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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, 1997

How can you tell when a transmission is starting to weaken?

Dear Car Talk

I own a Ford Probe with an automatic transmission and miles I have heard and read that the transmission on this car is problematic I purchased the car with miles and aside from leaking in the rain and squeaking and...

transmissions

Aug 01, 1997

Is a $1,600 extended warranty on my Lexus worth it?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Lexus ES the cheap Lexus How I managed such a car is beside the point but I will own up to being good at saving money and being middle-aged In a year my warranty will expire and...

warranties

Aug 01, 1997

Your wife DOES sound like a terrible driver, but your marriage comes first.

Dear Car Talk

I have no car problem My wife Elaine is the problem She has many driving quirks I'll name the three I consider most annoying The speed limit on our road is mph She goes the moment she gets to the...

marital advice

Aug 01, 1997

Could leaving the oil cap off have caused my car to die a month later?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Pontiac Sunbird with miles A couple of weeks ago my husband forgot to put the cap back over the oil filler tube under the hood About miles later I was going slow through a residential neighborhood and...

oil changes

Aug 01, 1997

Do two-stroke engines still exist in cars?

Dear Car Talk

The first car I drove in was a Saab with a two-stroke slant-three engine Friends jested that this was a lawnmower engine because I had to add a quart of oil to the gas tank every time I filled it...

engines design

Aug 01, 1997

Smelling coolant in the tailpipe...I think.

Dear Car Talk

I have an ' Ford Mustang with a V engine and miles My problem is that a lot of steam comes out of the tailpipe Then when I step on the accelerator water comes out of the tailpipe and I...

coolant leaks smells

Aug 01, 1997

What has happened to all the gas station attendants who used to tell you your oil is low, or that your tire tread is worn?

Dear Car Talk

When I was younger I used to go to my friendly service-station guy Jack He'd shoot the breeze with me while he checked the oil the water in the battery and filled the car with gas Sometimes he'd even say...

history mechanics

Aug 01, 1997

What gear is best to park in on a hill?

Dear Car Talk

Besides complaining about my driving my wife complains about how I park She says when I park facing downhill I should put my gear shift in Reverse And when I park facing uphill I should put the shifter in First...

parking driving tips manual transmissions

Aug 01, 1997

Don't let the dealership wait you out until your warranty expires.

Dear Car Talk

I have a Toyota Camry LE V with an automatic transmission and a little over miles on it It has been properly maintained At about - mph a high-pitched whine develops in the transmission while the accelerator pedal is depressed...

warranties differentials dealers