: Proud new owner



DerMann
06-08-09, 02:37 PM
Hullo,

My first car was a 1993 Geo Metro hatchback. I'd hate to badmouth that car, and I really do love it. It served me dutifully, carting me to school and work. After driving it up to Indiana (from Texas) and back down again, I came to realisation that the poor thing's transmission was starting to give out (not to mention that it never had AC, power anything or a decent radio).

Even before my first semester of college ended, I knew I'd be buying a car this summer.

Large, luxury sedans have always appealed to me. They're ridiculous comfortable to drive and are almost always more practical than SUVs, and my mom has owned three Grand Marquis, so I've grown up around them. Initially I looked at an Oldsmobile 98, but the chance escaped my grasp.

Then I discovered the Cadillac Fleetwood. The top of the line in luxury and performance. Only problem was that there were few 93+ Fleetwoods within 200 miles of me (quite a few in Dallas for some reason...).

As chance would have it, I found a 95 Fleetwood Brougham in my area that wasn't stupidly pimped out or excessively expensive. I made an appointment to see it the next day. Good god, what a marvelous car. It has a dent on the driver's door (probably pop it out), some very minor damage to the vinyl roof (a tree branch scraped it during a storm), and substantial wear on the driver's seat. The thing is in perfect working order, otherwise. Only 105000 miles on it, regular maintanence was performed at the dealership down the road, and the history is clear. Light blue paint is pristine and the chrome is beautiful. Although it is indubitably a land barge of the most monolithic proportions, it handles much better than any sort of sporty car that I've driven. You really can't beat the LT1 in terms of performance. Best of all, the price is just right, $2900.

Oh no, I think I'm in love. I really cannot think of any other car I'd rather (realistically) own than the 95 Brougham. Truly the end of an era in American automotive.

Just sort of my intro thread for this place. Hope to stick around :D


Oh, and one quick question. As I understand it, the Brougham package is just added onto the base model at the factory. What is included with the Brougham package, I can't seem to find a definitive list. I know the roof, wheels(?), seats, and mirrors are upgraded, but is there anything else?

thefleetwoodguy
06-08-09, 05:18 PM
going from a geo to a 95 fltwd brhm, :welcome:

your hooked , honestly, I look at the 93-96 fltwds as one of gm's best cars
OK a lot may disagree, but since Ive owned all kinds of caddy's
and a lot of very rare cars, I think my opinion is qualified

Im sure you will love that 95, and with 20mph+ highway (at 75)
why the hell not

one thing for sure is this car can save your life in an accident
that geo, well you know, win win !!! congrats !!
post some pics !!

drmenard
06-08-09, 05:21 PM
There are some pop down lights in the back seat.. something up there in the headliner... I never really even looked that close....never sit in the back seat....

sven914
06-08-09, 05:28 PM
Congratulations on your find. Hope to see some pictures.

The Brougham option, for 95, added a full vinyl roof covering, cast aluminum wheels, programmable garage door opener, seats with electronic lumbar support, rear axle ratio of 2.93:1 (above 2.56:1 for the Fleetwood), and the option for an upgraded security system that included a power locking fuel filler door.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-08-09, 11:48 PM
Congrats on the car and welcome to the forums.

96Fleetwood
06-09-09, 08:34 AM
Congrats! :highfive:

mjs182004
06-09-09, 09:41 AM
Welcome and congrats on the new purchase!

DerMann
06-09-09, 10:10 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome guys.

I was just messing around on Wikipedia the other day and noticed the Fleetwoods have a 23 gallon tank - an impressive step up from the 10 gallon tank in my Geo. Oddly enough, I laugh at most people because my Geo has a greater range, but I think the Fleetwood comes in on top here :D

The loan is still being finalised, so I hope to pick the car up this weekend and drive my heart out.

Now I need to look into buying a hat like this for my new land barge:

http://millerhats.com/productimages/353.jpg

I'll get pictures with the car this weekend.

One last thing. My friend had a Camaro with an LT1, and he'd always complain about having to put premium in it. Regular is alright, isn't it?

77CDV
06-09-09, 02:07 PM
Welcome and congratulations on your new Cadillac! Post pics soon!

mharker
06-09-09, 10:30 PM
Nice choice! I have a nearly mint 1996 Roadmaster with an LT1 and these B/D body cars are a terrific value. In five years it's almost ridiculous how few repairs and maintenance it has needed. Imagine if all GM cars were like this there'd be no Chapter 11 that's for sure.

I put the cheap gas in mine and it still hauls. My 92 vette also has an LT1 and it needs premium though.

DerMann
06-12-09, 03:30 AM
Good god, just spent a few hours driving it around. Mostly city but got some decent highway in.

Everyone who rides in it agrees, it's not really like driving in a car, more so sitting on a comfortable couch in your house and moving at a great speed.

For a 4500 pound block of steel, it seriously hauls. The LT1 is a very appropriate engine for it. It doesn't give you so much torque and horsepower so as to make it difficult to drive, but rather provides you with a very capable power plant that lets you glide down the freeway and make passes with no effort. After I got started, I made it up to 80 and thought I was cruising along at 60, that's how smooth the ride is.

Absolutely wonderful drive. Miles ahead of my mom's Grand Marquis.

I'll get some pictures after I clean it up after work tomorrow.

96Fleetwood
06-12-09, 08:33 AM
Awesome!

Even though my Marauder is 7 years newer than my Fleetwood, I still love getting behind the wheel of the Fleetwood. It is a shame GM never made another full size RWD sedan after '96...

DerMann
06-16-09, 10:36 AM
Almost forgot the pictures.

I still have my lenses with autofocus packed away somewhere, so these aren't quite in focus, but you get the general idea.

http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/1796/26990704.th.jpg (http://img150.imageshack.us/my.php?image=26990704.jpg)
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/4985/13799787.th.jpg (http://img269.imageshack.us/my.php?image=13799787.jpg)
http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/2029/56802878.th.jpg (http://img200.imageshack.us/my.php?image=56802878.jpg)
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/9228/43440668.th.jpg (http://img199.imageshack.us/my.php?image=43440668.jpg)
http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/2729/28081699.th.jpg (http://img197.imageshack.us/my.php?image=28081699.jpg)

The dent on the driver's door is pretty big, but mostly superficial - there isn't any paintloss or gouges on it. I'll probably try getting it out this weekend when I have time.

The previous owner actually included the replacement rocker panel (brand new HUGE slab of chrome complete with the Fleetwood logo), but I have no idea how to go about replacing it.

Wonderful car.

Also, would this color be considered "Light Adriatic Blue"?

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-16-09, 11:41 AM
Wow, that is sharp. Its rare to see a last gen Fleetwood in that color. That is a color the DeVilles were famous for.