A Lexus on $400 a month? - Jay Maynard

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Saturday, 31 December 2005

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1122 - A Lexus on $400 a month?

While railing against a pay raise voted in by the Minneapolis city council, and the possibility of a newly enacted $200 a month car allowance being doubled, columnist Doug Grow said, "Certainly, $400 a month would allow our leaders to do public service in Lexus-like style."

This provoked the following letter to the editor:

Doug Grow's column on the Minneapolis pay raise shows he hasn't been car shopping in a long, long time. His contention is that $400 a month would allow the council members to support themselves in Lexus-like style.

I drive a five year old Lexus RX300. I just sent in the final payment last month. It wasn't $400. It was over $800. I doubt I could buy that car now, at its blue book value, for $400 a month. That doesn't include such minor details as fuel and maintenance.

If Mr. Grow can find a Lexus for $400 a month, I suggest he buy it. I think he'd be pleasantly surprised. In the meantime, I think he should see just how far $400 a month goes toward a car these days, first hand.

I emailed Grow a copy, as well. We'll see if he responds.

current mood: [mood icon] cranky

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(chuckle) well done

I personally think public servants should all drive old station wagons, to keep them in touch with their constiuants =)
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This is the most meaningless letter to an editor I've seen in a long time. Depending on what down payment you put down, you can drop the monthly price of a car to whatever you want. I pay roughly $400/month for my '06 Mustang GT. With the same down payment, I could probably get an IS 250 and end up with the same monthly payment.

I'm really confused as to why you'd want to nail Grow on this non-existent gaffe. His points against the pay raise are well-considered.
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Actually, what I was doing was pointing out just how out of touch with the real world Grow is, just like the STrib's other left-wing columnists.

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