Thanks cash for clunkers...

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  1. Jamie Miles

    Jamie Miles the road warrior Supporting Member

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    Went Pull-A-Partin' today. Walked through the cash for clunkers area in disgust at all the nice looking late model cars that were needlessly destroyed (there was an '02 Mountaineer there that looked totally mint). Plenty of crappy late 90's 4.0 V6 Exploders. Then it happened, I spotted one with a 5.0 in it. Sure enough, the engine was still complete, only thing missing was the idle air bypass. Walked away with the entire GT40 intake setup and fuel rails for 74 bucks. :thumbs2: And it's the earlier, more desirable 95-96 intake to boot.

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    Too bad the rest of the engine was destroyed, it was clean and low mileage. They wouldn't even let me buy the GT40 heads off of it.
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    mavgrab302 MCCI Florida State Rep Supporting Member

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    I can,t help but think of all the people that can,t afford a new car. What will they do when there is no more good used cars to buy ?
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    Too bad a guy could get a good set of heads off one too. Im sure there destroyed though.
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    rayzorsharp I "AM" a Maverick! Supporting Member

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    Great buy Jamie!!! :thumbs2:

    I agree about the used cars. I think they should have had a junker for clunkers program. They could have gotten some "REAL" clunkers off the road if they would have allowed people that have real junkers to come in and trade their junker for a clunker. thereby destroying vehicles that really did need to be gotten off the road. We see those cars everyday. There are people out there that desperately need decent transportation that probably could have come up with $500 or so, traded in their junker and drove away in some of these nicer vehicles, and the govt could have gotten about $200,000,000 (based on 400,000 cars at average of $500) of our taxpayer money back. We have 43 clunker trade-ins as of this past Friday. I saw about 5 that looked like junkers. I wouldn't have a problem driving any of the remaining 38. Oh well, it ain't gonna happen. I might as well get over it. :(
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    M.A.V. Yep,my real initials.

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    Jamie thats the same type intake that Sonny has on his Mustang, Good score!
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    You don't even want to get me started on this. With my job, I am on car lots and junk yard lots everyday. I see these cars and it just gets me FUMING!!

    Example: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT. 130,000 miles. Absolutely MINT inside and out. Even had NEW tires on it. Wholesale value: $7500. Here it sets....motor blown to bits. Hood is up from where I popped the hood and looked at the motor. I could post hundreds of examples of this.

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    Oh, but there saving the world!:footinmouth:
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    :thumbs2: o i like cash for clunkers
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    I cant even begin to start on this one
  11. Jamie Miles

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    I figured worse they could need was new valves and guides.
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    Ray is exactly right. But that wouldn't give any kickback to the unions. So we get to pay Billions of Dollars for somebody else's new cars, the unions get a kickback, the Dems get campaign funds, the enviromentasist wackos see polluting SUV's taken off the road, everybody's happy, right? NOT!



    I've been looking for an Explorer just like that for my wife at a decent price. What a waste! I'd driven that one for three or four years before it was worn out.
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    But due to the confines of the program, you can't get the block, heads, or any internals of the engine, they have to be destroyed. This cuts the yards out of 60% of the profit made on a junker. Just shows how smart the politicians really are. Another govt program that costs US money, while screwing us at the same time. And they think they can run healthcare? But thats another story for another thread.

    Congats on the deal, Jamie. Hope you get that screamer together soon!
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    guess its time to hit the pull a part!
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    WOW- all this crap is scary- i imagine this is soon headed to Canada once our "leaders" start counting the money that can be made in the hope it will force all of us to buy new cars - after all we all have $50,000 kicking around in hidden bank accounts. Whoooopie.:16suspect
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    THAT would be a great stimulus plan. No additional program needed. If they would not have required destruction of the engines, and just let the dealers do what they want with the "clunkers", it would have increased the supply of used cars, putting downward pressure on those prices and stimulating more sales there too. Razorsharp for president!!!
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    So what am I supposed to do with my wifes Geo Prism and my F150? Her car doesn't qualify because it gets too good of mpg and neither does my truck because it's too old. My truck gets 10mpg on a good day...it runs great and goes fine but it's too old. 1983 is too old...it makes no sense at all. This program seems geared and designed to target the dreaded modern SUV and it ignores actual gas guzzlers and clunkers like 82 Diplomats and 78 Delta 88s and 81 C10s and 85 Suburbans and 77 Granadas. It's stupid and asinine that the old cars don't count when they are the ones with the worst mileage. I don't get it.
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    Out of two dealerships that I have friends at,(owner and sales manager) Neither has got one dime from the Feds. yet,at least they haven't delivered any of the new cars yet,they are smart enough to not trust them!They said this whole thing was a complete fiasco! Don't even get me started....and they want to run Health Care!!!Alot of nice clean used vehicles just getting wasted...
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    Meanwhile decrepit late 70s/early 80s sh*tboxes are still being driven everywhere.
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    You can thank SEMA for that.
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