This week on The Best of Car Talk, Brenda's shoulder belt got stuck in her jacket zipper effectively trapping her in her car. Embarrassing? Sure, but not as embarrassing as Tom and Ray's friend who tried to drive her car from the back seat. Elsewhere, Ben's band wants to take his vintage Volvo on tour from Seattle, and wants to know if he can book any shows beyond, say, Tacoma. Also, Albee wants to sell a sputtering and stalling LeBaron to his mother-in-law, which is probably one way to guarantee she never visits; Judy swears her Olds is making noise. Her mechanics are telling her she's crazy, but at least they're doing it politely; and Gretchen thinks she may have gotten too good a deal from the guy who got the mud out of her Sentra. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rick's diesel Rabbit ran out of fuel and the only liquid Rick had on hand was a bottle of scotch. Could he have poured the scotch into the tank or would Rick have been better off drinking it and waiting for the tow truck? Elsewhere, a tree fell on Murli's Corolla (we think it made a sound), and he doesn't know whether to replace the roof or have it straightened; Sally's steering column is sending smoke signals; and Kerry needs help navigating the "Pit of Despair", a giant water-filled pothole in her building's parking lot. Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray helped Kathy lead her son to victory in the Pinewood Derby, and how much he lost by. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.