: Beaters



Lazarus_Rooney
08-31-09, 10:07 AM
As im sure a lot of people here do, im getting a second car to keep the Cadillac off the road during the winter months. Right now im pretty much certian its gonna be a 1996 buick LeSabre. (its light blue tho, :suspect:me and a friend are gonna paint it primer black just to be different)
What do some of you guys drive in crappy weather?

csbuckn
08-31-09, 10:43 AM
a little dodge shadow. When tuned, I get about 30mpg highway.

Stingroo
08-31-09, 10:57 AM
I have no winter! Hooray Florida! lol

jayoldschool
08-31-09, 11:04 AM
Sting, we hate you. :D

I drive my 92 Roadmaster wagon in the winter. It's getting rusty, and that makes me sad. I love that car...

Stingroo
08-31-09, 12:13 PM
It's okay Jay, at least Bro-Ham feels the awesome.

I almost bought a '92 RM. I like those cars too. :(

Bro-Ham
08-31-09, 01:15 PM
I feel bad subjecting my 79 Cad to the extreme heat and humidity during the long summers here in South Florida although that tough old car of mine never complains. I've often entertained owning a summer beater/beach car to for parking in the salt air by the Gulf while at the beach and also not having to worry about sitting on the seats with wet swimsuits and sandy flip-flops and globs of sunscreen. :)

Stingroo
08-31-09, 01:25 PM
I'm not really worried about the heat. I'm worried about my vinyl top in the heat, but the car itself, not really.

Bro-Ham
08-31-09, 01:48 PM
Sting, What is the heat doing to your vinyl?

Stingroo
08-31-09, 02:27 PM
Nothing yet, but over time I'm sure it'll crack and what not. But I'll use that 303 stuff you keep going on about. Right now, my top is in EXCELLENT shape, just dirty. :)

Bro-Ham
08-31-09, 03:01 PM
Get sum of dat tree-oh-tree on dat top o'yours boy! :) Once u do dat top will outlast U! :)

Stingroo
08-31-09, 03:31 PM
lol Dave that was rather scary.

Bro-Ham
08-31-09, 04:17 PM
That was a little jive talkin with a midwestern accent. Not close enough to halloween for you apparently. :)

jey
08-31-09, 04:26 PM
I save the Cadillac for special occasions now - keeping it off the road all 4 seasons. But I do have a beater car that works well for the winter - Subaru Legacy wagon with AWD, turbo, and a 5-speed manual.

CTSV OWNER
08-31-09, 04:33 PM
My Caddy gets driven everyday but. In the winter my 2009 Chevrolet Traverse will do the dooty work.


Dave

Aron9000
08-31-09, 06:02 PM
No winter or salt here in Tennessee. Just lots of rain

greencadillacmatt
08-31-09, 06:23 PM
Curse you good-weather people. The salt belt is my home, and it certainly wreaks havoc on everything that doesn't get washed regularly. My daily/winter driver (permanantly 'till the Caddy is running again) is a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier. I call it the ranch 'cause that's where my 150 horses live...

brougham_geezer
08-31-09, 08:36 PM
Me? 1995 Toyota Tercel, silvery blueish, 2 door, auto. I drive it every day, all year, and only use the Caddy on special occasions. I've had the Tercel for approx. three years now and it has never let me down. I treat it like a little truck.

Never needed any repairs except replacing a cracked windshield, and of course keeping up the oil changes.

It's a base model. Even the clock and interior grab handles are deleted. It does have the factory tape deck though, which is decent. Not as good on gas as one would expect. Around town it's a dream, but on the highway it's nothing special. A manual 5-speed trans would be better. The 3 speed auto has no where to go after about 60mph.

Previous owner was a little old lady who bought it new. Sold it after smoking a deer with it one morning. Hood and front bumper were destroyed, and replaced... but the hood didn't match. Spray paint sort of fixed it, but not really.

I love having a car I don't care about, though. Such a stress reliever when you also have a car that you care about too much! :)

To honor the Cadillac, I run the Tercel on little 13" white-wall tires... which are becoming increasingly hard to come across.

Bro-Ham
08-31-09, 09:08 PM
brougham geezer, I LOVE that you have whitewalls on the Tercel! That's CLASSIC! I had a 1985 Corolla as an office loaner car a few years ago - - the car was a deep burgundy and in mint condition. It needed new tires so I put on the whitewalls and it was TRANSFORMED! Made it a classy little car. I had a 1985 Mercedes 300SD which I put whitewalls on as well and it looked FABULOUS! You're right that the whitewalls suddenly vanished! What is with that??!!?? :)

DopeStar 156
08-31-09, 09:16 PM
Currently a silver 1999 Ford Taurus SE with DOHC 3.0L V6 and a transmission that slips outta 4th gear, pretty much useless if I wanna get on the highway. Hopefully soon since I'm transitioning jobs (Go bachelor's degree!) I can trade it in for this black on black 2007 STS V6 AWD I've had my eye on for a few months at a local dealer..... :drool:

In the meantime I've been using my mom's winter car, a dark blue 1998 Buick Regal LS with the 3800 V6 and a black fake convertable top. I like that car a lot, almost rides as well as my cars do.....

77CDV
08-31-09, 10:37 PM
What's winter?

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
08-31-09, 10:45 PM
My Caddy is also being saved for special occasions/road trips. On average I only drive it like 10 miles a week. Before the Midwest meet this weekend I hadn't taken the cover off in two and a half weeks.

This winter I am planning on driving the Lincoln, which is my current daily driver. If it turns out to really suck in the snow (I have a sneaking suspicion it will) I am gonna look for a 4 cylinder, manual transmission Ranger, S-10 or Dakota. It would just be a cheap, reliable and economically responsible truck to get me to and from work/school.

Last year I bought this beast, a 1992 Isuzu Rodeo, 4x4 and a 5spd. I paid $850 for it and never had a single issue with it. I sold it a few months later after winter for $1000.


http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn17/Saber2580/My%20Cars/1992%20Rodeo/100_5970.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn17/Saber2580/My%20Cars/1992%20Rodeo/100_5973.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn17/Saber2580/My%20Cars/1992%20Rodeo/100_5976.jpg

77CDV
08-31-09, 11:07 PM
Why's there so much cocaine in your yard? :D

DopeStar 156
08-31-09, 11:08 PM
This winter I am planning on driving the Lincoln, which is my current daily driver. If it turns out to really suck in the snow (I have a sneaking suspicion it will)

Mine didn't. I pushed my friend's bald tire wearing 91 Tempo up a hill with my 89 Mark VII. Just be gentle with the gas pedal and you'll be fine, it is a monster......

Lazarus_Rooney
08-31-09, 11:25 PM
What's winter?

Come to Connecticut in early February. Theres no such thing as black and white film, every old movie you have ever seen was actually filmed in the north east in February. THERE IS NO COLOR HERE. Everything is grey and cold and rusty and doesnt work right and the snow plow truck drivers hate your mailbox and make an effort to decimate it while removing everything from the road but a compacted, rock-hard half inch of salty frozen slush that works its way into everything on your car and heating oil prices and anti-depressant sales sky rocket and if you go outside its so cold it literally stings your face and you lose feeling in your hands instantly and in the morning its so cold in your house that no matter what you do you cant stop shivering long enough to pour your coffee not that it would make it to the bottom of your cup before freezing - THAT is winter.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
08-31-09, 11:36 PM
^ Best description evar! You forgot about freezing your nads off while waiting for the damn school bus.

Bro-Ham
09-01-09, 12:37 AM
You guys....I spent most of my life in Minnesota and that's as bad as it gets. The cold weather builds character. Complaining about the cold weather gives everyone something to talk about. Then, if you start getting the blues there are always cocktails! Thankfully we still live in a free country (as of right now) so if you're moping around dreading the upcoming nasty winter weather then make your escape!

About when I turned 30 I pretty much gave up winter vehicles since I realized life is too short to putt around in anything but a car that puts a great big smile on my face. Cars are washable, fixable, and replaceable. Driving a crappy or utilitarian vehicle in the cold northern winter is as bad as the miserable weather itself so why not cuddle in the cocoon of a fabulous car?! :)

robb257731
09-01-09, 11:45 AM
About when I turned 30 I pretty much gave up winter vehicles since I realized life is too short to putt around in anything but a car that puts a great big smile on my face. Cars are washable, fixable, and replaceable. Driving a crappy or utilitarian vehicle in the cold northern winter is as bad as the miserable weather itself so why not cuddle in the cocoon of a fabulous car?! :)

I agree with you completely Bro-Ham. I bought my first Brougham a year ago after lusting after one for 20 years. I don't believe in keeping garage queens. I bought the car because I loved it and loved driving it...even in winter. That being said, it had rust on it, and not having a garage or carport was REALLY hard on the body over the winter. I don't drive my Cadillac every day, but that's because I have my other car (98 Monte Carlo that I bought in 99) as a daily driver. Why is it the daily driver? Because the Cadillac is too hard to park where I work and I don't want some yahoo dragging a key along the side.

I'm not sure if I'll keep the 'new' 91 Brougham on the road over the winter or not..it's in far better shape than the 92, and I'd hate to see what little rust it has on it spread like the last one.

sven914
09-01-09, 01:00 PM
I drive the Cadillac :hide:




Sometimes the Barbara Ann is the only car that can make it out of my driveway. The only other cars I have are an 06 Impala (which I hate with a passion) and an 85 Mercedes (which I misplaced somewhere in New Jersey; I really, probably should try to find it, but...). And besides winter is miserable enough without having to sacrifice the luxury of those d'Elegance seats.

Stingroo
09-01-09, 01:21 PM
Dare I ask how you "misplace" a car? lol

sven914
09-01-09, 01:34 PM
Dare I ask how you "misplace" a car? lol

It wasn't exactly me who lost it. The New Jersey Probate office was supposed to secure my father's assets, and they never did. They expected me to find them, and I never did. When I finally started looking, I found that someone (his live-in) had taken the Mercedes, and New Jersey refused to file a stolen vehicle report over the phone. If I look up the VIN on carfax, it is still being registered to my father at his former address, but I cannot get anyone in the NJ legal system to assist in retrieving my property, without me going to New Jersey and physically filling out the necessary paperwork. I don't have time for that and honestly don't care about the car.

jey
09-01-09, 01:49 PM
It's all good. Last year I didn't have the Subaru so I bought some Blizzaks for the Fleetwood and drove it around in the winter. It was great - the snow here is very occasional and when it did snow the snow tires were pretty much overkill so I was fine. I just kept washing it and slapping coats of wax on it after the snow melted.

Stingroo
09-01-09, 02:15 PM
I see, sven. I guess that's fair, a trek from Ohio to NJ for a car you won't ever drive isn't really time well spent.

I guess now I know how to misplace a car unintentionally, without it being broken into. Learn something new on these forums every day, I swear.

sven914
09-01-09, 03:24 PM
It's all good. Last year I didn't have the Subaru so I bought some Blizzaks for the Fleetwood and drove it around in the winter. It was great - the snow here is very occasional and when it did snow the snow tires were pretty much overkill so I was fine. I just kept washing it and slapping coats of wax on it after the snow melted.

I use Kelly Wintermark tires.

http://www.sullivantire.com/tires/snow/tireimages/KellyWintermarkHT.jpg

Pitted for studs, very aggressive pattern, and 1 inch white walls. They're actually classified as "P" rated light truck tires and allot of times I pulled up to 4X4 off-road trucks, and their tire lugs were smaller than mine. My only complaint is that, because I like to play in the snow (huge RWD car in all), I couldn't get them to spin and I couldn't do donuts in vacant, ice covered parking lots.

Bro-Ham
09-01-09, 05:51 PM
Sven, That's a great story! Go get that Benz! I have a feeling it would make for a fantastically entertaining road trip and a great story! Good to hear that you roll the Caddy all year long! Dave

caddeville89
09-01-09, 05:54 PM
I had a FWD DeVille with Winterforce tires. That thing would go fricken anywhere! The FWB was a little more picky, but I always got around.

bicentennialcadillac
09-01-09, 06:55 PM
I would drive all night to get to Jersey and file just to spite whoever this interloper is. Family pride and all.

Go for it! You could hit Atlantic City on the way out and make a decent trip of it.

Stingroo
09-01-09, 07:13 PM
Hmm.. yeah. Maybe get some REAL casino cash. :D

9ine3reefleet
09-01-09, 10:29 PM
I've got my little 94 mazda protege that I usually drive, hot or cold, and actually missing right now due to me letting a friend borrow it going on 3 weeks now. Driving my FWB 60 mile round trip everyday to work is killing my pockets plus its not a car that I wanted to drive everyday, already has 126 thow on it. Aw who am I kidding, I know I am going to miss driving my 'Judy' everyday when I get my beater back. Prolly why I havnt been pressing her to get my car back in the first place :cool2:

Angry Matt
09-01-09, 10:35 PM
I'm actually considering keeping my '95 deville for the winter (haven't told my wife yet). I can't see driving the new '81 in the snow, it's too nice. Now that cash for clunkers is done the deville is back to being worth next to nothing so I might as well keep it. Yeah, I was considering it, I know. FWD. Go figure, that's the only car with A/C and no heat.

77CDV
09-01-09, 11:30 PM
Come to Connecticut in early February. Theres no such thing as black and white film, every old movie you have ever seen was actually filmed in the north east in February. THERE IS NO COLOR HERE. Everything is grey and cold and rusty and doesnt work right and the snow plow truck drivers hate your mailbox and make an effort to decimate it while removing everything from the road but a compacted, rock-hard half inch of salty frozen slush that works its way into everything on your car and heating oil prices and anti-depressant sales sky rocket and if you go outside its so cold it literally stings your face and you lose feeling in your hands instantly and in the morning its so cold in your house that no matter what you do you cant stop shivering long enough to pour your coffee not that it would make it to the bottom of your cup before freezing - THAT is winter.

And people ask why I'll never leave the desert southwest....

sven914
09-02-09, 12:02 AM
Come to Connecticut in early February. Theres no such thing as black and white film, every old movie you have ever seen was actually filmed in the north east in February. THERE IS NO COLOR HERE. Everything is grey and cold and rusty and doesnt work right and the snow plow truck drivers hate your mailbox and make an effort to decimate it while removing everything from the road but a compacted, rock-hard half inch of salty frozen slush that works its way into everything on your car and heating oil prices and anti-depressant sales sky rocket and if you go outside its so cold it literally stings your face and you lose feeling in your hands instantly and in the morning its so cold in your house that no matter what you do you cant stop shivering long enough to pour your coffee not that it would make it to the bottom of your cup before freezing - THAT is winter.

Could be worse... at least there it's warm enough to snow.

In Ohio, we get tricked into thinking that it's a beautiful day because there's nothing on the ground except frozen leaves and trails of road salt. It looks warm, very warm with the bright sun beating down on the dead ground, but when you step outside and find that it's 2* with a 16 below 0 wind chill, you realize it's not nice, but very depressing. The worse is when the season goes bi-polar. We will have one day that is 60* followed by one that is 14* followed by 43* followed by 70* followed by 2* (wind chills have been omitted for sanity). Rain followed by snow, followed by sleet, followed by sun, followed by snow, followed by rain. It screws with your mind to think that just the day before you were shoveling three feet of snow, and today you're driving with the AC on, and tomorrow you will see paramedics chipping a dead frozen bum off a park bench. And OHDOT with in it's infinite wisdom sprays tons of salt and cranberry juice (cranberry juice!) on the roads at the first sign of freezing temperatures, despite the fact that it won't precipitate for three weeks.

77CDV
09-02-09, 12:40 AM
Cranberry juice? Never heard that one before.

Aron9000
09-02-09, 01:05 AM
Cranberry juice? Never heard that one before.

Only with my vodka:alchi::alchi::alchi:

sven914
09-02-09, 11:02 PM
Cranberry juice? Never heard that one before.

It's a new thing they're trying as an alternative to liquid salt.

mjs182004
09-04-09, 11:18 AM
I got my 91 FWB for winter use after I bought my 08 Tiburon. but I find myself driving the Cadillac more often then none.

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t201/mjs182004/2008%20Tiburon/Picture046.jpg

Cadillac Giovanni
09-04-09, 02:43 PM
I've toyed with the idea of getting a beater, but the real problem is I have nowhere to store my caddy, I don't really feel like paying to store it somewhere either.

After really salty days, I take my car to the carwash and have an under chassis spray done. It's holding together pretty well.

Laneseja
06-17-10, 06:15 PM
I drive a 2004 GMC Envoy 4 wheel drive in the winter also a 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada in the winter and a 2005 Kia Optima for the commute to and from work in the summer a 60 mile round trip every day, only use the 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV on very special occasions in the summer only and the 1991 Brougham whenever the weather is great in the summer and I want to take it to car shows if I can find any for Cadillacs. JL

water walkin warrior
06-18-10, 10:28 AM
I would love to get a beater. There's a Geo Tracker 4x4 with a removable hard top for sale in our town right now for $800, unless it just sold. But I don't have the money to buy it right now. That would be a perfect winter car for me here in IL. I may end up driving the Bro for at least one winter. I'll just have to make sure to wash her belly off 3 or 4 times a week. I'm still looking for a winter car though.

The-Dullahan
06-19-10, 02:12 AM
I have pondered this long and hard and have settled that I would be happy with nearly anything (Provided it's American. Only ever driven TWO foreign cars, one Rental Miniature SUV and a friend's fancy sportscar and though they were totally different I wasn't fond of EITHER) but I have figured I could be very happy with a later model Roadmaster, I would most likely get a wagon, even though the Roadmaster is about as totally different from the types of cars I typically like, I somehow adore it. Since I'd be going through this trouble of getting a wagon, I would of course try to find a Hearse and get that. I have been faced with opportunities to scoop up a number of these Roadmaster Hearses recently, but parking is always a concern, not to mention what the Neighbours may say.

For a while, I kept seeing this car for sale. It would be perfect, it couldn't look much more stupid, I'd laugh every time I saw it.

http://images.topix.com/gallery/up-UJVI42DBN0NJSRAQ.jpg

greencadillacmatt
06-19-10, 03:38 AM
^At first I thought those were pairs of pants painted on the side.

The-Dullahan
06-19-10, 04:19 AM
^At first I thought those were pairs of pants painted on the side.

That would actually be just as "awesome". If I recall correctly it has a Bible verse on the backside and another reaper on the hood and the sides are identical with their "Pants".

Don't get me wrong, elaborate paintjobs can be GREAT...or they can be Pants.

Stingroo
06-19-10, 08:33 AM
Yeah but think of the fun! I could totally see you driving that, windows down, and shouting:

I WEAR NO PANTS! I WEAR, I WEAR, I WEAR NO PANTS! I WEEEEAAAAAAAARRRRR NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PANTS!

The-Dullahan
06-19-10, 01:48 PM
Yeah but think of the fun! I could totally see you driving that, windows down, and shouting:

I WEAR NO PANTS! I WEAR, I WEAR, I WEAR NO PANTS! I WEEEEAAAAAAAARRRRR NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PANTS!

Pants are for Ladies. Real men wear Kilts.

I do own two pairs of pants though, only for work.

sven914
06-19-10, 02:33 PM
Pants are for Ladies. Real men wear Kilts.

I do own two pairs of pants though, only for work.

So that's why they're always drinking over there. Where I come from the ladies never ware pants.

Bro-Ham
06-19-10, 02:41 PM
Some people are boring. Some people are eccentric. Some are over the top. Some are nutters. Some need lots of attention. All part of the fun. :)

The-Dullahan
06-20-10, 12:57 AM
So that's why they're always drinking over there. Where I come from the ladies never ware pants.

In my opinion, all ladies should wear skirts or dresses. Long, full-length skirts, not these "Miniskirt" things, but alas, if pants have to exist, I nominate them as Lady-Attire.

Yeah Bro-Ham, I learned that when I got to FL. Kilt + Hearse = too much attention (especially from the cops) and there's nothing wrong about them for gawking, there are probably people who wear kilts or drive hearses for attention, maybe even both. but if the world went down the drain someday, nuclear fallout, disease, whatever and I somehow survived and never saw living soul again, I'd still be wandering the continent in a kilt with a Hearse. Albeit I'd be driving a lot of OTHER cars too...

Kilts and Hearses are both incredibly practical, methinks. Not many cars can be spacious and comfortable while picking up sheetrock at Lowe's and pants are just plain uncomfortable and for uh...biological reasons...I feel women find them less irritating.

generaltso64
06-21-10, 08:58 AM
I got a 89 f250 7.3liter NON powerstroke I drive everywhere that doesnt need seatbelts. lol

abdullahone
06-23-10, 11:07 AM
1992 Saturn SL2 with that oh-so-sweet 1.9 DOHC.
Paid $100 about two and a half years ago. 144k and still takes me everywhere. Plastic body =no rust:thumbsup:

Bro-Ham
06-23-10, 12:00 PM
I don't know why I'm even thinking about this - there is a cute rust orange metallic 1986 Cadillac (sic) Cimarron for sale, one owner, 120k miles, clean as a whistle, 4 cylinder, tan leather, asking $1 grand. Like a Cadillac with a 5.7 diesel, for some reason I've always wanted a little shit shaker Cimarron. I'm going to drive it in the next day or two and hope someone else buys it before me so I won't have to worry about future visits to a psychiatrist. :)

Stingroo
06-23-10, 12:27 PM
Orange?! I NEED PICS!

Bro-Ham
06-23-10, 12:53 PM
Oh I forgot about you and your love of orange - YES IT IS ORANGE! Stay tuned. :) :) :) :)

Stingroo
06-23-10, 12:56 PM
:postpics:

The-Dullahan
06-23-10, 01:11 PM
Orange?! I NEED PICS!

Hahaha.

The Cimarrons are always cool in a weird sort of way. Don't think I could ever drive one though, the smallest car I could ever really be comfortable in would be a Brougham. They are especially rare in this part of the world.

Bro-Ham
06-23-10, 01:11 PM
Oh, don't be an impatient little girl my dear Sting. :) I will photograph it for you when I go to drive it. I will need to drink heavily before the test drive since this is totally crazy! :)

The-Dullahan
06-23-10, 02:07 PM
Oh, don't be an impatient little girl my dear Sting. :) I will photograph it for you when I go to drive it. I will need to drink heavily before the test drive since this is totally crazy! :)

I like your style.

csbuckn
06-23-10, 02:16 PM
Dave, I heard a rumor that it was once offered in a stick shift, is this true?

greencadillacmatt
06-23-10, 02:41 PM
Hahaha.

the smallest car I could ever really be comfortable in would be a Brougham.

I'm 6'4" and drive a Chevy Cavalier every day. And I'm quite comfortable in it. :p

Bro-Ham
06-23-10, 02:42 PM
cs, yes, they did have manual transmissions. I can't remember for sure if the V6 had the option for the manual but I believe it did. I'm pretty sure most of them were automatics. Back in the day I saw a ton of them with tacked on vinyl tops, luggage racks on the trunk lids, classic grilles, etc., etc., etc. :)

The-Dullahan
06-23-10, 04:30 PM
I'm 6'4" and drive a Chevy Cavalier every day. And I'm quite comfortable in it. :p

We had a Grand Marquis and we called it "The Small Car", as it was the smallest the family ever owned.

Maybe a nice Coupe Brougham or a Golden Spirit...but only if it was black.

if I HAD to have a small Caddy, I'd go for a Seville.

http://jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2008/06/Sweet-Custom-Cadillac-Seville.jpg

and fit right in in Haines City.

water walkin warrior
06-23-10, 04:45 PM
Can you say "Over-accesorize"? Wow.

Stingroo
06-23-10, 04:47 PM
This just in from the wires..


African American Man Dead after Collision with Auto Zone Location

Bro-Ham
06-23-10, 05:32 PM
Isn't that Sven's car? :)

Stingroo
06-23-10, 05:36 PM
:osnap:!

sven914
06-23-10, 09:14 PM
Isn't that Sven's car? :)

Man that thing scares me... At least everything I've added is OE; just not all of it is for an '89 Brougham.

scurling
06-23-10, 11:40 PM
I love beaters. My Fltwds are seeing less and less road time. I took a '94 Ford Escort off my daughter's hands and drive it almost every day now. Seems like I tend to gravitate to 1994 vehicles. My wife just got a new SRX, so her Fltwd (Plane Jane, http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/2777/221/6940110007_large.jpg) is not on the road often either. Four cars and two drivers, only two garage spaces...what to do, what to do?

csbuckn
06-24-10, 01:49 AM
.http://jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2008/06/Sweet-Custom-Cadillac-Seville.jpg

He probably thinks he's the hottest thing around. And thats not Autozone, thats Home Depot parts. Does he have spare tires bolted to his regular tires?

The-Dullahan
06-24-10, 11:37 AM
He probably thinks he's the hottest thing around. And thats not Autozone, thats Home Depot parts. Does he have spare tires bolted to his regular tires?

Looks like a slightly smaller set.

In this car's defense, I have found one thing to point out about it that actually looks good.

I like that colour.

bicentennialcadillac
06-24-10, 10:23 PM
Count me among the Cimarron admirers. I'm afraid of what might happen if I ever encounter a mint one for sale locally.

Bro-Ham
06-24-10, 10:49 PM
Here is the orange Cimarron. 1986, 120k miles, 1 owner, $1 grand, pics from craigs since I forgot my camera. A little crusty but not bad. I resisted temptation and passed on it, thankfully, but I didn't drink heavily before my visit so I was fairly rational. :)

http://images.craigslist.org/3o33p93l95Z55X15R3a6f781a22674bc917ac.jpg
http://images.craigslist.org/3nd3mc3p25T35Z05R3a6f2acd7d2ab3351392.jpg
http://images.craigslist.org/3ma3oa3l15Y05Z15R4a6f8018520676611db4.jpg

Bro-Ham
06-24-10, 11:19 PM
Count me among the Cimarron admirers. I'm afraid of what might happen if I ever encounter a mint one for sale locally.

The Cimarron is novel. It's interesting to see these little cars that your eye tells you should be a lowly Cavalier but, upon close study, it's really a loaded up Cadillac ( :) ). These Cimarrons have a power antenna, power seat, power mirrors, and alloy wheels, items that you didn't see on the other every day J-cars.

When I was a kid my uncle got a brand new 82 Cimarron for my Aunt. The 82's were only 4-seaters with a plastic storage tray divider in the center of the lower rear seat cushion and the 82's also had the pathetic 1.8 4 cylinder which any high school track star could out run. My uncle always got a new 98 Regency every year but stopped in 1981 when he got his first diesel and swore he would keep the car several years because those diesels would run forever (he bragged :) ). I don't think he made it through even one long hard northern Minnesota winter with that diesel Olds so uncle commandeered the 82 Cimarron and my aunt, who didn't drive all that much, got saddled with engine block heaters in a heated garage and all the fun of the diesel 98 until she was given a new 83 Cimarron. That didn't last long because my uncle started driving that 83 next. The funny thing I remember about this was my uncle was quite tall and built like the biggest football player you've ever seen and pretty overweight. It was funny to see him shoehorn himself into those little Cimarrons! :)

Aron9000
06-24-10, 11:40 PM
Here is the orange Cimarron. 1986, 120k miles, 1 owner, $1 grand, pics from craigs since I forgot my camera. A little crusty but not bad. I resisted temptation and passed on it, thankfully, but I didn't drink heavily before my visit so I was fairly rational. :)

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I couldn't help but think that the Cimmaron would've made a cool little Oldsmobile. It never should have never been a Cadillac, but honestly Oldsmobile was all about selling slightly upscale, mainstream cars. Something way nicer than your basic Dodge K-car, Honda Civic, Chevy Cavalier, Ford Escort, etc but still simple, well built, and reasonably priced.

Bro-Ham
06-24-10, 11:58 PM
Aron, in 1982 all the GM car divisions got J-cars: Cadillac Cimarron, Buick Skyhawk, Oldsmobile Firenza, Pontiac J2000, and Chevrolet Cavalier. The Cimarron was the talk of the bunch because it was so small and Cadillac aimed it at European cars of the same size - with the 1.8 engine it was a joke. The Buick Skyhawk featured a luxurious interior in the Limited model which had the same cloth as the Park Avenue, and the Skyhawk was a cross between sporty and near-Cadillac but without as much glitz as Buick had always been. The Olds Firenza was kind of the ugly duckling and Oldsmobile looking, intended to be a premium touring small car, no one bought them. The Pontiac J2000, which became the 2000 in 1983, was the sporty one of the group as per Pontiac tradition. And the Cavalier was all things to most all people, the bread and butter J-car.

greencadillacmatt
06-25-10, 02:36 AM
^I love my Cavalier. And it's not all that rusty for a 13 year old Michigan car. ;)

The-Dullahan
06-25-10, 02:48 AM
Those Cimarrons just scare me. Kind of the same way LeBarons from the same era scare me, not to go all Non-Caddy or anything.

sven914
06-25-10, 02:55 AM
^I love my Cavalier. And it's not all that rusty for a 13 year old Michigan car. ;)

That's because plastic doesn't rust.

greencadillacmatt
06-25-10, 03:12 AM
That's because plastic doesn't rust.

I said Chevrolet, not Saturn. :stirpot: