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Win Tom's 1993 Mazda Miata

Tom's son is donating his father's 93 Miata to support NPR. Donate for your chance to win the car.

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Pros and Cons of Diesel Engines Have Changed over Time

I don't understand why so many people buy diesel-powered cars and trucks. They are loud and emit horrible pollution compared with gas-powered vehicles ...

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Mind the Gap When Changing Out Spark Plugs

just changed the spark plugs and the coil bar on my 2014 Chevy Sonic. The engine starts, but won’t go over 3,000 rpms. Did I do something incorrectly ...

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Is High Octane Gas Really Needed?

I have a turbo six-cylinder car that calls for 93 octane gasoline. If I were to hock my stepson and kick my dog until she ran away, I could finally af ...

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Top 20 Signs You Should Avoid a Garage

What's the absolutely worst thing you could imagine seeing when you bring your car in for service? Here are our deepest fears.

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Best Bad Car Jokes

Need a laugh? Who doesn't. We can't promise these car puns and jokes will do the trick, but hey give it a shot.

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Questionable Car Mods

If your car is a reflection of your personality, we are pretty sure the owners of these cars have personality disorders.

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Top 10 Warning Signs That You Shouldn't Buy a Used Car

Shopping for a used car? Great! There are plenty of good deals out there. If you're not careful, though, you can wind up with a car that'll pay for yo ...

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Our Plate Collection

Twitter was more of a challenge a few years ago when you had to come up with something funny in 140 characters. However, the real creative geniuses fi ...

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Top 10 Most Annoying Things Other Drivers Do

What things do other drivers do that annoy you most? Here's our top ten list. We're sure you won't recognize yourself in any of the items listed

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What's Not Too Big or Small, but Just Right?

After 30 years in California, I will soon move back home to Maine to be near my aging parents. I'm not taking my 2010 VW GTI with me. Nice car, but in ...

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Stalled in the Drive-thru

Hi. I have a 1989 Lincoln Town Car that sometimes cuts out when I give it very little gas -- like when I’m inching my way along a drive-thru line. Any ...

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There Are Fruit Flies All over This Truck!

I am at my wits’ end with this. I have fruit flies all over the cabin of my 2012 GMC Sierra 1500. I never ever eat fruit to begin with, and I never al ...

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Ray Puts Some Rust Fears to Rest

How do I prevent the salt from settling in and doing its oxidizing worst to my pick-up beauty? And, is going to those fancy carwashes I see here suffi ...

Ray and Tom at the Shop

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