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Crowd Pleaser: The $6,800, 84-mpg Elio is Getting Closer

05.28.2014

I test drove the latest version of the three-wheeled, two-seat Elio in Manhattan, and was mobbed by people who wanted to know what it was and when they could get one. Late next year, they're saying, if all goes well.

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I Sing the Golf Electric. And the New GTi, Too.

05.28.2014

The Volkswagen Golf, neé Rabbit, turns the big 4-0 in the United States and VW is marking the occasion with the launch of a series of Golfs manufactured in its new Mexican plant. Some are roomier, somer are cheaper...and some are even electric.

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Today: Arch's Camper Compromise

05.27.2014

Arch and his wife are getting ready to retire and they want to see the sights. They're hoping to find a compromise vehicle that makes up for the having fewer comforts and features than a full-sized RV with better gas mileage and drivability. Can Tom and Ray recommend the right ride? 

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Recycling Windshields: It's the Right Thing to Do

05.23.2014

Most windshields, made from a glass and plastic sandwich, end up in landfills. But Safelite recycled more than a million of them last year.

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Today in Bogus: Transmission Preservation

05.22.2014

Today: David wants Tom and Ray to set the record straight on some bizarre driving behavior from the past. In high school, he used to cruise around with his friend in the friend's dad's '73 lime green Ford Pinto. The dad insisted that the kid use first and third gears on odd numbered days and second and fourth on the even numbered days, which he insisted would double the life of the transmission. Where does this fall on the scale of one to completely BoOoOoOgus?  

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Breakthrough Batteries: Fighting to be the Next Big Thing

05.21.2014

Today's standard lithium-ion cells are today's standard, but disruptive technology that's cheaper, lasts longer and charges faster may be around the corner. Here's what's in the works.

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The Zipper Merge: Vote Now

05.21.2014

The Zipper Merge (aka late merging) is one of the most controversial maneuvers in traffic. We're going to settle this issue once and for all, the Car Talk way, with a highly unscientific poll. Cast your vote now!

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Jeannie Needs a New Car: Husband Needs Convincing

05.20.2014

Jeannie's husband wants to keep their 2002 Toyota Sienna with 260,000 miles until it dies, but Jennie's worried she'll be the one driving it when it finally goes--and worse, she'll be on a lonely stretch of highway when it's 30 degrees below.Tom and Ray have lots of ideas for Jeannie, from rational economic and safety-based arguments to more underhanded means of persuasion. Read them all right here.

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Wheeler Dealers: British TV Show Restores Cars for Fun and Profit

05.16.2014

In their colorful reality show on Discovery, a car trader and a mechanic team up to restore and flip cars, telling you just how they did it.

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Why Does Grover's Truck Run at Random?

05.15.2014

Grover has a 1999 GMC Sierra that spends most of its time parked in the garage until deer season. The problem? Whenever Grover or his wife are in the garage, they hear something running, like a pump of some kind. Can Tom and Ray explain why the parts of the truck are running when parked? Find out what they say, right here. 

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