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#4494 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [Stever@Edmunds]
Sep 26, 2013 (6:31 am)
The brothers would throw out their ideas and then 5 minutes into the call, the caller would go, oh, "by the way, the engine was replaced the week before this happened."
LOL, the worst part of that is it could be very essential information, and it could easily be a red herring.
#4495 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [Stever@Edmunds]
Sep 26, 2013 (6:39 am)
I quit listening to Car Talk when they joined the Safety Nazis and started calling for limits on horsepower(incredibly, they thought the first generation M Roadster-with only 240 net hp-was "too powerful").
I infrequently read their newspaper column and a couple of times their answers were dead wrong, so after that I had little use for them.
#4496 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [roadburner]
Sep 26, 2013 (6:42 am)
Well, when you are used to Darts and Mitsu Expos, anything over 150hp probably seems scary. Sadly, there are probably quite a few people like that out there.
Now that the show is out of production, I think they use recycled bits from random ancient times. Caller calls in with an 88 Corolla, 50K miles on it...taped in 199-what?
#4497 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [roadburner]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 26, 2013 (6:54 am)
answers were dead wrong
That was half the fun, but there's a long tradition in my family of yelling back at the TV, radio, etc.
#4498 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [roadburner]
Sep 26, 2013 (6:55 am)
>I quit listening to Car Talk
I quit even tolerating their silly banter when I figured out it was so someone else could figure out a solution to caller's question or at least make up an answer. A Cincy talk radio mechanic (Overbeck) said they were presenters at a convention for auto techs and wouldn't let professionals into the talk session. Only the nonprofessionals could go in. Probably because they don't really know much as they pretend? Didn't want real techs embarrassing them.
#4499 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [imidazol97]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 26, 2013 (7:04 am)
I'm sure the calls were screened and the car info was researched and available on their computer screens.
#4500 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [imidazol97]
Sep 26, 2013 (7:09 am)
We have to remember the show was primarily entertainment oriented, and the subject selected to "entertain on" was car mechanics.
I see shows like theirs as being in the same mindset as all the "reality shows" on TV, which are far less reality and far more scripted.
Shows like the guy who just "happens to stop by an old barn" and finds some really, rare car in it that was parked 75 years ago, and in 10 minutes they have it running again.
#4501 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [busiris]
Sep 26, 2013 (7:12 am)
>w was primarily entertainment oriented,
>"happens to stop by an old barn" and finds some really, rare car in it that was parked 75 years ago, and in 10 minutes they have it running again.
Yup. And it was covered in dust. Do they spray on that dust? There's a car repair show where the guy buys old cars, puts a little work into them for a few days, and barely meets the next auction so he can recover his money. Leo's Garage may be the name? Ridiculous. They spray on dust or something.
> the guy who just "happens to stop by an old barn"
That show went the way of Pawn Stars on my TV lineup. Can't stand the guys.
#4502 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [imidazol97]
Sep 26, 2013 (7:26 am)
The only show of that sort I like is "Wheeler Dealers", as the mechanic Edd is skilled and patient, and nothing is faked - sure they don't count the hundreds of man hours of work into their figures, but it all seems real, and they don't over-restore things as is done here (it's a UK show).
Chasing Classic Cars is good, too.
#4503 of 4850 Re: OK, this is good Saturn 2003 SL300 [busiris]
Sep 26, 2013 (7:43 am)
I love some of those types of shows, though. But I hate some, too.
Those I hate:
1. Any of the number of shows where they take somebody's car, fix it up, and "surprise" them with it.
2. Graveyard Carz
3. Texas Car Wars
4. Can't find the name. Thought it was Desert Car Kings, but I just looked that show up and it ain't it. This one seemed similar: taking a car from the junkyard, fixing it up in record time, selling it at auction for a fortune.
5. I know there are more.
Those I like:
1. Wheeler Dealers
2. Fast n Loud
3. Counting Cars
4. Chasing Classic Cars
5. I actually liked this other one that seems to have disappeared where he bought and sold cars but didn't always do much to fix them up. Bald guy and his wife and an ex-car stuntman and a guy in a white lab coat. Not sure why I liked it other than to see the cars. People weren't very likable.