Thursday, June 20, 2019
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The Buzzers Cars Don’t Have – But Probably Should

Most new cars have warning buzzers for half a dozen different things. Just not for the important things. Like, for instance, total loss of engine coolant. A friend told me her car’s heater...

Post-Warranty Warranties . . .

The first thing to know about any car warranty is that it's basically a bet. But is it a good one . . . for you? The issuer is like the guy running...

Free at Last . . . And Headed to a VW Dealer Near You

A four-wheeled Shawshank Redemption is under way. About 240,000 wrongfully convicted diesel-powered VWs are about to be paroled. The doors of their cells open; the harsh light causes them to blink...

New Cars and Ex-Wives . . .

Modern cars are like ex-wives. They’re not all bad. The problem is that the good is often outweighed by the bad. Which is made tragic by the fact that it didn't...

The Slightly Not New Car … its Pros and Cons

One way to get a discount on a new car is to buy one that isn’t exactly. These are dealer demonstrator cars - demos, in the lingo of the car business. Most...

Special Oil for Specialized Vehicles

Here's a quick video about changing oil - and which oil to change it with - if you own a speciality vehicle such as a high-performance motorcycle or a vintage car...

Rims and MPGs

One of the teeth-aching disconnects of our time is the feigned obsession with MPGs on the one hand - and the very real obsession with huge wheels (and tires) on the...

Fixing vs. Buying

One of the reasons - probably the main reason - people buy a new car is because their old car has gotten to the point that it is costing them too...

Your “Safety” Doesn’t Matter . . .

A reader asked me about dealing with the known-to-be-dangerous - the defective - air bag in her vehicle. Since there are more than 40 million vehicles "affected," her questions - and...

“Funny Noises”

If your car's engine starts making a "funny noise," should you be worried? It depends on the noise. Some noises are harbingers of real trouble. Others are usually nothing to worry about. But...
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