Does fuel injector cleaner really work ?
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I'm not sure what I'll get next when I get back to the US. It needs more ground clearance though - I always had trouble with that. Maybe a Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon, or a diesel Mercedes, or a first gen Isuzu Trooper, Land Cruiser, or a '90s BMW wagon. Whatever it is, it needs to be able to fit my 4-foot tall speakers in the back, take a rack, and have a stick. 4WD and/or traction control is a bonus, FWD is a definite no-no.
My brother has a 1992 Volvo 740 Wagon that has the rock solid 2.3 4 cylinder engine from the 240 series. The 740 wagon is a great vehicle -- lots of room, comfy, and retains the dependable and cheap to fix B23 engine. He bought it off CL from the original owners, a doctor and his wife who had bought it brand new and babied it. I think he only paid 1500 for it, and it only has 100,000 miles which is nothing for that engine. He found a good Volvo-only shop to have it maintained at. Mercedes wagons are nice, but I think maintenance and repair will be more pricey. An older diesel one might be ok, esp. if you can run some veggie oil in it, to save money on fuel.
I have a 1999 Olds Eighty Eight that we bought from the GM dealership where my wife worked at for years. It only has 60K miles and runs perfect. It has the 3800 V6 that is a great engine. We sold our '05 Kia Sedona minivan. We are looking to buy a Mazda 3 sedan.
Edited by jd1138 - 3/21/11 at 10:58pm
This is generally sage advice to only use additives prior to a lube job. However, a good cleaner should merely be a concentrated form similar to the detergent packages in the fuel you put in your tank regularly. Just avoid putting stuff in your car that you don't need to. Synthetic oils are particularly sensitive to additives.