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Husband Vs. Wife: The Grating Parking Brake

07.18.2013

Today, Carolyn writes in to ask Tom and Ray to settle a marital dispute. She hates the sound the parking brake makes when it engages. Carolyn's logic is that since you can avoid the the sound by holding in the release button while you engage the brake, this must be better for the car somehow. Her husband doesn't seem to care. Get Tom and Ray's verdict on this important topic, right here.

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Buick and BMW: Very Big in China

07.17.2013

It was unthinkable until recently, but in 2013 two of the world's iconic automakers are selling more cars in China than anywhere else. Looking forward, Asia is the growth market.

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Did a Loose Ground Ground Charlie's Ford Escape?

07.16.2013

Charlie took his Ford Escape on a cross-country trip and after stopping for gas on the way back, it refused to start back up. They had it towed to a service station where it miraculously started and behaved just fine for the rest of the trip. Now Charlie's wondering what went wrong and if it will happen again. Read Tom and Ray's advice for Charlie, right here. 

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It's Good to Be a Cheap Bastard

07.11.2013

"Spending $34,000 on a car you’re just going to drive to work is like ordering a $52 twin lobster dinner and eating at your desk." Craig Fitzgerald on why it's just plain silly to spend serious money on cars.

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