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#1240 of 1310 Re: Don't Rent It, Buy It [jae5]
Mar 22, 2013 (11:34 am)
I like the front-end styling of the Impala--seems more upscale to me than other cars, but I'm a traditionalist. I think it doesn't have the 'alien' or 'insectoid' look of long headlights almost reaching the windshield pillars that some of the Asian cars do. Lemko first used those terms here and I was like "Yes! That's exactly what I think too, but couldn't express in the right way!".
#1241 of 1310 Re: Don't Rent It, Buy It [uplanderguy]
Mar 23, 2013 (4:29 am)
Speaking of room in the Impala...I know this isn't the end-all of space utilization, but the '14 Impala is on a 111.7 inch wheelbase...actually less than a '12 Malibu which was 112.3. I'm only 5'8", but I think our Malibu ('11) has terrific rear-seat legroom...I remember one mag calling it 'limo like'. You do sit low in the car which I'm not crazy about though.
#1242 of 1310 Re: Don't Rent It, Buy It [uplanderguy]
Mar 25, 2013 (6:06 am)
You, Lemko and I share the same sentiment on the headlights - I can't stand those things !! I first noticed the elongated lights on the Nissans (370Z and the spears on the Maxima) or maybe the last-gen Celica, then seems like everyone else just went bigger and longer. I don't like the bug-eyes on the Spark either,such a small car with such BIG EYES, akin to Red Riding Hood saying the same about "Grandma Wolf".
I just still wish for a RWD Impala, just an old diehard I guess. But anytime I get saddened I can just hop in the '65, take a spin and the world becomes right again.
#1243 of 1310 Re: Don't Rent It, Buy It [jae5]
Mar 25, 2013 (6:19 am)
Count me in, on those feelings toward the bug-eyed/insectoid/alien looking headlights.
Actually, one of the first cars I can remember having headlights I really didn't like was the 1992 Pontiac Grand Am. Although in retrospect, they look downright tame, almost tasteful.
I didn't really care for the headlights on the Intrepid when it came out for 1998. They just seemed too big, overall, in relation to the car. But, I got used to them I guess, or at least it wasn't enough of a deterrent, as I bought a 2000.
And yeah, a RWD Impala would be cool. Or, even just a civilian Caprice. I know people like the perceived bad weather safety of FWD, but is RWD really that bad these days? We had about 3" of thick, wet snow here today, and some of the road surfaces were pretty bad. I drove my 2012 Ram to work, a truck with RWD, a light rear end, and a lot of power. I couldn't get that thing to spin out or skid, to save my life!
At one point, in a safe, desolate area, I tried to punch it going around a corner to see if I could get the rear end to brake loose. Nope. Where's the fun in that?
#1244 of 1310 Re: Don't Rent It, Buy It [andre1969]
Mar 28, 2013 (6:32 pm)
Yes, the headlights have gotten too big, and most of it is just reflective jewelry as the actual bulb / area is miniscule. I am glad with the GMs you don't see it as prominent and they're keeping the taillights a decent size, not overly large like on older Lincolns. To me it always seemed they made the taillights Navigator-sized on everything.
With the RWD you just have to take it a bit easier in turns and perhaps stops. Same here, my DD is a RWD pickup, though not as much power as your RAM. Around mid-November or so I keep a constant watch for snow, then day before 1st snow I put weight in the bed then take it out end of season. One of my biggest peeves are the "forgot how to drive in the snow" folks that have lived in a "snow" state for 30 ~ 40 years, but yet can't remember how to drive in it?
I'm wondering besides Camaro, Corvette, CTS if there are going to be any other RWD coupes. I'm still longing for them to bring the Ute over but dreams are fading fast...
Apr 01, 2013 (10:25 am)
Visited my sister yesterday, who bought a moderately optioned Sonic about 7 months ago. She's well over 10K miles now, not a single hiccup other than the rear windshield incident.
#1246 of 1310 Re: . [michaell]
Apr 06, 2013 (4:44 pm)
somehow, I just don't think the guy slapping parts on a '78 Malibu thought of his job in the same way as the guy assembling a 318i in the same year.
Apr 17, 2013 (12:01 pm)
I saw 3 Cadillacs at the Speedway next to our Chic-Fil-A at lunch. All were wearing camoflage sort of like this:
But each car was different in how much of and which parts of the car were covered. One had black spoke wheels with the center of the wheel completely blacked out--many small spokes. One car had the hood more or less uncovered. But I had no camera with me and didn't think they'd hang around until I could get back to the station.
Each had a different grill appearance. I believe the car with the blacked out wheels had a grayed out grill.
I would have guessed the cars as STS in size, so maybe CTS. But 2014 CTS has already been unveiled. I don't believe they were XTS in size. The drivers were lining them up along the curb on the gas station property parallel with the public road. We're 3 hours from Dearborn down I-75, so I wonder what they were doing. Perhaps it was magazine drivers, experts, driving them as a preview drive.
#1249 of 1310 Re: Cadillac trio [imidazol97]
Apr 17, 2013 (5:04 pm)
Cool, too bad it wasn't possible to get a pic, but I've only once been able to snap a prototype out for testing - hard to have good reflexes. I suspect it was a factory test car doing real world driving, or maybe just out looking for attention to generate buzz.