Fellow blogger jgoods has provided some great coverage of the Cash for Clunkers program… from the on-again off-again drama at the end of last week to keeping us up to date on the program’s ever-changing rules in the days before it was implemented.
Well, it appears that folks are jumping all over the opportunity to get a $4,500 credit on a new car, and are happily bringing their “clunkers” into dealers to be destroyed. The thing is, many of these so-called clunkers aren’t clunkers at all. Thanks to the rules that state the clunker must not be any older than a 1984 model, most of these vehicles are perfectly road-worthy.
Now videos are hitting YouTube of perfectly fine cars meeting untimely deaths. It honestly makes me a little sad to see these engines seize up after a fatal dose of a silicone silicate solution. It’s like mass lethal injections, all caught on tape.
For those who want to watch, check out these videos. First is a Volvo that simply refuses to die… chugging, straining, wheezing, and steaming through each painful revolution before finally taking its last gasp of air and dying. It was a nice car, and obviously would have provided many more years of faithful service.
Here we have a Jeep Cherokee meeting the same fate, though with much less protest:
I guess if we learn anything from these videos, we should look at how long it took each car to die. That Volvo pushed on for about 4 minutes, while the Jeep lasted maybe 20 seconds.
Based on these videos, which car’s engine was better built to last, the Volvo’s or the Jeep’s?