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Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

Dear Car Talk

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?

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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.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011

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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Ford Explorer defective paint.
Oct 18, 2016

First Signs of the Carpocalypse: 2011-2016 Ford Explorer Paint Problems

Car Talk Car Complaints

Our latest installment of First Signs of the Carpocalypse covers the Ford Explorer from 2013 through the current model year.

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young people enthusiastic about old cars
Oct 17, 2016

Will the Old Car Hobby Die Out?

Jim Motavalli

Let's face it, collector cars are mostly owned by people 60 and above. If young enthusiasts climb on board, maybe we'll still be going to Pebble Beach and Amelia island in 2030.  

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