Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ray Wert, editor of, talks about the cash-for-clunkers program---and which cars from the 1980s he'd like to keep off the scrap heap.

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Ray Wert

Comments [15]

JP from The Garden State

Square boxes!!! All tortured sheet metal square boxes!!! Just like the 80’s, no emotions what so ever…..

Aug. 13 2009 12:00 PM
Sandra from Astoria, Queens

I'm really excited about the Volt! I hope to leave NYC in a few years (for Cali) and would love to get one. I much prefer it to the Prius, simply because it is American made. My family has always had Chevys. I believe in saving the American car industry and making it green. What a great step. Go Volt!

Aug. 13 2009 12:00 PM
Yourgo from Astoria

Only city dwellers can achieve the 230mpg advertised on the Volt and city dwellers usually live in apartments with no garages, therefore no way to charge your Volt to achieve the 230mpg.

Aug. 13 2009 11:57 AM
Jgarbuz from Queens, NY

None of them.
I grew up in the era of the "muscle cars" of the '50s, '60s and '70s and the roar of the 8 cylinder behemoths. Youthful nostalgia aside, that century is over, and the motoring future has to be with the wonderful electric cars coming down the pike. Actually, just before the dawn of the 20th century, the majority of motoring toys, mostly for the rich, were electric in 1898. The Rockefeller oil interest got them out of the way, to the chagrin of Edison. So we're just going Back to the Future, and as for the 2oth century, good riddance to bad rubbish.

Aug. 13 2009 11:56 AM
jawbone from Parsippany, NJ

Only cars 25 years old or younger can be used in the program.

Aug. 13 2009 11:56 AM
Amina from The Garden State

If the government wanted to give a boost to the industry, why wasn't it mandated that the "cash for clunckers" be used only for cars manufactured by the "Big 3?"

Aug. 13 2009 11:55 AM
nia from brooklyn

i fear for what will eventually happen to my '68 dodge dart

Aug. 13 2009 11:54 AM
JP from The Garden State

The Chevy S-10 had much less pollution control on its engine for emissions, of course it got better gas mileage then pickups of today. But it was an ugly square box!!! I owned one, it was a piece of crap!!!

Aug. 13 2009 11:54 AM
Caitlin from Jersey City

I miss my 1990 Buick Skylark. Lucinda was boxy, gray, held together with duct-tape and bits of wood, but after 15 years and 100,000 miles she still got better gas millage than some of the cars the clunkers are being replaced with!

Aug. 13 2009 11:54 AM

If you have too plug the Volt in, how will that help NYC car owners, many of whom park in garages that are not equipped for this?

Aug. 13 2009 11:53 AM
jawbone from Parsippany, NJ

Please ask about the mileage changes the EPA come up with. Some cars went from 18mpg to 19mpg -- when they were like pretty far along in their mechanical lives and any good mileage was most likely long past. 13 year old care suddenly awarded higher mileage? Give me a break.

Well, people who made their Cash for Clunkers deal prior to 7/24 are being allowed to get the rebate on cars now labeled 19mgp or higher, but those who waited for the program to actually begin are getting...bupkis.

Please get a comment from your guest.

Aug. 13 2009 11:52 AM
JP from The Garden State

The 80’s was a horrible decade of tortured sheet metal for all car manufactures. But it was truly the death of the American car and where all its problems it has today started. No American car from the 80’s should be saved!!! Let me repeat that, no American car from the 80’s should be saved!!!

Aug. 13 2009 11:49 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn, NY

1980's-era Saab 900's. Though I sold mine recently (sniff sniff), these cars are so solid, and the design is so unique. When I'd be driving around Brooklyn, people would stop me to tell me what a great car it is!

Aug. 13 2009 11:48 AM
Evan from New York, NY

The Merkur XR4ti. I have no idea why. Maybe because it sums up the 80s to me - a tone-deaf attempt to compete with BMW, lacking only looks and performance.

Aug. 13 2009 10:55 AM
Aissa from NJ

I'm still driving a 1987 BMW 325 with over 250,000 miles (odometer stopped working). I'll drive it until it falls apart.

Aug. 13 2009 10:00 AM

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