Tom and Ray Magliozzi

There are better first cars than a Jeep

  Dear Tom and Ray, I’m turning 16 and I’m looking at buying a 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport. Do you think this is a good car for me? A safe car? I know it’s ...

Never ignore signs of overheating

  Hi, guys, I drive a taxicab in Austin, Texas and I’m feeling flummoxed! The 2008 Chrysler 300C that I drove blew its head gasket. Here’s where I get confused ...

When idiot lights come on, heed the warning

  Dear Tom and Ray, I have a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX wagon. Yesterday, while sitting in traffic, I noticed that my temperature gauge was all the way in the red. I glance at ...

Math does not add up for switch to diesel engine

  Dear Tom and Ray, My husband’s latest great idea is to convert our 2001 Ford F-150 truck from gas to diesel. I would very much like to know if this is worth the tim ...

Her mechanic has fleas

Dear Tom and Ray, Help! My mechanic has fleas! My mechanic has a “garage dog,” who is very old and droopy. I think he has fleas, because after I got my car back, I’m getting ...

Duct tape is good but not for brake lines

Dear Tom and Ray, So my 2003 Kia Rio has a brake-fluid leak. A really bad brake-fluid leak. So bad that the floor of my back seat is fully littered with empty brake-fluid bottles ...

Water in gas tank likely due to rusted filler neck

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a 1996 Subaru Legacy L wagon. Four mechanics in and around Boston can’t figure out how (twice now) in excess of three gallons of water got into my gas ta ...

Commuter turns vigilante

Dear Tom and Ray, I need to know if I’m being a jerk. Every day, I use a left exit ramp on the highway that starts out one lane wide. A second lane begins on the right and brings ...

Low-rolling resistance tires explained

Dear Tom and Ray, I'm writing for my brother, who never reads your column. He has a 2010 Toyota Prius with all the bells and whistles. He was told that to get the best gas mileage ...