: Favorite car you have ever owned?



orconn
08-30-12, 12:59 PM
We had a lot of new members since we last had a thread on "favorite" cars that people have actually owned. Thought it might be interesting to hear about some these cars our newer members have had.

ryannel2003
08-30-12, 01:04 PM
Seville STS. No questions. Best car I have and possibly will ever own.

truckinman
08-30-12, 01:49 PM
A 2006 jeep wrangler rubicon. That was my favorite by far. My 05 STS a very close second. Apples and oranges I know.

creeker
08-30-12, 02:12 PM
My favorite cars from the past that I still wish I had were my 1947 mercury convertible it was black,blanked out with white top, wide w/w's and baby moons,
it was super clean looking,no dingleberries and stuff like that, and my 64 chevy s.s., dark blue,nice pipes and deluxe interior.

thebigjimsho
08-30-12, 03:25 PM
Either my '92 SHO or '04 V.

Both were very memorable purchases and both provided a ton of memories...

ShapeShifter
08-30-12, 04:20 PM
My 64 Chevy Impala HT, 283 w/headers and 4 barrel carb. Installed 60/40 Lincoln Mark IV Power Front Seats in it. Smooth comfy ride, like in a big caddy.
http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy104/wesleyja/1964ChevyImpala.jpg

bigm57ict
08-30-12, 05:01 PM
I'll join in with the other classic Impala owners here. :)

One of my favorite past rides was a 1961 Chevy Impala. All original, turquoise with WWW tires.
It was the first car I bought after graduating from college in 1995.

I also enjoyed driving a '77 Mercury Cougar Brougham because it was such a boat.
Dark green with white vinly top and dark green interior. It had an original quadraphonic 8-track player in the dash.

AElayyat
08-30-12, 06:01 PM
For me it's my 89 brougham delegance that I sold in Feb 2010 (I wish I didn't sell that thing).

To me that car was sweet, white exterior w/ red delegance leather seats...

That's my favorite car that I no longer own...

CadillacLuke24
08-30-12, 07:40 PM
1996 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, Cotillon White on Shale :D

Yes, I've owned all of one vehicle during my young motoring time, but I am thoroughly pleased. I just can't get over what a nice car she is, what she can do, and the fact that I got her on my own. No help from ANYBODY. She's my baby :D

Ranger
08-30-12, 09:00 PM
http://www.nzmoparregistry.com/assets/roadrunner2.jpg

The-Dullahan
08-30-12, 09:36 PM
I have owned lots of cars (I still actually have them all)

My favourite is my Cadillac. There is no competition. I cannot even compare how much I like it to the others.

I have a brand new one. Two mint classic muscle cars, one of which is a pro track car with a long family history and I have many fond memories of it. The other is one I sacrificed and slaved to acquire and turn to what it is, making it what it is now, rebuilding it, repainting it and enjoying it regularly. I have a luxury coupe that is ridiculously comfortable that I I liked so much that the day I said I do not know why more people don't like them, I found myself in ownership of one less than twenty-four hours later, in spite of the roadtrip I took to get it. I have also had so many opportunities to get all kinds of other cars, many of which I did get for other people, because they were such a good deal. Some of the more high end ones being two Escalades, a brand new Audi and two separate CTS-V's. I invested time into getting them, laid out money for most of them and even collected these cars and had time to appreciate them before handing them to their respective owners.

And with all of these great features, options, luxuries, and performance specs in mind, not ONE of them can compare to my rusty, ugly Cadillac.

cadi509
08-30-12, 10:48 PM
Well I've owned nothing but Cadillacs but I would have to say my current 03 STS is my favorite http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy281/cadi509/2003%20Cadillac%20STS%20Jet%20Black/51E0954B-D798-4639-8D39-710BD1CEA1D0-309-000000242357E3DC.jpg

I just love the way that front end looks

77CDV
08-30-12, 11:06 PM
I have owned lots of cars (I still actually have them all)

My favourite is my Cadillac. There is no competition. I cannot even compare how much I like it to the others.

I have a brand new one. Two mint classic muscle cars, one of which is a pro track car with a long family history and I have many fond memories of it. The other is one I sacrificed and slaved to acquire and turn to what it is, making it what it is now, rebuilding it, repainting it and enjoying it regularly. I have a luxury coupe that is ridiculously comfortable that I I liked so much that the day I said I do not know why more people don't like them, I found myself in ownership of one less than twenty-four hours later, in spite of the roadtrip I took to get it. I have also had so many opportunities to get all kinds of other cars, many of which I did get for other people, because they were such a good deal. Some of the more high end ones being two Escalades, a brand new Audi and two separate CTS-V's. I invested time into getting them, laid out money for most of them and even collected these cars and had time to appreciate them before handing them to their respective owners.

And with all of these great features, options, luxuries, and performance specs in mind, not ONE of them can compare to my rusty, ugly Cadillac.

I take exception to "ugly".

CadillacLuke24
08-30-12, 11:34 PM
Rebecca is very beautiful. Granted you've put time into her to keep her that way :D

cadillac kevin
08-30-12, 11:41 PM
I honestly cannot pick one. I love my lesabre and caddy equally. the lesabre is a great cruiser...happy doing 25 down the street or 75 down the highway. It also has tighter steering and handling than the caddy. The cadillac, its a great cruiser too, although the buckets and sway bar and chevy 350 (which was fired for the first time today in the car) make it more "sporty" feeling than the lesabre. (I know sporty and 18.5 feet long are a contradiction of terms)

gdwriter
08-31-12, 12:28 AM
They're both parked in my garage.

The-Dullahan
08-31-12, 01:31 AM
I take exception to "ugly".

I adore my car's style. Ugly refers not to the design of it, which was easily the best-looking car GM was making in the eighties, but to the poor paint in some small places, rust, bondo, Rustoleum, rips in the vinyl, mildly upturned bumper, the one screw on the inside of the back that is beneath the bier table and has a minor amount of surface rust on it and all the other things that only I notice.

She's beautiful. Like a nice Irish girl with a pint of Guinness in one hand and a set of knuckledusters in the other.

The-Dullahan
08-31-12, 01:32 AM
^And oh...

I just realized what I will be painting on each side of my rat rod.

The-Dullahan
08-31-12, 01:32 AM
Double Post of Doom.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-31-12, 08:45 AM
Of the 5 cars I've owned, the Marauder is my favorite car. I like everything about it...its attitude, its rarity, it's color, it's performance, the way it looks. The big, body on frame RWD cars are my favorite, but the Marauder (and the Impala SS) have the attitude and sportiness that I like so much. They're also not as disconnected as a Brougham, Town Car or anything else in that size class, so they're more rewarding and fun to drive than the other ones.

My dream garage would be my Marauder parked next to a Dark Green Grey Metallic '96 Impala.

truckinman
08-31-12, 10:32 AM
Of the 5 cars I've owned, the Marauder is my favorite car. I like everything about it...its attitude, its rarity, it's color, it's performance, the way it looks. The big, body on frame RWD cars are my favorite, but the Marauder (and the Impala SS) have the attitude and sportiness that I like so much. They're also not as disconnected as a Brougham, Town Car or anything else in that size class, so they're more rewarding and fun to drive than the other ones.

My dream garage would be my Marauder parked next to a Dark Green Grey Metallic '96 Impala.

I'd like to have both cars in the deep cherry red. Very good looking cars.

sunexim
09-01-12, 08:15 AM
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/popularmechanics/images/Rl/future_cars_09_0211-lgn.jpg

talismandave
09-01-12, 11:13 AM
I could never narrow it down to one. Maybe a top five, certainly a top ten. Of the 40 to 50 cars I've owned about half were of desire, the rest just a means to an end. A case could be made for my first Talisman since it is the only one I sought to replace. I am not positive that would be fair, because some I had when younger I loved as much, but would not love as much at 53. Other contenders would be, 74 Spitfire, 87 Wrangler, 78 Wagoneer, 82 SDV, 76 Grand Prix, 66 Monza convert.,71 Monte Carlo, 77 E150 panel customized, and 84 Fiero.

Bueregards
09-01-12, 01:53 PM
My first and favorite car, a Cadillac Sedan DTS 2006.

brandondeleo
09-02-12, 03:36 AM
It's a tie between this and my DeVille... Two completely different beasts, and I love both of them.

Destroyer
09-02-12, 11:52 PM
:hmm: There have been so many, each with it's positives and negatives. I like all cars in various classes. I could never narrow it to 1. ;)

Johnxlrv
09-03-12, 10:26 AM
Actually, I had a '65 Olds F85 with a 315hp 330 cu motor...2 door, that shared the basic body with the GTO, Malibu, Buick special...well...almost all of them. I drove the crap out of that car. One rainy morning, heading to school, and this lady in here brand new 79 accord coupe, pulls out in my lane ( to go the other direction) and just plain stops...all I can do is try to avoid her...end up hitting driver quarter panel to driver quarter panel (I was initially heading right at her driver door)

Pushed her pillar past the driver seat...she was ok but her car was a total.

After the report, I drove my car on to school...quarter panel was not pushed into the trunk, rear bumper untouched ...later, used a jack, piece of wood to push the panel away from the frame, a little bondo, paint and all was well.

I think from then on, I have an appreciation for big cars...to hell with the carbon footprint...I have a lot of trees in the back yard to compensate!

ThumperPup
09-03-12, 11:26 AM
i can't narrow down to favorite i would have to pick 2

my current seville sls 2000
and my first one ever my 95 lincoln continental

thebigjimsho
09-03-12, 01:39 PM
Actually, I had a '65 Olds F85 with a 315hp 330 cu motor...2 door, that shared the basic body with the GTO, Malibu, Buick special...well...almost all of them. I drove the crap out of that car. One rainy morning, heading to school, and this lady in here brand new 79 accord coupe, pulls out in my lane ( to go the other direction) and just plain stops...all I can do is try to avoid her...end up hitting driver quarter panel to driver quarter panel (I was initially heading right at her driver door)

Pushed her pillar past the driver seat...she was ok but her car was a total.

After the report, I drove my car on to school...quarter panel was not pushed into the trunk, rear bumper untouched ...later, used a jack, piece of wood to push the panel away from the frame, a little bondo, paint and all was well.

I think from then on, I have an appreciation for big cars...to hell with the carbon footprint...I have a lot of trees in the back yard to compensate!

Try that now and if you hit a Chevy Cruze, your big car would get destroyed...

Johnxlrv
09-05-12, 07:40 AM
Lol...as long as there is a competent driver behind the wheel, that should never be a problem, but I would take my second and 3rd fav cars (63 & 76 CDV) against one!

Jesda
09-05-12, 08:10 AM
I almost bought ANOTHER Seville this week. There was a 4.9L 1992 STS in polo green, just like the one I owned years ago but in much better shape, for $2000 in South Carolina. By the time I got in touch with the dealer it was sold. :(

That would have been Seville #4. They're simply fantastic cars, blemishes and all.

Playdrv4me
09-05-12, 08:27 AM
Thanks to all those baja videos and that one owner car guy on youtube, I am now solidly convinced I want a bustleback Seville from the from the early 1980s. They just keep growing on me, and they're from that last real era where a Cadillac was a genuine achievement, even more so than a Merc. Figure it will round out my Seville ownership history.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
09-05-12, 09:04 AM
Oooh, yes, do that! Those bustle back Sevilles are a personal favorite of mine.

thebigjimsho
09-05-12, 09:53 AM
Lol...as long as there is a competent driver behind the wheel, that should never be a problem, but I would take my second and 3rd fav cars (63 & 76 CDV) against one!

The Cruze driver will fare better every time...

brandondeleo
09-05-12, 10:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_ptUrQOMPs

...enough said...

ANYWHO- The bustleback Seville looked horrible the first few times I saw it, but it really grew on me. Quite the acquired taste...

cadillac kevin
09-05-12, 10:44 AM
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_ptUrQOMPs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_ptUrQOMPs)

...enough said...

ANYWHO- The bustleback Seville looked horrible the first few times I saw it, but it really grew on me. Quite the acquired taste...

Sorry brandon, but car safety had vastly improved from the 50s to the early 70s. I say a 76 CDV (and driver) would fare much better than the driver of a cruze

brandondeleo
09-05-12, 10:54 AM
Sorry brandon, but car safety had vastly improved from the 50s to the early 70s. I say a 76 CDV (and driver) would fare much better than the driver of a cruze
You say wrong.

thebigjimsho
09-05-12, 10:56 AM
Sorry brandon, but car safety had vastly improved from the 50s to the early 70s. I say a 76 CDV (and driver) would fare much better than the driver of a cruze

So far wrong it's not even funny...

Playdrv4me
09-05-12, 11:41 AM
ANYWHO- The bustleback Seville looked horrible the first few times I saw it, but it really grew on me. Quite the acquired taste...

It's really so bad it's good...

http://www.fleetofcads.com/charliebrown/charliebrown16.jpg

Amusingly enough, it's one of the few other cars that shares the Crossfire's "dog taking a crap" stance in the rear.

Mine would have to be black on grey or solid black. Apparently these eventually got Delco-Bose Gold audio, and a few other modern niceties. I'm going to start poking around and see what I turn up.

CMexical
09-05-12, 11:45 AM
My favorite car is my first car. 83 Eldorado Biarritz. Stripped out the suspension and put a three pump hydraulic system in it. Had to build a whole new system for the front (no one I found had ever done hydraulics in a car that had torsion bars for the front end.)

But my daily driver is a close second. 04 SRX- it's only the six cylinder but I love that car.

cadillac kevin
09-05-12, 12:00 PM
So far wrong it's not even funny...

In what way? You have 6 feet of metal before you reach the drivers compartment in a front end collision. The cruze might have 2 feet....maybe.
I've have not seen a cruze in the yards here, but I have seen cobalts and a couple newer malibus (08+) that were completely decimated...the engine ended up in the front seats. I don't think I'd really feel safe in a car where the engine ends up in the front seats.

brandondeleo
09-05-12, 12:30 PM
In what way? You have 6 feet of metal before you reach the drivers compartment in a front end collision. The cruze might have 2 feet....maybe.
I've have not seen a cruze in the yards here, but I have seen cobalts and a couple newer malibus (08+) that were completely decimated...the engine ended up in the front seats. I don't think I'd really feel safe in a car where the engine ends up in the front seats.
...the amount of metal between you and the other car has NOTHING to do with collision safety. Any car can end up with the engine in the front seat. As a matter of fact, you just saw a 1959 Chevy (that's about as much metal as you can get) get smashed into the back seat...

cadillac kevin
09-05-12, 12:44 PM
...the amount of metal between you and the other car has NOTHING to do with collision safety. Any car can end up with the engine in the front seat. As a matter of fact, you just saw a 1959 Chevy (that's about as much metal as you can get) get smashed into the back seat...
They also had much less structural strength in the cars back in the 50s. During the late 60s and early 70s, cars became much more able to survive a crash (I beams in the doors etc)

77CDV
09-05-12, 01:06 PM
Just my own personal anecdote. My 77 SDV was broadsided by a late 80s full size Chevy pickup doing about 50. My Caddy drove away under its own power. The pickup had to flatbedded away as the front end was completely demolished. From the inside of my car, you couldn't tell anything had happend, except that the rear passenger door wouldn't open and the window wouldn't roll down. Now in a front end collision, esp an offset collision, I suspect things would be very much different.

StuJac
09-05-12, 01:15 PM
My favorite car is my current car. I've owned 5 straight Caddy's and this one has 12 features no other Cadillac I've owned has had. The biggest new feature is the Adaptive Cruise Control. I absolutely love it.

orconn
09-05-12, 01:26 PM
Thanks to all those baja videos and that one owner car guy on youtube, I am now solidly convinced I want a bustleback Seville from the from the early 1980s. They just keep growing on me, and they're from that last real era where a Cadillac was a genuine achievement, even more so than a Merc. Figure it will round out my Seville ownership history.

Come to think of it, the early nineteen eighties was the last period when Cadillac was really a factor in the "prestige" game (at least in the land between the Coasts*). This was especially true of the Eldorados and Sevilles of those years. After flagging in the early seventies both in design, materials and build quality, Cadillac recovered a bit in the later half of the seventies with the Sevilles and Devilles.

Like the 1959 Cadillacs the 1980's Seville "Bustleback" has become sort of a desired cult collectible that I think will grow with time. I never owned one but was around them a lot and from a design point of view they really weren't that bad. Their worst failing being their poor motive power and the extensive use of copious amounts of obviously plastic fake wood (a common failing in 1980's cars). Just as the 1959's are great to drive to "Casino Night" at your local church or Elk's Club, the 1980's Seville brings all the glitz and glamor of 1980's Las Vegas right to your own garage!

* By the 1980's Jaguar and Mercedes had clearly taken over the "prestige" markets on both Coasts, with Cadillac, despite what the ads would lead you to believe, only in the running in the Far suburbs and between the Alleghenies and the San Gabriels!

Jesda
09-05-12, 01:50 PM
It is indeed true that a longer nose is safer in front impacts, but that nose has to crumple progressively in a way that reduces the energy impact as it makes its way to the driver.

The US-spec Saab 900 received a longer front overhang to improve crash scores. The 1994 Mustang also did well in front impact tests because Ford made the nose longer than the previous generation.

Playdrv4me
09-05-12, 04:56 PM
Come to think of it, the early nineteen eighties was the last period when Cadillac was really a factor in the "prestige" game (at least in the land between the Coasts*). This was especially true of the Eldorados and Sevilles of those years. After flagging in the early seventies both in design, materials and build quality, Cadillac recovered a bit in the later half of the seventies with the Sevilles and Devilles.

Like the 1959 Cadillacs the 1980's Seville "Bustleback" has become sort of a desired cult collectible that I think will grow with time. I never owned one but was around them a lot and from a design point of view they really weren't that bad. Their worst failing being their poor motive power and the extensive use of copious amounts of obviously plastic fake wood (a common failing in 1980's cars). Just as the 1959's are great to drive to "Casino Night" at your local church or Elk's Club, the 1980's Seville brings all the glitz and glamor of 1980's Las Vegas right to your own garage!

* By the 1980's Jaguar and Mercedes had clearly taken over the "prestige" markets on both Coasts, with Cadillac, despite what the ads would lead you to believe, only in the running in the Far suburbs and between the Alleghenies and the San Gabriels!

I've been watching a lot of Miami Vice lately and while the S Class definitely takes the cake throughout that entire show's run, there are plenty of Sevilles and Eldos prominently displayed, too.

orconn
09-05-12, 05:51 PM
Nothing says 1980's "swanky" like one of these! A very good friend of mine got a 8-6-4 engined "Elegante" in the silver and black combination. I drove it several times and was not at all taken with its performance or handling. my friend had always driven Cadillacs (she owned an immaculate white with red leather 1968 Eldorado when I met her) but this 97071Seville was her last one .... she traded for a Mercedes "S" class in 1989!

rfishoutofwater
09-05-12, 05:55 PM
Mine would have to be my 1969 mustang fast back. Loved that car until some a hole rear-ended me and totaled it in 1988. I burned up so many rear tires it was awesome.

Koooop
09-06-12, 01:01 AM
I've had so many caddy's. Which one would I choose? I must have liked the 77-80 SDV since I've had at least 6 of them.

2005 CTS-V, Hands down. This was the first time I was sad when I sold my car, not to mention it's the only DD I ever kept for so damn long.

Koooop
09-06-12, 01:03 AM
Nothing says 1980's "swanky" like one of these! A very good friend of mine got a 8-6-4 engined "Elegante" in the silver and black combination. I drove it several times and was not at all taken with its performance or handling. my friend had always driven Cadillacs (she owned an immaculate white with red leather 1968 Eldorado when I met her) but this 97071Seville was her last one .... she traded for a Mercedes "S" class in 1989!

Nothing says "Stinky" like one of these with the optional Diesel.

orconn
09-06-12, 01:19 AM
^^^ I can't disagree with Koooop, along with being "stinky" they were also "clanky!"

Playdrv4me
09-06-12, 01:59 AM
Nothing says 1980's "swanky" like one of these! A very good friend of mine got a 8-6-4 engined "Elegante" in the silver and black combination. I drove it several times and was not at all taken with its performance or handling. my friend had always driven Cadillacs (she owned an immaculate white with red leather 1968 Eldorado when I met her) but this 97071Seville was her last one .... she traded for a Mercedes "S" class in 1989!

Oh man, I gotta have this.

1percenter
09-06-12, 06:23 PM
my c6 corvette sold it friday and i miss it already.

brandondeleo
09-06-12, 06:23 PM
Nothing says 1980's "swanky" like one of these! A very good friend of mine got a 8-6-4 engined "Elegante" in the silver and black combination. I drove it several times and was not at all taken with its performance or handling. my friend had always driven Cadillacs (she owned an immaculate white with red leather 1968 Eldorado when I met her) but this 97071Seville was her last one .... she traded for a Mercedes "S" class in 1989!
That's probably the most flattering angle for that car... I kind of can't help but like it. Like a pug.

thebigjimsho
09-06-12, 06:37 PM
I've had so many caddy's. Which one would I choose? I must have liked the 77-80 SDV since I've had at least 6 of them.

2005 CTS-V, Hands down. This was the first time I was sad when I sold my car, not to mention it's the only DD I ever kept for so damn long.

I was sad selling a wrecked V that had sat idle for 2.5 years. But I know the new owner and he almost has it completed...

CadillacLuke24
09-06-12, 10:11 PM
my c6 corvette sold it friday and i miss it already.

Any Caddies in your past?

Aron9000
09-07-12, 03:57 AM
http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/25595282984.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=282984)

Never have I owned a car with so much character and class. Such a "dated" yet "timeless" design, I was amazed that some 17 year old punk kid loved it, yet his 80 year old grandma loved it too. I orignally was dead set on a triple black Brougham, but as time went on I think I liked the triple navy even better.

Plus this car really helped me out in a financially difficult time in my life, I owned it 3.5 years/35k miles, the biggest expense I had repairing that car was a new set of tires. I really wish I had kept her and spent about 2-3k giving her the cosmetic attention she deserved.

I will also say I liked driving this car better than my 1995 Fleetwood. The 95 had A LOT more horsepower, but the 91 drove a lot smaller/more nimble than that 95. Plus I liked the upright windshield on the 91, thought I'd get used to the minivan windshield/dash layout on the 95, it drove me nuts enough(along with several other things) to sell the car.

99DeVille_NrthSt*r
09-07-12, 06:04 AM
Up until about a year ago this would be an easy question to answer, my 99 DeVille is and will always be my baby. I bought her when I was 16 test drove a 98 that came in to the car lot I was working at and I was hooked, bought my 99 a week later.

However this time last year me and my girlfriend purchased an 04 explorer, I got it with 100k miles it now has 140k and all I have had to do is maintenance, the interior is still like brand new, no rattles nothin. Down side to the explorer is I have the v6, it's not a bad little motor but it leaves a lot to be desired as far as towing goes, I plan on swapping in the v8 when mine dies (or when I finish the head gaskets on the DeVille and start itching for another project lol)

So at this point I have to tie it up between the two. Never been a ford man, EVER, but the explorer is a damn nice truck!

Aron9000
09-07-12, 07:31 AM
BTW, I'd love to own another 90-92 Brougham. Although it would have to be a really nice D'Elegance model with the cloth velour seats, which is almost impossible to find.

http://cdn1.hark.com/images/000/048/019/48019/original.
MMMMM, VELOUR . . . .

Koooop
09-12-12, 11:47 PM
I was sad selling a wrecked V that had sat idle for 2.5 years. But I know the new owner and he almost has it completed...

Must've been torture to have it sitting around damaged all that time.

thebigjimsho
09-13-12, 08:27 PM
Must've been torture to have it sitting around damaged all that time.

It was at a friends garage a ways away...

M5eater
09-18-12, 08:49 PM
Favorite car?
Easy.

http://i813.photobucket.com/albums/zz56/blmlozz/100_1577.jpg


whoops.. need an accurate representation. here it is in it's natural state;

http://i813.photobucket.com/albums/zz56/blmlozz/100_1219-1.jpg
http://i813.photobucket.com/albums/zz56/blmlozz/100_1173.jpg

orconn
09-18-12, 09:05 PM
What? Did it need a head gasket job?

M5eater
09-18-12, 09:12 PM
What? Did it need a head gasket job?

First time was just to do a block-up rebuild iirc, my WP had exploded previously and I took the opportunity to clean the block up a lot and do a reseal.
second time was to do the clutch
third time was to re-do the clutch and try to fix a coolant leak.
fourth time was to acutally fix the RMS where the coolant leak took place
fifth time was to replace the trans and clutch that had melted.


You can't just yank the trans out of an S4. Well, you can, but it's far more frustrating and just as time consuming versus just doing a full powertrain removal.

orconn
09-18-12, 10:52 PM
Now where have I heard that before?

CadillacLuke24
09-19-12, 01:48 AM
Now where have I heard that before?

:D Northstar performance section, specifically thread pertaining to the upper half of the engine.

Cadillac_Fan
02-07-13, 01:01 AM
1979 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham.

Aside from the classic styling and elegant lines, I really fancied the Cadillac-crested door courtesy lights (vs. the silver square of the 80s-90s), illuminated exterior thermometer, color-coded climate control temperature wheel, "digital" CB/8-track stereo, and the solid 425. I would relish the thought of owning another '77-'79 Fleetwood Brougham.

vincentm
02-07-13, 10:52 AM
My current 97 Eldorado

rodnok01
02-07-13, 12:24 PM
68 Firebird, 350 2 barrel with headers and no air cleaner. Ugly as hell, biggest rust bucket ever, 4 different colors, hauled butt sounded bad and had zero options. Had to pick your feet up going through puddles so you didn't get them wet.
I could beat 90+ % of cars running around back then, Iroc Z's, Monte SS, etc. One wheel peel it could lay rubber for blocks... spent more on tires than I did the car.
Paid 200 for the POS and sold for 300 after a few years of beating it to death. Even hydro locked it once driving through deep water, didn't run quite as good after that.
Finally dumped it after rear frame rail rusted out and leaf spring started banging on inside of trunk lid. The 4 wheel drum brakes really sucked on that car. God I miss that car...

Koooop
02-07-13, 01:54 PM
I had a '69 Firebird, it would lay smokey rubber until you let your foot off the gas! LOL

truckinman
02-07-13, 03:38 PM
My 1995 jeep wrangler. My very first jeep. I didn't realize how nice that jeep really was. It's hard to find a wrangler that old with no rust on the windshield frame, or rusty rocker panels, or even a rusted out floor. But this thing had NO rust anywhere. Solid as a new one. Granted this was back in 04, so it was only 9 years old at that time.

Aron9000
02-08-13, 03:09 AM
Man I'm so glad I live in the south, you can find original, rust free Wranglers, CJ7's, CJ8's, Wagoneers, even SJ pickups if you look hard enough.

truckinman
02-08-13, 05:56 AM
Man I'm so glad I live in the south, you can find original, rust free Wranglers, CJ7's, CJ8's, Wagoneers, even SJ pickups if you look hard enough.

You can here too, but it ain't easy. Lol. You've really gotta look. But the most common places for rust on at least the first gen wranglers, is the floor boards, rocker panels and the bottom side of the windshield frame, where that seal is for the folding of the windshield. So my next wrangler, I'm making sure it's got no rust anywhere. Long as there's no rust, I'll know it's got a long life left despite the miles. Bc it's usually the body that falls apart first in those things. Lol. Mechanically they are solid as a rock.

Aron9000
02-08-13, 06:19 AM
You can here too, but it ain't easy. Lol. You've really gotta look. But the most common places for rust on at least the first gen wranglers, is the floor boards, rocker panels and the bottom side of the windshield frame, where that seal is for the folding of the windshield. So my next wrangler, I'm making sure it's got no rust anywhere. Long as there's no rust, I'll know it's got a long life left despite the miles. Bc it's usually the body that falls apart first in those things. Lol. Mechanically they are solid as a rock.

So damn true with a lot of my favorite cars that live in the salt belt. Toyota trucks will have huge rust holes in the body or frame yet still run flawlessly, even with 200k, 250k, 300k. Big body on frame 1970's/80's/90's GM b-body/d-body sedans will do the same damn thing. They might run flawlessly at 100k, 150k, 200k but they have rusted out frames, floor pans, lower rockers, lower door sills, etc. Hell even that 60,000 mile Fleetwood I bought from Michigan looked scary rusty on the underside, it looked great on the bodywork, but damn that frame looked scary on a couple of spots like where the front anti-roll bar attached, and in that portion behind the front wheel where it transitioned from the boxed frame to a c-channel.

RetiredSFC 97
02-08-13, 12:07 PM
Like many here I couldn't pick just one. At 54 years old I've had some nice cars. I could maybe narrow it down some.

73 Chevelle SS 454. 77 Z28 and 75 Roadrunner were the most rare. The Chevelle was faster but I had a special affection for the Roadrunner although it wasn't super fast. Loved that car.

Loved my 90 C4 vette but my 99 FRC vette is a lot faster and an M6. I also really like my 99 STS. So if I really had to pick 2, can't pick one, it would be the 2 I have now. 99 vette and 99 STS. Love these 2 cars.