A marital dispute about Rabbits

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Feb 01, 1991

Dear Tom and Ray:

Knowing how you love to give marital advice when it involves cars...I mean car advice when it involves a marital dispute, we want your opinion on what we should do with our old VWs. We're going to buy a new car, which will be my wife's car. What do we do with a 1980 diesel Rabbit with 130,000 miles, and a 1983 gas Rabbit with 100,000 miles? My wife says to trade one in because we could get a better price on the new car. I say keep them both because we couldn't get squat for either. To me they're worth more as transportation (what little may be left in each). I'd like to drive the '80 into the ground, then use up what's left of the '83. What do you guys think?

RAY: We're on your side, Lee, more or less. Since your wife is getting the new car, who cares what she thinks? If she wants to give you the new car, then she can decide what to do with the old Rabbits.

TOM: And they're definitely worth more to you as "transportation" than you'd ever get for them in a trade. In fact, the dealer will probably ADD money onto the price of the new car as compensation for the embarrassment of having to display one of these in his lot.

RAY: But we do have one suggestion for you. You say you plan to drive the 1980 diesel into the ground first. We suggest you drive it WAY into the ground...and then throw a bunch of dirt on top of it. In the name of the environment, and the drivers who have to sit behind you at traffic lights, take that stinking diesel off the road and drive the gas powered Rabbit. And good luck, you love birds.

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