#1643: Dave From Bemidji

Original Air Date: 10.22.2016

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, gather round for the greatest road trip story ever told. Dave and his girlfriend drove from Alaska to Minnesota in an overheating Chevy Cavalier with an old campfire grill jammed into the catalytic converter, a crescent wrench with no sockets, and one big zit on Dave’s forehead. In more mundane matters, Patrice’s VW bus won’t start, John Mark’s backseat passengers are getting their feet soaked when he makes a turn, and Alana’s gas tank is spitting fuel back out after she fills it. Also, how should Rich wake up a Buick that’s been napping for four years, and is the threat of fire enough to convince Jim that replacing his tailpipe might count as a “necessary repair”? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Segment 1
Show Open: A tale marital intrigue.

Segment 2
We don't recommend Coke anymore. Mountain Dew.

Segment 3
There's a flood of Biblical proportions in my back seat.

Segment 4
How to awaken a sleeping Buick.

Segment 5
Puzzler Answer: Give this Volvo a brake!

Segment 6
Gas goes in, gas comes out.

Segment 7
Does "life threatening" count as a "necessary repair"?

Segment 8
New Puzzler: Tommy needs a tow.

Segment 9
You park at 30 miles per hour?

Segment 10
The Bemidji Chornicles.

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A painful tale of murder and intrigue. Listen Now

This Week's Puzzler

For Whom the Dart Tows: Tommy's car breaks down, but it can still tow Ray's car. How is this possible? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

The Cabin in the Woods: Can you use the items at hand to get energy from the generator to jump the battery? Find out!

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