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Feb 9
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Was always a bit confused by the Amanti, I mean, it didn’t really do anything better than an equivalent Buick, was fuglier, and Buick had higher quality ratings at the time. I mean, the LeSabre was even slightly cheaper at list, and you know GM was always dumping cash on the hood in those days. Plus, the target market Read more

Nov 18
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I think he’s more of a John McCain/Mitt Romneyesque Republican - eg, by Hollywood standards, ridiculously conservative and extremist enough to make Mussolini look like a moderate; but fairly moderate by normal people’s reckoning. At least, that seems to be where he fell until deciding to endorse Trump in 2016 and Read more

Nov 14
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The Imperial revival was already approved by John Riccardo, Iacocca’s contribution was to push for more distinctive styling, as the original plan was for it to share most of the Cordoba’s sheet metal, since he felt that it would have really been doomed if it had looked like too much of a simple rebadge. He was always Read more

Nov 14
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Yeah, he got off to sort of an OK start, but really didn’t stick the landing.

Nov 14
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Lifted trucks with Trump decals will be to the 2020s what old Priuses with faded Kerry Edwards stickers are to right now.

Nov 14
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And then, you have those “information kits” that those gold investing companies advertise on Fox News at 2am, which are really just a single, glossy printed brochure. But, “kit” sounds more official and comprehensive than just saying “this thing we printed off at Kinko’s yesterday”.

Nov 14
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You could also get the old reliable Buick 3.8 V6 in the Seville in certain years, but they seem to have sold very, very few of them, since Cadillac buyers in that era universally demanded V8s. The V8-6-4 was perfectly fine, it was just an ordinary Cadillac V8 with a primitive cylinder deactivation system - you could Read more

Nov 14
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Actually, the Imperial was already in development when Iacocca took over, and he investigated the possibility of cancelling it, but it was too far along and too much had been invested, so he went ahead with the launch. At the time, introducing a crazy expensive luxury coupe, in the middle of a recession, when the Read more

Nov 14
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In terms of appearance, I think the Lincoln is the most cohesive looking design, but the Cadillac is by far the most faithful copy of the originals.

Nov 14
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Not to piggyback, but I had the same opinion of the first generation 1975-1979 Seville when I was younger. Back then, I thought they were pretty plain, boring boxes - at least the 1980-85 models were unique, and I’ve always liked coachbuilt vintage luxury cars, like Hooper-bodied Rolls-Royces, so appreciated what the

Nov 5
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Having lived in New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, Delaware’s inspections are ridiculously basic. They have to be, too many cars on the road and too few state testing centers and state employees to thoroughly check them all, so they can only do the basics. With licensed private shops, you can leave the car with Read more

Nov 5
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There’s also the option of used or retreaded tires, which, while not as good as brand new, are a damn sight better than driving on something totally bald and significantly cheaper. There’s a couple used tire places around me that seem to do a steady business providing an affordable alternative. Read more

Nov 5
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The problem is there really isnt a good alternative. There are synthetic chemicals, but those tend to corrode even worse. You can use some less troublesome natural ingredients like beet juice, but they still have to be blended with salt to work, so you’re reducing salt use, but not eliminating it. You can lay down Read more

Nov 4
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I’m surprised at the love for Pennsylvania - I’m from there and lived there for the first 28 years of my life (I’m 35 now), and drove some old and none-to-perfect cars in my day, and never had any trouble whatsoever getting them through inspection without replacing ordinary wear items like brake pads and the like. Read more

Oct 21
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They put different size wheels on each side of the car, so it had a permanent lean to one side, plus welded the differential solid, added lots of heavy weights to the low side, and also adjusted tire pressures.
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Oct 19
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And Reliants weren’t even *that* bad. Less stable than a 4 wheeler, definately, but Top Gear had to use a lot of tricks to get them to roll over on camera, they’re actually kind of hard to tip over in normal use when the driver isn’t acting like an idiot. Read more

Oct 19
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I live in a mediocre small city, surrounded by farmland, a good 40-50 miles one way from most of the bars, stores, cultural/entertainment attractions, and restaurants I like to frequent, and, when COVID isn’t happening, I’ll often take at least two 500+ mile road trips per month during the warm parts of the year. I Read more

Sep 8
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Dolezal would absolutely not have been the president of a local NAACP chapter if she was upfront about being white with no actual Black ancestry.