Category Archives: General

Wretched, Monstrous Excess: 2004 Infiniti QX56

Drove the company Infiniti QX56 to Costco a few weeks ago to get some supplies. I don’t plan on ever doing that again. It was a huge disappointment.   It’s apparent why crossover SUVs have gained so much market share. … Continue reading

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5 Year Bargain: 2005 Scion tC Coupe

I see these everywhere which indicates they’ll be easy to find as used cars and parts will be widely available. The general conditions of the ones I’ve seen are very good. This two door hatch took over where the Toyota … Continue reading

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Dollar Tuning: How To Quiet Your Car For A Buck

The coins I keep in the ashtray of my Toyota Pickup makes the most god awful sound when going over certain bumps, as if the whole vehicle is about to disintegrate the way a roll of quarters scatters on the … Continue reading

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Project MR2: Bargain Sports Car

When it arrived in the US market in 1991 the second generation, mid-engine MR2 received great reviews as a performance bargain, a sort of “poor man’s Ferrari”. Nearly 20 years later it’s become a classic and has a thriving community … Continue reading

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Vinyl Car Seat Repair

My Toyota Pickup had a tear in the side of the seat since before I bought it. The previous owner just put a seat cover over the whole thing. I hate seat covers. Then after a while a split in … Continue reading

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Would You Consider This Hassle-free?

I had to share this article I read in Inc Magazine. It could be retitled “How to Make Simple Things Really Complicated and Expensive”. Are you listening auto manufacturers? Old Way: Photograph in a picture frame. You look at it. … Continue reading

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How to Change A Headlight Bulb In 5 Minutes or Less

The headlight bulb on the passenger side was out on my Mom’s Corolla. So I roll into the local Autozone and ask what bulb is needed. In seconds I find it’s a 9006-series bulb. The cost is $11. It’s been … Continue reading

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Comparing Auto Repair Costs With RepairPal

RepairPal lets you compare specific repair costs for your type of car, in your area. The site compiles data from 173,000 dealers and independent repair shops to come up with a range of estimates in a given area for specific … Continue reading

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BMW 325i Belt & Pulley Issues

While helping a friend buy a 2003 BMW 325i (E46 model) we found a problem on a car he wanted to buy. The serpentine belt had just been replaced by the dealer 500 miles before and was already showing signs … Continue reading

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Straight Talk About Car Loans

Recently I had a meeting with a banker about an unrelated matter – until she mentioned car loans. For car loans she suggested going to a credit union rather than borrowing from a commercial bank. When I expressed surprise because, … Continue reading

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