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Something We Think is Pretty Cool

12.17.2013

New bike helmets that keep you safe without messing up your stylish locks.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

12.17.2013

Move over Lords-a-Leaping, it's the Twelve Days of Christmas, Car Talk style and Tom and Ray have taken over the gift giving. What do they have in store for you today? Find out right here!

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Why Car Shows Are Weird

12.16.2013

Hint: It might have something to do with monkeys, the next Sandra Bullock and/or German drywallers.

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Today: Save Our Skoda

12.16.2013

Kunaal loves his 2011 Skoda Fabia and wants it to last forever, so he takes care to always warm up the car before he drives and he never runs the AC during the first few minutes of the trip. Tom and Ray think this is unnesessary for someone who lives in Mumbai, unless temperatures drop to well below freezing....in which case Kunaal will have much bigger problems. Find out why, right here. 

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Think Smaller: Driving the XL1

12.14.2013

When Dr. Ferdinand Piëch says, "Jump", VW asks, "How high?" The result: A car that is capable of driving 100 km on 1 liter of fuel...and then some.

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Driving VW's Astonishing 200 MPG XL1

12.13.2013

It's the most aerodynamic, fuel-efficient car in the world, and $145,000 buys you bragging rights. But only in Europe, alas.

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Today: Best Way to Change Transmission Fluid?

12.12.2013

Jim needs to change the transmission fluid in his 2005 Chrysler 300C, but he's a little nervous about it. The last time he got this done (on his previous car) the transmission went out a week later. Tom and Ray explain the different methods and try to reassure Jim that the fluid change was not responsible for the demise of his last car. 

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Interview: GM's New CEO, Mary Barra

12.10.2013

Barra is the first woman not only to lead GM, but the first woman heading any of the Big Three. In fact, she's the first woman to head any global automaker. Car Talk's Jim Motavalli interviewed her, prior to the announcement. 

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No Cheap Fix for Delaminating Paint

12.10.2013

Karen's 2000 Toyota Corolla is running still fine, but the paint is peeling off. Tom and Ray explain why this happens to certain model years and lay out a range of options, each one lower-cost and more aesthetically questionable than the last. Find out what they suggest, right here. 

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Maurice's Mileage-Boosting Idea: Brilliant or Bogus?

12.09.2013

Maurice is loving the great mileage he's getting in his Chevy Volt. He wonders if he can improve things further if he reduces weight by keeping the gas tank almost empty. Tom and Ray think this might technically improve mileage, but by such a small amount that it's not worth the risk. Risks include: annoying friends and spouses, ending up out of gas and out of charge, naked, fleeing from a pack of hungry wolves. 

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