Tag: used cars

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What's a good car for a future executive
Jan 31, 2013

And the Right Car for an Aspiring Executive Is...

Dear Car Talk

Tom and Ray counsel Gareth, an  MBA student who wants to trade in his '98 Ford Ranger for something with a little more flash. Find out why they think a lowly student has no business buying a Porsche or an Alfa Romeo.

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Nov 02, 2012

How Not to Buy a Storm-Damaged Used Car

Jim Motavalli

Vehicles that have been through Hurricane Sandy may look fine, but they're ticking time bombs, waiting to bury you in bills.

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is there a newer car that isn't completely computer based
Oct 16, 2012

Today: Longing for a Simpler Time, With Simpler Cars

Dear Car Talk

Malia is shopping for a new car but is intimidated by all the computerized parts. She wants a car she can understand, but Tom and Ray say that's the price we pay for better, more reliable cars. Can they convince her to embrace the improvements and live in the now? 

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should i buy a discontinued honda element
May 29, 2012

Today: What's the Resale Value of Discontinued Cars?

Dear Car Talk

Kaelin wants to buy a Honda Element, but is worried that it will be hard to resell since Honda discontinued the model. Tom and Ray think the Element is the perfect choice for her. Can they convince her to stop treating this car like an investment?

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Can a car last a lifetime
Feb 28, 2012

Is Mike Nuts for Wanting a Car That's Built to Last... And Last... And Last...?

Dear Car Talk

Mike wants to buy a car to last him the next 60 years. Can Tom and Ray Talk him out of it?

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is it normal if the brake lines in my car keep snapping
May 01, 2011

Can the brakes on Alexis' Plymouth minivan be made safe?

Dear Car Talk

We have a 1996 Plymouth Voyager with more than 130,000 miles on it that I use to transport our kids everywhere. On four separate occasions, the brakes have failed completely with absolutely NO warning...no warning light, no gradual diminution of brake...

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Feb 04, 2011

In Praise of Older Cars

Guest Bloggers

Enough iDrive, MyTouch and OnStar. Enough heated steering wheels, console beverage dispensers and automatic keister coolers. Enough traction control, stability control, blind spot warning, signal-sending and satellite tracking. People, you’re on a trajectory for a macchiato, not Mars.

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Should I get a used car inspected
Jan 01, 2011

Is it really worth the money to get a used car inspected?

Dear Car Talk

I love your show and column, and am a longtime listener and reader. After all these years, I finally have a question for you. I know you guys recommend having a used car inspected by a trusted mechanic prior to...

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should i pay to fix the shift lock override
Nov 01, 2010

Should Bev fix her '00 Ford Escort before she puts it up for sale?

Dear Car Talk

I have a 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 with 110,000 miles and an automatic transmission. It starts fine, but I cannot get it out of park unless I stick a screwdriver in the shift lock override slot while turning the key. That's a...

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what causes a shuddering steering wheel and clicking noise
Nov 01, 2010

In today's column: a shaking problem that urgently needs fixing.

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1999 BMW 323i that I love. My husband wants to trade it in because it has 207,100 miles on it. He's afraid of racking up big repair bills. I say if we keep up with maintenance and repairs, who...

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