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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix: Gentle Break-In

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix: Gentle Break-In

Q--Just got an '04 Pontiac Grand Prix GT-2. Nice car. The manual says that the "system" will tell me when to change oil, based upon driving conditions, etc. Who knows when? I put 3,100 miles on the car in 3 weeks and I drive a lot of interstate miles. I have ALWAYS changed oil every 3,000 or as...

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2004 Honda Accord Sdn LX

2004 Honda Accord: Intervals for Oil

Q--I have a 2004 Honda Accord EX V-6 and the owner manual's maintenance schedule for normal conditions indicates changing the 5W-20 engine oil every 7500 miles or every year... read more March 16, 2010 by  0


 
2004 Cadillac CTS

2004 Cadillac CTS: Life of Oil

Q--I purchased a 2004 Cadillac CTS, which I later found out uses Mobil 1 oil. I initially changed the oil at three months. However my dealer said I should watch the oil life... read more March 16, 2010 by  0


 
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 4-door Sedan LS Sport Angular Front Exterior View

2004 Chevrolet Cavalier: Proper Fillup

Q--My girlfriend purchased a 2004 Cavalier with the 2.2-liter Ecotec engine and I recently changed the oil. The owner’s manual calls for 4.0 quarts, but when I emptied the... read more March 11, 2010 by  0


 
2004 Toyota Camry XLE

2004 Toyota Camry: Mixed Signals

Q--I know you've said numerous times to change the oil every 3000 miles or three months, but the manual for my 2004 Toyota Camry says every 6000 miles or six months. I even... read more March 9, 2010 by  0


 
2004 Nissan Pathfinder Armada SE 2WD Side Exterior View

2004 Nissan Pathfinder: The Dreaded Sulfer Smell

Q—We’ve got a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder LE with about 7000 miles. Just this past week we’ve started to get a smell like rotten eggs, or sulfur pits, from the SUV. I... read more February 26, 2010 by  0


 
2004 Toyota Sienna 5dr CE FWD 8-Passenger (Natl) Angular Rear Exterior View

2004 Toyota Sienna: Frozen Sienna

Q--I own a 2004 Toyota Sienna. We’ve recently had some extremely cold weather, with overnight lows in the single digits, and in temperatures like that our minivan’s... read more February 26, 2010 by  0


 
2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LT Angular Rear Exterior View

2004 Chevrolet Malibu: Computer, Oil Change Time?

Q-- In February 2004 I purchased a 2004 Chevy Malibu. The owner's manual does not state an oil-change mileage or duration requirement, but refers only to the computer... read more February 26, 2010 by  0


 
2004 Toyota Sienna 5dr CE FWD 8-Passenger (Natl) Open Doors

2004 Toyota Sienna: Pros and Cons

Q--Last year my wife purchased a 2004 Toyota Sienna. When she recently took it in for an oil change, the dealer recommended a mixture of regular and synthetic oil, at extra... read more February 23, 2010 by  0


 
2004 Toyota Highlander

2004 Toyota Highlander: Drive By Haywire

Q--I recently purchased a 2004 Toyota Highlander. Almost immediately I began having problems with a hesitation at low speeds. When pressure is applied to the accelerator... read more February 7, 2010 by  0


 
2004 Mercury Grand Marquis GS

2004 Mercury Grand Marquis: From Pillow to Stone

Q--I recently bought a new 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis to replace my 1999 model. The ride in the new car is so stiff I think I can feel it when I drive over a pebble. Are you... read more February 6, 2010 by  0


 
2004 Honda Pilot 4WD EX Auto w/Leather Rear Exterior View

2004 Honda Pilot: New Vs. Old

 Q--I have a 2004 Honda Pilot with front and rear disc brakes. I have always done my own brake jobs and want to know if the rotors must be machined on the vehicle or may... read more June 17, 2008 by  0


 
2003 Honda Pilot LX

2004 Honda Pilot: Brake Rotors

Q--I have a 2004 Honda Pilot with front and rear disc brakes. I have always done my own brake jobs and want to know if the rotors must be machined on the vehicle or may they... read more April 20, 2008 by  0


 
2004 Acura MDX 4-door SUV Touring Pkg w/Navigation Open Doors

Killed Cats

Q--It is my understanding that a catalytic converter does not die. It is killed by something wrong with the engine. What do you say with another look at the problem in the... read more October 10, 2007 by  0


 
2004 Cadillac Seville Luxury SLS

Two-footed Driving

Q--Having read your column about left foot braking reminded me that I had read something in a “mechanix” magazine about 55 years ago saying left-foot braking is the best... read more August 16, 2007 by  0


 
2004 Acura MDX

2004 Acura MDX: Smelling Eggs

Q--I have a 2004 Acura MDX. At times when accelerating I get a very strong sulfur smell. The dealer says that this is due to the ethanol in the fuel. Is this true or do you... read more August 1, 2007 by  0


 

 
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