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With parts coming from everywhere, does "Buying American" have much meaning anymore? Is quality and price the bottom line?
#17971 of 18912 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [uplanderguy]
Apr 18, 2013 (7:09 am)
My dad owned an '86 Cougar and I felt the same way - poor space efficiency meant it was big outside but small inside. I didn't really like spending much time in that back seat, which was hard to access, too.
I actually preferred their Sable for that reason. Far more spacious, and my own door.
As a kid, I would have chosen a Regal T-Top instead. lemko beat me to it.
#17972 of 18912 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [fintail]
Apr 18, 2013 (7:12 am)
I think Chevy started using the "CL" designation on the 1983 Malibu, as well. For some reason, they called ALL '82's "Malibu Classic", but then ALL '83's were simply "Malibu". So, I guess the "CL" denoted an upper trim level?
A friend of mine in high school and college had a 1985 Cavalier that had a "CS" badge on the trunk. I have no idea what kind of step-up, if any that represented, because that car was dirt-cheap inside. Plastic slabs for door panels, and thin cloth seats that were originally black, but faded to a purple-ish hue.
One thing it had that was odd though, was a stereo with seven pre-sets. It only had four preset buttons, but if you pressed down on two adjacent buttons at the same time, it let you set another station. My grandmother's '85 LeSabre, which had what appeared to be the exact same stereo, didn't have that feature, so it was limited to four FM, four AM stations.
#17973 of 18912 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [andre1969]
Apr 18, 2013 (7:13 am)
Seems keeping the ignition on the dash might ward off some of those issues. Fintail has an inside hood release, but I remember all the old 60s Fords my dad had did not.
#17974 of 18912 Cars that could talk
Apr 18, 2013 (7:16 am)
Made me remember, that Cougar had the talking feature, "The Door ... is Ajar". There was a polite pause in the middle.
I just got my license, but my folks let me drive that to prom. I left the door open on purpose for my date to hear it. LOL
My parents liked it OK, but it had engine troubles and ran on 5/6 cylinders for the later part of its life. He sold (almost gave) it to a friend who was a mechanic and could fix all the things gone wrong.
Honestly the Sable was just a much better car all around.
#17975 of 18912 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [fintail]
Apr 18, 2013 (7:16 am)
Who didn't own one of those?
Ours was an Olds Custom Cruiser model.
#17976 of 18912 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [fintail]
Apr 18, 2013 (7:25 am)
Yep, that's the one!
And hey, of all things to survive the Rise of the Machines, this kinda makes me proud...
It does annoy me a bit though, that mine lost its stand-up hood ornament at some point in its life, yet this old beast saw the downfall of human-kind as the world fell into total chaos, yet still shows that ornament with pride!
#17977 of 18912 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [ateixeira]
Apr 18, 2013 (7:23 am)
One of my grandmother's friends had an '83 Buick Estate wagon, in Electra trim I think, rather than LeSabre. She used to talk about how wonderful that car was, and how she loved that fabulous Diesel engine, getting nearly 30 mpg on the highway!
I have a feeling she didn't sing the praises of that car for long, though...
#17978 of 18912 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [fintail]
Apr 18, 2013 (7:26 am)
I remember an armored steering column collar one could buy aftermarket to defeat car thieves. A coworker had one on his Caprice.
#17979 of 18912 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [andre1969]
Apr 18, 2013 (7:31 am)
Of course, a 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille survived Armageddon only to be destroyed by some d****ed dirty apes!
#17980 of 18912 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [fintail]
Apr 18, 2013 (7:49 am)
As a Chevy buff, particularly then, I was always frustrated that I couldn't remember a single magazine ad or TV commercial for Monte Carlo from '82 to the end of the rear-drive iterations. Maybe something for the SS, but that's it. It's like they didn't want to spend any money promoting the car. Personally, I thought the '81 was eons ahead of the '78-80 in styling and styling heritage.