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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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#1525: While Mom's Away

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Sarah thinks her husband and kids might have held a peeing contest in her minivan while she was away for the weekend. Will Tom and Ray find them innocent or guilty, and what was Sarah thinking by leaving them alone in the first place? Elsewhere, can three totaled Subarus combine to make one drivable one for Karen? Will John's radiator hang on until he finishes grad school? And, why does Mike's car die only on Sunday mornings? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1524: Janet vs. Lloyds of Lubbock

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Janet's beloved Grand Marquis got flooded in Houston's torrential rains. Janet decided to keep the car, despite her insurance wanting to total it. How big a mistake did she make? Well, probably not as big as the one Michael is about to make. He bought a new VW Jetta with a stick shift, but his wife really wanted an automatic, so Michael is considering a transmission transplant. Elsewhere, Flap's husband can't follow directions 30 seconds after she tells him which way to go; Megan can't decide if her mechanic is a moron or a sleazeball; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Bob set off a bug bomb in his truck, assuming he has enough brain cells left to form a sentence. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1523: The Crush

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ann has the hots for her mechanic, and needs Tom and Ray's help on two fronts. First, she needs to break something so she has an excuse to bring in her car. Second, she needs to let Bubba (as we'll call him) know she's not as young as he thinks she is. Elsewhere, Jayne's car is losing oil and lots of it, but she has no idea where it's going; Wendy is wondering if her hood flying open is a sign it's time to dump her Mazda; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Bob got his truck's heat working in time for a North Carolina summer. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1522: My Wife The Truck

This week on The Best of Car Talk, a certain motor mouth puts his mouth in gear, as Tom tells the world his wife looks like a truck. And guess who's listening? Along with this classic moment, Tom and Ray try to figure out why Marc's gas mileage dropped by 20 percent after a tune-up; whether Bob can set off a bug bomb in his car without killing himself along with the flies; and if Kara's Subaru can survive after she filled the gas tank with water. Also, is Ronnie going to suffer a fried tuchus if she buys a black car in the Sunshine State? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1521: Save the Siesta

Some issues are so grave they require even the most politically averse to stand up. This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray stand up in support of... the siesta. That's right. The mid-day nap needs saving, and is there anyone better to do it, than Tom and Ray? In matters automotive, Scott needs help getting his truck to start, and protecting it from his friend Fat Tony, with his big bucket o' tools; Mike appears to have found the rarest of creatures, an honest transmission repairman;, and Peggy swears she heard Tom and Ray recommend using kerosene to wash her new car and preserve its paint job. Also, can Gillian get a French-to-English translation for a truck part without disclosing she's a CIA agent? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1520: The Rule of Tens

This week on The Best of Car Talk, can Bill keep his beloved Town Car after it hits 250,000 miies? Sure, if he follows a few simple rules such as never driving over 10 miles per hour, or more than a 10-minute walk from his house. Elsewhere, Heidi needs a new car to fit her two kids in carseats, and their Grandma. Can she somehow cram them all into her dream car, a Miata? Also, this week's Auto Noise Emporium features a whining Civic, a scraping Camry, and a Taurus with a vibraslap stuck in the air conditioner. All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk

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#1519: Sorry, Roomie!

This week, on The Best of Car Talk, fuses keep blowing in Allison's car. Can it be fixed or would investing in her local auto parts store be a better choice? Meanwhile, Nat's Saab keeps running away from him. He needs help putting on the brakes before he looks like a fool, again, in front of his future in-laws. And Erin's roommate has too many cars... and not enough driveway. Can she convince her roomie to sell one set of wheels, or is it time for Click and Clack to help arrange an "unfortunate accident"? All that, and a non-bogus puzzler, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1518: How To Ruin a Mid-Life Crisis

This week on The Best of Car Talk, John dove head first into his mid-life crisis by buying a Miata. Then, he started obsessing over how best to preserve its soft top. Can Tom and Ray rescue John from his mid-life crisis crisis? Elsewhere, Alicia's Camry began coughing up furballs, and if that sounds nasty, just wait until Ray tells her what it's likely to cough up next. Also, Peggy wants to meet a guy by pretending to sell a car she doesn't own; Lewis' car is running great, but won't move; and can Joe save $400 by replacing his own radiator? Sure-- if he doesn't mind spending $500, plus the cost of the new radiator. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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