Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I purchased a Honda Odyssey
today, and the dealer tried to sell me a $1,200
protective interior/exterior coating. I said no,
but he said he would honor the offer till Monday.
Should I buy this, or is it just an
"upselling" strategy to get more money
out of me? - Sally
RAY: Tell him youre not
interested, Sally. And then, when he calls back
and asks if youd be interested if it was
$600, tell him no again.
TOM: Exterior protection is
unnecessary. The car already has exterior
protection. Its called paint.
RAY: And the inside ... well,
thats a lost cause anyway. If you just
bought a minivan, you probably have what? Little
kids! They spill milk, drop fruit, grind
chocolate into the carpets and barf on the seats.
And thats only the stuff youll know
about. Other than lining the whole interior with
plastic or pulling the kids behind you in a
U-Haul trailer, theres not much you can do
to prevent that.
TOM: Well, you can get an
interior thats the color of dirt. That
RAY: Actually, you might try
buying a few cans of Scotchgard and treating the
seats and carpet occasionally. That might make it
easier to clean up the inevitable messes, and
thats essentially what the dealer is going
to do for 1,200 bucks. You can do it for 12
bucks, and thats what wed recommend,
By Greg Zyla
Sponsored by Curry Automotive
Had Right Stuff for Racing
Q: Greg, Im
a big fan of the late, great country and western
singer Marty Robbins, who I feel did a pretty
good job behind the wheel of a race car too. In
your estimation, was he competitive in racing,
and what other "stars" tried their hand
at big-time stock car racing? -- Lou K.,
A: Yes, Marty
Robbins was competitive, Lou. In fact, I would
have to say he is probably the biggest name
celebrity to actually run in NASCAR and do well.
After a few years
of amateur racing, Robbins gave NASCAR a try,
running one race in 1966 against the likes of
like Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Junior Johnson
and David Pearson.
In 1972, he had an
eighth-place finish in the Miller High Life 500
at Ontario, Calif., and another Southern 500 top
10, finishing ninth. He ran ninth at Talladega in
1974, proving he was indeed a real race driver.
His best finish was a fifth in the Motorstate 400
at Michigan in 1974.
competed in 35 Winston Cup (now Nextel Cup) races
and scored five top-10 finishes. He drove purple
and yellow race cars, most of them Dodges,
prepared by the legendary Cotton Owens.
His last race was
a 33rd-place effort in the Atlanta Journal 500 on
Nov. 7, 1982. He died just one month later on
Dec. 8 following a heart attack after bypass
Other movie actors
who could drive and race well are Paul Newman,
James Garner, Steve McQueen and James Dean.