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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.

oil buying Honda Civic 2005

Air-Bag Recall Is a Risk-Management Issue
Oct 17, 2017

Air-Bag Recall Is a Risk-Management Issue

Dear Car Talk

So your car still has an airbag recall. Do you drive it, deal witih a lesser loaner, or invent protective garb?

airbags recalls BMW 335

Oct 17, 2017

About J.C.

J.C. Howard

J.C.—a writer, radio producer, and drinking water snob—knows a little about a lot of things. This is the little he knows about cars.

Oct 17, 2017

About Philip

Philip Ruth

Philip Ruth is an automotive photojournalist and consultant who really should stop rescuing so many neglected cars on Craigslist.

Which Is Better for Oil Change -- Cold or Warm?
Oct 12, 2017

Which Is Better for Oil Change -- Cold or Warm?

Dear Car Talk

And why are Fruit of the Looms relevant to the question?

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Leopard in Suzuki factory
Oct 11, 2017

Beware of the Leopard

J.C. Howard

A leopard on the loose in a car factory.

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Car hood propped open by sticks and branches
Oct 11, 2017

A Saab Story with a Happy Ending: Parts Cars Rule

Jim Motavalli

Everybody's getting rid of their derelict Saabs, and their loss is my gain.

DIY auto parts

Was This Bad Timing for an Ignition Timing Change?
Oct 10, 2017

Was This Bad Timing for an Ignition Timing Change?

Dear Car Talk

In old cars, the spark timing is probably not the cause of poor performance. Here's why.

ignition Chevrolet El Camino

New safety rule in Canada takes aim at "phantom vehicles."
Oct 10, 2017

The Phantom of the...Highway?

J.C. Howard

New safety rule in Canada takes aim at "phantom vehicles."

A yellow Autodynamics Hustler, built between 1967-68
Oct 10, 2017

This Hustler Was Racer Sam Posey's Personal Sports Car

Jim Motavalli

A Massachusetts-built fiberglass sports car on a VW chassis, the barn-find Hustler was dirty--but not like the magazine of the same name.

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