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The Knotty History of the Woody Wagon

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Jul 14, 2018

Wood-bodied wagons started out as work trucks, evolved into suburban transportation, got taken over by surfers and then by concours restorers. Now we see these garage queens only at car shows. Can we bring back the woody?

Three Chinese-built electric cars
Apr 30, 2018

Checking Out China's Electric Cars

Jim Motavalli

Kicking the tires and testing the batteries at a race track near Beijing.

electric vehicles auto industry

Cadillac's Starter Issue Could Be a Ground Problem
Apr 26, 2018

Cadillac's Starter Issue Could Be a Ground Problem

Dear Car Talk

Don't skip a ground check when troubleshooting electrical gremlins.

starters electrical wiring batteries 1991

Touch-Screen Technology Is a Step in the Wrong Direction
Apr 25, 2018

Touch-Screen Technology Is a Step in the Wrong Direction

Dear Car Talk

Lots of tech may create lots of distraction.
 

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Blue and yellow parrot
Apr 20, 2018

Lame Joke: The Magician and the Parrot

Staff Blog

A magician worked on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, doing the same act week after week. 

2018 Volkswagen Jetta
Apr 20, 2018

2019 VW Jetta: Big Car, Small Price, Great Fuel Economy

Jim Motavalli

The seventh generation Jetta is more aerodynamic, roomier, and improved in almost every way.

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Do More Cylinders Mean Longer Engine Life?
Apr 19, 2018

Do More Cylinders Mean Longer Engine Life?

Dear Car Talk

Ray discusses cylinders, longevity, and dodo birds.

engines

Locked out by a Dead Fob
Apr 17, 2018

Locked out by a Dead Fob

Dear Car Talk

Here's how to get home when your key fob fails.

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Stop-Start Feature Is Becoming More Common
Apr 12, 2018

Stop-Start Feature Is Becoming More Common

Dear Car Talk

But do stop-start features wear out engine parts faster? 

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Martini glass
Apr 11, 2018

Literary Jokes

Staff Blog

Lame Joke: Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini...

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