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Car Talk

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Sep 18, 2021

#2138: Thirty Four Years of Listener Retaliation

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This week, Car Talk’s month long 34th Anniversary Celebration/Apology continues, with an all-listener request show. We’ve got the Bosnian Vowel Drop, Arup Gupta, the original Melissa Peterson letter, Death Valley Dinesh, and the circumferentially challenged Daniel Pinkwater reading highlights from the BMW owner’s manual. Also, Dana needs help removing a chunk of the Berlin Wall from a friend’s trunk, and Christy decides it’s time to ‘fess up to her Dad about destroying his car 15 years ago. All this and more, on The Best of Car Talk.

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This week, we continue celebrating (and apologizing for) Car Talk’s 34th Anniversary on NPR, with some of our all-time favorite “out there” calls. Our roster includes space shuttle astronaut John, whose government vehicle had a slight hesitation problem at 17,000 miles per hour; Gail, the Most Wanted Tollbooth fugitive at the Betsy Ross Bridge; Dave from Bemidji, MN, whose road trip from Alaska included using a campfire grill to fix his catalytic converter; Will, whose old dog Moses “blew beets”; and the saga of one of our heroes, lawn chair pilot Larry Walters. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk’s Field Guide to the North American Wacko

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Sep 04, 2021

#2136: Thirty Four Years of Lousy Marital Advice

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Believe it or not, Car Talk is celebrating its 34th Anniversary on NPR. We know we should mark the occasion with a sincere apology for wasting all those hours, but instead, we’re celebrating with a series of special shows featuring some of our all-time favorite calls. This week’s theme: Relationships! Can lonely guy Chris use his car to meet a woman? Did Ellen really wreck her husband’s Explorer by accidentally filling it with diesel? Should Doug buy a manual shift car so his messy wife can’t drive it? Did Kim or her husband make the more foolish car purchase? And what happens to a radio show host who implies his wife looks like a truck? All this, and more great moments, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Aug 28, 2021

#2135: The Camaro Contretemps

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Who better than Tom and Ray to solve a dispute between two brothers over a vintage Camaro? Well, lots of people, actually. But Cynthia wasn’t able to reach any of them, so this week on The Best of Car Talk, she’ll hope our heroes can bring peace to Thanksgiving this year. Elsewhere, Virginia’s Honda keeps getting stolen and returned. She’s resorted to drastic measures to protect it, but would she be better off just leaving the car unlocked and engine running? Also, John’s Corvette’s engine is misfiring, but John’s hesitant to go to the dealer since the miss only occurs above 140 mph; and why did Bill’s attempt to replace a broken belt with his daughter’s tights fail? All this, plus a few u

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Aug 21, 2021

#2134: My Dog Still Hates You

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This week on the Best of Car Talk, we hear from Tom and Ray’s all-time #1 nemesis, Melissa Peterson. Years after her first missive, Melissa wants to remind the guys that she (and her dog) still hate them, but would they mind giving her some potentially life saving advice? Elsewhere, Eric’s horn started blaring in he middle of the night, and he resorted to a hammer to silence it. So now he’s got a busted horn and still doesn’t know what set it off. Also, Pat’s Lumina is running out of gas with several gallons still in the tank; Farrah’s VW is blowing hot air non-stop; and Suzi’s Porsche has become a great conversation starter with her male colleagues, but she can’t answer any questions to keep the conversation going. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Aug 14, 2021

#2133: Joys of Family Car Trouble

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Vern’s sister-in-law’s husband accused him of wrecking the engine in his Windstar by adding too much oil. On a scale of 1 to 10, how guilty should Vern feel? And does their tenuous connection on the family tree drive the guilt meter into negative numbers? Also, tales of VW Bugs: Maureen’s caught on fire, and she’s hoping for some encouragement that it won’t happen again, while Wendy is wondering if the one she’s been gifted by her parents can make it from Kansas to Washington. Also, a close call at Car Talk Plaza—how our Producer Dougie’s laziness may have saved his life. All this and more, this week on The Best Car Talk.

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Aug 07, 2021

#2132: Choosing the Right Vehicle

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Amanda is getting married in a few days, and has one last item on her To-Do list—convincing her fiancé to get rid of his truck. Should she just throw the keys instead of a bouquet? Elsewhere, Glen’s wife is a parish priest in need of a new car, and a cure for her habit of driving 120 mph. Also, Karen learned why you should let sleeping cars lie after her perfect Civic started running lousy following a tune-up; Jerry’s taillight is exploding every few weeks; and our on-call Physicist Wolfgang helps settle the great keyless remote dispersion debate. All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

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Jul 31, 2021

#2131: Adventures in Bogosity

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This week on the Best of Car Talk, Ray takes Male Answer Syndrome to a whole new level, trying to explain why Dave’s keyless remote works better when Dave points it at his chin rather than the car. Is the Great Dispersion Theory utterly brilliant, or utterly booooogus? Elsewhere, Andy dropped a straw in his dad’s Buick’s gas tank, and somehow “forgot” to mention it. Now that dad’s car is running lousy, does Andy need to ‘fess up? Also, Doris may need to dump her mechanic after he sent her away with a pegged temperature gauge; and in a follow-up, we hear from Elisa’s boyfriend Tracy and find out if he accepted her mom’s offer of a new car if he popped the question. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk

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America’s funniest auto mechanics take calls from weary car owners all over the country, and crack wise while they diagnose Dodges and dismiss Diahatsus. You don’t have to know anything about cars to love this one hour weekly laugh fest.