This week on the Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray wrestle with a textbook case of Extreme Frugality. Susan’s husband loves his old Volvo so much he refuses to use the windshield wipers so he won’t wear out the motor. What's next? Preserving the brakes by not using them? Elsewhere, Jackie needs help deciding whether she should buy a beater car for the winter but her Dad has recused himself after a run of recommending lemons. Also, something may be wrong with the air conditioning in Bill's Explorer (the smoke billowing from under the hood tipped him off); and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Carla’s truck is still only able to climb the hills of Homer, Alaska in Reverse. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Show Open Topic
Is that a banana in your transmission?
This Week's Puzzler
Lost Wages in Vegas: A man goes to Vegas to gamble at a casino that requires a one-dollar entry and exit fee. He plays the slots for three days, each day losing half his money, finally ending up broke. How much money did he start with?
Last Week's Puzzler
The Hunt for a Lone Stick Shift: How can you tell if a vehicle has a manual transmission without looking inside the car?