i am a believer that an older, mechanical car that can easily reach 200,000+ miles without all the egr cat dpf bollocks has got to be better for the enviroment than some ecobox shit that has to be re-melted down and remade every 4-5 years when you look at total lifespan and and energy used in total, but hey maybe thats too sensible?
Too sensible? No, but it is too bollocks.
Those old mechanical diesels will expire eventually. And when that happens it's better to replace it with something that will be much cleaner and is probably MORE likely to last 200k miles. No-one's suggesting scrapping perfectly good cars. Well, apart from the government a few years back, but that was an economic policy not an environmental one.
And why call them eco shitboxes? A new Passat is a much more powerful and luxurious car than a 20 year old one, and it's more economical and cleaner.