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#0819: What's the Statute of Limitations on a Burnt Corvette?

Original Air Date: 05.10.2008
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Sure signs that it's time for a new car, courtesy of the Washington Post's Style Invitational.

Call 1

Henry Marr (Albany, California) - 2000 Toyota Camry

An engine/oil question. He gets dark gray smoke whenever he turns on engine for 30 seconds. Been going on for 3 years. Now he gassed one of his neighbors and she's no longer speaking to him. Not soot

Call 2

Jim Parker (Brentwood, New York) - 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Restitution call. His Camaro was torched. 40 years ago by Greg, who wrote letter offering restitution. Says he knew along Greg had caused the fire. He

Call 3

Melanie Cullerton (Canaan, Connecticut) - 1997 Volvo 850

Steering/ power-steering pump. She has to struggle very hard to steer, like

Call 4

Michal Longfelder (Berkeley, California) - 2000 Honda CR-V

Driving/turn signals. Partner never uses direction signals to change lanes on the freeway. He only uses them on a side street with no traffic what-so-ever. Is it a guy thing? Is it insane? Yes, to both. He

Call 5

Tim Green (Ann Arbor, Michigan) - 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

A throttle/accelerator question. The car is possessed, and will suddenly accelerate on its own. The RPMs will fire up at random times, and often when putting it into park. He already took the car to 2 mechanics, and it never did it for either of them. Cherck engine light on, so they replaced throttle position sensor, didn

Call 6

JJ Baitsel (Navarre Beach, Florida) - 2004 Porsche Boxster

A brakes and suspension question. She lets it sit for a while, the brakes are bad and there

Call 7

Lisa Frohn (Seattle, Washington) - 2000 Volkswagen Passat

An engine question. It sounds like a space ship taking off when you start it, lesser after a while, better in neutral, also slight surging. It

Call 8

Molly Alexander (Elgen, Texas) - 2000 Suzuki Vitara

A fuel question. She filled the entire gas tank with diesel. She drained it, and now mileage improved by 1 mpg. Way it was drained may have left traces of diesel in there. Diesel has more BTUs per gallon. Some validity to the claim that, if there