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Vote For the Ugliest!

09.27.2013

You sent us your nominations for the ugliest cars on the road. We narrowed it down to our top 10. Now we’re putting it to a vote. Choose the ugliest, right here.

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Is Barbara's Husband Wrecking Her Starter?

09.26.2013

Barbara's car has a push button starter. She pushes it once and the car starts up just fine, but her husband holds it down until the motor engages. She's worried this will wear out the starter. Tom and Ray have done some research in the field of Deliberately Trying to Burn Out Starters, and have some highly unscientific data to report. Here's what they found out. 

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Saab's Best Bet: Going Electric

09.25.2013

The Saab production line in Trollhattan was restarted last week--to build two cars. The company, now with Japanese and Chinese owners, wants to scale the heights again, but its best bet is in forgetting about gas cars and plugging in to become a European electric carmaker.

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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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