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#0851: No Flaming Golf Balls Just Yet!

Original Air Date: 12.20.2008

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This week, a 3-year old, a Toyota Highlander and a golf ball converge. The result? A nervous dad, asking Tom and Ray if the Titleist up his muffler is doing any damage. The answer may ease his worries-- and give his kid a few new ideas. Also, get ready to launch your hate mail--with gas prices dropping, Ray is renewing his call for a national gas tax, including a new idea for who can reinvent themselves as train manufacturers. Plus, a blower motor performs a Lazarus, an Element hosts an all-mouse production of La Boheme, and, how not to keep your loved one from flying through the windshield. All this, plus a puzzler from the Geography series, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

From Raymond's "Travel and Leisure" series: How can you tell someone's state of origin when they're at the gas station? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

How could an old Saab beat a muscle car in a race? Find out!

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Incredibly stupid gifts for the holiday season.

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fuel tax

by Carl Gudiswitz

I wholy agree with your commentary to increase fuel tax. 1997 was the last increase. Based on normal increases since then, we benefite the same as having about a 30 to 40 percent tax break on gasoline. We need it. It makes no sense to borrow for needed programs when the driving public has shown large increases in fuel cost does not shut the sysem down. Give real help to the system and pay for it NOW.


by KHaigh9531

I have listened to your show for several years and your knowledge of cars is incredible. This coupled with your infectious laugh and witty repartee make the perfect show. By the way I am a middle aged women and not the sort of person who usually enjoys programs about gear boxes and the like!!

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