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Ray Magliozzi, syndicated columnist

All road trips eventually come to an end. On Saturday, The Best of Car Talk will air on WBUR for the final time.

Car Talk launched as a local show on WBUR in 1977, with brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi of Cambridge behind the microphones. A decade later, the show went national and became an enormous and enduring hit for NPR.

Tom Magliozzi, behind, and Ray Magliozzi celebrate 20 years on the radio at the WBUR studios on June 13, 2007. (Ted Fitzgerald/WBUR)
Tom Magliozzi, behind, and Ray Magliozzi celebrate 20 years on the radio at the WBUR studios on June 13, 2007. (Ted Fitzgerald/WBUR)

Through it all, the Magliozzis offered callers and listeners their advice as auto mechanics and — more remarkably — provided an endless supply of warm-hearted wit, curiosity, goofiness and laughter.

Now, almost seven years after the death of Tom Magliozzi at the age of 77, his little brother Ray joined WBUR’s Weekend Edition to reflect on the Car Talk era.

Below are highlights from the conversation,

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Car owners can’t get their phone to talk to their in-car entertainment

Is your smartphone not connecting to your in-car entertainment? And is it driving you mad?! Well, you’re not alone.

The J.D Power Initial Quality Study surveys new model car owners. This year it found the top complaint to be Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity.

According to Dave Sargent, vice president of automotive quality at J.D. Power:

This year there are many examples of smartphone technology not working as intended in new vehicles. With more vehicles being fitted with the wireless technology owners want, the study reveals an increase in connectivity problems between smartphones and vehicles, leaving many owners unhappy.

He notes that while carmakers generally are at the coalface for owner complaints, but the problem is shared:

Owners don’t care who’s at fault—they just want their phone and their vehicle to talk to each other.

25% of all problems reported by vehicle owners fall under the category, and six out

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