• Sep 26, 2009
One rule that all clunked cars needed to adhere to was a maximum rating of 18 MPG from the federal government, right? What wasn't required was that the clunked car be considered dirty. After all, it's pretty clear that CNG vehicles burn clean, but that didn't stop 232 of them from meeting their sodium silicate solution-induced death.

We looked through the official, but as of yet unverified, list (PDF) of trade-in cars that were clunked using the Car Allowance Rebate System (Cash for Clunkers) and found that the aforementioned CNG vehicles, 1,779 flex-fuel vehicles and 24 LPG vehicles found their way to the recycler thanks to CARS. Which alternative-fuel models were most dumped? Which single hybrid took a dive? Click above for our top ten and check out the full list after the jump.

Photo by dno1967. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.
Breakdown by model:

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 4WD CNG - 5
Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 2WD - 1
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 2WD (Bifuel) - 1
Ram Van 2500 2WD CNG - 1
Ram Wagon 2500 2WD CNG - 2
Ford Crown Victoria CNG - 2
Ford Crown Victoria FFV - 1
Ford E250 CNG - 7
Ford E250 Econoline 2WD CNG - 82
Ford Explorer 2WD FFV - 74
Ford Explorer 4WD FFV - 114
Ford Explorer Sport FFV 2WD - 10
Ford Explorer Sport FFV 4WD - 24
Ford Explorer Sport Trac FFV 2WD - 4
Ford Explorer Sport Trac FFV 4WD - 4
Ford F150 CNG - 27
Ford F150 Dual-fuel 2WD (CNG) - 14
Ford F150 Dual-fuel 2WD (LPG) - 8
Ford F150 Dual-fuel 4WD (CNG) - 5
Ford F150 Dual-fuel 4WD (LPG) - 16
Ford F150 Pickup 2WD CNG - 27
Ford F150 Pickup FFV 2WD - 1
Ford F250 Pickup 2WD CNG - 59
Ford Ranger FFV 2WD - 1026
Ford Ranger FFV 4WD - 383
GM Sierra 2500 HD 4WD CNG - 1
GMC Sonoma 2WD (FFV) - 2
Mazda B3000 (FFV) Ethanol 2WD - 13
Mazda B3000 2WD FFV - 1
Mazda B3000 FFV 2WD - 2
Mazda B3000 FFV 4WD - 51
Mercury Grand Marquis FFV - 10
Mercury Mountaineer 2WD FFV - 18
Mercury Mountaineer 4WD FFV - 40



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the picture of Saturn Vues and zero Vues appear on your list.
      • 5 Years Ago
      None of the vehicles on the list is worth keeping anyways, so it doesn't matter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Silverado "Hybrid" was one of those bogus alternator-assist types.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How strange.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Flexfuel cars aren't exactly green, especially the ones that get 10-17 mpg. Just because they CAN run on ethanol doesn't mean they DID. A new Malibu is much more "green" than a truck that could potentially run on ethanol, but probably never did, and got 12mpg.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I know. I wasn't asking what the deal with them was, just saying thatfreaking out about inefficient flex-fuel cars getting junked is making mountains out of molehills.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The whole deal with the FFV cars was that the manufacturers got a tax break for building them, regardless of whether they ever saw a drop of E85.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is a lot bigger story than the flex fuel, hybrid totals if you look at the PDF.
      2 Rouse and 2 2008 Foose F150s??? what's with that? For 4500$?
      Some real questions if you look at the numbers.
      Interesting.
      Another Government farce.....Just imagine them running all of the healthcare.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You Obama trolls obviously know nothing about the healthcare or insurance industry.
        Medicare and Medicade are a financial disaster and the Democrats are only trying to cover up one big mistake with a even bigger one.
        I have worked in the healthcare industry and have seen the waste and corruption and bad management that the government brings to the table.
        Rave on trolls
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who provides the funding now? Insurance. Who decides when a patient goes out of the hospital? Yea, the insurance.

        Right now health care is run by the insurance companies and what makes you think that once the government starts dishing out the cash they wont decide when a person gets to leave rather than the DR?

        Anyways, C4C was a complete and utter waste of tax payers money. It just boggles my mind that the majority of the nation has to PAY for other people's mistakes AGAIN. When spend and save stop?
        • 5 Years Ago
        All of you "Just imagine them running all of the healthcare"-types, I suggest you do your research - and not from FoxNews. Under any form of universal, government funded healthcare plan, the government doesn't 'run' heathcare, they simply provide the funding, and it is up to the private institutions and practitioners to deliver care.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They already do. It's called Medicare, and it is by far and away the highest rated form of health care in the country.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, the government went and took in those cars all by themselves.

        Retard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They trashed an Aston Martin DB7? Ahh, its a travesty!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally there are some thoughful comments on here to dispell the Rush tit-suckers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      More proof that the Government screwed the pooch with C4C.

      Let us pray that they don't screw up health care like they did C4C. Otherwise, this country is doomed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The country is already doomed. You're standing in a house that has been burning for decades. What that hell do you thing happened last fall/winter?

        On C4C, 700,000 vehicles were taken in, 1,779 were older model "Green" cars, of that number, do you know how many were in disrepair and not worth fixing?

        Simple math: That number represents 0.0025414285714285714285714285714286 % of the vehicles taken in. Oh what a failure.

        Don't be an idiot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If there was an 18 MPG max, why were hundreds of Odysseys (19 MPG) clunked? How about the Neon? Corolla? Hyundai Accent? PT Cruiser? All are on the list, and more that don't meet the 18 MPG maximum.

      It looks like tens, maybe hundreds, of thousands of taxpayer dollars went to fraudulent CARS claims.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Weird, there is no substantive difference between the '99 & '00 Odyssey and the '01, I wonder why they have different MPG? I have a '99, I simply assumed since the engine, transmission, suspension and body are all the same, the MPG would be too. I know, jumping to rash conclusions. Funny, there were 3 non-'01 Odysseys taken as well.

        Oh, and I'm sorry I didn't post a more thorough analysis (and yes, I did miss the line about 'as submitted'). I still haven't picked through the pages completely, but here's some others: 1987 Dodge Aries? 1994 Dodge Shadow? 1995 & 7 Ford Aspire? Ford Contour? 1993 Escort? Civic CRX? I'm certain there are plenty more. I certainly hope that upon review these fraudulent (yes, even if unpaid, they're still fraudulent) claims do get rejected. Hopefully, the dealer that took those that will be rejected come back to the person who traded it demanding the CARS rebate back.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amazing what you can find when you actually look past the surface and past the superficial view.

        per edmunds (http://www.edmunds.com/used/2001/honda/odyssey/100001266/options.html), specifically the 2001 Oddysey minivan got 18 mpg. all the years around it got 19, but that one year made was eligible. It probablly had to do with some tuning or emissions test thing, but it was eligible. Corolla? yah, singular. There was one (1). Exactly. Funny, exactly 1 neon too. Wow, same for the Accent. And guess what, same for the PT Cruiser too!

        Guess you missed the text at the top too: "As submitted, not necessarily reviewed or approved."

        It's funny watching "tea-party" followers try to understand facts.
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