: New Brougham plans...



eldorado99
08-14-07, 11:27 AM
For some reason these days Benzilla seems to be one step ahead of me...

I'm seriously considering a new daily driver. I can (painfully) keep up with my '70 SDV's fuel costs, but I'd like something a little better on gas, it doesn't have to be much better, just a little.

I have my eye on an '88 Brougham D'Elegance with 60K miles for $1500. It is grey on grey on grey, not my favourite colour combo but it will do. The combination of the 900 lbs of weight loss, and the anemic 307, not to mention the addition of overdrive, also not having to put in premium and octane booster. I imagine I'll save around 50-75 bucks a week in gas, and I'll have a new toy.

My '70 still has lots of more minor things that need to be done so I'm not really buying this new Brougham out of boredom, but necessity. I want to keep my '70 out of harms way now that it is looking pretty good, and I don't want to keep pumping in $150 bucks a week in gas.

I never really intended for my '70 to be a daily driver anyway, it just sort of happened when my old Ford gave out about 6 months ago. It has been interesting driving it to work every day.

madmike69
08-14-07, 12:47 PM
an 88 Brougham d`Elegance grey/grey RULES !!!!!!!! Go for it !!!! do it, do it !! You want it !!!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-14-07, 02:21 PM
$150 a week in gas?! Holy shit!!! Buy my 1992 deVille, it'll only cost you $48-50 a week, lol.

eldorado99
08-14-07, 03:45 PM
$150 a week in gas?! Holy shit!!! Buy my 1992 deVille, it'll only cost you $48-50 a week, lol.

Yeah gas is more expensive up here in Canada, and buying bottles of octane booster adds up fast. Too bad I'm not really in the market for a FWD Deville or I would consider it. I bet that thing would feel like a Volkswagon after what I'm used to driving. Even the Brougham I'm looking at is probably going to seem pretty sporty and light.

96Fleetwood
08-14-07, 04:23 PM
Spend a little more and get a '91-92 5.0 TBI Brougham or a '90-92 5.7 TBI.

Why?

I just sold my 307 powered wagon 2 weeks ago, and my current Caprice wagon has the 305 TBI. The 305 TBI has much more power, gets better gas mileage (I get 19/27), and is just as easy to work on.

The 307 didn't have enough power to get out of its own way. I was always struggling to switch lanes or merge on the highway.

Just my .02$

eldorado99
08-14-07, 05:07 PM
Well that would be ideal actually except for some strange reason the market for 90-92 Broughams where I live, regardless of condition or engine choice is exceedingly high. I have never seen a 90-92 for sale for under $5000 CDN, and they are few and far between at that. On the other hand 80-89 Broughams are plentiful and cheap. I do appreciate your suggestion though and I will jump on a 90-92 Brougham if I ever see one around here.