• What would be a good first car for a teen driver?

    I'm 17 and I am getting my permit next week. I have looked nearby me and found several cars that fit within my price range but I am unsure which one I should get. They are all $1000 and under. Some of them have cosmetic issues but they don't have anything mechanically wrong listed about them. I don't... show more
    I'm 17 and I am getting my permit next week. I have looked nearby me and found several cars that fit within my price range but I am unsure which one I should get. They are all $1000 and under. Some of them have cosmetic issues but they don't have anything mechanically wrong listed about them. I don't need anything fancy, just something to learn in and get used to driving with. The choices are: 2000 Hyundai Elantra with 168k miles, 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis with 170k miles, 2004 Dodge Neon with 198k miles, 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 200k miles, 2001 Nissan Maxima with 184k miles, 2003 Hyundai Sonata with 180k miles, and a 2002 Ford Explorer with 200k miles. Are any of these good deals or should I keep looking? Any suggestions for a teen first car? Thanks for your help!
    16 answers · Buying & Selling · 2 days ago
  • Could you live without an automobile? How would it affect your life?

    Best answer: Most of my life I have lived in cities with excellent public transit: New York, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco. I learned to drive at 16 as part of the drivers' education program in public schools. I drove for a couple of years, but always found public transit and walking the best way to get around in a... show more
    Best answer: Most of my life I have lived in cities with excellent public transit: New York, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco. I learned to drive at 16 as part of the drivers' education program in public schools. I drove for a couple of years, but always found public transit and walking the best way to get around in a city. I still do. I live in a small inner city (65K population). I'm 80 now and I frankly don't think anyone my age should drive. I probably still could, but I'm not gambling with other peoples' safety. Day or night, I walk or call a cab.
    80 answers · Other - Cars & Transportation · 4 days ago
  • A minor accident!?

    I just got into a minor accident. I was slowing down because the car that was in front of me was slowing down because there was potholes and while I was slowing down, and the car behind me hit my vehicle and dented my rear bumper. Luckily no one was injured. And I called the police to report the incident. Police... show more
    I just got into a minor accident. I was slowing down because the car that was in front of me was slowing down because there was potholes and while I was slowing down, and the car behind me hit my vehicle and dented my rear bumper. Luckily no one was injured. And I called the police to report the incident. Police came and gave us the police report number. Then I called my insurance company and filed a claim. Then we went our ways, After that day I got a call from the guy's insurance company and they said they will take care of it and will fix the bumper. I said ok cool. Insurance company gave me an address which is a automotive collision repair shop. Also they will provide rental car at their expense. After getting the call I called my insurance and told them all about it. They said okay and since its his fault they are supposed to take care of the damage. Also told me to let them know if there is any problem. So my concern is : I bought my NISSAN ROGUE SV 2015 (USED) (30K miles) on MAY 2017. Still has Nissan manufacturer's warranty. So do I have to fix the bumper from certified Nissan repair shop or I can get the repair done from any shop? is it going to void my Nissan warranty? Thank you for taking the time to read it.
    34 answers · Insurance & Registration · 4 days ago
  • Why do rich Americans buy Lexus/BMW over Cadillac?

    Upper middle class or richer Americans buy more Lexus, BMW, Merc des, Infiniti etc. compared to a Cadillac or any American Luxury cars. In fact in a list of top 10 luxury cars sold in America only Cadillac made the list at #8 . Americans need to be more patriotic . How many American lexury cars are being sold in... show more
    Upper middle class or richer Americans buy more Lexus, BMW, Merc des, Infiniti etc. compared to a Cadillac or any American Luxury cars. In fact in a list of top 10 luxury cars sold in America only Cadillac made the list at #8 . Americans need to be more patriotic . How many American lexury cars are being sold in Japan!? How many sold in Germany ?? Very low amount!
    24 answers · Other - Cars & Transportation · 2 days ago
  • Which is the cheapest car to own?

    Honda Civic, Kia forte or Mazda 3. I've also heard that wile BMW's have high sticker price and costly parts they don't need repairs as often and warranty's are longer than most cars.
    Honda Civic, Kia forte or Mazda 3. I've also heard that wile BMW's have high sticker price and costly parts they don't need repairs as often and warranty's are longer than most cars.
    23 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 2 days ago
  • My Toyota Camry has 180,000 miles on it and is in relatively good condition. But is it still likely to go at 200,000?

    Mind you, I have never been late for an oil change, and replaced the sensors whenever the check engine light went on. However, they say a car usually dies at 200,000. Is my car on its last legs? I repeat, there have been no serious problems.
    Mind you, I have never been late for an oil change, and replaced the sensors whenever the check engine light went on. However, they say a car usually dies at 200,000. Is my car on its last legs? I repeat, there have been no serious problems.
    9 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 6 hours ago
  • In the winter how do you loosen frozen windshield wipers?

    Best answer: Spray or pour a little rubbing alcohol along the blades which will melt the ice.
    Best answer: Spray or pour a little rubbing alcohol along the blades which will melt the ice.
    14 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 1 day ago
  • Oil in 3 of 4 spark plugs?

    Got a little 4-cylinder sports car. When changing the spark plugs, 3 of 4 were virtually swimming in a lot of oil. I presume that this is the rings that are bad. A cost estimate online seems to range from $900 to $1,800 depending on the type of car. So basically...how long will a motor last if you wing this? I... show more
    Got a little 4-cylinder sports car. When changing the spark plugs, 3 of 4 were virtually swimming in a lot of oil. I presume that this is the rings that are bad. A cost estimate online seems to range from $900 to $1,800 depending on the type of car. So basically...how long will a motor last if you wing this? I can change the spark plugs more often, because they aren't very expensive and it is like $20-$25 for 4. Will that help extend life in general? Granted, this is an old car. Got it when it had 60,000 miles and it has about 170,000 now. It is a 2001, so it has a bit of life left in it (everything else is in pretty good shape and a lot of parts have been replaced over time), but just wondering how this will affect it. How often should I change the plugs with this problem? When I changed them, I gripped a paper towel with some long handle needle nose pliers and stuck it down in there to soak up as much of the oil as possible before I put the new plug in. I know that it will just get back on it again at some point, but just wondering how long a motor will last in general with this issue happening.
    14 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 3 days ago
  • What's causing steering wheel to shake while driving?

    Just changed the steering shaft, tires look fine(no wear on the outside or inside) and it seem like while driving on the highway when going at a high speed the car seem to drive okay, well atleast the shaking isnt as bad but going low speed it shakes alot. Have anyone had this issue before and if so what was the... show more
    Just changed the steering shaft, tires look fine(no wear on the outside or inside) and it seem like while driving on the highway when going at a high speed the car seem to drive okay, well atleast the shaking isnt as bad but going low speed it shakes alot. Have anyone had this issue before and if so what was the issue and how did you fix it. My car is a 1998 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder, my last resort is to take it to a shop and have a full inspection done, tired of playing the guessing game!
    11 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 3 days ago
  • Should I buy the car?

    So there is a 2008 Honda accord for $400 which is cheap but I have an uneasy feeling it has 160,000 miles and needs a head gasket replacement I don t know much about cars and I m not sure what to do.
    So there is a 2008 Honda accord for $400 which is cheap but I have an uneasy feeling it has 160,000 miles and needs a head gasket replacement I don t know much about cars and I m not sure what to do.
    34 answers · Honda · 4 days ago
  • Whats the easiest speed for a car to handle?

    I know highway driving is easier on cars that city but what speed on the highway is easiest on a car
    I know highway driving is easier on cars that city but what speed on the highway is easiest on a car
    11 answers · Other - Cars & Transportation · 21 hours ago
  • Why do You think Volkswagen made such a dumb move with the emissions level.?

    Best answer: There have been a number of articles written about why VW did what it did and what it basically boils down to is that the culture at VW was such that the demands being placed on the lower-level engineers from higher-ups in the company were unrealistic and unattainable in terms of the amount of power and efficiency... show more
    Best answer: There have been a number of articles written about why VW did what it did and what it basically boils down to is that the culture at VW was such that the demands being placed on the lower-level engineers from higher-ups in the company were unrealistic and unattainable in terms of the amount of power and efficiency being demanded from their diesel engines versus the reality of emissions laws they had to meet. So what the engineers did is find a solution (the "cheat") that made the engines powerful, efficient AND allowed them to pass EPA emissions testing... Of course, the engines couldn't be as powerful and efficient as they were without the use of diesel exhaust fluid AND as clean as necessary at the same time, so the engineers devised a cheat to make the engines appear clean when EPA tested and powerful and efficient when not being tested at the expense of emissions.

    The fact that the diesels met all of VW's internal power/efficiency AND pollution goals (at least on paper... if you didn't acknowledge it took a "cheat" to do so) made the higher-ups happy which allowed the guys lower on the totem pole to keep their jobs. In essence, the culture at the company was such that the engineers knew that they'd lose their jobs if they didn't meet power/efficiency/pollution goals so they felt it was better to risk getting caught cheating and have SOME chance of keeping their jobs than to admit that what the higher-ups wanted was impossible to deliver and definitely lose their jobs. Whether any (or all) of the higher-ups knew about the cheat is something most of the higher-ups claim they didn't know about (though I find it highly unlikely that at least some of them didn't know...) but it sounds like the cheat itself was implemented to meet unrealistic internal goals and from there it all spiraled into the mess it became.
    8 answers · Volkswagen · 6 hours ago