[Biturbos4] Value of S4 w/ Blown Turbo(s)?

Grant Lenahan glenahan at vfemail.net
Tue Jul 28 16:36:50 PDT 2009

partr it out for more

On Jul 28, 2009, at 4:07 PM, Greg Amy wrote:

> Did you guys know that the B5-S4 is eligible for the $4500 "cash  
> for clunkers" trade-in program? According to fueleconomy.gov, the  
> "combined" rating is 18mpg, right at the limit...
> Purely hypothetical situation: what's a B5-S4 worth with blown  
> turbos? Reason I ask, my '00 has 125k miles with the original  
> turbos. Knock on wood, it's running fine, no problems at all, no  
> indications of any pending issues, and I really have no plans to  
> sell it. But it's got 9 years on it this month and  I'm doing some  
> mental math to wonder if I should keep the car until it done blowed  
> up, or maybe start looking for a replacement while it's running  
> well. I don't think I'll have a lot of motivation to repair/upgrade  
> it should a turbo call it quits (see prior email vis-a-vis no  
> motivation to install exhaust) so its value to me is for as-is,  
> where-is.
> Here's an interesting situation. Did you know that if you trade in  
> your car under the "cash for clunkers" program that the dealer gets  
> $4500 from the gubmint, and he is free to keep any profits from the  
> sale of the "scrap" to a junkyard? Further, that dealer is also  
> explicitly allowed to disassemble the car to whatever extent he  
> feels so motivated, and resell those parts and keep the those  
> profits as well, as long as the engine block and chassis (ONLY!)  
> are certified as crushed? This, of course, gets the gears to  
> turning about how one may be able to negotiate either an increased  
> trade-in value for a car, sharing those profits with the dealer...  
> also makes one wonder what the salvage value of all the parts of a  
> good-condition B5-S4 is, minus engine block and chassis... It would  
> be a PERFECT scenario if the car had blown turbos...
> Just thinking out loud...
> GA
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