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Question Answered: TRANSMISSION SLIPPAGE
December 30, 2008, 01:06 PM
Unfortunately, transmission problems are really common these cars. On RepairPal's common problems page, it says "A delay in the transaxle engagement (greater than three seconds) may have multiple causes, including a defective pump, defective internal lip seals, valve body components, the Park Reverse Neutral Drive lever switch, and the output speed sensor." Having a shop check for these problems may save you from having to replace the entire transmission, but it's not a sure bet. Sorry!
Question Answered: How fast will a ford Taurus go?
December 30, 2008, 01:00 PM
That depends on the Taurus in question and what engine it has, as well as the wheels and even tires. I'm sure you can easily get it up over 100 miles and hour, though. Are you thinking of racing? The 2006 Taurus is rated 20 MPG by the EPA.
Question Answered: Coil pack?
December 30, 2008, 12:52 PM
Auto Zone can be helpful, but they don't employ technicians who can diagnose and resolve problems. Your best bet is to take the car to a shop with a good diagnostic technician who can figure out what the error codes are and what they mean for your car.
Question Answered: inside door panel
December 30, 2008, 12:50 PM
This can be tricky, even for experienced technicians. The best bet is to buy a repair manual for your 528. You'll find detailed diagrams and instructions for how to find the fasteners and how to take off the panel. Another good resource are BMW enthusiast forums--you can find car-specific how to do it yourself information.
Question Answered: new buyer
December 30, 2008, 12:48 PM
You can check what expert technicians say about the S420 on RepairPal at http://repairpal.com/mercedes-benz-s420-1997. Mercedes last for a long time, if well-cared for. Maintenance and repair are expensive--it is a Mercedes!--and one of the biggest problems to watch out for are oil leaks.
Question Answered: How often should I replace my transmission fluid?
December 30, 2008, 12:45 PM
The best bet is to follow the change interval described in your owner's manual. Many transmissions now use a longer-life fluid and have relatively infrequent interval recommendations. 30,000 miles used to be a good rule of thumb, and it can't hurt to change it sooner than recommended. If you haven't changed the fluid in 50,000 miles, you may well be due. Check your owner's manual or call a Honda dealership.
Question Answered: hazard light flash with turn signal
December 18, 2008, 03:23 PM
Intermittent problems with the turn signals can sometimes be attributed to a computer problem. I had something similar happen to me--completely intermittent and strange. I took my car in to the shop, and the onboard computer had every failure cataloged. They had to replace the turn signal module.
Question Answered: Body Control Module
December 18, 2008, 03:22 PM
Big electrical problems like this are pretty often due to a "module" failing. A module is just any one of the several computers in your car that control everything from the radio to the transmission. Since the car won't start anymore, you probably have a significant failure somewhere in your electrical system. These can be hard to diagnose, so the best thing to do is find a good technician at a good shop who knows GM cars.
Question Answered: Engine light indicator
December 14, 2008, 03:14 PM
I'm not sure how the light could be related to the temperature--it's possible, but it could also be a total coincidence. Your car must still be under warranty, so I'd take it to the dealer and have them pull the trouble code and fix it. Shouldn't cost you anything to do that, even if it's a minor evap problem or if the extreme cold is causing some of the sensors to read conditions out of spec.
Question Answered: window regulator
December 14, 2008, 03:08 PM
The window regulator manages the power window motor's connection to the actual up-and-down action of the window. It's often a cable threaded through a metal superstructure. If the window is down and won't come back up, you probably will have to replace the entire window regulator--I've had the problem in a Nissan and couldn't fix what was wrong with the regulator. Had to get a whole new one.
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Car Review: 2002 Acura RSX
January 19, 2009, 08:47 AM
This is a terrific car--they should just call it an Integra. The RSX is fast when you want it to be, and fun to drive. Practically no maintenance issues, and great gas mileage.
Car Review: 1996 Lincoln Continental
January 02, 2009, 11:20 AM
Have owned this car since almost new--more than a decade, and it's still treating me well. The interior has worn okay, and I've had to replace an alternator. Otherwise, it's comfortable, safe, and powerful. One of the best Lincoln's I've owned.
Car Review: 1994 Ford Aerostar
January 02, 2009, 11:16 AM
This was a horrible vehicle. Rode like the truck chassis on which it was based, had persistent "check engine light" trouble, and one time, the front tire almost sheared off, according to our mechanic.
Car Review: 2001 Nissan Altima
December 14, 2008, 03:25 PM
Indomitable! The Nissan Altima just would not die. The engine has been no problems, the interior and radio are still working just great. No problems. Really reliable and low maintenance prices.
Car Review: 1990 Oldsmobile 88
December 14, 2008, 03:22 PM
Okay--I had an '87 88, but I have to review the car anyway, as it was my first. Strong engine, and absolutely a Detroit tank of a car, but it was comfortable as hell and low-maintenance. Problems: the headliner will sag on you as only GM headliners can. You will develop timing chain and valve problems over time.
Car Review: 1995 Isuzu Trooper
October 28, 2008, 05:01 PM
We put this car through hell. It was very reliable, but the engine finally gave out at about 150K. Otherwise, brakes, transmission, the body and the interior--pretty reliable.
Car Review: 2007 Chrysler 300
October 28, 2008, 04:59 PM
Rented one of these lately, and while it seemed reliable, the interior is cheap in look and feel. The engine was anemic, the steering soft. Not a car I'd recommend buying.
Car Review: 2006 BMW X3
October 28, 2008, 04:56 PM
Parents have a BMW X3 that I drive. It's been fun, has a lot of room, and is easy to maintain. BMW pays regular maintenance under warranty, and we've never had repairs. Not great gas mileage though.
Car Review: 2005 BMW 325i
October 28, 2008, 04:55 PM
My dad has a BMW 325i, and I want to steal it. Fun to drive, it's been very reliable, and he hasn't spent much on maintenance and nothing on repair. The brakes are expensive, but they were under warranty. The oil changes are expensive, but you only have to do them once a year or less.
Car Review: 2001 Nissan Pathfinder
October 28, 2008, 04:53 PM
Our Nissan Pathfinder has been exemplary. No major problems, minimal repair and maintenance costs for a car with 105,000 miles. We have only done spark plugs and oil changes, and drive belts on schedule. Brake pads are expensive because of the 4 wheel drive.
Comment: Do-It-Yourself Auto Repair: Sometimes Not A Fix
February 27, 2010, 06:22 PM
Sorry that the link is no longer working. Couldn't find a replacement.
Comment: Are Cars Getting Scary Again?
February 27, 2010, 06:21 PM
Great contribution, M.Fulton! Thank you. For those of us who watch these things closely, the media coverage just hasn't made sense. Toyota's record, even with this recall, is extraordinary.
Comment: Chinese Automaker Offers a Hybrid
December 31, 2008, 12:03 PM
Is that not a Hyundai?
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