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AutoBlog: REPORT: EPA performs 11th-hour refresh that makes some cars ineligible for Cash for Clunkers

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It seems the folks working the late shift at the EPA made a few changes to their published numbers just before the federal Car Allowance Rebate System - CARS (a.k.a. "Cash-for-Clunkers") program went into effect last week. The sweetening $3,500 and $4,500 incentives are available to consumers who trade-in 1984 or newer vehicles with a combined fuel economy average of 18 miles-per-gallon, or less in exchange for more fuel efficient transportation (22 mpg or better in the combined cycle).

Owners of certain 1993 Toyota Camry V6 wagons, 1992 Saab 900S hatchbacks (a turbo is shown), and 1988 Toyota 4Runner 2.4-liter models voiced their complains to Edmunds.com, frustrated that their eligible EPA 18 mpg combined ratings had been bumped to ineligible EPA 19 mpg combined ratings as the agency "refreshed" some of its numbers at the last minute. While few of us would complain about a free 5 percent gain in gas mileage, when it unexpectedly robs vehicle owners upwards of $4,500 on a federal incentive program, well, we'd be a bit miffed too, especially as there has been no official announcement as to why the changes have taken place.

[source: Edmunds.com]

REPORT: EPA performs 11th-hour refresh that makes some cars ineligible for Cash for Clunkers originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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...Amazing. Not crushing a few of the vehicles that most need to be crushed.

Chris

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Seems to me that the EPA is undoing its changes from a couple years ago, which decreased most cars fuel consumption numbers by 10%... and is reimposing something closer to the original window sticker EPA rating.

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...Amazing. Not crushing a few of the vehicles that most need to be crushed.

Chris

+ 1000000000. I will even help crush the Toyotas - no charge!

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Who are you refering to???

Seems as if a whole lot of GM, Ford, and Chryco vehicles are being scraped after 15, 20, 25 years of regular service. That hardly counts as failure.

How many Cressida's are left on the road and how many 80's GM cars are left on the road? Come here to the rust belt and 80's Domestics will outnumber 80's Toyotas 30 to one or better.

Chris

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+ 1000000000. I will even help crush the Toyotas - no charge!

You won't need to. Most Toyotas, especially the trucks, are very environmentally friendly. They return to Iron Oxide after a very short time so they don't have to be recycled.

I did see quite a few Toyotas in dealer dead lines today. What better vehicle for the word "Clunker"?

Chris

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Who are you refering to???

Seems as if a whole lot of GM, Ford, and Chryco vehicles are being scraped after 15, 20, 25 years of regular service. That hardly counts as failure.

How many Cressida's are left on the road and how many 80's GM cars are left on the road? Come here to the rust belt and 80's Domestics will outnumber 80's Toyotas 30 to one or better.

Chris

I would hope they would out number them considering they sold more of them...

Out here in my neck of the woods seeing anything older than a 15 year old domestic is rare. They've long since broken down and owners have junked them. You can't go a day without seeing older Toyota pickups, Celica's, Camry's, 4Runners, and Corollas powing around like they were new.

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