Is Ted a jerk or a genius? Today: Tm and Ray offer a few parenting tips.

09.01.2006

Am I a jerk or a genius? My son is now 18, and when he was 15, I wrote him a check for $1,500, postdated three years. I told him that if he managed to reach the date of the check without (1) receiving...

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Today: Tom and Ray settle the great condo speed-bump controversy.

09.01.2006

Hello! I live in a condominium complex, and there is a great debate we need your help with! We have a question about speed bumps and possible injury to someone's front-end alignment. Our speed bumps are removable, and they are...

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Plan on selling a used car, or know someone who is? Check out Tom and Ray's advice to Denise.

09.01.2006

I am planning to buy a 2006 Subaru Forester this year and don't want to deal with the trade-in hassle and rip-off, so I'm thinking about selling my five-speed Subaru 1997 Impreza Outback Sport privately. I'm a little wary about the whole...

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In today's letter: Tom and Ray help Kathy with the finer points of shifting an automatic transmission.

09.01.2006

A recent Car Talk column about downshifting left me with another question. You said that when going down a long, steep hill, you should shift your automatic transmission into a lower gear, like third, second or first. But here's my...

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Today: Does a new baby mean a new car is in the future?

09.01.2006

I trust your judgment and need your opinion. My daughter and son-in-law drive a 1996 Acura Integra (two-door). It continues to have a lot of pep and has had little need for repairs other than ordinary things and regular maintenance. The...

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Was the muffler on a neighbor's car the victim of foul play?

09.01.2006

I have a question that might involve automotive espionage. Last Saturday, my wife and I were awakened by a very loud explosion that shook our upstairs windows -- we thought someone had bombed our neighborhood. We investigated to find everyone...

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Looking for a safe, ultra-efficient new car? Tom and Ray help John sort through the options.

09.01.2006

Back in the '80s and '90s, there were some ultra-efficient cars like the Suzuki, Swift, Honda CRX and Honda Civic. I owned a VW Rabbit diesel that got 45 miles per gallon with my lead foot. All sold for...

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Just What Would Cause Angela's Muffler to Explode?

09.01.2006

What would cause a muffler to explode? We just had work done on our '93 Saab 900S. It was running very sluggish up hills, and diagnostics showed several leaks in the exhaust pipes leading out of the catalytic converter. After...

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