The Best of Car Talk is a radio talk show broadcast weekly throughout the United States and elsewhere. Its subjects are automobiles and repair, and it often takes humorous turns. The hosts of The Best of Car Talk are brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi.
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Presented together for the first time, here are all-time favorite Car Talk calls that run happily off road, veering into the amazing world of science, where Tom and Ray actually wield some authority. MIT may want its diplomas back, but the world's most knowledgeable garage scientists are undeterred in seeking greater knowledge - and laughter.
This week on Car Talk, we asked and our listeners delivered! We kick off the show with some of our listeners' favorite practical jokes, from taking a groom on a detour after his bachelor party to making a roommate question his very existence. Tommy even recalls an Army prank that further endeared him to good ol' Sergeant McNeely.
This week, one of the guy's sons gets even with Dad on the air, for ruining his "street cred."
This week on Car Talk, Marianne in Oakland is especially eager to find out why her Volvo's blowing a lot of hot air. She rides with her dog, and Fido's got a bit of a flatulence problem. In her overly warm car, the combination is producing a stench that could qualify as canine chemical warfare. Meanwhile, Chris in New Hampshire loves his decommissioned Crown Vic, except that it's doubling his commute time, because everyone else on the road thinks he's a cop and slows down.
This week on Car Talk, is there any group more qualified to critique Car Talk than 8th graders? Assuming kindergartners aren't available? This week, we kick off the show with a few astute comments from kids. Then it's off to Ohio where Kellie's Accord is "bogging out" on the highway and her dad's wallet is emptying out trying to fix the problem.
This week on Car Talk, a used-car salesman chooses an opportune time to turn into a consumer advocate. Meanwhile, out in Oregon, Danni could've used someone to tell her not to buy the second-hand Range Rover that called her name, in the midst of P.I.S.(that's, "Pregnancy Induced Insanity"). She's already been hit with a few thousand bucks worth of repairs and her husband can't even fit in the car.
This week, Car Talk kicks off with a Puzzler mea culpa. Who knew that Stamford, Connecticut, was not the only U.S. city with a certain geographic oddity? Apparently, a few thousand of our listeners.
This week's Car Talk find out if Tom and Ray helped Heidi from Michigan persuade her tennis-pro husband not to make a timing belt replacement his maiden voyage on the SS Auto Repair.
This week on Car Talk Tom and Ray pay tribute to late puzzler mentor Martin Gardner, and they do it in true Magliozzi fashion--by recalling an embarrassing on-air moment, and then promptly swiping one of Martin's classic puzzles.
This week's Car Talk features a pre-marital marital dispute. Byron and his fiancee can't agree on what vehicle to use for their wedding day getaway--a luxury rental, or Byron's trusty Tacoma pickup truck. Find out how Tom and Ray adjudicate the matter, and why Tommy's about to earn a spot on the Union of Concerned Caterers' enemies list.
This week on Car Talk, dad gets equal time. Topher, whose daughter Rebecca rebelled against his strict record-keeping, checks in to explain the origins of his now-infamous little maintenance book, and whether Rebecca really is off the family payroll.
This week, Car Talk kicks off with a few unsuccessful names for international sports teams. Ready to catch the Bolivia DeHavillands vs. The Prague Tologists? Well, neither are we. Then it's off the Georgia, where David's getting a hot foot from the floor of his Isuzu.
This week on Car Talk, if a dealer sells you a van but doesn't ask for any money, does he get to keep his plaid pants? Martha and her husband purchased said van five months ago and have been happily driving it, but they're a little concerned that nobody's asked them for any money. Should they come forward, or wait for the day when the bill for 20 grand plus 20 years of interest comes due?
This week on Car Talk, a creative birthday present spawns an auto-infestation crisis for Beatrice in Pennsylvania. The pregnant cockroach she got for dad got loose in the family BMW, and when it emerged, it may have left behind a few hundred cockroach juniors. Can the car be returned to its pre-bug state? Find out.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, should Jason dump his beloved Camaro? It needs a new engine and completed its mission to help him find a girlfriend. Elsewhere, Shelly has the happiest dog in the world as her Explorer is spewing dog food from the vents; Oscar needs to decide whether to fix his wife's brakes or buy more life insurance for her; and should Barbara attempt her six-month road trip in a VW Camper Van if she expects it to last more than six days?
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Nancy doesn't fully trust her mechanic so she's throwing around car jargon to bluff him into thinking she knows more than she does. But, her vocabulary has run dry. Will the official Click and Clack Thesaurus come to her rescue? Elsewhere, Greg's truck's wiring has become lunch for critters and the only way to save it may require giving up his beloved garage wood shop. Also, Kara's rafting company may do the unthinkable and switch to automatic transmissions for their trucks.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, distilled water may be too hungry for John to use it in his radiator. Will Ray's explanation of the hungry water theory help clarify things, or as usual, only further obfuscate matters? Elsewhere, Linda's husband proudly claimed to have "fixed" her Volvo - by chopping off its roof. Now is it safe for use as anything other than a planter? Also, Kunal wants to give his horn testosterone treatments; Diana's van could be a new form of germ warfare, and much more.
This week on Car Talk, male solidarity takes one on the chin. Chuck from Maine is worried that his wife's parking brake method is killing their CRV. But the car will be in better shape than Chuck's ego when Tom and Ray finish with him! Elsewhere on the vehicular front, Scott in Oregon is worried about his Nissan's starting problem. But he's a wee bit more concerned about protecting it from his neighbor Fat Tony, and his big bucket o' tools.