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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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is the chrysler pacifica a good choice for the owners of some big dogs
Oct 25, 2016

Reader Seeks Ray's Approval on the Latest Chrysler Family Hauler

Dear Car Talk

Will Deborah be happy with the new Pacifica? Ray chimes in with his own Chrysler minivan experience.

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Five auto innovations
Oct 25, 2016

Five Car Milestones: Does Innovation Pay Off?

Jim Motavalli

For the most part, going first with new auto inventions failed to pay off. The cautious companies gave the people what they were used to, and made the money. 

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Plymouth Satellite
Oct 24, 2016

The Patron Saint of Mopar

Tim Cotton

Tim Cotton earned the money to buy his first car mopping floors in the hospital morgue. What's your first car story? 

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Macho truck culture
Oct 21, 2016

Pickup Sales Are Down, But The Macho Truck Is Here to Stay

Jim Motavalli

Ford is idling production of the bestselling F-150, with 95-day supplies on the lot. But don't expect Americans to abandon pickup trucks.

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which car fluids need to be replaced and when
Oct 20, 2016

Caring For a Truck That Sits

Dear Car Talk

Mike has a pickup that spends a lot of time sitting--when it's not being borrowed. What's the best way to maintain a truck that doesn't rack up the miles?

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Ford F150 review
Oct 19, 2016

A Pointy Headed New Yorker Reviews the Ford F-150

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

The Ford F-150 Limited Edition: Not ideal for commuting. But people like these things for a reason.

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Features that didn't used to be standard in cars
Oct 19, 2016

Hardly Worth Mentioning: Features We Take for Granted

Jim Motavalli

Once upon a time, a radio and heater were exciting car options. In today's highly equipped auto market, we don't get excited about air conditioning, automatics, power windows and doors or cruise control.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee problems and complaints.
Oct 19, 2016

Jeep Grand Cherokee: Buy This Year, Not That One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

The Jeep Grand Cherokee can be a great used SUV, but watch out for these years known for trouble.

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should i trade in my car or keep it until it totally dies
Oct 18, 2016

When the Car Tells You It's Time to Trade, Listen

Dear Car Talk

Is that little whisper saying "fix me" or "trade me"? Here's one story where the message is clear.

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