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#1 of 1310 General Motors Fans
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Jan 05, 2010 (11:18 am)
This topic is for GM fans to talk about GM related topics. If you have no love for GM, we invite you to visit the other GM discussions available here, or create your own manufacturer fan topic.
#2 of 1310 Re: General Motors Fans [KarenS]
Jan 05, 2010 (12:55 pm)
Well, I'm probably General Motors ultimate fan as I have two Cadillacs and a Buick in my household. Even the one Ford product in my fleet is a G.M. (Grand Marquis)! I most certainly appreciate a thread where fans of the General and Detroit iron can discuss GM vehicles and related topics. Over the years, my wife and I have owned many GM vehicles.
1968 Buick Special Deluxe
1975 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
1979 Buick Park Avenue
1979 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency
1987 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
1988 Buick Park Avenue
1989 Cadillac Brougham
1994 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
2002 Cadillac Seville STS
2007 Cadillac DTS Performance
My wife has owned these GM vehicles:
1986 Chevrolet Sprint
1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass
2001 Chevrolet Impala
2005 Buick LaCrosse
The 1989 Cadillac Brougham, 2005 Buick LaCrosse, and 2007 Cadillac DTS Performance are the current GM vehicles in our fleet.
Jan 06, 2010 (1:09 pm)
Glad to see a discussion for a positive view on GM.
I'm suffering with our new Cobalt,
a leSabre, 1998, at 170,000 miles with a muffler needing replacement--darn things just don't last in the brine they use on the roads here in W. Ohio now. I keep expecting someone to hit it and buy it from us. Replacement likely would be a Malibu . After some more months idea replacementl would be a laCrosse after the initial demand levels out and the 4-cylinder models show up.
a leSabre with 100,000 almost, 2003, and luxurious seats and appointments equal to the Park Avenue at the time we bought it sans the 1.5 extra inches legroom in the back seat. The ride was slightly "fresher" than the Park Ave but the bright crimson red color was not available on a Park Avenue. Only maintenance items have been done on it. We can drive this car to Nashville and arrive in comfort with a controlled ride but an enjoyable 5 hours during the drive for 3 adult-sized people with lots, lots of luggage for staying with friends living there. I consider it our Buick-Cadillac.
#4 of 1310 Re: GM fans [imidazol97]
Jan 06, 2010 (1:23 pm)
Heck, I miss my 1988 Buick Park Avenue with the luxurious plush seats you can't get in any new car today. I also miss its phenomenal fuel economy compared to my Grand Marquis gas-guzzler. I would've loved to have found another Park Avenue, preferably an Ultra, but few were for sale and they had high asking prices for high-mileage examples around here.
#5 of 1310 I guess I'll join in on this little love-in...
Jan 06, 2010 (3:13 pm)
even though my favorite has always been Mopar, I'd say GM is a close runner up.
My first car was a 1980 Malibu coupe that my Mom gave me when I got my license. I still miss that thing sometimes, but, as the old saying goes, you can't go home again. I'm sure if I had a chance to experience another one, it wouldn't live up to those rose-tinted memories. Biggest issue, is that by today's standards it would be a dog. 115 hp 229 V-6, 0-60 in probably 14-15 seconds.
Other GM cars I've had since then...
1969 Pontiac Bonneville 4-door hardtop
1982 Cutlass Supreme coupe
1967 Pontiac Catalina convertible (still have it)
1986 Chevy Monte Carlo
1985 Buick LeSabre Limited 4-door
1985 Chevy Silverado (still have it)
1976 Pontiac Grand LeMans coupe (still have it)
2000 Buick Park Ave Ultra (bought it about 3 weeks ago, to replace my 2000 Intrepid after it got totaled)
Lemko, I hear ya on nice Park Avenues being scarce. I think I really lucked out with mine. I paid $7500 for it, which is kinda pricey for a 2000 model year car I guess, but it just seemed like the perfect combination. It's in great shape, only had 56,300 miles when I bought it, plus it's the more desireable Ultra model, and has a sunroof, which is fairly rare, even on an Ultra. It was for sale at the local Cadillac/Buick/GMC dealer. The previous owner was a 65 year old lady, and she traded it for a 2010 LaCrosse CXS. I happened to stumble across it just browsing their website.
Just for kicks, I've gone to the auto trader website (www.traderonline.com) and searched for various used cars...even though my need for a new ride has been satisfied. Within 25 miles of my zip, this is about the nicest Park I can currently find. It's two years newer than mine, and I like the color better. Mine is more of a sand/champagne sort of color. But it also has 20000 more miles, I don't think it has a sunroof, and it's not an Ultra. And they're asking $1500 more than what I paid.
I have a friend that's in the market for a car, and he really likes my Park Ave. Just browsing around traderonline and a couple dealer lots, I've found some pretty nice low-mileage LeSabres, and they seem more reasonably priced, given the age/mileage. So who knows? I might be converting someone to a Buick!
Jan 06, 2010 (9:06 pm)
First I want to say hello to everyone especially the long time members. Most of you probably remember who I am. Been a very long time. imidazol97 sent me a email telling me about this new GM Fans forum and if it stays civil I might a reappearance once and a while. This is the first time I've logged on to edmunds since I left. I have stilll been following the automobile industry as most of you know that I'm a car nut. I sold my 2004 Chevy Impala and purchased back in September a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Coupe with 25K orginal miles from Florida. Got a killer deal on her.
Well I'll try to follow this forum and will post when I can. I'll give you a little inside news regarding GM.....Well some of you might be aware that GM canceled their employee discount program "GMS" and is coming out with some program called "Preferred Pricing" which isn't quite as good according to my sources.
Well I thought I'd drop in and say hello to some old friends!!!
#7 of 1310 Re: Hey [rockylee]
Jan 06, 2010 (11:31 pm)
Didn't always agree with you, but we have missed you!
Hope all is going well with you and you now have a great job, great car, and great girl!
GM is only good in this forum.
The new LaCrosse looks like a really nice car. Anybody here driven or bought one?
Be sure to read Lutz's article on InsideLine. I appreciate his candor.
#8 of 1310 Re: I guess I'll join in on this little love-in... [andre1969]
Jan 07, 2010 (5:44 am)
I found a beautiful pearlescent white 2004 Park Avenue Ultra with low miles, but they wanted $25K for it which I thought was steep for a five year-old car.
If I couldn't find a Park Ave, the LeSabre Limited is still a pretty nice car. I did find a nice low-mileage LaCrosse, but it was lavender!
I'm always preaching the Gospel of Buick to people I know who are looking for new or used cars. I've done very well with the make. The sensible choice would've been for me to buy a new loaded Buick Lucerne CXS instead of the Cadillac DTS Performance I bought instead. I could've had a car one model year newer and paid at least $7K less.
#9 of 1310 Re: Hey [rockylee]
Jan 07, 2010 (5:47 am)
WOW!!! Welcome back, rocky! We've missed you! A lot has happened since you've been gone. For one, my girlfriend with the LaCrosse is now my wife!
#10 of 1310 Re: Hey [tlong]
Jan 07, 2010 (6:00 am)
The new LaCrosse looks like a really nice car. Anybody here driven or bought one?
Cooterbfd recently bought one. I imagine he'll chime in here once he finds the forum. The dealer I bought my Park Ave from had a LaCrosse CXL sitting in their showroom. I sat in it. Nice car, and it seems like GM really got their act together with regards to interior materials. It feels bigger inside than the old W-body, but still a bit small-ish for my tastes, and the high sill line and smallish windows aren't to my liking, but that's the trend these days. I guess I'm a bit of a throwback, but I'd still go for a Lucerne...although the LaCrosse is probably better in every respect, save interior room.