What's Wrong With This Picture: Cash-for-Clunkercide (Volvo) Pt. 2

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  • CamaroKid CamaroKid on Aug 02, 2009

    Wow what a pile of BS... First, no-one forced the owner of the Volvo to sell his/her car for $4500. Second to everyone that says "cherry ride" What you you think a Volvo with leaky head gaskets and a blown transmission is worth these days? Third. we have three examples of cars with nice paint dying... Here is a revelation all of those nicely painted body panels will be at a wrecking yard near you ready to save cars that are worth saving.

  • Windswords Windswords on Aug 02, 2009

    dwford: "So after watching this Volvo video, the Jeep video and an Olds Aurora Northstar video on YouTube, it seems that these videos will really tell which manufacturers make the best motors. The Olds dies barely more than 1 minute in, The Jeeps lasts more than 2 minutes and the Volvo hangs on for about 4 minutes." It's easy to think that, especially when the media and popular culture has been telling you for that last 25 years that foreign = good, domestic = bad. But these videos are not indicative of that. You see the dealership employees in Volvo video neglected to drain the oil out of the motor per the government instructions. That's why at the end of the video you see this eruption of brown stuff out of the motor. In the Olds video it looks like they properly drained the crankcase before adding the sodium silicate and the engine died a much quicker (and less heart breaking) death as a result.

  • Rod Panhard Rod Panhard on Aug 02, 2009

    On Tuesday of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, FL., one can go to Sopotnick's Cabbage Patch and watch the annual "Bike Drop." I attended once and it was very similar, in concept, to this Volvo destruction. Here's the major differences. The victim bike was a Honda UJM from the late 70s. The oil was drained from the engine, the bike was started and the throttle wired to WFO. It was then hoisted about 60 feet into the air on via crane. And there I stood, surrounded by Harley people. And every one of them said, at the 7 minute mark, "A Harley wouldn't do that." At the 22:28 (Swiss timing!) mark, the little Honda's engine shut down and the crowd went wild. Point being, you won't see a Honda in a cars-for-clunkers wind'em down video. I don't think Google would let you upload a movie that is that long. As for the S80, remember that a 72dpi picture hides a lot of flaws. The S80 could be a POS.

  • Cars4Charities Cars4Charities on Aug 10, 2009

    Cars4Charities would have been very happy to take the volvo as a car donation. The owner would have gotten a tax deduction instead of a voucher. We would have sold the car and given the proceeds to the charity selected by the donor. http://www.cars4charities.org