#1317: The Neon of Dorian Gray

The Fountain of Youth Is in Detroit. (Flickr/Maia C.)

Original Air Date: 04.27.2013

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This week on Car Talk, Ian's Neon has discovered the Fountain of Youth. When the car goes over 50 MPH, the odometer begins running backwards. Can Tom and Ray figure out what's going on before the car drives itself all the way back to the assembly plant? Elsewhere, automotive history is made in Oregon, as Jim becomes the first person ever to feel guilty about selling a used car that's performing too well for its new owner; on Stump the Chumps, we find out Dana's jerking Jetta was really due to the dreaded, "Shmutz on the Clutch"; and Tom and Ray finally get judged by their peers, as an 8th grade class reviews our show. Could Roger Ebert have topped, "I think the show is a good idea because people like listening to idiots"? All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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"The show is a good because people like listening to idiots," and other Car Talk reviews from 8th Graders.

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"I had no clue what they were laughing about, because it wasn't funny to me, but it must be hard to be funny and informational all the time." More critiques from an 8th grade journalism class, this way.

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