Blogs

Is Beaten-Up Car with a Rap Sheet worth Saving?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Mar 28, 2017

B.J.'s prodigal Silverado is home after theives used it for their getaway car, but the insurance company totalled it. Is it worth fixing?

insurance Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2007

Hitchhikers
Feb 09, 2017

Have Thumb, Will Travel

Tim Cotton

Everybody used to hitchhike. But not anymore. What's changed?

etiquette

Feb 07, 2017

Adaptive Headlights Got Their Inspiration from an Oldie

Dear Car Talk

Remember the 1948 Tucker? Modern car designers do, and they're using adaptive lighting to improve safety.

headlights safety

Dog looking at infotainment system
Feb 06, 2017

Short Takes: Reviews, Oddities and Milestones

Jim Motavalli

Short attention span? This is the column for you! Bits, bytes and random thoughts about automobiles in the winter of 2017.

Smart traction control
Feb 03, 2017

Spin Control: Smart All-Wheel-Drive Is Your Friend

Jim Motavalli

A day of slipping and sliding at snowed-in Lime Rock Park in a Buick Envision demonstates the value of electronic stability control.

winter safety features

Feb 02, 2017

How to Stop a Car That Creeps on Hills While Parked

Dear Car Talk

Poke's new Subaru Forester wants to roll away on hills. Is the engine, clutch, or parking brake the culprit?

transmissions brakes clutches Subaru Forester 2016

The truth about unleaded gas
Feb 01, 2017

Before Tobacco, There Was Leaded Gas

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Today marks yet another anniversary of the monumentally unfortunate first time gasoline with lead in it was offered for sale to consumers.

gasoline history

DC Auto Show
Jan 30, 2017

From Washington: Where's Donald Trump on Self-Driving Cars?

Jim Motavalli

The Washington Auto Show usually focuses on policy--there aren't any new model introductions. This year, everybody was wondering where the new President stands on the issues, especially self-driving cars.

hybrids electric vehicles

Jan 26, 2017

Proper Maintenance, Not Additives, Is What a Car Needs

Dear Car Talk

Prolonging your engine's life may mean keeping clean oil in it instead of feeding it slick additives.

oil oil changes additives

Subaru engine noises
Jan 26, 2017

Subaru Engine Sounds - They All Do That

Guest Bloggers

Johnznot's new Subaru Outback is making a noise. His dealer says "they all do that." Is this true, or is the dealer just trying to get out of doing any work? Our verdict here.

noises Subaru Outback