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Cars The Podcast
31 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Radwood & The End of the World. Do looks matter? Tesla gets access to stimulus again. Hoard Honda, Toyota and Chevy ICE while you can? Mandates creating tribalism. EV plug rage on the way.
A look at two car events with massive turnout. Who says car culture is fading? Is it time to buy a "forever car" with an ICE powertrain? EVs have major pluses, but also unavoidable downsides. Why can't we let people choose what suits them best? Does Longer, Lower & Wider always win the beauty contest? We love to hear from YOU! CarsThePodcast@gmail.com
31 minutes | Aug 21, 2022
Repos on the rise! Are dealers gouging ...or just adjusting to free market? Tell us! Blame from OEMs. Tesla just adapts. Jeep Wrangler is #1 plug-in hybrid. All customers face tough wait for parts or cars.
Repo mania as values and interest rates climb. Hypothetical $5k used car reality? Is it fair of OEMs to scapegoat their franchised dealers for responding to a free market? Do $20 million salaried CEOs have the moral authority to berate small business owners adjusting to supply/demand imbalances? Tesla's vertical integration allows them to respond to market signals overnight (and to price accordingly). Bill describes a multi-state RV detour to avoid California's high diesel prices. Jeep has a surprise hit: the PHEV 4XE models that outsell any other plug-in hybrid in the USA. Please send us your comments and objections to CarsThePodcast@gmail.com We love arguments! We'd also love it if you could give us a rating at Apple Podcasts. Let us know how we can serve you better!
35 minutes | Aug 14, 2022
Chevy Duramax hidden fix. GM LS V8 a genius of simplicity. Subsidies a waste of money? Hybrid & PHEV overlooked in rush to Electric? Analogy of energy density in popular fuels. Stellantis and Toyota stubbornly smart?
Bill stumbled upon an easy fix to Duramax diesel woes on 3,000 mile towing trip. American simplicity of the pushrod V8. The rush to all EV is overlooking the brilliance of PHEVs and the complementary benefits of having both in a vehicle. Stellantis and Toyota's stubborn adherence to internal combustion is gaining traction amongst others in the industry. Public EV charging pitfalls are being ignored by those who are making decisions but not forced to deal with them.
29 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
MPG scams, myths and tips. Simple physics can't be ignored: Weight, drag & speed won't participate in efficiency schemes.
We go over some of the most commonly promoted and hyped cures for gaining more efficiency from your vehicle. High oil prices are luring scammers and snake oil salesmen from their hibernation of the past decade. email@example.com
30 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
Gas prices spur EV sales. Car and parts shortage to persist. Insurance write-offs due to parts wait and rentals. Duramax tow 2,600 miles to New Mexico. PHEV satisfaction.
Bill preps for summer RV tow to mountains and desert. Can gov't pass gas tax relief while pushing EV cars? Long waits and car rental expenses force insurance companies to cut checks.
27 minutes | Jun 11, 2022
The Grass ain't Greener idiom rings true. Fix what you have! Taxes and fees discourage trading. Rare Ford Woody wagon used for work.
Bill and Don defend living in a scenic high-cost area, but grumble about funding mobile meth labs. All the good cars are now taken, so finding a good used one takes extra discernment. We love hearing from you! CarsThePodcast@gmail.com Instagram? CarsThePodcast
29 minutes | May 28, 2022
VW history plus ID Buzz and Scout hopes. No ethanol in boats. Jim Farley of Ford new Podcast. Jeep RV. New studio hires.
Bill and Don give USA and GenX perspective on VW past and future with ID Buzz and now Scout : attempts to capture Rivian, Tesla and Ioniq market. Ford CEO Jim Farley - welcome to podcasting! Coast Guard advises against ethanol mix for boats.
27 minutes | May 6, 2022
Used F250 masking internal issues. Olympus Rally visits nearby. Ram Revolution range extender viable?
Beware many used cars concealing serious problems. Russian military suffering from deferred maintenance. Could a gas range extender in an EV pickup be the panacea? Are state EV mandates helpful?
28 minutes | May 1, 2022
Detour: Bill's adventure pulling RV from Ohio behind Duramax Silverado: Hail, tornadoes, snow and squirrels.
Just in time for camping season, Bill offers some practical advice for RV buyers fresh off a purchase and a 4,800 mile tow. Advance preparation and some cool modern tech can prevent a vacation disaster. Wifi and remote access can make camping even more comfortable than home.
27 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Tesla twice-weekly price bump. Long-term fixes are best. Right to Repair facts. Job Specialization. '73 Ford Bronco updated.
Old-school 4x4s coming out of the woodwork for fun and $$. Tesla boosts prices twice after seeing no lack of demand. High car prices bolster the need for proper, long-term repairs. OEMs create hurdles to independent shops accessing proprietary data. We love to hear from you! CarsThePodcast@gmail.com View Instagram at CarsThePodcast
28 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Oil changes overrated? Platform flexibility. Jeep Wrangler 392. VW ID Buzz
Maintenance may seem cheap vs thousands in repairs prevented later. Wrangler 392 spurs V8 swaps into earler Jeeps. VW ID Buzz may reignite the van market. We love to hear from you! CarsThePodcast@gmail.com
35 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Mechanic shortage compounds the parts shortage. Ancient Toyota Tacoma becomes best-seller in multiple states. Tesla charging network is their secret sauce
Bill and Don discuss reasons for mechanic shortage and why it may be the right career path; Changing landscape of best-selling vehicles across the US. Companies that are slow to adopt new technologies are often smartest.
28 minutes | Mar 19, 2022
Ram Range Extender novel solution. SS396 worth restoring? Wrangler is #1 plug-in hybrid. Tribalism in car world is pointless.
Bill's customer uncovers a legit vintage Chevelle SS396 stored for four decades. Jeep Wrangler steals PHEV crown again to the surprise of many. Vintage 70's pickups fetching six figures. Median new cars cresting $46k while used are nearing $30k. We love to hear from you! CarsThePodcast@gmail.com Instagram? CarsThePodcast
34 minutes | Feb 19, 2022
Bad Bet Warranties. Symptoms without CEL? Defending Subaru. Maverick and Lightning sell out.
Experience symptoms without any Check Engine Light? Many warranties are like a casino where The House always wins. Criticism of the CUV craze close-minded? Subaru: historically tight inventories bite them now. We love to hear from you! Please send topic ideas: CarsThePodcast@gmail.com
27 minutes | Feb 12, 2022
Median new cars exceed $45k. Used $30k. Maverick sells out. In defense of markups? Take care of your cars!
Both new & used prices blow up (and vary by region). Maintaining your current fleet will be money well spent for the next year or two. EV owners get real about hidden EV downsides. We love to hear from you! CarsThePodcast@gmail.com Instagram? CarsThePodcast
29 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
Rebroadcast: Collateral Damage - Repairs can affect other components.
Age, materials and complexity of cars results in other parts getting damaged during repair and maintenance, despite careful work.
30 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Rebroadcast: Winter Water Torture. Spot and prevent short-term and long term water damage
Whether it's a car you plan to buy, or one you own, identify and prevent expensive damage, either immediate or long-term. We love hearing from you! CarsThePodcast@gmail.com Instagram? CarsThePodcast
34 minutes | Dec 25, 2021
Ford F150 Lightning pre-order halt. DeLorean "Snow" Business. Tesla opens Superchargers to all? Malaise Era Hot Rod Lincoln
Tire rubber is black and squishy (and hides unique compounds!). Ford cries Uncle! with 200,000 pre-orders for the Lightning EV F150. Tesla flirts with more dynamic pricing and also opening charging network to other EVs. Lincoln Versailles hid proper goods under a snooty suit. We love to hear from you! CarsThePodcast@gmail.com
34 minutes | Dec 19, 2021
Side effects to wheel & tire mods. In defense of dealer price markups. Tesla forges ahead as many traditional OEMs retreat.
Modifications have their downsides. Proceed with caution. Some carmakers struggle during shortage; others are advancing. Should the car industry enjoy the same free market pricing as housing does? Topic ideas? Questions? We love feedback and contact from you! CarsThePodcast@gmail.com Instagram! CarsThePodcast
31 minutes | Dec 11, 2021
Winter driving prep. Mechanics' cringiest car picks. Apple dips toes into pool?
Your mechanic will wince if you choose certain cars. Apple Project Titan rumors surface again. Will autonomy ever match human drivers' adaptability? Saab swan song spotted.
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