This week on Car Talk, Cathy in New Jersey watches a $1,600 dream go up in flames--literally. Her husband's 2000 Chrysler was going to be the centerpiece of their yard sale, until it caught on fire during a test drive. So, what's the blue book value on a charred LHS? Meanwhile, probation officer Rosemary is having a difficult time tracking down her clients, and thinks the symphony of noises emanating from her Accord is tipping them off, so they can give her the slip. Also, if you're out in Bobcat Mountain, Colorado, and find a Subaru shouting obscenities at you, odds are it belongs to Mitch. But, it's not his fault-- blame it on the "redneck horn" his cousin stashed in his car. All this, plus a new Puzzler from the Back to School series, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
Show Open Topic
Tom and Ray speculate on the causes of a 9-day traffic jam in China.
This Week's Puzzler
From Ray's Back to School Puzzler Series. What's so interesting about the letters he spotted in the story in USA Today?
Last Week's Puzzler
Doug has a house painting job 20 miles from home. On the way to work, he hears an awful howling noise. It disappears for the next 10 days and then mysteriously returns. What was causing the noise?