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Old 04-02-2009, 09:45 PM
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Uncle Sam wants your "Clunker"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30011657/

Germany paid to get those "clunkers" off the road, now US to do the same.

Anyone want to trade in their Clunker Mercedes for a Gov rebate + a new jellybean shaped peice of plastic now called cars?

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Old 04-02-2009, 09:51 PM
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30011657/

Germany paid to get those "clunkers" off the road, now US to do the same.

Anyone want to trade in their Clunker Mercedes for a Gov rebate + a new jellybean shaped peice of plastic now called cars?

Not me. Not even trading in the old American stuff either, just because there's no offsetting the old-school do-it-yourself ability vs the new computer-controlled dealer-service-only stuff.
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:52 PM
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I wonder if they even considered the environmental cost of producing a new car, and scrapping the old one, when they trotted out the green banner?
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:53 PM
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:59 PM
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an 8 year old car is still a good car, depending on what brand it is though. This is a stupid bill.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:27 PM
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Come on -NO takers for this fine offer ?

This is from the same people who gave the British PM a set of DVDs that would not play in the UK (US NTSC TV system vs. UK PAL TV System)
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:28 PM
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The irony of this is beautiful. Hey everybody, throw away your perfectly usable 8-year-old vehicle and buy a new one ... you know, for the sake of the environment. If I trash my car, which gets 32 mpg highway and has years of life left on it, and buy a brand new one that gets a MIGHTY 27 mpg and cost God-knows-what to manufacture, I'm rewarded for it. I believe this deserves an assertive "WTF???"

Eight years old? Do we really pitch cars after EIGHT YEARS?
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:33 PM
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On the bright side-if they do not Crush the "clunkers" may be lots of old-new-to-us MBs and MB parts available at local junkyards
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:41 PM
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Yeah right. Go into instant debt by trading it your auto that's paid for. Stupid idea.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:45 PM
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This bill is to revive the new car business primarily, but I can't support it either. What a waste, and creating less people owning their cars outright.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:49 PM
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This bill is to revive the new car business primarily, but I can't support it either. What a waste, and creating less people owning their cars outright.
I know it's to revive the auto industry, but what good does that do when you're worsening the economic situation by encouraging people to 1) be wasteful and 2) burn themselves further into debt. Those are the two reasons we're in such deep disaster in the first place. It's unbelievable to me that members of Congress aren't intellectually prodding enough to come up with that. Then again, I guess it's pretty believable ...
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:51 PM
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the politicians don't care, its just more money in their pockets/portfolios. They will just leave the mess for the next generation to clean up. I really hope GM folds and dies.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:57 PM
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I really hope GM folds and dies.
I wouldn't go that far ... but if they turn it around, I'd want to see them turn it around by making better cars and more intelligent choices, combined with a rethinking of union structures and the resulting pension situations. Not by the gov'ment bribing idiots to buy cars they shouldn't be buying.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:59 PM
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I wouldn't go that far ... but if they turn it around, I'd want to see them turn it around by making better cars and more intelligent choices, combined with a rethinking of union structures and the resulting pension situations. Not by the gov'ment bribing idiots to buy cars they shouldn't be buying.
This is really getting OD, but they haven't made an intelligent choice in 40 years, so its understandable why the Don has little faith in them.
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The only way I would support this buyback is that only Ford Tauruses are eligible to be bought back and crushed.

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