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    Can a cell phone charger cause parasitic draw if no cell phone is attached?

    My wife's ten-month-old Element is at the shop after the battery went completely dead--to the point where the power door locks wouldn't work, the sound system's memory was erased (so it needs an unlock code), and a jump-start from a Civic didn't have enough grunt to get the engine running again...
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    GotD: Game of the Decade?

    We're only a couple weeks away from the end of the-decade-with-no-name (2001-2010). There's already a game of the year thread, but I was thinking of a harder puzzle. If you could name one game, for any system, from the past ten years, as "game of the decade," what would it be and why? Halo...
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    Your picks: the five best-engineered cars on sale today?

    Borrowed this idea from a thread SoichirosHeroes made at Temple of VTEC, but didn't want to borrow it without proper attribution). So, of the cars on sale today, what five do you think are the best-engineered and why?? Obviously, "best engineered" can mean different things to different people...
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    Liquer recommendations, round two

    A long time ago, I asked for advice here about liqueurs to give as a give to my assistant, and got some great suggestions. Now, round two: I thought some sample bottles of nice liqueurs would make a nice stocking stuffer (in addition to the normal chocolates, etc). My wife loooooooves St...
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    Car wash tips--don't want to spend all weekend, don't want to damage the paint

    My new black Si looks great...IF it's clean. If it's not, ick. After deciding that the car wash businesses around here all suck (with my previous cars, not this one), I've decided that if you want something done right, you need to do it yourself. So here's the deal. I'm not a professional...
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    EA's President: single-player games are "finished" Because we all know that nobody liked Mass Effect 2 or Fallout 3 :blink:
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    1-Series M reveal video

    I'd seem camoflauged versions of the 1-Series M circling the web for a few weeks now, but I think this is the first we've seen of it undisguised. Apologies if this is old news. It looks fap-worthy to me.
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    Child's Play Charity

    This is for the gamers here (and anyone else who reads it). I hope this doesn't violate any terms of service. I'm not affiliated with Child's Play Charity or any of the children's hospitals that receive gifts through the charity. I'm posting it because Hanukkah is right around the corner (and...
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    CR-Z Si: why would this not work?

    The CR-Z being named Japan's car of the year, combined with my newfound Honda fanboyism (did I mention I love my Civic Si?), has made me think about the four-wheeled enigma that is the CR-Z. And I couldn't help but think: (1) Rip the powertrain out of a CRZ. (2) Put a K20 under the hood. (3)...
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    This is my Si. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

    Replaced the Jetta today! With a 2011 Civic Si Sedan.
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    2011 Dodge Journey--talk about a great leap forward

    I doubt anyone here is interested in a family-friendly crossover like the Dodge Journey for its own sake. But it's an interesting foreshadowing of the sweeping changes coming at Chrysler--perhaps the biggest dramatic improvement we've seen yet. It makes me think this company might actually...
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    Financing, down payments, and trade-ins

    I'm considering getting a new car next year, but thanks to the fact that money doesn't grow on trees, I'm considering financing instead of paying cash. Having never financed a car before, I had a question for those who had, or for those people here who are salespeople or otherwise employed at a...
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    Decriminalizing polygamy; recognizing polygamy

    Here's a question for all of you. In all of the United States, polygamy/plural marriage is not legally recognized. In some areas of the United States, including Utah, it's a felony. My wive and I have started watching the show Sister Wives, following one polygamist family. It's not a cult...
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    Haggle versus no haggle?

    With the exception of Scion and the now-late Saturn, you haggle for the price of new cars. With those two brands, the sticker price was lower, but the dealer would not negotiate over the sticker price. Everyone who walked in got the same price, regardless of how well or how poorly they "played...
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    Liqueur for a gift--help needed!

    My administrative assistant's birthday is coming up, and I've picked up that she likes booze more than a box of chocolate or some flowers. I know she really likes Grand Marnier, but I gave her a bottle of that last year. So...if someone likes liqueurs like Grand Marnier, what other liqueurs...
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    2011 Ford Explorer revealed

    I don't normally give a rip about big crossovers, but I love watching Ford's return to greatness, and this is a big piece of the puzzle, so here goes: 3.5L V6 with 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft.; towing capacity of 5,000 lbs; claims best-in-class fuel economy when compared to the Honda...
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    Any Lancer GTS owners out there?

    Still shopping for a replacement for my Jetta (whose AC is now needing repairs...fourth unscheduled maintenance of 2010). Timeframe for replacement is likely January 2011. I was mulling over the Lancer GTS. It at least purports to be a sporty fun-to-drive ride, it's got the options I want...
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    Volvo V60 reveal...I'm liking the company's new ownership

    Not an attitude I've seen in a Volvo commercial since, well, forever: And the press release states: (full gallery there too) I can't wait to see whether the V70R is actually superseded as the most dynamic Volvo ever, or whether this is just a new...
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    Mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre dead

    Abu Daoud, who masterminded the kidnapping and murder at 11 athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972 has passed away. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say, particularly because he never apologized for or recanted from his actions. I think it's a real shame that Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the...
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    Gaga's Alejandro--most controversial music video I recall in a while

    I'm totally in love with Lady Gaga's new music video for Alejandro. For those who don't know, it was directed by art photographer Steven Klein, and has been probably the most controversial music video that I remember since some of Madonna's, given it's mixture of religious and homoerotic...