1985 Maserati BiTurbo turned in as clunker

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by MuscleCarHeart, Aug 14, 2009.


  1. Was browsing the news in Colorado, and happened upon this article. Some moron turned in a mint BiTurbo with barely 18,500 on the odometer. He traded it for an Impreza. I would've kept the Maserati, but that's just my opinion.

    GOLDEN - It is hoped the federal so-called "Cash for Clunkers" program will take as many as 800,000 older modeled gas guzzlers off U.S. highways. The program is designed to remove less fuel efficient vehicles from the road and spur the economy through car sales.


    Go Subaru in Golden has seen the positive effects of the Cash for Clunkers program. They've taken in nearly 50 clunkers since the program began.

    "Probably half our deals right now are Cash for Clunkers," Billy Mills, general sales manager for Go Subaru, said.

    Most of the clunkers Go Subaru has taken in through the program are predictable. Many are large SUVs and pickup trucks. Some are in pretty bad shape.

    "Ninety-nine percent of them are clunkers," Wes Guthrie, a salesperson at Go Subaru, said. "I took somebody's car in the other day that their door wouldn't shut anymore, and they were using a bungee to shut the door."

    Then there was the "clunker" a man drove onto the lot that surprised everyone.

    "I was like, 'Wow, that's a cool car,'" Guthrie said of the 1985 Maserati BiTurbo.

    The Italian sports car is in near-mint condition with its odometer reading a mere 18,480 miles.

    "It is kind of one of those cars where you go, 'Wow. Can't believe that one is a clunker,'" Guthrie said.

    But it is. It qualified for the program and the owner received $3,500 for it that he used toward a new Subaru Impreza.

    The interior of the Maserati is pristine, with all leather, suede and wood trim. The issues with the car were under the hood.

    "He said that he could drive it down the road for about 10 minutes, and then he had to call his mechanic," Guthrie said of the owner's experience.

    The Maserati owner had been trying for many months to sell the car without success. His asking price for the car was roughly the same as the $3,500 he got from Cash for Clunkers.

    "So he got what he was asking for it," Mills said. "He just got it from the government instead of a customer."

    While the Maserati stands out in the lot full of clunkers, it will suffer the same fate. The car will have its engine destroyed and the car will be crushed.

    "Its one of those cars where you go, 'Wow, I wish it didn't have to be crushed, but unfortunately it does,'" Guthrie said.


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  2. I'd rather have the Subaru

    The BiTurbo isn't even a good looking car either, it reminds me of an 80s GM sedan
     
  3. Meh, if it was an unreliable car in the first place, those could be picked up for 2 grand or less anyway. Plenty of those Maseratis for sale.
     
  4. well an 85 Maserati is not exactly your reliable daily driver
     
  5. I can't say I've ever seen one here in Canada. Anyways, say if someone actually saw this article and wanted the car, would it be possible to buy it back from the government? I'd imagine there would be a lot of paper work demanding the car be up to certain standards by a certain deadline...
     
  6. It does look mint though..
     
  7. #7 Atomic2, Aug 14, 2009
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    Clarkson beat them to it
     
  8. I don't think they're allowed to buy it back from the government because the dealer is obligated to destroy it otherwise they get fined.
     
  9. They're only forced to make its engine unusable, correct?
     
  10. Too late probably.
     
  11. thats how maserati sold it from the factory
     
  12. So they crush the entire cars? They don't even let people take parts off them? If so, I'm amazed at the lengths America will go to just to be wasteful :p
     
  13. haha
     
  14. <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A> zing
     
  15. Our gov't pays us to be wasteful!
     
  16. well played, young man.
     
  17. the logic is that if theres less parts for the old cars, owning them would become prohibitively expensive and people would junk the cars and buy new ones. The car industry gets a boost, and theres less dirty cars on the road.

    If you really think about it, 4,500 is not a lot of money. Yes there are a lot of desirable cars for that money but in all honesty, the VAST majority of the cars turned in were awful eyesores that nobody will miss.
     
  18. BiTurbos are kinda junk, but the whole program is stupid.
     
  19. Some dealers are not getting any fed money.
     
  20. Because they are greedy/desperate and dealing on cars that don't qualify or in some cases they are not filling out the paperwork properly.

    Final thing is there is a backlog of paperwork yet to be processed.
     
  21. #22 SEABEE, Aug 17, 2009
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  22. #23 Atomic2, Aug 17, 2009
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  23. So the system works?
     
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