#1230: A High Octane Straw

Jul 28, 2012
This week on Car Talk, Andy borrowed his Dad's Buick for a romantic drive to the country. All was right with the world, until he ran out of gas. A Good Samaritan gave him a few gallons, but somehow Andy managed to drop a straw into the gas tank. Now, Dad's car is running lousy, and Andy needs to know if one straw could cause a few boat payments worth of damage. Elsewhere, Brian is trying to decide whether his Mercedes' new noise is the sound of it playing Taps; Mary wants to coax a few more miles from her Altima's slipping clutch; and Gail wants to retro-fit a vintage VW Beetle with air conditioning--maybe a nice window unit from Home Depot? Also, on Stump the Chumps, did Tom and Ray successfully diagnose Susanne's overheating Mazda? All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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one of the best shows on radio or tv

Although a good friend of mine is a host on one of npr's talk shows, I ususally don't listen to NPR, which is geared to the brie nibbler and chabli sipper foppish set. But this am my xm radio wan't working, and so scanned on fm, and was caught by this show. it is hilarious and informative.
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Original VW Beetle AC Does Exist!

While your assessment of the old Beetle's general lack of safety was correct, I was stunned that you had not known that Volkswagen originally offered an AC add-on for the Beetle as early as 1962! In fact, here is a link to the original brochure, scanned by some wonderful volunteers at thesamba.com for your reading pleasure: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/6263airconditioning.php
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One of the best I've heard in a while!

You guys may be old, gray, and ugly, but you have a "rapier wit"! Thanks a ton for the great laughs!
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The last call of the show - the female caller who likes practical jokes, and the story about your sister!

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