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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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Gas Tax Yes!

by Anonymous

Ray stepped out on a limb today by calling on politicians and the Big 3 car makers to increase gas taxes and use the money to fund public rail transportation.

Favorite Moment: Ray, thanks for your talk during this show about gas taxes and increasing fuel efficiency cars bust also adding that the Big 3 should begin building rail cars. I have been thinking about this for some time.

gas tax

by davidschade

Now is the time to push for a gas tax. Go for it, but get the federal government to lower the tax on diesel fuel. It's not only going to slow the progress of diesel usage in this country, but is an unfair tax on business. It's cheaper to produce than gasoline and it's cost at the pump should reflect that. Otherwise I feel this is the time to tax gasoline and hope you get lots of positive response to your rare venture into the political arena. Good luck with a good concept.


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