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    2019/2020 Subaru Maintenance Schedule Q?

    I posted in the "Vehicles" forum that I am thinking of purchasing a 2019 / 2020 Subaru Forester. Right now, Subaru is offering "free" 2 year / 24K miles scheduled maintenance with every new vehicle purchase. One dealership I have spoken with is offering a free "lifetime" oil change / wiper...
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    Car Shopping During Christmas - Due to Accident

    Well, last night on the way home from work, my wife had a teenage girl in a 2015 RAV4 turn in front of and hit my wife's 2013 CRV. The impact knocked my wife into a stationary 2006 Jeep Commander waiting at the adjacent street intersection. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the RAV4 and CRV...
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    STP and AC-Delco Oil Filters the Same?

    Changed the oil in my 2005 Jeep LJ this weekend. Used some QS HM semi-synthetic I got on clearance at AZ ($2/bottle) and a STP S16 I already had on the shelf, from another package oil buy deal at AZ a couple of years ago. It appeared to be an e-core design. Also, I compared it to an AC-Delco...
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    Black Grit in Fuel Tank - What Is It?

    Well, I haven't posted in a while due to work and other commitments. However, my son's 1996 Tacoma X-cab 4 x 4 with 3.4L and 5 speed has a fuel issue. We have had it for 4-1/2 years. It started acting up about 2 weeks ago, when he was a highway trip. He had filled up the gas tank before...
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    Spektrum Internet Sux

    Misspelled some words in the title on purpose. As it states, I have internet service by the afore-mentioned company, as well as cable TV. Aside for the crappy programming and poor reception on some cable channels (I have a 1080 pixel flat screen), their internet speed is horrible. Every month...
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    Jeep TJ Running Rough Before & After Repairs

    My younger son is in the Army out of state. He has a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with 4.0L and 6-speed. He has about 106K miles on it, and just experienced catalytic converters failing / getting clogged, which caused it to run rough / poorly. The rear one right off the engine was glowing orange. The...
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    Battery Charger Pulsing?

    Drove my truck last Saturday night with no problems. Didn't drive the truck at all on Sunday or Monday. Went to crank it this morning and the battery was dead. I recently installed an AFM delete module on it, but I've let it sit for 3 or 4 days and had no issues, even with the AFM module plugged...
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    Motorcraft 5W20 SynBlend Out - Castrol MagnaTec 5W30 In - 2009 GMC

    I bought a used 2009 GMC Sierra last month from a local Ford dealer. As part of their incoming used car inspection about a month before I bought it, they changed the oil and filter and did some other minor work. I was able to get copies of the shop orders, and noticed that they had put in 5W20...
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    2005 Jeep Wrangler A/C Leak and Noise

    My 2005 Jeep Wrangler has a slow leak somewhere in the A/C system. I have owned it since new, and the A/C went down a couple of years ago. I can charge it up with a small R134a can, but it leaks back down within a few days. To clarify, it doesn't leak completely out, just down to a low pressure...
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    2003 GM Truck Decision - Gas or Diesel?

    I've been looking for a "new" used truck recently, and have decided to focus on '99-06 GM Silverado / Sierra, based on various inputs. Right now, I have located 2 local trucks to look at this weekend. Both are extended cab 4x4, with similar trim packages. One is a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT with...
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    2011 Honda Accord V6 VCM Lawsuit / Recall Work

    Well, my older son has been driving my parent's 2011 Accord since May, for his Pharmacy School internship, mainly for a 100-mile commute every day. On Monday, he called and said CEL came on and car started running rough, but he made it to an out-of-town destination. On Tuesday he got the trouble...
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    200K Miles - Durability Between Brands, 2000-2010

    Not a trick question - Making the general assumption that trucks were maintained in a similar fashion, which 2000-2010 brand would be more durable after 200K miles? In other words, which brand could be reasonably expected to last another 100K with routine maintenance? 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton, gas or...
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    Ford 4.6L Durability?

    I know there are millions of Fords out there with high-mileage 4.6L engines, still going strong. I used to have a '99 F-150 with that engine, but traded it before 90K miles. I am looking at a 1-owner '06 F-150 that looks great, but with 211K miles; the majority were highway commutes and regular...
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    Shift Flare When Hot

    Saw the post about "Shift Flare When Cold". I have exactly the opposite - 2 to 3 shift flare when hot. 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R with automatic - my "new" work car, with 186K miles. My younger son drove this car through 6 years of college (2 degrees, BTW), and now I will use it to commute with...
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    Improving Work Car's Paint - Bad Clear Coat, Etc.

    I "inherited" my younger son's car that he used in college because he got something else. It is a 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R, with 2.5L and automatic. We are the second owners; the original owner bought it new in central Florida and it stayed there until 2012. Because of that, and its color "Envy"...
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    Should I Use Lubeguard Red when Trans Slips?

    2002 Honda Civic EX with 207K miles. 1.7L and 4 sp OD A/T. Trans slips a little when shifting into OD or converter lock-up when ambient (outside) temps are 60 Deg (F) or lower. Slippage stops after car has warmed up or ambient temps rise. Other shifts seem fine. I am halfway through the 4-time...
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