Ray Magliozzi

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What You See is What You Have When it Comes to Trim Models

I have a 2015 Toyota Avalon I'm fixin' to sell. Checking online for its value, I see there is an Avalon XLE Touring and an Avalon XLE Touring SE.

Backseat close up

Reset May Be Needed to Erase Vendetta from Murano's Memory

At random times, my 2016 Nissan Murano attempts to crush my knees. In normal operation, the driver's seat slides backward when I turn the engine off, ...

Blue Car with Winter Tires on the Snowy Road

Vehicles Have Plenty of Functional and Fun Options

My 2013 Dodge Dart underbody cover had to be removed after it got caught on a concrete parking lot bumper. It was partially pulled off and was draggin ...

Brake repair close up

Visits to Three Repair Shops Yield Three Different Options

I took my 2017 Nissan Murano Platinum to the dealership for my 30,000-mile service. The front brake pads were OK, but they said my rear pads were down ...

Girl Standing out of Yellow Car Sunroof Back View

Check Out the Short List of Vehicles for Tall People

Our 15-year-old grandson is 6 feet 5 inches and growing. He will be driving next year and is trying to find a car that will "fit" him. Any suggestions ...

Professional car painting

Costs of Updates for Water-Based Paints Balance by Savings

You wrote recently about the new "matte" paints on some new cars. Speaking of paint, what's with the idea that government regulations require car manu ...

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Wield the Warranty for Stuff that Should Last But Doesn't

I have a 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited Hybrid (not a plug-in). I purchased it new at the end of 2018 and have had all my oil changes and services done a ...

Car being repaired

Unraveling the Mystery of the Cut Wire

I have a 2013 Honda Accord with 80,000 miles on it. I went to a local tire dealership and had a rear tire replaced.

Sign on hybrid car

There's No Harm in Keeping Your Car in Eco Mode

Does running a car constantly in "eco" mode do any harm? And if not, why don't manufacturers just program the car in eco mode permanently?

Two cute dogs inside a car

A Few More Options for the Reader Looking For a "Dog" Car

You should have added the Honda Fit as an option for that lady whose arthritic golden retriever can't jump up into her Yukon anymore. The back seat li ...

Young woman driving

Even the Smallest Add-On Can Add Up to Millions

I love your column and wouldn't miss it. Here's my question: Why don't car manufacturers put two sun visors on cars -- one for the windshield and one ...

Car interior

How to Rest Your Head Correctly to Prevent Neck Injury

My friend suffered a neck injury from a minor car accident because her headrest "was in the wrong position."

Discarded cars on junkyard

Multiple Options for Restorers with Limited Budgets

I have a 23-year-old pickup truck that is suffering from rotted-out window gaskets. The dealer tells me that replacements are no longer available.

Pickup truck driving down the hill

Start With a Scan to Locate a Misfire

I have a 1997 Mazda B2300 pickup. It has a brand-new fuel pump, new clutch and new coil packs.

A man with face mask holding Car remote control by smart key

Time to Resist the Subscription Bandwagon

I purchased a 2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE with 10,400 miles on it in October 2020. It came with a remote start feature on the key fob that I used last winter ...

Man checking and repairing a car

Search for Source of Rattling Doesn't Have to be Exhausting

I have a 2011 Toyota RAV4 with about 95,000 miles on it. Recently, I noticed that when I get to about 40 mph, the car makes a weird rattling or loudis ...

Car oil being poured in the car engine

Current Oil Technology Leaves Nothing More to Add

Could you address the use of oil additives? I am particularly interested in one called System 48, because I inherited a case of it from my father.

Ford F-150 Raptor on a dirt road in a storm

Diagnostic Codes Often Point to Actual Issues

I have a 2015 Ford F-250 that I just put new tires on. Right after I put the new tires on, my check engine light lit up.

Electric vehicle charging

Electric Vehicles Explained

I read and enjoy your column regularly. Will you please explain electric cars?

Young man checking tires

Under Pressure for Metric Measures

I get so many more questions from you than I can answer, that I'm trying something new once in a while. I'll try to address several of your letters t ...

Ray and Tom at the Shop

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