A reader is concerned that the next big solar flare will knock out the computerized parts in his car. Naturally, he's thinking about buying an older car to keep around just in case. Can Tom and Ray help him? And what fashion tips will they offer for constructing his tinfoil hat?
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Patrick and his old roommate had so much fun on their post-college road trip 25 years ago that they're doing it again--same route and same car, a 1960 Triumph TR3. What should they bring with them to help with it inevitably breaks down? Will Tom and Ray have any advice for Patrick?
Jim just bought a new Mazda and he's worried that the oil recommended by his owner's manual is too lightweight. Can Tom and Ray set Jim's fears to rest? Find out how oil has changed over the years and who can get away with using the lighter stuff, right here.
Hayley's getting a new car and she likes the model with the turbo engine but her dear old dad says turbo engines never last. Turns out that times have changed. Tom and Ray say turbo engines now are a good bet for all reasonable drivers. What should unreasonable drivers get? Traffic court.
Howard filled his new Mini Cooper S with regular for a full year before the dealer mentioned it would run better on premium gas. Now he's freaking out! Has he irrevocably damaged his car? Tom and Ray try to soothe Howard's worries with actual car info (plus some mental health suggestions).
Carolina is worried about the crayon smell in her daughter's Volvo. They've tried everything to get rid of it, but nothing's worked and Carolina is worried it might be some dangerous chemical. Tom and Ray are stumped, so we're turning to you, our clever fans to help Carolina out.
Harvey has an idea... he wants to develop a lawnmower type pull-start system to start his truck in case the battery dies and there's no one around to give him a jump. Just how bad is this idea? And what should he do instead? Tom and Ray's take, right here.
Raychel's uncle is selling his old Porsche 944S, and she wants to buy it. She's already decided it's her dream car, but she wants to know exactly what she's getting into. Tom and Ray tell her what to look out for before she decides to buy.
Rita thinks she's having a midlife crisis. She's getting ready to buy the Jeep she's always wanted, but she wants to know, how old a model can she get without compromising too much on reliability. Tom and Ray think this question misses the whole point of buying an irresponsible car.
Bo's 1987 Honda Accord needs $750 worth of repair between a new C.V. boot and tie rod. But the car itself is barely worth that. What can he afford to ignore? Tom and Ray offer him a hands-on solution for the C.V. boot but insist that he fix the tie rod right away.