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    I was listening to Car Talk this weekend and a guy called in because he had discovered a "propane" tank in a F-150 he had bought and was concerned about safety, etc. It sounds like its actually CNG instead of propane.

    If you have a few minutes, take a listen. The call is on Car Talk's website and there's a chat forum about the call. There is so much mis-information out there!

    http://action.publicbroadcasting.net...st/981210.page

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    The really sad thing is these guys (Tom & Ray Magliozzi, co-hosts of NPR's Car Talk show) are generally respected as automotive "experts." I normally enjoy their humour, but their lack of safety and alternative fuel knowledge as it pertained to this caller's questions was pretty obviously lacking.

    Makes you wonder how they ever got invited to gaze into future of energy efficient-vehicle options? Autoblog Green suggests that you tune into PBS tomorrow night (Earth Day) when Tom and Ray walk viewers through a primer on future green vehicle technologies.

    As far as the poor caller from North Carolina with the 1996 F-150 goes, one of us should attempt to find him and explain the benefits of CNG and why someone in his position might want to advertise his vehicle for potential sale in Utah.

    /Lee

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      Re: CNG on Car Talk

      Ford did use their 7700 platform for both the CNG option and for propane. Come to think of it I saw a orange and black F-150 driving up Sardine Canyon after the Brigham open house. Not that it matters just thought i'd throw that in.
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        When I looked at their 'Car Talk Guide to Alternative Fuels' page a couple of weeks ago, it didn't even list Natural Gas. Maybe because this is something they REALLY don't know anything about.
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        • #5
          Re: CNG on Car Talk

          I heard this while driving my cng cavalier. I was literally laughing out loud at everyone's naiveness on the subject. Oh how I wanted to call in and give some reasonable info, but unfortunately I was listening to a later broadcast, not live.

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            Re: CNG on Car Talk

            They do not seem to know too much about CNG. Hopefully Joe finds this website while searching.

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            • #7
              Re: CNG on Car Talk

              Originally posted by lshuster View Post
              The really sad thing is these guys (Tom & Ray Magliozzi, co-hosts of NPR's Car Talk show) are generally respected as automotive "experts." I normally enjoy their humour, but their lack of safety and alternative fuel knowledge as it pertained to this caller's questions was pretty obviously lacking.

              Makes you wonder how they ever got invited to gaze into future of energy efficient-vehicle options? Autoblog Green suggests that you tune into PBS tomorrow night (Earth Day) when Tom and Ray walk viewers through a primer on future green vehicle technologies.

              As far as the poor caller from North Carolina with the 1996 F-150 goes, one of us should attempt to find him and explain the benefits of CNG and why someone in his position might want to advertise his vehicle for potential sale in Utah.

              /Lee
              I watched the PBS program last night. All they talked about was ethanol and hybrid electrics. Of course the title of the program was "Car of the Future" and CNG is "now" thing.
              Jared.
              Mountain Green, Utah
              2003 CNG Cavalier
              2003 CNG Silverado 2500HD

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                I watched the program and was wholly unimpressed. They mostly ran around, made corny comments and giggled like high-school girls. This was not a serious attempt at educating the public. This was a rehash of old rehashed tv programs by Laurel & Hardy. Perhaps it would have been better done by Rodney Dangerfield... since we (ngv proponents) can't seem to get any respect either.
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                • #9
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                  I called "Car Talk" a few years ago and it's not a talk show. You leave your number and they call you back at a later time and record the bit. Then they air the bits that they think are the best.

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                  • #10
                    Re: CNG on Car Talk

                    I watched their "Car of the Future" on netflix a while back - nothing about CNG or LPG. These guys are morons.

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