This week on Car Talk, meet Sal, Tom and Ray's new BFF, or at least, their Best Friend for an Hour. Sal's got a Chevy with a problem that can be fixed with a 1,200 dollar repair-- or an early morning shnerdling trip. He's also got a voice that screams "quintessential New Yorker."
Meanwhile, out in Washington, Quentin's inherited his grandfather's Dodge Dart Swinger, and is wondering if it's worth driving, or if he should just take gramp's hat off the dash and dump the rest of the car in the lake. Also, Andrea in Colorado is looking for a new car that's good in the snow and elk-proof, and has her eyes on-- a Mini Cooper. Say what? And, why is a potter scouring junkyards for a 3-speed transmission? All this and more, on this week's encore edition of Car Talk.