Maserati becomes just another clunker

In a sad-but-true story, the frustrated owner of a 1985 Maserati BiTurbo recently turned his engine-plagued car into the Cash for Clunkers program.

The program is designed to remove less-fuel-efficient vehicles from the road and spur the economy through car sales. Currently about 800,000 older-model ‘gas guzzlers’ have been traded in.

Go Subaru in Golden, Col., had quite a surprise, however, when the owner of the Maserati came in to trade the Italian sports car for a new Subaru Impreza. The Maserati was in near-mint condition with all leather, suede and wood trim, and had an odometer reading of only 18,480 miles. It did, however, have an engine problem that made it quit 10 minutes after starting.

The owner had been trying to sell the car for several months, and had not met with any success, so he traded it in for $3,500 credit towards purchase of the Subaru under the Cash for Clunkers program.

Under the terms of the program the Maserati will have to be crushed.

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