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#1109: The Yugo in the Living Room

Original Air Date: 02.26.2011

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This week on Car Talk, another voice rises in defense of the much-maligned Yugo, with a novel argument that's hard to counter: How many other cars could you protect by garaging in your living room? Then it's off to Rochester, where Jeannie is getting a very sweet and very expensive smell of maple syrup in her Lexus, and to Maryland, where Kristopher's girlfriend refuses to turn on the heat in her Golf, thanks to some misguided advice from dear old Dad. Also, an innocently dinged door raises a question of parking ethics for Eric in Minnesota, and, on Stump the Chumps, did Gaelen's dad take the fall for his sputtering Audi? All that, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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A benefit of owning a Yugo? You can bring it in at night. In... to the living room!

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To Heat or Not to Heat

by Prius_Owner_1951

I would suggest getting or borrowing a ScanGuage II - It plugs into the OBDII port - I use it to monitor Coolant Temp + 3 other stats(MPG, Speed, RPM). Once the coolant temp reaches 163 degrees, I turn on the heat, albeit at a low fan setting, 68 degrees. With a hybrid car(Prius 2010) the gas engine will shut down at low speed (< 40 mph or at a stop) - this causes the coolant temp to drop rapidly in the Winter (Aluminum engine block). Using the heater full time causes the engine to start up more frequently to maintain the coolant temp above at least 109 degrees, but the Prius engine runs most efficiently with coolant temp at least 163 degrees. Not the case with Non-Hybrid vehicles - BUT - the first 3 to 5 miles, using the heater WILL increase fuel consumption. After that, not so much. Just my take on things...

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