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Should This Retiree Retire an Oil Burning Civic?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Dec 14, 2017

Buying new may be a good investment in longevity for the driver.

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Just Say 'No' to Rustproofing
Dec 12, 2017

Just Say 'No' to Rustproofing

Dear Car Talk

Think twice before purchasing rustproofing for your new-ish car.

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Alloy wheel
Dec 07, 2017

Will Alloy Wheels Improve Mileage and Handling?

Dear Car Talk

Jesada's Jetta might look better but would she notice any other changes?

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Jim Motavalli, blogger for Car Talk, talking about electric cars
Dec 06, 2017

Our Man at the UN: The Car Blogger Talks About Self-Driving Cars

Jim Motavalli

Given a chance to talk at the UN on my favorite subject, I told the diplomats that autonomous vehicles will also be electric, and that it's critical that they be shared--not privately owned.

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Newer Car Safety Features Can Prolong Driver Independence
Dec 05, 2017

Newer Car Safety Features Can Prolong Driver Independence

Dear Car Talk

Newer cars with the right features might keep you on the road longer.

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European wasp (Vespula germanica)
Dec 04, 2017

Terrible Joke: The Wasp Expert and the Record Shop

Staff Blog

The world's leading expert on European wasps walks into a record shop...

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Squirrel
Dec 04, 2017

These Animals Will Eat Your Soul

J.C. Howard

Boy, your Soul looks delicious.

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Gas-Cap Pressure Leak Plagues This Pontiac
Nov 30, 2017

Gas-Cap Pressure Leak Plagues This Pontiac

Dear Car Talk

Capping the leak may require more than a new gas cap.

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Reader Enlists Ray's Help in Choosing the Better Car
Nov 28, 2017

Reader Enlists Ray's Help in Choosing the Better Car

Dear Car Talk

What's the best option for a loyal VW owner who wants to swap his diesel for a new model?

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Kia Rio interior
Nov 27, 2017

Small is Beautiful: In Praise of Entry-Level Cars

Jim Motavalli

Buyers are shunning them like the plague, but small and subcompact cars really do offer the best combination of price, safety, usable space and reliability.

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