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Mini Cooper S; Dodge Dakota 4X4, Triumph TR6


  • ethnie69
    I have a 2005 PT Cruiser Convertible 5 speed manual. 140K miles. non turbo. Car is super sluggish when I go up hills. Noticed remarkable improvement when I got it recently tuned. They changed the spark plugs and wires and up and down sensors. I think my receipt also said Cam ign. Car rides significantly better but still accelerates sluggish especially when I am on an incline. I can floor it and it will still struggle and feels like its not getting power to accelerate when on a hill. If I am on a mountain steep hill, I feel like I'm not going to make it up. Any help you can give will be appreciated. I asked them to test drive it after maintenance but I dont think they did it on a hill. Rides ok on flat surface but still with slightly sluggish acceleration. Please advise. Thanks in advance.
    January 18
  • sillyivan
    Hi there,

    Just took a trip in my Mercedes C300 to NV from Los Angeles in the rain - and had quite a thrilling ride for the first 100 miles. Lots of sudden swerves. It has low profile run-flats with 13K miles on them. When I made a rest stop I checked the tires and discovered that the rears were practically smooth. The front tires were worn but still had tread. C300 comes with wider tires on rear than front. Pirellis. So... couple questions: is 13k the typical life of these tires? Also, does replacing with an alternate (cheaper) brand affect the Mercedes lease agreement? If not, do you have any recommendations? Thanks for any enlightenment.
    January 9
  • freitasphil
    Hello Sir, I have a 2003 Ford Focus that had a blaunkprint radio in it. I replaced it with a dvd/nav boss radio I had laying around. The radio works and all its feature. the problem Im having is that, now the light next to the hazard light just blinks. and after I turn the key on and off the radio pre sets don't save. what have I done wrong here?
    January 2
  • lawcar
    I bought 2012 E350 after I had BMW 528 and Lexus GS 300 (both of which I liked).Decided on the MB and was glad with my decision. I always leased cars since my firm paid for them but decided to buy the 2012 E350 because the firm would pay for it and I planned to keep the car 10 years. After 5 years, it is paid off with 56,000 miles. My firm will still pay monthly payments on a new car, and since this will probably not happen again, am considering another MB: the new 2017 E300 or the 2016 E350. Pros for new 2017 E300: lots of new safety features; new technology features (parking assist, etc.); completely new body style; hold value more since it is the newest E-series as opposed to the "older" series (although a 5-10 year old MB drops in value even if it is a luxury car. Cons: glitches with new model (as you pointed out the recall) and feels smaller in cabin and not as user-friendly controls. What are you suggestions? What about getting a new 2016 new old stock? Thank you, David
    December 2016
  • dave85
    A question about my 2010 Maxima SV Premium. Wondering if there are multiple options for headlights. Mine has HID Xenons that are bluish/bright white in color. I just had a light replaced by a dealer and the new one they installed is the standard yellow color. They insist that bulb is the correct one for the car - saying mine must have been after-market. I'd like to know if there was a different bulb they should have installed so both headlights match. Thanks
    December 2016
  • DocChop
    I just test drove a 2010 Hyundai Sonata with 156k on the odometer but it looks and drives like it's less than 30k.

    Except for the transmission. I just got done researching comments on the 2009-2010 Sonata and the issues owners were having with their trannies suddenly downhshifting into 1st or 2nd gear (like "Hitting a cinder block" as they put it).

    Not with this car. I have to imagine that for the prior owner to have put 156k on this car that whatever tranny issues existed with respect to the common complaints were corrected.

    My problem is different, however. It doesn't seem like it's cycling through all five gears when going from a stop to highway speeds. Also, during the test drive, I stomped on the pedal at 40mph and again at 60 mph to simulate a passing maneuver and the tranny only downshifted from 5th to 4th.

    Would a reflashing of the ECM and TCM eliminate this issue? Or, should I put an OBD II on it and see what code it throws (if any)? Thanks for your help.
    December 2016
  • kjv2252
    1998 Toyota Camry. Just came back from store. Parked vehicle and had to go back out. Attempted to start and the whole electrical system shut down. The head relay was vibrating and there is a noise under the dash like a whirring sound. Removed head relay but noise under dash won't stop. Cannot take out of gear, flashers not working. Seems car just shut down. 60000 miles on vehicle
    November 2016
  • bowtieboy79
    My 1991 cavalier will run fine, then bog down and lose acceleration. Engine is doing the work and sounds great, but the car will just not GO!! Ill drive for a couple miles, and then boom!!! Drives like new. Then bogs down again. i smell gas while its doing this. It has new plugs and wires, a new coil, and i still have the problem. please hel me. ive been to mechanics school but i am lost.
    November 2016