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Streetside: 1984 Dodge Rampage Prospector - Evocative Utility

Philip Ruth

Philip Ruth | Oct 18, 2017

Funny what you find in front of a nearby AutoZone on an evening fuel filter run - a super-rare 1984 Dodge Rampage, complete with the Prospector trim package.

Dodge

Aug 01, 1998

Your Caravan window breaking was the result of a design flaw and the dealer should fix it for free.

Dear Car Talk

I have a ' Dodge Grand Caravan LE On Monday I was putting something in the back and when I went to close the rear gate the entire back window broke out I took it to a Dodge dealer and...

dealers windows repairs Dodge Caravan

Aug 01, 1998

Could new brakes rust up overnight in an "island atmosphere"?

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We have a Subaru Legacy all-wheel-drive wagon It was recently in to the dealer for its five-year checkup In addition to a tuneup and a timing-belt change they also installed new brakes Now my car's brakes squeal every morning when...

brakes rust rotors

Aug 01, 1998

How do I know if driving a mile with no oil in my car did any lasting damage?

Dear Car Talk

The unbelievable has happened I took my new ' Toyota Camry miles to a shop to have my oil changed Well they did a fine job of removing the old oil but dropped the ball when it came to adding...

oil changes liability

Aug 01, 1998

What is a throttle body and why do I need one?

Dear Car Talk

What is a throttle body and why do I need one I took my Mazda for its annual state emissions inspection but the garage couldn't perform the diagnostics because the car was idling too fast I then took my car...

throttles

Aug 01, 1998

Do those tire protectant products really work?

Dear Car Talk

I was in the local car store the other day and noticed many products for tires that promise to make them look wet like new and preserve and protect the rubber Does this stuff really work -- Robert TOM Sure...

tires

Aug 01, 1998

Is there such a thing as garage etiquette?

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Is there such a thing as garage etiquette Let me explain A friend of mine recommended a certain mechanic to me I went to him and am thoroughly satisfied He owns the shop and has a great reputation He also...

mechanics etiquette

Aug 01, 1998

Is AutoNation all it's cracked up to be?

Dear Car Talk

I have heard about a used-car buying service called AutoNation It's supposed to be a place where you can buy a used car without haggling kind of like the Saturn philosophy I imagine Is this all it's cracked up to...

buying used cars

Aug 01, 1998

Can I justify buying that shiny new Miata when I have a perfectly serviceable Honda?

Dear Car Talk

I'm a -year-old with a new grandchild and a perfectly wonderful but boring ' Honda Accord I stopped by the local Mazda dealership and experienced some sort of out-of-body experience when I saw the ' Miata -- in my colors...

buying midlife crisis Mazda Miata

Aug 01, 1998

Any number of things could be causing that loud, metallic banging noise...but check your torque converter.

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My classic Ford Mustang coupe is on blocks in my driveway because I am concerned about an awful noise emanating from somewhere beneath the hood It is the V The sound of this engine turns me on more than the...

noises transmissions diagnostics