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Today: Emma Needs Second Opinion Before Buying

09.24.2013

Emma is looking for her first car and she's fallen for a 1975 Mercedes 240D that will likely need its differential replaced very soon. Should she try to negotiate the price with the seller or just walk away? Tom thinks Emma is a young woman of extremely refined tastes, but Ray cautions that the car may spend a lot of time parked in her driveway. Read the case for and against, right here. 

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Road Koans

09.23.2013

What’s a koan, anyway? We're glad you asked. Step right this way and allow Tom Bodett to enlighten you.

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Don't Gamble on Ball Joints

09.19.2013

A mechanic at John's local quick oil change place told him his ball joints were worn. John hasn't noticed any changes in the handling or tire wear, and he doesn't trust this guy. What should he do? Tom and Ray say even if this mechanic is running a scam, John would be wise to heed the warning and get a second opinion. Find out why, right here. 

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California Jump-Starts the Hydrogen Economy

09.18.2013

California, here they come. A new bill, soon to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, puts funding in place for 100 public filling stations for fuel-cell cars. 

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Women Drivers, Always . . . Swearing?

09.17.2013

A new study says women are the more foul-mouthed gender behind the wheel. We want to know: is that true in your family? Tell us!

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Today: Best Car to Protect Against Solar Flares?

09.17.2013

A reader is concerned that the next big solar flare will knock out the computerized parts in his car. Naturally, he's thinking about buying an older car to keep around just in case.  Can Tom and Ray help him? And what fashion tips will they offer for constructing his tinfoil hat? Read all about it, right here. 

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On Hawaii's Big Island, a Road to Nowhere

09.16.2013

Regular volcano eruptions in Hawaii bury the roads. Nothing here is permanent except change. It gives you great respect for Mother Nature and Pele, the angry female volcano god. 

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The 2013 4-Door Crisper

09.13.2013

Have you ever rented a car just for the air conditioning? Find out what it is to feel like Sir Ernest Shackleton en route to Palm Springs, right here.

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Advice for an Aspiring Steering Fluid Mixologist

09.12.2013

Greg found some power steering fluid of questionable vintage while cleaning out his parents' garage. Now he wonders if it would be risky to mix them up and use them. Tom and Ray say he should go ahead and mix them together, as long as he's mixing them for the sole purpose of making it easier to transport to the nearest recycling facility. Find out why using this cocktail in a newer car is a terrible idea, right here.

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Electric Cars on Hawaii's Big Island: A Few Challenges

09.12.2013

Plugging in makes a lot of sense on Hawaii's largest island, but electricity is expensive, distances far, and the local Nissan dealer refuses to sell Leaf battery cars.

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