without a car

I've been trying to figure out the best way to take a side trip from Disneyland to see a Dodger game this summer, but I am at a loss. I know there's a train, but the train stops around 10pm, so that precludes night games. I can't imagine a taxi from Anaheim to Chavez Ravine would be even remotely affordable. LA Mefites, any ideas?
posted by richter_x around Anaheim, CA at 8:05 PM - 13 answers

Arlanda airport to central(ish) Stockholm for a non-bankrupting price?

How can an academic friend get from Stockholm Arlanda airport, to Wittstocksgatan, Stockholm, for a reasonable price? Criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore around Stockholm, Sweden at 12:53 PM - 10 answers

Traveling to the other side of the planet: pitstops?

I'm trying to plan a trip to Sri Lanka with a pit stop on the way back to California, but due to work/ family stress (nothing unmanageable) I feel like I'm getting bogged down in the details. Help, please? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 12:10 PM - 5 answers

Help me plan a chill Mid/Norcal vaycay!

Hivemind!, Previously, you helped me plan a killer trip up to Joshua Tree by pointing me to Kate's Lazy Desert (A+++!). Now I've got about a week before I start a new job and the lady friend and I are looking to make our way up the Cali coast in search of the perfect chill. There are plenty of travel guides, but I always prefer a personal touch. We'll be departing from LA and happy to see anything north from there! More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 11:09 AM - 8 answers

Somewhere warm for the winter

My parents are embracing retirement and planning to escape Minnesota for January and February. They're not too picky about where they stay, as long as it's on the beach and the weather is warm. Complication: they're bringing the cat. [more inside]
posted by mgar at 8:11 AM - 5 answers

What should I do with five thousand expiring Delta SkyMiles?

A long while ago, I enjoyed a brief flirtation with Delta, and they've sent me a reminder that my last 5,600 accumulated SkyMiles are expiring real soon, with a nudge to use them for magazine subscriptions. Is there something else I could or should I do with them? Difficulty level: Lazy. [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen at 7:50 AM - 8 answers

May 28

Cool bars in Shinjuku?

I'm looking for a cool or different bar in Shinjuku where three westerners would not be unwelcome. We like the Clover but I'm hoping to find another one like it for our quiver. Thank you in advance!
posted by ftm around Shinjuku, Japan at 9:24 PM - 1 answers

Long distance car shipping advice needed.

I've been really surprised by how shady the car shipping industry is, with shell companies, brokers, fraud reports everywhere, high-pressure sales tactics, etc. I'm looking for first-hand advice and experience from anybody who has had a good experience shipping their car. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 7:51 AM - 19 answers

Which car is better?

A car with lower miles that needed many repairs or a car with higher miles that has had one owner and no issues? [more inside]
posted by Elizabeth907 at 6:26 AM - 19 answers

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