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How Do You Kill A Volvo?

Hits: 5143 | Rating: (2.8) | Category: Misc. | Added by: kitteh9lives
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GRadde
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2567 Posts
Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:53:47 AM
>Sminky
Hate to tell you this, but I think you got the runt of the litter. My parents have had volvos of varying degrees of modernity, and the only faults we had were an electrical fault (from the factory) and frozen washer fluid (obviously not the car's fault).

SminkyPinky
Female, 30-39, Europe
 232 Posts
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 10:58:11 AM
*ECU... i am a little on the drunk side.

SminkyPinky
Female, 30-39, Europe
 232 Posts
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 10:57:53 AM
you most certainly can kill a volvo. 2001 volvo s80, ECP destroyed in the winter of '10, -15 deg temperatures fried it all.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11420 Posts
Monday, December 24, 2012 6:13:53 PM
Another good example of the point RuralNinja made would be custom-built racing cars, e.g. F1 cars. Flimsy-looking cars that are destroyed in any crash that's much more than a bump...and you have a good chance of getting out and walking away after a 100+mph crash in part *because* the car was destroyed - its destruction reduced the force of impact and extended the duration of the deceleration, both of which are crucial factors in what happens to the driver.

Reignblazer
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2194 Posts
Monday, December 24, 2012 8:29:33 AM
Yeah Volvo's are great for you. Terrible for the person you just crashed into.

MacGuffin
Female, 30-39, Europe
 2597 Posts
Monday, December 24, 2012 6:00:04 AM
The reason modern cars crumple like an empty soda can is to absorb some of the impact energy of a crash.


That's true. I wrote some software for railway accident investigations back in the '90s, and they said that in most serious train accidents/derailments the train carriages themselves get destroyed, since they have "crumple zones" built in to each end that are designed to distort to absorb the energy of the incident. That and the fact that it usually takes a good 200-300 feet to dissipate the energy of a train moving at speed makes the deceleration gradual for the occupants of the carriages. That's why most of the passengers live despite not even wearing seatbelts or having airbags around them.

Modwain
Male, 30-39, Europe
 302 Posts
Monday, December 24, 2012 4:27:20 AM
rural, if i understand you right, there is a way to dissapate the energy without a crumple zone then.. good to know

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3887 Posts
Monday, December 24, 2012 2:20:18 AM
Swedish cars are the best! I have a Saab 900 (the old model) once a guys hit my car really hard on the right side,my Saab didn't even move and i just got a really low bruise on the side,the other car was like destroyed.

darkmagic14n
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1633 Posts
Sunday, December 23, 2012 8:16:47 PM
top gear already did it

drove the volvo into a brick wall and it kept going

RuralNinja
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Sunday, December 23, 2012 8:08:32 PM
They stopped making vehicles that durable for a reason. If you get into a serious crash in a vehicle built like a tank, you'll probably die. The reason modern cars crumple like an empty soda can is to absorb some of the impact energy of a crash. If the car doesn't crumple, your body has to absorb all the energy. The only reason this guy didn't get hurt is because he has a helmet, a HANS device, a racing seat, and a 5 point harness.

paperduck
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1706 Posts
Sunday, December 23, 2012 6:23:15 PM
Drive it into a tree

Nomud
Male, 18-29, Western US
 102 Posts
Sunday, December 23, 2012 3:53:04 PM
Brb, buying a Volvo

southernboy
Male, 13-17, Southern US
 133 Posts
Sunday, December 23, 2012 3:24:10 PM
If anyone has seen the Toyota Hilux bit on Top Gear, you'd know this is nothing in comparison

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6401 Posts
Sunday, December 23, 2012 3:13:46 PM
Oh, man! What a waste! That Volvo was in a lot better shape than the old '87 wagon I share with the roomie. He could've had that one to wreck and given us the newer red one. B-(

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Sunday, December 23, 2012 3:11:07 PM
Like this

kitteh9lives
Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1432 Posts
Sunday, December 23, 2012 2:05:59 PM
Link: How Do You Kill A Volvo? [Rate Link] - Evidently you can't.


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