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This Is One Tough Wish List

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Dear Car Talk | Mar 21, 2017

Leo wants to trade his '05 Buick for a stripped down car. Can he find a car that matches his bare-bones wish list?

buying

Factors influencing dip in car sales
Sep 02, 2016

Car Sales Are Down--And Here's Why

Jim Motavalli

It's simple: our old cars are lasting longer, there's less meaningful choice, and the prices are high.

buying

Predatory lending in the auto industry
Sep 02, 2016

Spending Some Time with Sub-Prime

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

When sales decline, industry resorts to tricks to keep the party going. Find out why that's a problem, here.

loans

Why distracted driving is a bad idea, even when legal.
Sep 02, 2016

Driving Barefoot: The Eighth Deadly Sin?

Tim Cotton

Can a person legally drive while barefooted? Car Talk's law enforcement authority, Tim Cotton, settles this myth.

traffic laws

why are my brakes sticky
Sep 01, 2016

Before Dropping a Bundle on a Master Cylinder, Loosen That Booster

Dear Car Talk

Claude's Kia has braking issues. Did he spend money on the wrong parts to fix it?

Kia Sedona

communal cars
Aug 30, 2016

The End of the Private Car? It's Coming.

Jim Motavalli

The future is a shared, autonomous electric pod. Is that scary? Here are the benefits.

self-driving

2016 Hyundai Tucson transmission problems
Aug 30, 2016

First Signs of the Carpocalypse: 2016 Hyundai Tucson DCT Transmission Glitch

Car Talk Car Complaints

Hesitation when trying to accelerate? Tachometer spinning with no forward progress? Your Tucson may have the DCT blues.

transmissions

should i keep a car with sentimental value even if its not practical
Aug 30, 2016

Does the Old Gray Mare Have a Few Miles Left?

Dear Car Talk

Barb's Town and Country needs transmission work. Should she spend the money or put it out to pasture?

transmissions

Buying used Nissan Pathfinders.
Aug 29, 2016

Nissan Pathfinder - Buy This Year, Not That One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

The Nissan Pathfinder can be a great used vehicle, but some years come with problems. We can point you in the right direction.

buying

how can tires that bend inward be repaired
Aug 25, 2016

Front-End Job Might Be Too Much for a Novice

Dear Car Talk

Michael's plan to snag the family Mustang starts with a front end alignment. Should this be his first DIY repair?