: My First Cadillac



homsar57
12-16-10, 10:38 PM
Hello everyone, figured I'd stop for a second and introduce myself. (Felt guilty for all the questions I've been asking lately.) My name is Paul and I'm 18 years old and I recently received a 1996 Deville Concours from my grandparents as a graduation gift. They were kind of embarrassed at first giving me such an "old" car, but I couldn't be more thrilled with it. After-all, retro is back in style. (Ex. Dodge Challenger) It has roughly 80k miles on it and is running like a champ. (No signs of that troublesome head-gasket issue) *knocks on wood* It accelerates and shifts gears flawlessly,and it idles nice and calm as well. I can't think of anything that doesn't work for that matter, this car has been very well cared for.
This car means a lot to me, as any first car should, but its much more than that. This car used to belong to my great aunt, who was like a second mother to me. Since she never married and didn't have any children I was sort of an adopted son. I remember cruising around town in it all the time thinking it was the greatest car in the world. (My dads corolla was so tiny comparatively). After she passed away my grandfather inherited it, but kept it mostly as a weekend car, keeping it in a climate controlled garage most of the time.
Now that he's passed it on to ferry me to college everyday it is once again getting the love a great car should. Maybe in a year or two I'll retire it again to weekend status and use something plainer like a Kia for the dirtywork, but one thing will never change; I love this car, and I'm very thankful to have such a loving family thats willing to share it with me.

Stingroo
12-16-10, 10:47 PM
Welcome to the forums! Good to see another person in our age group come onto the boards. There's a whole WEALTH of technical info (as I'm sure you've already noticed) and down here in the lounge there's laughs to be had, interesting car stories, and even learning to be done :lol:

That's a SHARP looking car... no reason to be embarrassed by it at all. :thumbsup: Besides, the important thing is, you love it. To hell with what everyone else thinks.

ga_etc
12-16-10, 11:06 PM
Congrats on the great car and welcome to the forums!

orconn
12-16-10, 11:29 PM
A nice story and a nice sentiment, it's always extra nice when a hand me down has special significance to the one who receives it! Glad you've joined us here at the Forum and hope you find it interesting and informative. Certainly there will be answers to questions you may have about you Cadillac. Welcome to the Forums and best of luck in your college career!

Playdrv4me
12-17-10, 12:24 AM
It's a beautiful car, and those were the best of ALL the Concours wheels from '96 to '99 (there were at least a couple).

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-17-10, 12:27 AM
Welcome! I bought my '92 deVille when I was 17 and I remember how cool it felt to have a big sexy Cadillac when you're that age.

ben.gators
12-17-10, 02:12 AM
Welcome to the forum and congrats on the Cadi.... and I see how much this car means to you.... It is wonderful to get such a car that comes with a lot of nice old memories!

homsar57
12-17-10, 01:42 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome guys/girls robots ect.:bouncy: I'm sure I'll find everything I need here, and I hope I can help people out as well. (Although my technical knowledge is limited)

gdwriter
12-17-10, 02:23 PM
A nice story and a nice sentiment, it's always extra nice when a hand me down has special significance to the one who receives it! Glad you've joined us here at the Forum and hope you find it interesting and informative. Certainly there will be answers to questions you may have about you Cadillac. Welcome to the Forums and best of luck in your college career!I second that and :welcome: There's a lot of good information and good people here.

Stingroo
12-17-10, 04:49 PM
Don't worry - mine was limited when I showed up too (still is LOL) but I know enough now from reading to answer a question here or there. :)

Jesda
12-17-10, 09:17 PM
Nice car! Even if the gaskets go, there's lots of places now that will get the job done for a fair price.

Destroyer
12-17-10, 09:56 PM
You didn't get this car because someone in the family likes you, you got it because someone loves you. I may buy my kid a N* Cadillac when the time comes as well. The more he spends fixing the car the less money he will have available for drugs and alcohol. :lildevil:

stsuk
12-17-10, 10:10 PM
I'd give my back teeth to find a clean example over here,love that style and what a gift..:thumbsup:

Stingroo
12-17-10, 10:28 PM
You didn't get this car because someone in the family likes you, you got it because someone loves you. I may buy my kid a N* Cadillac when the time comes as well. The more he spends fixing the car the less money he will have available for drugs and alcohol. :lildevil:

Ha. That's actually a funny one.