This week on Car Talk, can a truck really run better when filled to the brim with rotted manure? Philip's driving a Chevy pickup that runs great when it's overloaded with 1,500 pounds of compost, and is stinko when the bed is empty. Will Tom and Ray suggest it become a full-time planter?
Meanwhile, in Florida, Jeani's got a bad case of Dying Transmission Denial. She's searching for a miracle cure--and willing to spend dearly for it. Is triple-digit tranny gunk worth it, if it means avoiding an 1,800 dollar rebuild? And, would you trade a pair of skis with broken bindings... for a decade-old Jetta that won't shift? That's the deal being contemplated by John in Aspen. Also this week: a whooping Taurus becomes a good relationship test, and Beth in Hawaii wonders, "Do engine cleaners now come in Eau de Cigar?" All this, plus a new puzzler from Ray's Odometer series, this week on Car Talk.