#1234: I Spit On Your Volvo

Does Helmut have some 'splainin to do? (Flickr/rat_fink)

Original Air Date: 08.25.2012

   Best Moment 00:41

This week on Car Talk, remember Heather's Volvo that was dying at high altitudes? Tom and Ray get an update on Helmut the Cranky Mechanic, who may have caused the problem. Did he finally 'fess up? Find out on Stump the Chumps. Elsewhere, Elizabeth thought a herd of cows was following her on her summer road trip, until she realized the mooing was coming from her air conditioner; Bruce just learned why you shouldn't buy a used car from your brother; and Wendy's wondering if a vintage Beetle can handle a drive from Kansas to Washington, DC in less than, say, six months. Also, did Tim's drive on washboard roads crush the engine mounts on his wife's Saturn? And, if so, how much laundry does he need to do as penance? All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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How do I respond to my wife's impulse mini-van purchase?

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missed an opportunity

by efrazey

Bad answer about the washboard road and motor mount. The correct punishment should have been for the husband to go buy a suitable vehicle for the washboard road. Then everybody's happy.

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