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edited 10:43PM in The Show
Is it my imagination or are many of the calls to the show repeats from years ago. I recognized the teacher with the 8th grade class as from some years ago and all the vehicles were from the 80's and 90's.
<br/> Usually we are informed about encore shows but this seems sneaky,


  • edited January 2011
    Hi Dlmacd,

    Thanks for writing. Yes, the guys are getting lazier than ever, so we are plucking more material from our 23 years of archives these days. And what you heard was a re-produced show.

    We're not trying to hide the fact that it's not a new program, but the explanation itself is kind of confusing. Much of the material is, in fact, taken from the archives. But some of it is new and updated. What we air is actually a mix... stuff from the archives, with some new stuff and new transitions. That's a hard thing to explain in a line at the top of the show. So we've opted not to try to explain it on air rather than make it even more confusing.

    Hopefully, our listeners will just experience it as an entertaining hour with Tom and Ray. But we're sorry it caused you consternation. We are still recording new shows and I'm sure you'll be hearing one soon.


    Doug Mayer
    Senior Web Lackey
    Car Talk
  • edited January 2011
    Well after today, no one can say it is sneaky.
  • edited January 2011
    If they are getting lazier than ever? That means that they were less lazy at one time. They should be proud that people who know them are speaking well of them.

    In any mechanical field, the lazy mechanic is the best one. He would rather find the cause of the problem than overhaul every single engine that comes to the shop. The bad ones just can't wait to use Plastigage. I must be one of the good guys because I'm not sure how to spell Plastigage. Good thing I can spell torque.
  • edited January 2011
    You have it wrong, the bad one's don't even use Plastigague, they trust the machine shop and the lable on the bearing packaging. Lazy mechanics, and there are so many honest ways to sell service. Myself, the technique that I reject the strongest is using fear to sell.
  • edited February 2011
    Thanks Doug, and a new word to the!
  • edited February 2011
    Using fear to sell. It's one of my favorite topics.

    STORY ALERT: If there are geezers or grandkids present, turn on the TV and adjust the volume to loud.

    I said to the salesman "I'm not paying top dollar for something that could fall apart in a week". Salesman says, "I know somebody who paid twice as much as I'm asking and his Blazer fell apart two weeks later".

    Really something to inspire confidence in used cars. Fear mongering took a giant stap backward that day. It'll last TWO weeks? Sign me up; where's the loan paperwork.
  • edited February 2011
    Sad to read this. Over the last year, I noticed that most of the calls have been recycled. Today's (2/12/11) show had a caller with a Saturn. She talked about going to the dealership. OK. Sure. Right.

    If I wanted to hear old shows, I'd go to the archives. I guess the guys have achieved the ultimate job: getting paid well for not doing anything.

    I've been a listener since the mid 90s. Thanks, guys. It's been swell.
  • edited February 2011
    I listen to the podcast in the UK. I had noticed that a lot of people were ringing in about 92 this and 94 that. I just assumed that people hung on to their cars longer in the U.S !
  • edited February 2011
    "Thanks for writing. Yes, the guys are getting lazier than ever, so we are plucking more material from our 23 years of archives these days. And what you heard was a re-produced show."

    I guess I can reduce my donation to keep Car talk on the air for my local PBS station accordingly?
  • edited February 2011
    You can donate as much or as little to PBS as you want, it's not going to have any effect on Car Talk.
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