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Q: My CD player is broken. It seems a few CDs might be stuck in the changer. I cannot insert or extract any CDs, but the CD player will replay a few songs from two or three of the CDs that are stuck inside. Lexus quoted over $1,000 for a replacement. A local repair shop quoted $500 for a used stereo.

Whether there will be a balmy El Nino effect or some menacing vortex or other, two things remain relatively certain: The temperature will drop and your vehicle will be affected. There are several items to check to prepare your car for winter and minimize the risk of roadside problems or early morning.

A day in the life of a parent like me in a family car like the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan could have one less to-do: the twice-a-week stop at the gas station. One less to-do is no small ado, and this is the promise of the plug-in hybrid family vehicle: to make life easier, better. The plug-in.

Q: Can you settle a dispute I have with my husband? We have a very rough asphalted road I like to drive as a shortcut. My husband says that riding on this road can crack the battery or cause other damage to the car. Is he right about this? — J.S., Oak Park, Ill. A: Continuous driving on rough roads.

Selling a gas-thirsty American market on the merits of electric vehicles could get a lot harder if a Trump administration proposal to eliminate a $7,500 tax credit for hybrids and plug-ins becomes law. It s just one detail in the House GOP tax reform bill released November 2, and may not pass Congress.

BMW is recalling more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs in two U.S. recalls due to the risk of fires under the hood. The biggest recall includes more than 740,000 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si and Z4 sDrive30i.

If technology is supposed to make our lives easier, then the Land Rover Discovery is making good on a premise that often feels as if it complicates things. The redesigned three-row SUV is all about easy luxury, loaded with advanced driver assist systems and equipped with one of the quietest diesel.

After a day out with the 2017 Honda Civic Type R and the 2016 Ford Focus RS, it came down to this: “If someone handed you the keys to either, which one would you take?” This is not “The Matrix” and these combatants are not pills. They are the most anticipated sports cars on the market and have.

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