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Leave the Top up or down When Storing a Convertible?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Mar 09, 2017

Frances has a VW convertible stored inside for months at a time. Should the top stay up or down?

convertibles Volkswagen

Mar 08, 2017

Automotive Rewrites: Literature Gets the Car Talk Treatment

Staff Blog

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single mechanic in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a boat. More here! 

Mar 07, 2017

Cold Clutch Doesn't Want to Work Properly

Dear Car Talk

Hugh's newish Hyundai has a clutch that doesn't work on cold mornings. What's the connection between the temperature and his shifting woes?

clutches transmissions Hyundai Accent 2013

Mar 06, 2017

Mazda 2017: The Miata's New Retractable Hardtop, and the Quieter CX-5 Goes Upscale

Jim Motavalli

Mazda has only two-percent global market share, but with the new Miata RF and CX-5, it's trying harder.

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Mar 02, 2017

Just Because You Can Do Something, That Doesn't Mean You Should

Dear Car Talk

Bob wants to turn his 4WD S-10 Blazer into a 2WD to save gas. What's involved, and will it help?

4WD fuel economy Chevrolet S-10 Blazer 1999

Kid on a minibike.
Mar 01, 2017

Buy Your Kid a Minibike Before It’s Too Late

Staff Blog

Why your kid needs his or her own minibike, right now. Our Senior Web Lackey makes the case.

kids

Honda ZK50 minibike
Mar 01, 2017

Other People's Minibikes

Tim Cotton

What happens when you deny a child a minibike? Tim Cotton is a living cautionary tale.

kids

Lady Norah Docker's Golden Daimler
Feb 28, 2017

Lady Norah Docker of Daimler: The Car World's Own Marie Antoinette

Jim Motavalli

How one flamboyant, free-spending couple managed to destroy a staid old auto company.

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Buried cars
Feb 24, 2017

Buried Cars: Who Says You Can't Take Your Ride With You?

Jim Motavalli

True-life tales of cars buried with their owners, entombed for decades behind brick walls, or used as time capsules and tombstones. 

history

Feb 22, 2017

Alignment Is the First Thing to Check When Car Sways on the Road

Dear Car Talk

Elizabeth's Datsun 280ZX loves to wander, but not in a good way. What's going to fix her Z car?

alignment suspension tires Nissan 280ZX