I have a Mazda Milennia, 2001, which has served me very well, and I can't afford to invest in a new car at age 80. My local mechanic, whom I trust implicitly (and the nearest Mazda dealer, who also sells
Korean cars I have found untrustworthy with an honest interest in selling the new ones) has given up finding a solution to my dangerous problem.
The car performs normally until it has been driven 30-40 miles, then it stalls on me at stop signs, and I have a noisy and difficult time restarting it. Because of the loud rumble noise
in my effort to restart it (as traffic piles up behind me), people turn and look.
To complicate my question, there is a very slow "leak" of coolant from the engine (and I've been adding about 1/2-inch of coolant every morning) for nearly two years, which keeps the indicator below the half mark consistently. Hope you can be of help. I'm not mechanically inclined, having made my living as the editor of a NYC music magazine for 20 years, then an editor/corporate librarian for "Weekly Reader" for the next 20 years.
Did not have a father, or father substitute, from age six on. Enjoy laughing with the cartalk brothers every Saturday.