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    Is 5.0 really that bad?

    I've been window shopping online and I see some great deals on 87-92 Fleetwood Broughams with the 5.0 L engine. I know I'd rather wait for a great find with a 5.7, but should I totally dismiss the 5.0 totally?

    After 5 years of searching, I found a great deal on a 93 Fleetwood in triple black, non vinyl top. It unfortunately came with an L05 instead of the favored LT1, and now I kind-of-sort-of-in-a-way regret not waiting some more to get an LT1 Caddy. I don't want to make the same mistake again.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Art

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    How are they bad? From 86-89, they had the olds 307 which many call bulletproof. Then comes the L05 which I can't find a reason to find to say its bad either.

    The only complaint that I can hear is that both engines are "underpowered" for the size of car, but then what can one really except from a land yacht that isn't from the 70's and 60's? They were created at a time where gas prices and environmental reasons made them they way they are. Is your concern one of performance or workmanship?

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    Workmanship, I guess. I'm not racing or showboating or anything like that. I just want a nice Caddy where I don't feel like I'm exhausting the engine. Know what I mean?

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    Did you see this one?

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bar/423454670.html

    I have the 5.0 liter in my wagon and my 1992 Fleetwood. Not a powerhouse by any means, but it is a nice reliable motor.

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    1993 should have a 350 TBI, no LT1 option.

    Yes, 2 different 5.0's '86-'90 is Olds 307, '91/'92 is Chevy 305.

    Both are very reliable engines, and the biggest complaint is underpowered.... however they do pull the car around perfectly fine, around town there is plenty of power.... just highway passing power, towing/hauling, or trying to accelerate hard going over a ountain etc.... will show you the limits to the engine.

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by 96Fleetwood View Post
    Yeah I checked that one out. I'm looking for the last year of the box Caddies.

    I just want a nice one a can maybe fix up a little, and cruise it. No daily driver, no trailer queen. just wanna hit the bars and the clubs and the movies in it.

    I'd probably keep my 93 as the daily driver, as I'm putting all of my money into fixing it up to last me.

    I just figured there was a mechanical defect with the 5.0's. That's what I though the reason was for all these cars not selling as fast as 5.7's.

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    In fact doesn't the whole 5.7 have a slew of problems of it's own? Reverse cooling, water pump right above the optispark....OPTISPARK?!

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    I got an L05 in my 93. I wouldn't know about those problems...

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spock View Post
    In fact doesn't the whole 5.7 have a slew of problems of it's own? Reverse cooling, water pump right above the optispark....OPTISPARK?!
    Thats the LT1, '94-96, NOT the normal Chevy 350 TBI from '90-'93

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by arivera View Post
    Yeah I checked that one out. I'm looking for the last year of the box Caddies.

    I just want a nice one a can maybe fix up a little, and cruise it. No daily driver, no trailer queen. just wanna hit the bars and the clubs and the movies in it.

    I'd probably keep my 93 as the daily driver, as I'm putting all of my money into fixing it up to last me.

    I just figured there was a mechanical defect with the 5.0's. That's what I though the reason was for all these cars not selling as fast as 5.7's.
    Nope.... 5.7 is more powerful then 5.0.... soooo.... people want it.

    If you want a mint car for a lower price, slightly better gas mileage, and same, if not slightly reliability... then the 5.0 is a great alternative to the 5.7

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    5.0 is great for daily driving. I have been driving my 5.0 liter TBI wagon for 2 months and now my 5.0 liter TBI Brougham for 4 days... perfect.

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    I'm on the highway a lot. Am I going to be disappointed by the difference between a 5.0 and my L05?
    I guess that's the main question.

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    No, you shouldn't be that affected from a L05 to a L03. If it was a LT1 to L03 or L05 to 307.. then that would be a big difference!

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    either 5.0 will be fine for in town driving, or highway crusing..... its when you ask it to move the large car around fast, tow something or pass truckers going up a mountain, that you'll notice the limitations.

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    Re: Is 5.0 really that bad?

    Which is why I'm swapping mine for an Olds 350.

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