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Using Cruise Control on Downgrades Won't Harm Your Engine

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | May 23, 2017

Doug uses cruise control to slow his roll on descents. How does this affect his drivetrain?

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how will my toyota avalon do in hawaii
Nov 17, 2016

Can A Different Climate Cause Car Problems?

Dear Car Talk

After a bad experience when he shipped a truck to another climate, Jackson asks whether to risk it again. 

Toyota Avalon 2003

2016 LA Auto Show
Nov 15, 2016

At the L.A. Show, an Electric Jaguar with a Big Roar

Jim Motavalli

The 400-horsepower Jaguar I-Pace boasts twin electric motors, a 90-kilowatt-hour battery, and zero to 60 in four seconds. It's ready to take on Tesla at its own game. 

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do all new cars have an acceleration lag
Nov 15, 2016

The Case of the Reluctant Renegade

Dear Car Talk

Ken's 2015 Jeep Renegade hesitates before accelerating. His dealer says "they all do that" but is Ken being sold a load of horsefeathers?

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2016 European Web Summit
Nov 14, 2016

Talking Robots, Connected Scooters and Sharing Rides at the Web Summit

Jim Motavalli

Europe's answer to CES is just as packed with great tech ideas. Previously in Dublin, now it connects in Lisbon.

alternative energy alternative vehicles self-driving

Bird poop and car color
Nov 11, 2016

Is Your Car Prone to Poop? (Bird Poop, That Is).

Staff Blog

What color car do birds "tag" the most? We've got the study results!

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is it safe to put the car in neutral on a downhill
Nov 10, 2016

Coasting Downhill in Neutral -- Bonus or Boooogus?

Dear Car Talk

Ted wants to know if coasting down a hill in neutral saves wear and tear, and gas. 

transmissions safety fuel economy

Nov 08, 2016

First Signs of the Carpocalypse: 2014-2016 Jeep Cherokee

Car Talk Car Complaints

Our latest installment of First Signs of the Carpocalypse covers a nagging problem with the Jeep Cherokee’s nine-speed transmission.

should i use a lower or a higher octane gas if i can't get mid range gas
Nov 08, 2016

What to Do When You Need an Octane in Between?

Dear Car Talk

Dave needs an octane in between what's offered at the pump. Should he become an impromptu mixologist when filling up?

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Geronimo's Cadillac
Nov 03, 2016

Geronimo's Cadillac and Other Automotive Tales of the Old West

Jim Motavalli

Legends like Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and indeed Geronimo survived into the horseless carriage era, and readily turned in their faithful steeds for something more dependable.

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