Tom and Ray counsel Gareth, an MBA student who wants to trade in his '98 Ford Ranger for something with a little more flash. Find out why they think a lowly student has no business buying a Porsche or an Alfa Romeo.
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Shannon smells gas when she starts up her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer. She's seen two mechanics and they say there's nothing to worry about, but she doesn't want to drive her kids to school in a fire-trap. Can Tom and Ray put her mind at ease?
Russell has a theory about saving gas by slowing down when driving up hills. Tom and Ray agree that he's not exactly wrong, but they can't quite bring themselves to endorse his idea either. Read Russell's only-partially-bogus theory right here.
Mary has always relied on six-cylinder engines to get to her home up a long, steep hill. She's ready for a new car but worries that a four-cylinder won't hold up over time. Tom and Ray think she might be pleasantly suprised by modern, high-powered four-cylinder engines.