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#1535: The Remote Fart Machine

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray learn first-hand that women do indeed play practical jokes, courtesy of the 21st Century version of the whoopee cushion. The guys are also chastised for not recognizing the value of Art History majors, and neglecting the most important feature in a babe-magnet car. In matters automotive, Matt needs to find a car that can handle his 100,000-mile annual commute, and that will be kind to his tuchus; Marc is wondering if late-night TV could improve his Envoy's gas mileage; and what does Sirah's leaking clutch have in common with Ray's bleeding gums? Find out this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1534: Gail, The Tollbooth Fugitive

This week on The Best of Car Talk, one of our all-time favorite wackos. Gail is on the run from the law in three states, after evading a bridge toll because she didn't have exact change. Can Tom and Ray help bring her in from the cold? Elsewhere, Rebecca was living the dream with her Dart until it ran out of foil, and now she's living the nightmare; Kat's Volvo problems could disappear with a new transmission, or if she takes up a career in flower arranging; and newly single Justin needs a new babe magnet car, but doesn't trust his Corvette-driving brother's recommendations. All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

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#1533: The Geek Squeak

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dana's wife's brakes squeak only when he drives her car. Could it be holding a grudge, or is Dana driving too much like a geek? Elsewhere, Sylvia thinks her VW's problems may be a result of spending two years near a uranium mine; Jim is almost finished restoring a Land Cruiser, but is still searching for the perfect sound; and, on Stump the Chumps we find out if Ralph's Suburban really was playing "Beat the Clock." All this, plus some of Wiliam Shakespeare's best un-published plays, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1532: The Alex Manifesto

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tommy's 16-year old son Alex explains why it's in the entire family's best interests for him to own his own car. We may need your help deciding whether Alex is full of wisdom, or something we can't say on a family show. Elsewhere, Nancy and her boyfriend are about to buy their first car together. He wants a vintage MG, but she's the one who'll have to keep it running, unless they find one with a sidecar for a mechanic. Also, Marc learns two valuable lessons. First, never buy an old Peugeot. Second, never pay your mechanic before he finishes the job; and is Heather's plan to play a practical joke on her brother's car too realistic? All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1531: Existential Stupidity

This week on The Best of Car Talk, are Tom and Ray's seemingly moronic questions actually a form of deep philosophical inquiry, worthy of Kierkegaard or Camus? Probably not, but one listener's theory is at least worth a few laughs! Elsewhere, Debra is taking push-starting to a new level—she has to do it just to get her key to turn. Also, should Anne accept a free Range Rover or Mazda for her 16-year old son to drive? Fortunately, we have a 16 year-old Magliozzi on hand to counter Tom and Ray's advice to just let the kid walk. And, on Stump the Chumps, did Heidi manage to keep her husband from changing the timing belt on her Volvo himself? All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1530: Male Answer Syndrome

It is an affliction that has touched millions of lives, perhaps none more so than Tom and Ray— the need for guys to speak in great detail on things about which they know absolutely.... nothing. Nada. Squat. This week on The Best of Car Talk, we probe the signs, the symptoms and the causes of Male Answer Syndrome. Our case studies? Tom and Ray's attempts to figure out why Kristin's Sentra is stalling on turns after a near-fender bender; and whether Bruce's son can paint his Town Car and have the job last longer than three weeks. Thankfully, an MAS respite is in store, as we learn that Gina's husband is taking the fun out of his mid-life crisis convertible by being a little too careful—he's cleaning bugs off the windshield, while he's driving. Is Gina being too much of a nag trying to get him to stop, or are those dope slaps she's administering well earned? All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1529: Chewbacca in the Back

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Mike's Lincoln turns into a low-rider every time his 350-pound nephew rides in the back seat. Will it be cheaper for Mike to fix his suspension, or get his nephew to join Weight Watchers? Elsewhere, Marsha is worried her husband is too sane to drive her BMW without killing the clutch; Ralph's Suburban seems to be channeling the vintage TV game show "Beat the Clock"; and Lee's air conditioner started a thunderstorm in his Civic. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1528: Forget the Car, Find a Convent

This week on The Best of Car Talk, think an old Volvo is indestructible? Meet Arlene's daughter: destroyed the cooling fan and made things worse by pouring cold Mountain Dew into the overheating radiator. Can Arlene fix the Volvo and her daughter? Elsewhere, Glenn's unorthodox shifting is earning him glares and dope slaps from his wife; Kate's mechanic husband can't figure out her car's starting problem, despite the fact that he's shopping for a bigger boat; and Freudian therapy techniques may save Tom and Ray, as they try to solve Chet's steering and transmission problems. All that and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1527: Stella's Personal Billboard

This week on The Best of Car Talk, how do you attract a guy who's whizzing by at 60 miles per hour? Stella is renting a highway billboard for a personal ad and, to make a questionable idea even worse, is turning to Tom and Ray for design help. Elsewhere, after having his brake pedal sink to the floor twice in stop-and-go traffic, Chris thinks it's time to either figure out what's wrong, or update his life insurance; deli salesman Frank may have to part with a couple of spiral cut hams to find out why his car is making noise; and, why does Mabel's Subaru sound like she's torturing a chihuahua when starts it? All this, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1526: Mama Was a Race Car Driver

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ben is scared to death to ride with his mom. She used to drive race cars, and still likes to treat Main Street as if it was Le Mans. Can Tom and Ray help Ben slow Mom down, or does he need to start hiding her keys? Elsewhere, Aaron thinks his Toyota is haunted by the spirit of Maurice Chevalier; Jamie wants to achieve his life's ambition of owning a vehicle with power steering; and, Kristina's truck is backfiring so loudly, everyone in 500-foot radius ducks and covers. Also, how could three drops of soda burn an Accord's leather seat? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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