Today: Tom and Ray settle The Great Gas Tank Debate!

01.01.2008

I am having a debate with co-workers about whether filling your gas tank halfway is more or less efficient than filling your gas tank completely. What is the most efficient way to fill a tank? Does the weight of a...

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Are "shop supplies" a legit charge?

01.01.2008

What are shop supplies? I always thought it was old rags and sprays to clean or lube. My recent visit to a dealer's garage cost me $22.56 for shop supplies. My total bill was $297.81. If I take my car to the...

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Can your average new car be expected to make it to 100,000 miles?

01.01.2008

I was looking for a second car. I wanted a classic. For some reason, I said something about a 1992 car with 180,000 miles on it. My stepbrother said, "You know that engine has been rebuilt. don't you?" That started the debate...

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Can driving an SUV make you more aggressive?

01.01.2008

I listen to your show a lot, and I completely agree that SUV drivers are a menace. I know, because I just bought one. I had a Saturn sedan and I was very careful and considerate. After I bought my...

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Today: car recommendations for older drivers.

01.01.2008

I will be 77 years old soon and would like your opinion as to which of the following automobiles you would recommend for someone like me. I love driving, and I drive a stick shift to this very day. For the...

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What should you do when your car goes into the water? Hear from a survivor.

01.01.2008

You recently answered a question about what to do if your car goes into the water. You asked if any of your readers had personal experience in this matter. I do. Here's my story. On June 17, 2006 (the eve of Father's...

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Are four snow tires really necessary, or is Mark's tire salesman giving him a snow job?

01.01.2008

I have a 2004 Mazda Miata (with rear-wheel drive). Most companies advise me that I need to put snow tires on all four wheels. Is this true for my rear-wheel-drive Miata? Or is this true only for front-wheel-drive cars? -- Mark...

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Can an egg really help plug a radiator leak?

01.01.2008

Following an end-of-semester party, my university English students were headed home for the holidays -- sober, at least for the moment. One of the girls said she was concerned about driving home in the snow with a radiator that had...

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Do cars need to warm up, on cold winter mornings?

01.01.2008

With the cold New England winter weather about to swoop down on us, I have a queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Why, you ask? Because every winter when my boyfriend and I get into my car, I start it, then I...

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