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America's funniest auto mechanics take calls from weary car owners all over the country, and crack wise while they diagnose Dodges and dismiss Diahatsus. You don't have to know anything about cars to love this one hour weekly laugh fest.

The Best of Car Talk NPR

    • Automotive
    • 4.6 • 42 Ratings

America's funniest auto mechanics take calls from weary car owners all over the country, and crack wise while they diagnose Dodges and dismiss Diahatsus. You don't have to know anything about cars to love this one hour weekly laugh fest.

    #2039: Fell Off Truck

    #2039: Fell Off Truck

    This week on The Best of Car Talk, Matt's bad day got a little worse when his Volvo fell off the tow truck that was hauling it from an accident. Will Tom and Ray's vast experience dropping cars help Matt figure out if his is still safe to drive? Elsewhere, should Jackie go braless when washing her car? We're talking about the car's bra here, not Jackie's. Also, Peter thinks he has a theremin player living in his car; Barb's smart-aleck son may actually be smarter than she thinks; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Victoria bought cars for her three sons and opted for a career in flower arranging over business school. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

    • 55 min
    #2038: Bernsteining the Clutch

    #2038: Bernsteining the Clutch

    This week on The Best of Car Talk, Leonard Bernstein is immortalized in automotive lore for a shifting technique he handed down to his son. Elsewhere, Adla got a rude welcome to Boston when someone stole the battery from her Civic; Jennifer made an ill-advised bet on steering wheels with her know-it-all 18-year-old nephew; Esther's low coolant light and buzzer might be trying to send her a subtle signal about the state of her cooling system; and is John's Thunderbird suffering from Radio Frequency Interference or Dying Transmission Syndrome? All this and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

    • 54 min
    #2037: Latent Junkman Syndrome

    #2037: Latent Junkman Syndrome

    This week on The Best of Car Talk, Joe's brother-in-law collects heaps. Why is this Joe's problem? The cars wind up in his backyard. And to make things even more complicated, Joe's brother-in-law owns the house. Can Tom and Ray untangle this family mess? Elsewhere, Sherry thinks her temperature gauge is going through menopause; Roseanna borrowed her friend's Subaru for the summer and fears she may be responsible for its new noise; and Klaus may need to learn how to drive his car with the engine off. All this, plus some fun things to say on elevators, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

    • 54 min
    #2036: Magliozzi's Ignoramus Principle

    #2036: Magliozzi's Ignoramus Principle

    Move over, Heisenberg! This week on the Best of Car Talk, one listener's new theory on Tom and Ray's ability to alter reality. Elsewhere, Anthony thinks his cheapo tires are making noise. His solution? Swap them with his wife's tires. Will Tom and Ray have a suggestion that won't land Anthony in divorce court? Also, Crash's Mazda is making him live up to his nickname by wandering all over the road; Kimberly is tired of having to whack her Subaru's starter; Dora has become a reluctant member of the Alternator of the week club; and does a cleaner car lead to a bigger mechanic's bill? All this, plus some words to live by and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Jack Presley ,

No interest in cars but love this show

I have no interest in cars nor any knowledge about them but absolutely love this show. It doesn’t matter that the shows are made up from calls going back years, the content is still great and timeless.

Barto robtu ,

Real fun

Brilliant show. An automotive statler and Waldorf.

DamienOB ,

When do we get this on our side of the Atlantic?

I love this show. Informative chat and infectious humour. Any time I am in the US I make sure to listen. And yes, I am another fan from Ireland (you can tell by the spelling)

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