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#29971 of 30830 Re: first iPhone pic... [andre1969]
Jul 23, 2013 (6:08 am)
Looks to be a 1991-93 Cadillac Sedan DeVille. Sad to see her brought so low. A ladyfriend of mine had a red 1992 model in a red metallic similar to the Carmine Red finish on my 1994 DeVille. We'd park them together at work.
#29972 of 30830 Re: first iPhone pic... [lemko]
Jul 23, 2013 (6:27 am)
My grandmother's cousin is still clinging to an '89 Coupe DeVille that she bought from her boyfriend back in 1992 (it feels weird saying "boyfriend" in reference to senior citizens, but "gentleman caller" doesn't sound right, either!).
I don't know how many miles it has on it, because the odometer broke years ago. Its paint is horribly faded on the tops, the leather seats are ripping, and a big chunk of the plastic cladding on the lower body is missing. The power steering also has a slow leak that's too expensive for her to get fixed, so they just add fluid.
Still, as bad as that car looks, it's a nice riding, comfortable car. And the 4.5 V-8, while hardly a powerhouse by today's standards, has a nice, healthy rumble to it.
It's probably going to be the last car she owns at her age, I guess. She'll be 89 in October. She had been wanting to get another car, and asked some of her friends to consider her, when they trade their cars in, but nothing has come her way yet. I did ask her, a couple months ago, if she'd want first crack at my 2000 Park Ave if I decided to trade it for another car and she said yes. But, it hasn't been a poster-child for reliability itself, so I'd feel a bit guilty selling it to her, even at a cheap price, only to have it break down on her.
#29973 of 30830 Re: first iPhone pic... [andre1969]
Jul 23, 2013 (9:18 am)
If she still needs to drive, maybe a few family members could team up and find her a mint 1989 Coupe DeVille. They aren't worth a lot - if everyone pitched in a few hundred bucks, one could be purchased. She must like the car, so she'd probably be happy. I remember posting a very nice one a while back, I think it was no more than 2K.
My grandmother is about that age, and just stopped driving - her license was up for renewal this month, and she didn't do it. She's holding onto her car (low mileage 03 Taurus) and my uncle who lives nearby will drive her around in it.
#29974 of 30830 Re: first iPhone pic... [fintail]
Jul 23, 2013 (9:41 am)
If she still needs to drive, maybe a few family members could team up and find her a mint 1989 Coupe DeVille.
Hmm, that might actually be a thought! She doesn't drive nearly as much as she used to, mainly because of the power steering issue. She takes my grandmother to some of her doctor's appointments, and the idea of the two of them out and about, and that car breaking down, doesn't give me a good feeling. I did at least give my Grandmother's cousin my cell phone and work #, so she can call me if she ever gets stranded. Hasn't happened yet, thankfully.
I've seen AAA come out a few times for a service call, but usually it's because her not-too-bright son, who lives with her, uses her car sometimes, and if he comes home around dusk, he'll forget to turn the lights off. Which I think is a bit odd, because I would think a car of that caliber would chime at you or do something, to warn you that you left your lights on!
Unfortunately, most of her side of the family doesn't have two nickels to rub together. And she's the kind who will give you the shirt off her back, so needless to say, many of them have taken advantage of that, over the years.
#29975 of 30830 Re: first iPhone pic... [andre1969]
Jul 23, 2013 (10:39 am)
A nice old low miles maintained car would be more sensible than something more expensive, and she must like the old car at least a little. Maybe if you see that nice old DeVille for 2K, it would be good as her final car - and the son can have the old one to ruin as he pleases.
#29976 of 30830 Re: first iPhone pic... [fintail]
Jul 23, 2013 (10:54 am)
Oh, she definitely likes that Cadillac. Before that, she had a '79 Volare wagon with a slant six, and before that an early 70's Duster with a 318. So when she got that Cadillac, to use one of those old people phrases, she thought she hung the moon!
In fact, I think one reason she kept that Caddy so long is that it spoiled her. She would really like another Cadillac (not sure how she's really like the current ones though, with their high sills, limited visibility, and such), but can't afford one. She really needs something cheap like a Corolla, Sentra, Civic, etc, but I think that Caddy spoiled her too much!
Sadly, if she got a nice, low-mileage old Caddy, I have a feeling her son would end up getting ahold of it, and it wouldn't stay nice for long. He was the one who wrecked her Duster back in the day. And back in 1990, he bought a really nice 1969 Bonneville 4-door hardtop. It's amazing how ratty that thing started looking after the two years he had it. I lost track of how many thing he and his wife hit with it. I bought it from him for $400, but looking back, I really shouldn't have. It was actually a nice running car...WHEN it ran. But it looked beat-up, had starting issues, stalling issues, overheated, etc.
#29977 of 30830 Re: first iPhone pic... [andre1969]
Jul 23, 2013 (11:01 am)
it seems that everything now has the visibility of a bunker or sherman tank. It is a shock when I drive our Acura TL (a MY 2000). So much lower all around (trunk, sills, cowl, rear headrests). Super easy to see out of, and you can even back up with some confidence.
#29978 of 30830 Re: first iPhone pic... [stickguy]
Jul 23, 2013 (11:05 am)
One car that seems to have maintained good visibility is the Accord:
#29979 of 30830 Re: first iPhone pic... [stickguy]
Jul 23, 2013 (11:13 am)
I saw a TL of your generation out in the parking lot at work today. It really caught my eye because of the color, sort of a dark jade green. Really pretty color, but alas, as we all no most shades of green are "no sale", so it was most likely pretty rare.
I drove my uncle's new 2013 Camry on Sunday. I had driven it once before, when he first got it, and thought it had good visibility. However, on Sunday I had to park it in a parking lot, and found out it wasn't so easy to back in. Visibility to the rear isn't so hot. One problem is these huge headrests they have these days.
#29980 of 30830 Re: first iPhone pic... [andre1969]
Jul 23, 2013 (11:22 am)
My grandmother complained about visibility in her Taurus, too. Before that she had a first gen Taurus, and before that a downsized mid 80s Olds, both of which had a lower trunk. She liked the Olds a lot, still mentions it.
The spoiling subject is accurate. Even when driving a well-used older model, it might be tough moving from a luxury make to something more normal - that Cadillac ride will be hard to replace.
Too bad about the son. My uncle can be something like that - he drives an aging LeSabre which he more or less keeps up, but he broke the passenger mirror off the Taurus, and scratched up the rear bumper, both via incompetent parking. His LeSabre would be pretty nice other than a big dent on a front fender caused by hitting a parking barricade. He's going to be a scary driver by the time he hits 70 - he has developed a weird throttle habit of on-off - no steady application, and sometimes steers jerkily too.