Sunday, January 2, 2011

Getting a new car tomorrow. My husband wants a Chrysler 300, I want a Magnum. Which one is better?

Question 1
Getting a new car tomorrow. My husband wants a Chrysler 300, I want a Magnum. Which one is better?...  

1)   chrysler 300. - MissingYou! <3

2)   THE one your buying - roc/WLA

3)   sorry, no on a chrysler anything, I learned my lesson years ago, I had a really nice dodge charger, a three dollar part, broke, killed the engine while driving uphill, on a steep bridge in the pouring rain at 60 mph. no wipers no warning, nothing, I had the person with me looking out the side passenger window, and telling me how close the guardrail was, because I did not want to fly off the bridge, learn how to fly for two hundred feet, then go swimming next. I had to stop the car as fast as possible, I could not see. two minutes later it quit raining, I was broke down on a bridge on a freeway, fifty feet from the top of the bridge and a downhill exit, that literally if you went straight at the bottom took you directly into a tow truck tow yard, next to a pay phone. (and none of the tow trucks were there, they were all on call, what luck ehh?) nissan, honda, toyota or subaru - roger

4)   a300 Drive one, got style,room and very good for me so far - lisa T

5)   They are pretty much the same car, its just the magnum has the station wagon back end. The 300 has a bit softer suspension and a few little fake accents to make it look fancier than a Dodge. If you really mean 'new' you are stuck with the 300 because they quit making the magnum in 09 in favor of the Challenger. Dont be afraid of the R/T models, especially if you like the better interior stuff. The Rt's include most of the interior options and the Hemi V8. I have an 05 magnum RT that got rear ended so it was in the shop for a few weeks. My loaner car was a 300 with the v6. I drove it in the same way to the same places with the same loads as I carry in my Magnum with the V8 and averaged 2 mpg less with the 300 and the V6. The V6 is alright on power but the Hemi is really fun. I have got as high as 30mpg on the highway. Typical highway (70mph) is around 25. Around town not driving like a old person or race driver I tend to hang around 20. If I really drive crazy around town i can get it down to about 14. My car is just the RWD version and have had no problems with snow and ice, even a few times was pushing snow with the bumper and got through just fine so IMHO its not worth the extra cost, lower mpg, and higher repair costs of having the AWD. These cars are so low to the ground I dont think the AWD helps that much anyway. You get snow up to the bumper / bottom of any car I dont think it matters how may wheel drive you have the only way out is to get more clearance with the ground... which is why we have trucks, jeeps, and other suv's. Other side note is the Magnum RT's can get a tow package to tow in the range of 3500 pounds. I believe the rest of the cars can only tow 2000. Lots of trailers weigh more than 2000 but 3500 covers many small boats and campers, even a medium size u haul trailer works. Pulling a 3000 pound enclosed trailer I do about 15 mpg on the highway which is as good or maybe better than you would get with most trucks or SUVs without a trailer. - doornobk

6)   You should also consider that such a car may be expensive to insure. Check your insurance rates before buying one, for example here - - Jimmy

7)   If you want some ammo to throw at him to convince him to sway your way, go online to the lemon aid site or consumers report on cars. - Donny

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Question 2
Strange town and country transmission issue?...  My 05 town and country was working great never had an issue with the transmission. I parked my car while my wife got it than put it back into drive after she got in. as i drove away the check engine light came on and i noticed it wasnt shifting when i reached a normal speed it would shift at. It appears to be stuck in 2nd gear for no reason. There was no warning signs any ideas.
Shift solenoid if that's it how much does it cost to repair?

1)   Shift solenoid - ?

2)   Don't go throwing parts at it. That is the sure way to waste time and money. You need to take it to a shop that can read transmission codes off the TCM. The Trans controller told the engine controller to set the lamp on. Now you need to find out what the TCM code is. Don't take it to autozone or other parts store. They don't read the TCM codes and will tell you that there is a controller fault. Take it to a shop or dealer that has a good reputation and get a good firm diagnosis before you dump money into a repair that won't fix anything. - Mike J

3)   its in fail safe which means computer recognizes a problem and puts the car in second gear could be a output or input speed sensor or the solenoid assembly or even wiring going to the solenoid assembly take to a transmission shop to have them check it find one at ATRA.COM - bo

4)   Try . - willford cromie

5)   Something in the transmission had a fault, and the computer put it into a limp mode to prevent further damage. Most common problem is the input and output speed sensors, or the solenoid pack, but it could be something else, too.

The only way to really know is to have the codes read on the computer. You could have the local parts store pull the codes, they can pull some of the transmission codes, but certainly not all of them. It's certainly worth a try since it's free, and if it doesn't work, then you can try a repair shop.

I would recommend the dealer, or a local trusted mechanic
I would also recommend against a transmission shop, but if you do take it to one, certainly get a second opinion if they say it's going to be something expensive (anything over a couple hundred dollars), of course, that goes for any shop, really.

If they say they can't figure it out without "going into it" or "Tearing it down" or something similar to indicate they have to do some dis-assembly, do NOT agree to it and take it somewhere else for a second opinion. This is a classic trick to get you to spend your money there, they'll tear it down for free, but when you don't do the work or say you want a second opinion, they'll charge you to put it back together hoping you'll say just go ahead and fix it at that point. I've seen cases where they did this, and never even took the transmission apart, just went for the rebuild or re-manufactured transmission sale. - Mark B

6)   J believe the transmission has a safety set up that when there is a problem or code in the computer the trans won't shift higher than two. This is to protect the trans from blowing up. - Donny

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Question 3
How make 94 Chrysler LHS run better?...  It has been stalling while driving it. I put in some Napa BG to clean out the fuel sys and I need to run that a while. But oil light just came on and I just changed the oil. What else can I do to make it run better? I just got the car and has not had maintenance for 50k+ miles. Should I change the spark plugs? What else? I just put in a new thermostat.

1)   Take it to a local garage and have the computer system scanned for stored codes. Have them check the car out to see what needs to be done. 50K and no maintenance, not good. things are going to start going bad. $$$$$$$$$ out the window unless you are a mechanic and the labor is free. - Bobo

2)   spark plugs. ignition coils if it has any. brakes. all filters. if its carburated you should clean that. - dpelt73

3)   Performance mods are not a very good idea on a vehicle that is nearly 17 years old. You would be just asking for problems.

However there are a few things you could and should do.

First, a good tune up. New plugs. Nothing fancy. Fancy plugs do little to improve a stock engine. Use the same make and type plug originally installed from the factory. Usually platinum plugs. Install a good set of spark plug wires at the same time. Again, nothing fancy but don't go cheap either. The parts store will usually offer a few sets of plug wires with various prices. Select a mid grade set and they will work fine.

TIP: When installing the plugs put a small amount of anti seize compound on the threads. A little goes a long way. Don't get any on the electrodes. This will make them easier to remove in the future. Put a small amount of dielectric grease in the spark plug wire boots. This will help seal out moisture and make them easier to remove in the future.

Change the air filter. Again, nothing fancy. The stock air filter will supply the engine with all the air it will need.

If the car is equipped with a mass airflow sensor clean it with Mass Airflow Sensor cleaner. Don't use anything like carburetor cleaner or you will destroy the sensor turning a $5 repair into a $50+ repair.

It may be a good idea to replace the oxygen sensor(s). These should be replaced from time to time.

Add a can of Sea Foam to the fuel system. This will clean out your fuel injectors. After the first tank of Sea Foam replace your fuel filter. Every couple of tanks of fuel add about 1 ounce of Sea Foam per gallon of fuel. This will keep your fuel system and intake clean.

Spray some Sea Foam Deep Creep into the throttle body while the engine is running until it stalls. Allow the engine to sit for several minutes and restart. This will clean the carbon from your plenum, intake manifold, and around your valves. The engine will be difficult to restart and will most likely smoke for a few minutes. This is normal.

About 50 miles before your next oil change add about 1 ounce of Sea Foam per quart of motor oil. Drive normally. This will help clean sludge deposits from inside your engine. If you oil pressure light starts to come on, immediately change your oil and filter. This would be because the Sea Foam washed enough sludge that it may block your oil filter. However this is an extreme condition and would be unlikely to happen.

With the age of this vehicle I would change the transmission fluid filter and transmission fluid.

Keep a close watch on your tire pressure. Too low tire pressure creates increased rolling resistance. Keeping the tires inflated to the correct pressure will improve performance and fuel economy.

If you can do all of the work yourself you could get buy with doing all of this work for less than $150. At least double this amount if you must pay a mechanic to do the work for you. - Mad Jack

4)   First off, change the oil and filter. This is very important. You need to change the plugs and set the gap after you clean the t-body at the air intake . Spray some kind of carbon cleaner in the throttle body and on the inside and on the ISM idle speed motor. I use a old tooth brush to scrub the inside of the t-body. Clean off the throttle plate(butterfly valve) run the engine after doing this to clear out the cleaner, this should make it idle better - Donny

5)   dont feel bad even the new ones have those problems - ?

6)   Go back in time and slap the bejesus out of the engineers who designed it. - patrick_hiestand

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Question 4
My power steering went out on my 2001 PT Cruiser what could be the problem?...  I was driving so I hear a whine after about an hour while driving my power steering went out. What could be the problem?

1)   Could be leaking power steering fluid. - Tugger

2)   you let the power steering fluid get too low and it burnt up the you need a new power steering pump...
make sure to check fluids in your vehicle or you are looking at alot of expenses.. - cuddles

3)   you might need power steering fluid or your power steering pump or your power steering belt - MOSTLETHAL

4)   power steering pump, check for leaks also - Evan

5)   See if you are out of fluid. If you are lucky, it may be a leaking line only that needs to be replaced. Otherwise you may need a pump or steering rack. - C-Tech

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Question 5
Plymouth,grand voyager when I hit a bump the front end makes noise?...  Crunch

1)   Thats because the shocks of the car are too worn out or just give a lot of bounce which causes the front of the car to scrap against the bump (speed bump?) - Ismail Tigrek

2)   well could be a number of things but if only when hitting bump its likely the strut ..its a common replacement part.goodluck - ted_haze

3)   Struts are worn - clncarplz

4)   I would say the stabilizer rubbers are toast. There are four of them. This is quit common on the voyagers
Another cause would be broken coil or coil out of align - Donny

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