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#1621: Odometer Dreams

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Bill's broken odometer fixed itself, right after Bill dreamed it was working. Will Tom and Ray have a mechanical explanation, a metaphysical explanation, or (most likely) a boooooogus explanation? Elsewhere, Toby wants her husband to get rid of her old BMW, but he's proving as immovable as the car; Sally is getting half her husband's mileage, and hopes it's not because she's buying cheap gas from Rotten Robbie; and Derek's dog would really appreciate it if Derek could get his Impreza to stop lunging forward. All this, plus a round of Stump the Chumps, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1621: Odometer Dreams
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#1620: Camp Gone to the Dogs or Bust

This week on The Best of Car Talk, can Cathy drive her dog 2,000 miles to summer camp in a truck without AC, or should she spend big bucks to cool all involved? Elsewhere, Dorothea's dealer changed her belts, and now her car is shrieking. Does she need a big lawyer, or a big stick? Also, Richie's dual oil system proves the adage, "The stingy man spends the most."; Tom and Ray ponder whether members of the Witness Protection Program get to hang out with each other; and did you know William Shakespeare was Italian? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1620: Camp Gone to the Dogs or Bust
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#1619: Our Not So Fair City

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Wyatt holds Tom and Ray responsible for the worst eight months of his life, and not because they gave him bogus car advice! It's a tale of woe and intrigue that ends with an almost cross-country escape in a VW Microbus. Elsewhere, Cynthia's kids want her to dump her beloved Subaru. Should she go along, if they give her a new BMW for Mother's Day? Also, Ben took his parents' Land Rover for a joy ride that ended in a cloud of smoke; Helen's the only one who can hear her Acura thump; and Dale's spark plug wires keep trying to escape. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1619: Our Not So Fair City
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#1618: Your Wife or a Cigar

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray demonstrate their unmatched ability to plant all four feet firmly in their mouths and endanger their marriages— all while diagnosing a simple vacuum leak. Later, however, they just might make amends by helping to save Beth's marriage, with a ruling on whether her Civic's clutch should be more afraid of Beth or her husband. Elsewhere, Susan is a philosophy professor by day, and a pig rescuer by night. Is there one vehicle that can handle both lifestyles, or does she need a dedicated Pigmobile? Also, Jackie's squealing brakes are wreaking havoc for her pet chihuahuas; and Daniel got a very unpleasant surprise when his mechanic removed his distributor cap—think Vincent Price in "The Fly." All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1618: Your Wife or a Cigar
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#1617: What Are Yews Doing

This week on The Best of Car Talk, can Liz use her Maxima to remove some unwanted shrubs from her yard, or will her bumper wind up as part of the landscape? Elsewhere, Nancy's 16-year-old son wants a Camaro. Will she be adbicating all parental responsibility if she buys him one, and is there a good alternative that's big, ugly, and cool? Also, Pam wants to ease her husband's guilt over denting her door; Charles succumbed to Male Answer Syndrome trying to diagnose his wife's noisy Voyager; and, is Kirk's steering problem a result of Post-Alignment Euphoria, or Post-Alignment Anxiety? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1617: What Are Yews Doing
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#1616: The Closet Leadfoot

This week on The Best of Car Talk, is Martha's Passat shifting rough because of a failing transmission, or Martha's bad driving habits? The Car Talk Leadfoot Personality Test may give the answer. Elsewhere, Martin's brilliant roadside fix for his loose muffler could wind up setting the entire Northeast on fire; Dick's car is blowing so much smoke he's on Pennsylvania's Most Wanted Polluters list; and, Elizabeth is wondering if she should let a sleeping nail lie, in her tire. Also, can Tom and Ray teach Beth how to parallel park without being able to see what's behind her? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1616: The Closet Leadfoot
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#1615: Auto Pyrotechnics

This week on The Best of Car Talk, low-budget filmmaker Seth wants to blow up a car for his latest project. Is there enough cash in our legal defense fund for Tom and Ray to even consider giving Seth any advice? Elsewhere, late-night TV might be the cure for Sarah's dented Taurus; a manure overload may have made Art's truck's steering &*%^! the bed; and, Stephan is bothered by his truck's knocking, but even more concerned about his mechanic's fix for it. Also, should Byron challenge the marital-industrial complex and insist on driving away from his wedding in his pickup truck? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1615: Auto Pyrotechnics
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#1614: A Nice Juicy Pizza

This week on The Best of Car Talk, unearthed letters from summer camp prove that the child really is father to the man, at least when it comes to our Technical Spiritual and Menu Advisor, John "Bugsy" Lawlor. Elsewhere, Lee liberated herself from her mechanic by changing her own oil, but also got liberated from her cash when she poured the oil into her transmission; Cameron needs a lesson in how to burn rubber; and Carly becomes the poster child for Repair Avoidance Syndrome by not getting her shaking Civic looked at. Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Eddie and Edie Electron made their way home in Michelle's Saturn. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1614: A Nice Juicy Pizza
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#1613: Pikes Peak or Bust

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Anne's family is planning a cross-country road trip. Is their Mercury Villager up to the task, or likely to wind up being pushed off the top of Pike's Peak when the engine fails? Elsewhere, Arelene (sic) wants her recently retired husband to learn how to work on their six cars. He says cars are too complicated, but is he just blowing smoke? Also, Cindy's family loves the nurse they hired to take care of Cindy's mom, but she has a nasty habit of backing into garden gnomes (and other objects) whenever she drives; and, we don't know why Keith's electric winch gave out when he was hauling a tree stump, but we're pretty sure Keith deserved it. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1613: Pikes Peak or Bust
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#1612: The Inveterate Backseat Driver

This week on The Best of Car Talk, is "Backseat Driver Syndrome" incurable? Lani got used to yelling at her husband when he was a stinko driver, but now that he's doing better behind the wheel, she's still nagging from the passenger seat. Old habits die hard, it seems. Meanwhile, Christine is wondering if she needs to give up knitting in the passenger seat, lest a deploying airbag turn her needles into projectiles. Also, Jem needs to clean a stuck valve, but the gunk may be the only thing holding his engine together; Matthew's struggles to start his Jetta are giving his neighbor's lots of laughs; and even after three alignments, Russ still thinks his car may be headed for a ditch. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1612: The Inveterate Backseat Driver
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