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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Car & Driver vintage review: 1978 Coupe deVille. (link to photoset) in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Originally Posted by jamespowers The limo is too small, the Eldorado is too wide and the DeVille is too complicated ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespowers View Post

    The limo is too small, the Eldorado is too wide and the DeVille is too complicated with excess technology. lol lol You know this dope needs to make up his damned mind. lol lol
    Excess technology?
    Like what? A clock? Power seats? Radio with AM, FM, and tape? Oh wreched excess!!!
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    Re: Car & Driver vintage review: 1978 Coupe deVille. (link to photoset)

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    Excess technology?
    Like what? A clock? Power seats? Radio with AM, FM, and tape? Oh wreched excess!!!
    Twilight Sentinel, the door lock automatically when you shift it into drive and it has cruise control. Yeah, we don't need all that. Dumbasses!

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    In 1978 not a BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or a Rolls-Royce - NONE of these had tilt steering wheel (or telescope), Benz and BMW had no power seats, Rolls used the Cadillac transmission, none had a glass sunroof (RR had no sunroof availability at all). If a vinyl roof was terrible then buyers of the top line 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II apparently disagreed, it had a full "everflex" (vinyl) roof - Rolls even had whitewall tires in '78. None of the three Europeans had auto dim headlamps, twilight sentinel, over the top exciting all American furniture-like interiors, power recliners, vibrant color selections inside and out, power trunk release with pull down, integrated CB radio, digital clock, electronically tuned radio, six passenger seating, fancy accent stripes, oh I am sure I'm missing ten dozen things.

    Somehow we seemingly previously self assured Americans were persuaded to dump our unique large comfortable and safe cars for look alike painfully understated and restrained european (or copied) cars that totally lack confidence and distinction. It is why I got p.o.'d with car and driver and stopped my subscription. Now look what we have. Cars that, with very few exceptions, are boring appliances. Time for some baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. I hate german and english food....
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    Re: Car & Driver vintage review: 1978 Coupe deVille. (link to photoset)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bro-Ham View Post
    In 1978 not a BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or a Rolls-Royce - NONE of these had tilt steering wheel (or telescope), Benz and BMW had no power seats, Rolls used the Cadillac transmission, none had a glass sunroof (RR had no sunroof availability at all). If a vinyl roof was terrible then buyers of the top line 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II apparently disagreed, it had a full "everflex (vinyl) roof - Rolls even had whitewall tires in '78. None of the three Europeans had auto dim headlamps, twilight sentinel, over the top exciting all American furniture-like interiors, power recliners, vibrant color selections inside and out, power trunk release with pull down, integrated CB radio, digital clock, electronically tuned radio, six passenger seating, fancy accent stripes, oh I am sure I'm missing ten dozen things. Somehow we self assured Americans were persuaded to dump our unique large comfortable and safe cars for look alike painfully understated and restrained european (or copied) cars that totally lack confidence and distinction. It is why I got p.o.'d with car and driver and stopped my subscription. Now look what we have. Cars that, with very few exceptions, are boring appliances. Time for some baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. I hate german and english food....
    Amen! You have hit on everything that I have been POed about in the car market for years. There is a reason why the SUV is a huge market. It is the last vestige of big luxury American cars (like the Escalade although that isn't exactly a Brougham). If I wanted a truck riding Nazi Staff Car then I would have bought one! I want a luxury car that gets me around in style comfortably with lots of room. Car and Driver is trying to tell me what I want and THAT ain't it. Ok, now I feel better.

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    Re: Car & Driver vintage review: 1978 Coupe deVille. (link to photoset)

    In the late 60s when I first subscribed they stood for and celebrated everything I loved about the automotive industry. By the time I quit selling cars in the late 80s they championed all that was wrong with the business.

    The funny thing was the auto industry loved the stripping down of cars. The whole austere no trim and no chrome look of the Audi and MB were a God send for Detriot and the short term health of the industry. It lowered cost and meant they didn't have to teach their UAW workers how to make trim line up. That, and the hopes of getting praise from a magazine who would never love them no matter what they did was all they needed to march willingly on to blandness.
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    Re: Car & Driver vintage review: 1978 Coupe deVille. (link to photoset)

    Thanks for posting the great read! I have a 1978 Sedan Deville and love the ride.

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    Re: Car & Driver vintage review: 1978 Coupe deVille. (link to photoset)

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    My 1978 Phaeton Coupe

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    Re: Car & Driver vintage review: 1978 Coupe deVille. (link to photoset)

    Awesome! I do agree about the IRS, and often fantasize about fabricating mounts for a 2010+ Camaro or G8/Caprice/SS rear subframe. Of course then you'd pretty have have to do the front as well, since it would otherwise be so far outclassed by the rear.

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