Monthly Archives: February 2010

Sixth Gen Honda Accord (1998-2002) Shift Lever Light

This is totally unscientific, kind of funny and I am almost embarrassed to call this “advice”, but I’ve seen it enough times to know it works. I’ve never bothered to investigate further but have done it myself on several cars … Continue reading

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Stuck Throttle: What I Would Do

With all the news about unintended acceleration of various Toyota vehicles, here’s what I’d do if it happened to me [Disclaimer: I’m not liable for anything that may arise out of using this advice]. I believe the majority of the … Continue reading

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How to Find A Good Mechanic

The key to finding a good mechanic, as with any professional service is reputation and referrals. If you know someone nearby who is knowledgeable about cars, and has a car similar to yours they’re probably a good source for a … Continue reading

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A Taste of Maranello

In LA for the weekend visiting family and friends. Had a direct flight from DC. The guy in the aisle seat in my row brought a phone book and read it the whole way. Weird. Saturday night I went for … Continue reading

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No Big Deal On the Mini

For the last two weeks I’ve been going back and forth via telephone with the local Mini dealership about a red 2005 convertible my cousin Cindy wants to buy. Their asking price of $15,995 was a little bit high, and … Continue reading

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Recurring Theme: Hot Hatches

Two upcoming new models getting prominent media attention are the Toyota FT-86 and Honda CR-Z. The Toyota is a front engine, rear wheel drive sports coupe to be built by Subaru. Production begins in late 2011. The CR-Z is a … Continue reading

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On the Hunt: Mini Cooper Convertible

Image source:  Wikimedia My cousin moved to DC a few weeks ago, and I’m helping her look for a car. She wants a convertible. Her original list consisted of a VW Beetle and Mini Cooper convertible, and a budget of … Continue reading

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Toyota Recall: A World of Hurt

Thus far the tally is up to 8.1 million Toyota cars and trucks in North America and Europe are being recalled for unintended acceleration problems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into this issue, and … Continue reading

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Got My Tire Rack Credit

About a week ago I finally got around to shipping the punctured tire back to Tire Rack for credit. Because it still had more than 9/32” of tread left, and I had road hazard protection on it (I don’t remember … Continue reading

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Honda Stereo Security Reset

A coworker of mine had her 1999 Honda Accord in the shop for repairs. The battery was disconnected while the work was being done. When reconnected the stereo no longer worked, the result of a security feature that leaves me … Continue reading

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