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Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, What did you do to your car today? in General Discussion; Originally Posted by STS_Seville_Hunter Waiting to see if I keep my STS or part and scrap it. Ill take the ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by STS_Seville_Hunter View Post
    Waiting to see if I keep my STS or part and scrap it.
    Ill take the harness! Lol

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Looked at it. Sighed. Went to work. :\

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincentm View Post

    Ill take the harness! Lol
    Lol its my '91

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    Today I'm going to overhaul the headlights in the '99 Eldorado ETC I own.
    The metal adapter ring on the backside of the lamps must be one time use only. They're reamed out so the socket fit loosely and the adjusters are rusted, frozen and one is stripped.
    A trip to two local salvage yards yesterday and $56 bucks out of pocket netted me enough light assemblies to overhaul two
    Oh yeah, bought a new can of PB blaster to soak the replacements overnight. Don't want them to strip - out on first attempt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I~LUV~Caddys8792 View Post
    This time last year, I owned two cars and I really liked them, the Marauder and my '91 LeSabre. Now they're both sold and living somewhere else. Looking back on it, oddly enough, I miss the LeSabre more. I miss the fact that it was paid for and because it was my "beater", I didn't really have to care about it so much. I was anal retentive about the Marauder, but didn't care nearly as much about that old Buick. It was kind of an adventure too, being that I only paid $1100 for it and it made road trips fun because I wasn't sure if it was going to make it home, especially at the end.

    I miss the super soft suspension, comfy seats, neat backwards-opening hood, bulletproof and torquey 3800 engine and Reagan era styling. It was a total throwback.
    I could definitely see myself owning a nice Park Avenue or Ninety Eight again, something a little nicer than my $1100 beater, but something I can use and not worry about.
    Buy a rear wheel drive park avenue (has to be a coupe!) It features lovely carter-era styling, bulletproof olds engines, and big plush seats that will make you think you're driving a cadillac.
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    The front wheel drive ones drive so much nicer, get way better mileage and feel much more of my own than the older ones, which my friend has.
    "They call Alabama the Crimson Tide, call me Deacon Blues."

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Bulletproof engine? Didn't you have plenty of problems with it within your short period of ownership? If that's bulletproof, what's problematic???

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Just driving the FWB today. I have to learn to take it easy on city streets. I had it up to 80 flying down a street less populated with traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drewsdeville View Post
    Bulletproof engine? Didn't you have plenty of problems with it within your short period of ownership? If that's bulletproof, what's problematic???
    I didn't feel like fixing the HG after the wreck (Having the radiator blow up a month before the wreck, causing the car to overheat to the point that it rattled like a diesel truck greatly shortened the life of the engine, but it did get me home).
    Aside from normal maintenance (carb adjustment, oil changes, plugs and wires), I didn't do much to it.
    Overall, they are reliable and have a proven track record.
    The one in my lesabre has been flawless.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    I didn't feel like fixing the HG after the wreck (Having the radiator blow up a month before the wreck, causing the car to overheat to the point that it rattled like a diesel truck greatly shortened the life of the engine, but it did get me home).
    Aside from normal maintenance (carb adjustment, oil changes, plugs and wires), I didn't do much to it.
    Overall, they are reliable and have a proven track record.
    The one in my lesabre has been flawless.
    Holy Crimony! It survived that much punishment and still got you home?!
    Mine is still going with 109,000 on it and nothing major has been done to the engine yet. Knock on wood.
    I suppose I should not be gunning it down the street at 80mph but it sure as Hell is fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespowers View Post

    Holy Crimony! It survived that much punishment and still got you home?!
    Mine is still going with 109,000 on it and nothing major has been done to the engine yet. Knock on wood.
    I suppose I should not be gunning it down the street at 80mph but it sure as Hell is fun.
    It didn't shut down until I got to my driveway and went to put it in reverse. The temp and oil lights were on by that point and it stalled out. Turned the key again and a loud bang (sounded like a gunshot) came from under the hood. About 2 seconds later, I hear "WHOOSH" and see all the coolant from my radiator pouring across the ground. Pop the hood, and everything is covered in coolant. Check the oil and it was pitch black and molassesy. After that, I changed all the fluids, and kept driving it. Performance was still the same, but fuel economy went down the tube, from 13.5 to a low of 9.5 (before being parked). Considering I essentially grenaded my engine and got a couple more months of reliable (albeit gas thirsty) service out of it, I'd consider it a decent engine.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Washed and waxed the Eldo.
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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    My 307's were also decent engines - structurally. But, I'll admit that they were victims of their time. Miles, miles, miles of vacuum lines, immature electronic fuel and ignition controls, and ancient gasketing methods meant it had it's own set of problems. If not exploding means it's a decent engine, then it was. But then, based on that definition, what isn't?

    Decent engine - sure. But in no way is it superior to anything else made within the last 30 years, especially to the point where it should be sought after! In relative terms, it's less reliable, lower performing, and less efficient than pretty much every design that followed it. To each their own, but beater or not - I have no desire for another 307!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewsdeville View Post
    My 307's were also decent engines - structurally. But, I'll admit that they were victims of their time. Miles, miles, miles of vacuum lines, immature electronic fuel and ignition controls, and ancient gasketing methods meant it had it's own set of problems. If not exploding means it's a decent engine, then it was. But then, based on that definition, what isn't?

    Decent engine - sure. But in no way is it superior to anything else made within the last 30 years, especially to the point where it should be sought after! In relative terms, it's less reliable, lower performing, and less efficient than pretty much every design that followed it. To each their own, but beater or not - I have no desire for another 307!
    Neither do I! It was slow (in good tune, mine did a 13 second flat 0-60, which is apparently on the quick side for these land yachts), tempermental (until I had the carb adjusted it would die going up hill), and wasn't that good on mileage -my hightop van (aka a flying brick with a boat on the roof) gets better mileage. One thing they did have going for them was their quietness/ smoothness during normal driving.....however, alot of engines are smooth/ quiet.
    Oddly, my lesabres 307 has not been tempermental (only issue has been the rubber grommet on the valve cover split and let oil drip onto the exhaust occassionally). The lesabre does a 10 second 0-60 (not insanely fast, but for the era, it was not horrible)
    Overall, I much prefer my chevy 350 in the caddy.....better performing, better mileage, just as reliable, easier to work on (spark plugs on the 307 were hard with the AC compressor setup, and all those vacuum lines!). On the downside, it is not as quiet as the 307 (but I can live with that).

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    Since I'm getting a couple hundred bucks for a couple side jobs, I bought a set of JBL ms-62c components. They are not the type I'd normally go for but the reviews are all very favorable and they are cheap.

    For the sub $200 price on Amazon, I can try them and upgrade later for minimal loss...
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