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#1048: Throw Your Keys Down the Drain

Original Air Date: 11.27.2010

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This week on Car Talk, here's a new complaint for you: "My car is getting too many miles per gallon." Ephraim's fuel mileage doubled, right after he got engaged to be married, and he's wondering if it's a coincidence or if his fiancee has magical mileage enhancement powers. Meanwhile, the holidays mean more family gatherings, which mean more family arguments over cars. Al and his brother are sparring over whether it's possible to park a car so that you can't get out the way you got in; and, Sharon and her husband can't agree on whether it's safe to put a wreath on the front of her car. Also, a quest for heated seats, and if a Brigadier General wants to go 140 mph in a Crown Vic, who are we to stop him? All that and lots more on this week's Car Talk.

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    You often bring up the name Arup Gupta as being one of the more unique names you've heard from a caller. As the owner of a driving school in the Phoenix AZ area that specializes in teaching students from India, I have you topped syllable, and letter count and difficulty of pronunciation. Try these on for size. Sukteenath, Sushmita Ganguly,manomohar,sajitha,sapriya, ruheena, ruchi, uma uppaluri, meena poyakehar, Venkatesh Ramen, and the all time favorite Pratyhusha Doppalapudi.Imagine if you will teaching Prathyusha and having to use her name to tell her to slow down before hitting the car in front of us? I teach using the students car which means no brake on my side. Honey usually works best. male or female. ha!

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    Wasting another perfectly good hour listening to Car Talk

    It's not wasting another perfectly good hour if you've made a decorative fence by the end of it.

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