Tag: rants

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Gas pump television
Jul 26, 2017

Kill Your (Gas Pump) TV

Tim Cotton

Rant: What's the point of those gas pump TVs?

rants gasoline

Automotive Dictionary
May 22, 2017

Fan Takes Issue With Car Talk Blogger's Use of Word "Issue"

Staff Blog

Got a linguistic pet peeve? Here's a letter from someone who has an issue with "issue" and isn't too shy to tell us about it! 

rants

Massachusetts DMV
Jan 04, 2016

2.5 Hours in the "Improved" Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles

Craig Fitzgerald

What's the word for when you're reading an article about the new, improved Registry of Motor Vehicles during your second hour in line at one?
 

rants

Asthma attacks and Volkswagen
Sep 22, 2015

I bought a 2015 VW diesel. I also suffer from Asthma. Boy, am I ticked off.

Staff Blog

Pass the Ventolin and—oh, one other thing—F*&% You, VW. Car Talk's Senior Web Lackey on VW's massive diesel deceit.

diesel rants emissions ethics Volkswagen

Jul 07, 2015

Muscle Mania: Why Dodge's 707-Horsepower Hellcat Shouldn't Be Your Next Toy

Jim Motavalli

We're worshipping speed again, with automakers competing to offer outrageous supercars, and 60s' hot rods making crazy prices at auctions.

horsepower rants

Side mirrors are outdated
Jan 28, 2014

What a Drag: Time to Get Rid of Outside Mirrors

Staff Blog

A Car Talk crusade: It's time for side mirrors to go! Ray Magliozzi and Jim Motavalli make their case against ugly, drag producing side mirrors. Agree? Disagree? Join the debate, right here.

rants mirrors

Feb 22, 2012

NHTSA's Misguided Driver Distraction Guidelines

Staff Blog

Tom and Ray sound off on why NHTSA's new driver distraction guidelines are destined to fail and fail big. Luckily, they have a few solutions in mind. Read all about it right here.

rants distracted driving legislation

Apr 01, 2001

Microsoft Windows for automobiles? We're not a fan of the idea.

Dear Car Talk

I just heard on the news that Microsoft has announced a special version of Windows for automotive application It sounds like my future cars will have computer-Internet interfaces hard-wired as standard equipment I generally keep my cars for eight to...

computers rants

Mar 01, 1996

Don't ever, ever keep driving if your brakes have failed without having a mechanic check your car out.

Dear Car Talk

Finding myself hemmed in at a baseball game I managed to get my right front wheel of my front wheel drive car stuck in a small ditch After rocking back and forth I got it free I proceeded on my...

brakes rants

Jul 01, 1995

And yet another parking light aficionado...

Dear Car Talk

Parking lights needed and justified or a relic from the past Both As defined in the SAE Society of Automotive Engineers in Surface Vehicle Standard J Parking lamps whether separate or combined with other lamps are located on both the...

lights mail bag rants