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I have a 1991 Toyota Celica that I put away for the winter when I turn to my Subaru Outback for the upstate New York region where I live. What should I do to the gas, oil, and other fluids in my car to stabilize them for the winter in an unheated garage? What other actions should I take to protect my "baby"? I'm hoping to have this car for a long time. . ...
I'm planning to buy a used vehicle, probably truck or suv, capable of pulling a small boat4000 lbs.once or twice a month. Also would like good gas mileage and possibility of taking passengers on short trips. I was thinking of a Toyota Tacoma or suvs. Have seen a toyota Tacoma, 125K for $8000. Would it be better to go for less mileage more money? Can you ...
Hi Ladies - In about a year my lease will be up on my gas-guzzling Jeep Grand Cherokee. I want to do either the hybrid thing or at least get something fuel efficient. I need a decent cargo room 'cause I have two big dogs. If there's any accepted wisdom on hybrids that you all have I'd be happy to hear it. I'm also trying to be somewhat economical on ...
how effective are traction and stability controls in snow conditions? How do they do in all wheel drive.
I am looking for a smaller, simpler car which can be fitted with GPS, handsfree phone and XM radioi. These accessories tend to be in bigger cars. Love the Honda Fit, but it is add-on unfriendly. Any suggestions?
I have a 2002 Pontiac Montana with about 60k on it. About 5K miles ago we had the brakes completely redone by our local Pontiac dealership. A week or so later the rear passenger side wheel began making noise during braking. We returned to the dealership for a no-charge adjustment/repair. Now the same wheel is making noise again during braking. Should I ...
I'm looking at the Toyota Highlander and Camery. How long does it take to earn back the extra cost of a hybrid? Any overall views on the Highlander vs. the Camry? Thanks!

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