This week on Car Talk, Linda has no problems driving her Forester. But when she's hauling her grandkids in her daughter's minivan, she can't take off from a stop without the car sounding like she's drag racing. Can Tom and Ray help her, before the kids tattle on her?
Elsewhere, Charlotte and her husband decided to liven up their lives by adopting four little kids. And to make things more exciting, they're thinking a beater car in the backyard might make a good playhouse for the tykes.
Also, Travis can't even look at his Land Cruiser without it overheating; Tammie thinks her Buick is having territorial issues, because it growls when anyone walks near it; and Peter needs to retrieve an escaped hamster from his Acura's dashboard, before it becomes a permanent, or decaying, resident. All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk. [Broadcast Date: November 3, 2012]