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Is My Car Sending Smoke Signals about Its Health?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Mar 23, 2017

White smoke on starting, you and your car soon will be parting.

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Detroit Auto Show
Jan 10, 2017

Detroit 2017: SUVs Dominate, Mostly Made in the U.S.A.

Jim Motavalli

The auto industry is riding high on 4X4 sales, and the Detroit show makes clear that--as long as the cheap gas holds out--it's not messing with the formula.

Detroit Auto Show

Jan 10, 2017

Selling a Car with an Open Recall

Dear Car Talk

Sue is selling a Toyota with an open airbag recall. Here's how to rehome it with a clear conscience. 

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Jan 10, 2017

Used Hyundai Sonata--Buy This Year, Not That One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

The Hyundai Sonata is a roomy, comfortable sedan with good overall reliability, but there are some troubling problems in certain years of which buyers should be aware.

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Ford considers hybrid Mustang
Jan 07, 2017

Ford to Build Mustang and F-150 Hybrids, Plus 300-Mile Electric Car

Jim Motavalli

Ford is making a big commitment to electrics, including electrifying its iconic sports cars and trucks. And, oh yes, it's cancelling that hated Mexican small car plant.

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Jan 05, 2017

Is Higher Octane Gas "Better"?

Dear Car Talk

Dee's car requires 87 octane gas according to the manufacturer. Here's why she may be wasting money filling it with premium.

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Jan 05, 2017

Used Ford Fiesta: Buy This Year, Not That One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

The Ford Fiesta is a great economy car, particularly for urban use, but beware the perils of Powershift.

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Cars from the Simeone Museum collection
Jan 04, 2017

Fast Company: In Philadelphia, the Ultimate Collection of Sports Racing Cars

Jim Motavalli

While working as a leading neurosurgeon, Dr. Fred Simeone assembled a world-class collection of sports racers, including a Cobra Daytona that belonged to Phil Spector, and a mouth-wattering assemblage of Ferraris, Jaguars, Aston Martins, Corvettes (including a Grand Sport) and Alfa Romeos. The crown jewel, according to Simeone? An Alfa 8C 2900B that won the 1938 Mille Miglia.

Keeping pets out of engine compartments
Jan 04, 2017

Keep Those Pets Out of The Engine

FIDO Blog

Tips for keeping pets safe around cars in cold weather.

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Jan 03, 2017

A Cooked Relay Leads to Frazzled Nerves

Dear Car Talk

The warning buzzer in Terry's Montero won't shut off. Finding the relay may quiet his commute.

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