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Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

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Dear Car Talk | Jun 27, 2017

Donald has the same driving habits all year, but his Civic is more frugal with gas during the summer. What's the reason behind his winter of discontent?

fuel economy Honda Civic 2016

i can't figure out how to replace fix my parking lights
Dec 22, 2016

David Needs Help with a Common Car Problem

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David tried fixing the usual culplrits and he still can't get his Buick's parking lights to work. The solution is easy if he knows where to look.

DIY electrical wiring lights Buick Century 1994

2009 Honda Odyssey
Dec 22, 2016

Used Honda Odyssey: Buy This Year, Not That One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

The Honda Odyssey is a comfortable family vehicle much beloved by owners. However, like all used vehicles, the Odyssey minivan has years and problems a shopper may want to avoid. 

transmissions Honda Odyssey

Solar paneled roadway
Dec 21, 2016

Solar Panels? You're Driving on Them

Jim Motavalli

Imagine a road made of interlocked photovoltaics, capable of charging vast fleets of electric cars--or whole communities. It's possible, but very, very challenging.

alternative energy

should i keep my car with blue smoke and a broken odometer
Dec 20, 2016

Is It Time to Say Goodbye to a Faithful Truck?

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Lee's Toyota had 208,000 miles on it--when the odometer broke ten years ago. Should he keep his daily driver running, or let it go?

selling oil cost of ownership

Lucid Air will compete with Tesla
Dec 15, 2016

The New 1,000-Horsepower Lucid Air Is Chasing Tesla's Electric Tail

Jim Motavalli

Lucid Motors unveils a battery sedan with 2.5-second zero-to-60 times, 400 miles of range and over-the-air updates. Yes, Elon Musk is paying attention.

electric vehicles

how can i save the electronic presents when i swap my battery
Dec 15, 2016

How to Keep Your Presets during a Battery Swap

Dear Car Talk

If your car's battery gives up the ghost, here's how to preserve those radio presets and other electronic settings during the swap.

batteries

Christmas tree on a truck
Dec 14, 2016

Christmas Tree Transport: Whatever Works

Staff Blog

This holiday cheer isn't going to drive itself home.

2010 Toyota Prius
Dec 14, 2016

Used Toyota Prius – Buy This Year, Not that One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

The Toyota Prius is so reliable it is hard to call any years bad, but some years do rise above others.

Toyota Prius 2010

should i ignore the thermostat in my buick
Dec 13, 2016

This LeSabre Owner Is Looking for LeSolution to Overheating

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Thomas has an overheating Buick that has stumped several mechanics. Could the culprit be something simple?

overheating thermostats Buick LeSabre 2005