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Feb 18, 2002 (7:30 am)
I had use of a '78 Chevy Pickup, back when it was new, that had a 292 six mated to a "3 on the tree". It seemed to have enought torque to move a building, but it was all out at 70 mph.
Feb 18, 2002 (11:53 am)
Just like my '92 Jeep with the 4.0 I-6. It tops out at 70 mph.
Feb 18, 2002 (5:56 pm)
Really? There must be something wrong with yours. My friend drives an '87 with the same engine. He's a bit of an insane driver, and I've experienced 85-90 MPH on the highway in that Jeep. Talk about a white-knucked ride...but it does go that fast.
Feb 18, 2002 (6:07 pm)
Well, I don't need to worry about the Jeep anymore, because I just sold it.
Feb 18, 2002 (9:24 pm)
I can't imagine the fuel mileage on a 4.0 Jeep going 90 mph. It must be close to zero.
Feb 19, 2002 (7:24 am)
My mother had a 1976 Mercury Colony Park wagon (ersatz wood on the side, of course) with a 460, four barrel carb (might as well have been a toilet for how efficiently is flushed fuel into the motor) and dual exhaust. Was this part of a towing package? I swear you could actually see the needles of the fuel gauge and the speedometer go in opposite directions during city/winter driving.
What a great highway cruiser, however. There was only one drawback - at about 75mph the roof rack would begin to whistle and moan.
#43 of 46 Mr. Shiftright:
Feb 19, 2002 (8:15 am)
Now I see what you're talking about. No wonder the gas gauge on my Jeep kept dropping like a stone every time I went over 80 mph!
#44 of 46 big old Buick
Mar 01, 2002 (8:48 pm)
Near Wrigley Field, there's a '75 or '76 Buick Estate Wagon for sale (no fake wood, darnit), in blue. If anyone's interested, I'll get a number. That thing is huge, not practical for the city (not anywhere if gas goes above $1.50 again!!).
Mar 03, 2002 (12:01 pm)
I drove a '92 Chevy Caprice wagon over spring break. It was the worst-handling car I have ever driven in my life. Slow steering, lousy braking, bad handling, just a typical large American boat. The only thing it did well was burn rubber with its fuel-thirsty 350 V-8.
Mar 03, 2002 (6:57 pm)
Interesting commentary. I find my 1986 Parisienne to be quite easy to drive. Of course, its handling is not sporty by any means, but except for the brakes' tendency to lock-up at inappropriate times (due to the horribly engineered Powermaster brake system that was only used for one year), it holds the road well and keeps its composure. I drove my parents' 1995 Windstar for a few hours on the highway once, and it seemed much harder to control.