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Last month I finally let my 1990 Sprint go for the sake of our new Bolt LT. The Sprint served me well for twelve years and 240,000+ kms (added on to the original 230,000 kms) but our provincial Scrap It program finally convinced me it was time to let it go (plus the drafts/moisture from rust holes in the floor and body!). We drove eighty kilometers to the dealership to pick up the Bolt in the Sprint. Then I drove the Sprint to the designated Scrap It yard on the way home, dropped it off in a sad farewell, and rode the rest of the way home in the Bolt. Two weeks later I received the $6,000 check for the Sprint from the Scrap It program (I like to tell people I sold the Sprint for $6,000, but I guess you can’t really consider a new car incentive “selling” :D).

We’re having a lot of fun driving the Bolt and enjoying our local free L2 chargers (for as long as they remain free!).
 
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Bay Area Air Quality Resources Board. (BAAQMD - www.baaqmd.gov/ )

Also, you might have been able to get $1000 from the CA DMV.
 

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Congrats on the new Bolt! What color did you get?

Wish we had a Scrap It! program here as well. I had a dead 88 Maxima Wagon that I only got $300 for as a tax write-off donation.
 

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Congrats on the new Bolt. You're gonna love it and can't wait to hear how you enjoy the performance and the quiet.

The Sprint served me well for twelve years and 240,000+ kms (added on to the original 230,000 kms)
WOW, you da man! (A masochistic man - plus the drafts/moisture from rust holes in the floor and body!) 470,000 km (300,000 miles) from a Sprint is better than usual life expectancy. Was that the original drivetrain? That little s-box turned some Rs in its' lifetime. You may never get a lower cost of ownership ;>)

For those who aren't familiar, Sprint is a rebadged Suzuki originally for the Japanese home market. Barebones doesn't begin to describe the car; only 1600 pounds—about a ton less than our Bolt weighs today—and a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine.

Minimal weight, minimal engine is a recipe for exceptional ICE fuel economy (44/53 mpg) . Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver much of anything else, like acceleration. The Sprint needs more than 15 seconds to reach 60 mph, which makes every freeway merge exciting. If that wasn't enough of a safety risk, the words "tuna can" do a pretty good job describing that car's structure. You don't keep to 1600 pounds and have any side-impact door beams, crush zones nor, of course, airbags. Nor power steering, cup holders, power windows, sound deadening or any of the amenities we take for granted these days. The one I drove scarred me forever.
You're a better man than I, Gunga Din.

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My 2002 Honda Accord isn't old enough to be eligible for the $1000 buyback program: a vehicle must be 1996 vintage or older.

http://www.baaqmd.gov/grant-funding/residents/vehicle-buyback-program

The car still passed smog testing with flying colors. But it needed the 120,000 mile (major) service, the paint was going, the tires were worn, and the transmission was starting to act up (again). That's well over $3000 of work.
 

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I kept a 1985 Camaro Z-28 for almost 20 years, wasn't driven winters so I put like 140,000 miles on it. Auctioned it off on e-Bay for $2500. My Bolt would beat it hands down in drag races to 60 or 80 mph. Technology advances.
 

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Last month I finally let my 1990 Sprint go for the sake of our new Bolt LT. The Sprint served me well for twelve years and 240,000+ kms (added on to the original 230,000 kms) but our provincial Scrap It program finally convinced me it was time to let it go (plus the drafts/moisture from rust holes in the floor and body!). We drove eighty kilometers to the dealership to pick up the Bolt in the Sprint. Then I drove the Sprint to the designated Scrap It yard on the way home, dropped it off in a sad farewell, and rode the rest of the way home in the Bolt. Two weeks later I received the $6,000 check for the Sprint from the Scrap It program (I like to tell people I sold the Sprint for $6,000, but I guess you can’t really consider a new car incentive “selling” :D).

We’re having a lot of fun driving the Bolt and enjoying our local free L2 chargers (for as long as they remain free!).
Hi Chwkev - If You see this I would love to see a few photos of the old sprint. I had a sprint for about five years in the 90's
 

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I kept a 1985 Camaro Z-28 for almost 20 years, wasn't driven winters so I put like 140,000 miles on it. Auctioned it off on e-Bay for $2500. My Bolt would beat it hands down in drag races to 60 or 80 mph. Technology advances.
seem to recall 1985 to 1987 was the years where the fuel injection had the air mass flow sensor. had picked up a IROC Z knightrider car for $500 as a donor car for my Jaguar V8 conversion.
 

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Hi Chwkev - If You see this I would love to see a few photos of the old sprint. I had a sprint for about five years in the 90's
Ok. I’ll try to attach some and see if it works. I bought the car in 2006 for $1400, and there was an envelope in the glove box with about $2500 worth of receipts for recent work, including a new hood, window tinting, new glass...
 

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Congrats on the new Bolt! What color did you get?

Wish we had a Scrap It! program here as well. I had a dead 88 Maxima Wagon that I only got $300 for as a tax write-off donation.
It is the Nightfall Grey. I thought I had already answered, but apparently I had a problem posting!
 

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Wow, the Bolt looks chunky next to the Sprint.
 
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