Maggie Feild

Wayne, Pennsylvania

Research biologist (retired)

1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata-4 Cylinder


Car Talk: What are you doing now that you've retired?
Maggie: I like to work in the garden, throw pots (at the art center, not at my husband) read mysteries, do crossword puzzles and spend the day with my six-month-old English Springer Spaniel, Jake. I also like to travel to visit the kids and grandkids in Texas and Michigan.

Car Talk: Tell us about your car.
Maggie: It was a 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata. I loved this car! I loved driving a stick shift convertible. I loved that the car was very simple and basic, no electronic hoohas, no programmable doodads. It drove great until recently, when the shocks and struts started to go. It was extremely reliable and there were no major repairs for almost 18 years, until we needed the clutch replaced. Eighteen years on the original clutch!

Car Talk: Why did you decide to donate?
Maggie: After 20 years the car was beginning to show its age. The chassis was deteriorating and was going to need major repairs. My husband and I are in the process of consolidating and downsizing.

Car Talk: What are your favorite NPR shows?
Maggie: "Car Talk," of course! Also, I like to listen to Scott Simon on Saturday mornings and "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me," "Whad'ya Know" and "Radio Times" with Marty Moss-Coane, which is on our local station, WHYY. I also like the BBC news for a different perspective and the Will Shortz' puzzle on Sunday Weekend Edition.

Car Talk: What's your excuse for listening to our lousy show?
Maggie: Occasionally enlightening, often funny, always entertaining. I really enjoy the show and try to listen every Saturday or have my husband set up the podcast for me.

Car Talk: How was the vehicle donation process?
Maggie: The process went as smoothly as possible. There were no surprises, no problems or hitches whatsoever. There was nothing for me to do but hand over the title and the keys.

Car Talk: What's your new car? How does it stack up to the Miata?
Maggie: I got my husband's hand-me-down ... a 10-year-old, 3-series BMW coupe. I like the BMW, it's a great car but some of the fun factor is missing. And I still haven't figured out how to set the AC or heater!