Ray Magliozzi

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What’s the Sweet Spot When Buying a “New” Used Car?

When should a person move on from a car? And what is the sweet spot between price and age of a car when buying a “new” used one?

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The Story behind Our Pixar “Cars” Characters

Is there a story behind the cars Tom and Ray were depicted as in the “Cars” movies?

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Saab Heat Problem Takes a Turn for the Worse

You might have a bad check valve or a cracked or leaky vacuum reservoir. Or you might have a small vacuum leak somewhere else in the engine that’s dra ...

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Did I Set the Van a Rockin’?

It’s so possible that a “rockin’ van” is a cliche. When we test shocks on a customer’s car, the way we do it is by simply pushing down on each corner ...

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Savings Pennies Isn’t Worth Risking the Safety of You and Others

My wife thinks I should use the turn signals on my 2018 Ford Explorer Platinum every time I come to an intersection, even if there is no one else at t ...

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RAV4 Owner Needs a Break from Annoying Squeaking

My 2013 Toyota RAV4 has a very loud and annoying rotational squeak coming from the front passenger wheel. The noise stops when I apply the brakes.

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Stick with Dealer for Oil Changes on European Cars?

If your owner’s manual says to use 5W30 oil with a particular European specification, the ideal thing to do is follow that requirement. Especially whi ...

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Carburetor Concerns Are a Thing of the Past

The idea of “blowing out the carburetor” is an old-husband’s tale that’s been handed down from father to son over the years. It used to have some vali ...

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Rear-Seat Safety Improving but Still Lagging Behind

I have never seen any data on a car’s safety in a rear-end collision. Are there standards? Are modern cars like this safe?

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Economics Not Always the Driving Factor on Trade-ins

My husband and I have an ongoing disagreement about when to sell or trade in his 2016 Toyota Tacoma. I say with the reliability of these trucks, he w ...

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It Might Be Time for a New Luxury Ride

I own a 1998 Cadillac Eldorado with a V8, 32-valve Northstar engine. It’s in pristine condition and has only 48,000 miles. While driving back home to ...

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Get Another Estimate

Should I repair or replace my 2004 BMW 325xi with less than 24,000 miles on it? It’s red and the body and exterior are in excellent condition.

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The Best Measure of a Car’s Useful Life Is Mileage

The best measure of a car's useful life? Mileage. It’s not perfect, because some people beat up their cars with stop and go traffic and potholes, and ...

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Shift in Buyer Preferences Limits Manual Transmission Options

Are there any mid-sized sedans that are still available with a manual transmission? The last one I drove was a Saab 9000. If so, could you recommend a ...

man driving with mug of tea

Spilling the Tea on an Irreproducible Experiment

Reader takes his tea for a ride around town and is surprised to see it survived the trip.

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Modern Engines Work Differently

Since the computer and its associated sensors constantly maintain the optimum fuel/air mixture, it seems that a dirty air filter (within reason) would ...

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Reliability isn't Everything

You also might tell your son this: Reliability isn’t everything. There’s also fun. And cute. And the image of adventure. And being in love with your c ...

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Reader Is on the Right Track

Normally a fuse blows when an electrical device is drawing too much current. The whole purpose of the fuse is to sacrifice itself and cut off the powe ...

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Why All the Boring Car Colors?

A casual look at traffic shows you that almost all cars are either gray, black or white — with a few red sprinkled in. OK, some people call their gray ...

Man pushing broken down car

Timing Belt: Rubber vs. Chain

The reason car makers switched from chains to rubber timings decades ago is because they’re cheap, lightweight and simple. Obviously, a rubber belt we ...

Ray and Tom at the Shop

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