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Well it depends on the car---some cars have inherent defects that you cannot escape.
Well a whining noise only on acceleration could very well be coming from the differential, but this is not necessarily a disastrous event---if you bought a used differential, and if it had some wear or roughness on the ring and /or pinion gears (the two that mesh), you will get some noise from that. It's possible that a synthetic gear lube might help this problem.
Nonetheless, you should return to Aamco, or go to a local repair shop and have them inspect the gear oil for debris. If there's a fair amount of metal in there, then you may have a more serious problem with the unit.
running the car on a lift while in gear, with someone listening to the differential, should locate the problem.
I can smell diesel no problem. Even on a brand new car when it is parked. I have a good nose :)
the problem is that diesel doesn't evaporate as quickly as gasoline, so the odor lingers even if you spill a little bit of it.
As for exhaust a badly running gasoline car is just as obnoxious as a badly running diesel.
Here's an interesting one. Moviegoers in Hong Kong were asked to leave their cell phone ON in the theater, and then VW pulled this one on them:
Toyota Corolla or Camry, 1996-2002 ballpark years should work for you, although "fun" isn't in the equation unless you are doing something ELSE in the car as well :)
You can buy these very reliable cars in quite decent shape (but higher miles of course) in the $2500 range.