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#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.
#1250 of 1310 Re: Cadillac trio [fintail]
Apr 17, 2013 (5:39 pm)
Each of the 3 cars had different wheels and the tires looked different in cross section size. And the grills looked related but different. From that I guessed these were different models of the same vehicle. And to have some differences in how much of the cars were covered by the eye-fooling zebra blocks.
I wish I'd done an improper lane change across the striped area to the left turn lane and gone through the Speedway lot.
Excitement here in flyover country far from GM plants now that almost all GM auto manufacturing (other than a small Delphi operation) has left.
#1251 of 1310 Re: Cadillac trio [imidazol97]
Apr 21, 2013 (3:12 am)
Hey, Imaidazol97, and people who know/remember me, how is it going? I sent you (imidazol97) a link to my Facebook, I guess it was a month or two back but thought since its been forever, I might track ya down here on edmunds.
I am personally super excited about the Cruze Diesel. Gagrice, has sold me on going diesel so next month I plan on trying to sell my car (assuming my market will get the early arrivals as they will be limited) and buy or lease a new Cruze Diesel.
I sure wished the administration would pump some money into getting bio diesel fueling stations up and running. They say you can make bio diesel at a good profit for around $2 bucks a gallon. I really believe if diesel fuel was $2 bucks a gallon you would see a huge demand for diesel cars here. I drive about 49 miles round trip to work so barely over a gallon of diesel fuel would get me too and from work as most of my driving is highway and I bet this car will push the 50 mpg's range or better like the European and Aussie Cruzes are doing from what I read.
I'm getting 25 mpg's in my 2003 Grand Prix GTP and have to run premium so diesel that gets double the mileage will save me money not to mention have the peace of mind of a a worry free new car. Maybe someday I will tell you my big mistake car buying experience with my 2003 but I'm up late on my one day off, lol and work in a UAW shop testing water heater tanks. Monday will be week #3 for me and those so called UAW work rules are fairy tales stuck in the 80's
But perhaps one of these days when they let me out of prison and let me have more than a day off I will hop on here and chat with the old crew. Just wanted to say hello but I do try to check my FB daily when I'm not working OT which they have me scheduled for 60 hours next week
Where is Reuther when he is needed?
Have a Great Sunday everyone!