The Magliozzis talked to people about their problems and how they relate to their cars and life in general.
Magliozzi was “one part car mechanic, one part cultural anthropologist, one part psychologist,” Kitman said.
Doug Berman, producer of “Car Talk,” said that Magliozzi was someone who told the truth but challenged words and authority.
“But he did it in such a fun way and a funny way that he had millions and millions of listeners every week,” he said.
“I think the lasting memory of him was just his laugh,” he said. “He could take everyone else with him with that laugh.”
Reuters contributed to this report.