The Toyota LuxPocalypse Is Upon Us!

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When you see pink paint on an engine in the junkyard, that means only one thing: Cash For Clunkers victim! The latest wave of Clunkercides in my local yards seems to be mostly Lexus cars.

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Oh, there were also plenty of Infinitis and Acuras to be picked over for nice non-engine parts, but for every Q45 there must have been five LS400s. Some of them were very clean, too. I sure hope some of these cars survived to become LeMons racers!

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As beautifully engineered as Lexus vehicles are, the sight of your typical ES300 or GS430 in The Crusher's waiting room doesn't really bring a flood of tears to my eyes. But an extremely straight '87 Cressida? Nooooooo! Imagine destroying your Cressida so you can buy a Focus!

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That's right, many mid-to-late-80s Cressidas and Maximas were caught up in the Clunkpocalypse, joining all those high-end BMWs, Jags, and Benzes.

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DISCUSSION

I love Jalopnik and all, but you guys still don't get why you see these cars in the wrecking yard do you? To the everyday, average American Consumer, what the economy within this country is built on by the way, couldn't turn a wrench to save their lives.

The Average American purchases probably the dullest, most mind numbing vehicles offered on the planet. Toyota Camrys, Honda Accords, Saturn Ions, Toyota Corollas, Ford Taurus, V6 Dodge Chargers, the list goes on and on. If they want something with a little prestige, they turn to the Toyota of Luxury, Lexus. Why else would anyone pay $15,000 more for a Camry Clone?

Anyway, when the car starts to run funny, or they forget to change the oil a few times, or they run the brakes until there isn't any pads left, and the tires with no tread and steel cords sticking out, they get rid of it. There is no love for the machine, just contempt.

Buckle up boys, this is the reason why we don't have the G8 anymore, or Standard Transmissions offered in anything sporty, or cars that weigh 1,000 pounds more than they should, and CUV's instead of honest to god wagons. The Average American Consumer doesn't care anymore.