#1010: The Dart vs. The Bel Air

Mar 06, 2010
This week on Car Talk, Romauldus in Connecticut is preparing for his mid-life crisis by readying bids on two heaps, either of which could have come from Tommy's driveway. Will Tom and Ray help him keep the whole transaction a secret from the Missus? Meanwhile, English teacher Mike is preparing for a 13-day, 5,000 mile road with nine students in a Chevy van, prompting Ray to recall a memorable trip North with dear Uncle Dodo. Also, black tape over a flashing Check Engine light doesn't seem to fix a Voyager's fuel problem, and a team of janitors go to work under the floor of a Grand Cherokee. All this plus a new Puzzler from the Forces of Nature series, this week on Car Talk.

Show Open Topic

Fair Trade? A listener offers to trade his '75 Chrysler Concorde for the box of Car Talk music CD's.

This Week's Puzzler

Why will this loud bang cost about $2,500 to fix?

Last Week's Puzzler

Why didn't Ray have to worry about spilling the soup this time?

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awesome

your show is great!!!
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every moment is awesome!! i love your show!!
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a real "solid lifter"?

Good to know that there are sensible, down-in-earth guys like Tom who appreciate venerable vehicles like the Dart. The short-strokers can salivate over Bel Airs, but whether a slant six or a 'cuda 273, you couldn't beat the Mopars.
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Finding out I was 4-F...
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alternate solution for the Passat

( third try ... can't see my posting ) : check the oil cooler / coolant. if it looks like chocolate milk, your seals are bad.
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alternate solution for the Passat

the oil cooler comment is for the Passat, with the oil loss - my title was lost in the posting.
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when Ray says "Bye Bye" ;^)
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Static shocks when entering or exiting car

You were right on with the tire conductivity I think. I got my new Mazda Protege 5 in February years ago and I continually got terrible shocks with sparks of blue light and then after a bit it stopped which was when I got new tires and it never happened again.
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