Well, after completing the 1,400 mile road trip from NY-FL in 2 days with my friend Chris in the '79 DeVille, I have a new love for the 425.
This car, nearly stock/origanal with 93k miles on it never missed a single beat at all...nothing.
This is also THE BEST highway car I have ever been in. I drove the whole way, simply because I never felt tired or anything.... after driving 12+ hours a day, when we got to the destination, I was like... did I just drive over 700 miles? It simply did not feel like it at all... not fatigued, uncomfortable, tired, stressed....nothing.
Even Chris, who was a passenger the whole time, simply did not feel the effects of being in a car that long, he was like, wow, it feels like we just got up and went to the store..... as we went into town to pick some things up after driving 600 miles the 2nd day.
I had the cruise set between 65-85 the whole time, I started off with saving gas in mind and got 17mpg, once we hit Georiga and North FL, I was like what the hell and kicked it up to 85....MPG went down to 15. The car is much more stable at 70/75+ then 60 or 65... dunno why, but it just feels better.... it also dosn't like to be drafting alongside or behind large trucks... I guess it needs the downforce/air resistance.
I knew gas mileage was gonna be bad... I was getting about 320 miles to a tank, and it would take about 19 gallons to fill it... all in all I spent about $240 or so on gas.... eh, whatta ya gonna do?
Chris slept alot durring the trip.... we had my iRiver MP3 player and Chris' iPod going thru the cassette deck, didn't use the FM or XM at all. Stock sound system except for Kenwood 2-way 4x6 in the front, it sound really good.
at 70, the RPM is right at 2,000...the torque peak... at 85 it was around 2,400.... out of the efficent range for the engine, and well over low drag rating for the chassis, yet there wasn't a single issue at all.
I still can't believe how amazing of a highway car it is.... I often rag on the '79 and 425 in general... but no more. Sure the '79 isn't massive like '76 and before, but I have learned to like it... just as much if not more. IMO the interior is superior then the eailer years, and on the highway, that is what counts. The 425, sure it isn't a mega-power, fast drag racer or anything, but it more then gets the job done. 28 years old, 93k miles..... a 1,400 mile trip and *NO* oil consumption at all... it was full when I left and full when I got here...amazing! and I don't drive it easy either... hell the night before we left I did a huge burnout in the Wendys parking lot... sure it was raining, but that was the point... it kinda stayed at redline for a few seconds with my foot to the floor.... that didn't bother it either.... nor did the donuts in the snow last month when I went up to NY....nor jumping it over that one hill back in NY, or taking it to the drag strip, accelerating hard, burrying the speedo in 2nd gear, crusing near 100 for about 30mins stright.... or anything else.
This car simply dosn't care... I do not beat on it though, I take great care of all my stuff, it has a full tune up and gets regular oil changes, I don't do stupid stuff either..... but for whatever reason I don't really treat the '79 as a classic, as I would say a '59 Caddy... I treat it as a sweet daily driver... I am not afraid to use it... probably because I get more enjoyment from the car when I am actually driving it and using it, then I would with it sitting in a garage somewhere.
It isn't without its faults of course... the front end needs some work, mostly the A-arm bushings are shot and need to be replaced, so I will replace everything on the front end when that time comes around. The climate control is tempermental, though the AC is now working (recharged) but I may have to clean the contacts. The new (used) washer motor is starting to be a pain with the washers not working etc.... then stuff out of my control, scratches in the paint, rips in the vinyl top, some hazey chrome, fadded interior etc....
But none of that really bothers me.... hard to explain the bond between this car and me, Actually the bond I have with each of my 3 cars are vastly different from each other.
So in closing, I will say I have a new love for the '79 and the 425, no more will I ever dog on either of them.... they serve an amazing purpose and there is great potential to be had.