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Would you buy a V8 car?

Would you buy a V8 passenger car (not SUV/truck)?  

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  1. 1. Would you buy a V8 passenger car (not SUV/truck)?

    • Yes, in the Camaro or similar.
      27
    • No.
      6
    • Yes, but only in something large like a Magnum.
      18


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All this hoopla about the Camaro got me thinking - it's not that I don't like the Camaro, I just don't like muscle cars in general when it comes to my purchasing decisions. If I had to tow a trailer or boat, sure, a V8 makes sense. But, would you buy a V8 just for the speed and torque?

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chris    0

I can't pick both? a V8 is a powerful engine, and it's not as though its only purpose is for towing. Camaros are fast cars, and Magnums are fairly quick big cars. I'm the kinda guy where, if I'm shopping for some type of car, performance is always a major factor.

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Nick    31

Yea, I pick both, and personally I'd never buy a car without a V8 (unless it is like the 3 series and doesn't come with a V8 as an option...for now anyways...of course, there are always those infamous LS engine swaps I've heard so much about :AH-HA_wink: )

This is kind of a silly question don't you think? :P

My car has a V8 in it and while it gets horrible gas mileage, I wouldn't settle for anything less.

For some people, economy and what not is a big facto when buying a car. For me, performance is on top of the list.

Edited by Nick

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bobo    91

A luxury sedan should have nothing less than a V-8. Furthermore, I prefer the characteristics of a DOHC engine over pushrods. For a smaller, sporty car, I find 6's to be adequate. I'm not into big, rumbly V-8's, and that's part of the reason I couldn't find myself to be entirely comfortable in a Corvette.

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YES!

I think a better question is would you buy a car without a V8 powerplant? The answer to that question is in "NO" 85% of the time.

Although inline sixes, Buick 3800s, air cooled pancake motors, turbocharged/SC motors & rotary engies all have their fascination & attraction.

For a few short weeks in 2003 I owned four V8 powered cars.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro (ZZZ350)

1983 Pontiac Firebird (truck crate motor 350)

1987 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d'elegance (Olds 307)

1997 Cadillac STS (northstar)

I sold the Fleetwood Brougham shortly after I bought the Firebird but my fleet has had two or three V8s ever since.

Edited by Sixty8panther

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ocnblu    776

Yes, I would. The sound is intoxicating. I know I'd get myself in trouble though.

A 6 cylinder new Camaro would be cool though, too, as long as it feels lively, ya know? An easy revver.

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Paolino    99

I don't know what to choose. I would consider it if I had the money to get a large car. I would also consider it if I was in the market for a Camaro type car. But in general, I'd probably have to say no, as once you hit V8 territory, cars start getting out of my price range.

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lakefire    0

My next car is going to be RWD, Manual Trans, V8, and not a truck. Those are my only requirements...

So I'm hoping something comes out so I have more than just the GTO and Mustang to choose from. I have all my life to get something sensible and practice. While I'm single/married and have no kids I want a performance car.

Edited by lakefire

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z28luvr01    170

There should be an option for "Sh*t yeah!!!!!!"

My Blazer had one, and I'll definitely get another one again. Used C5 'verts are on my radar. I had intended on waiting 'till the Cobalt is paid off, but if one for the right price comes along and I can find a garage for it, I just might get it.

In the Camaro and most other cars, I'd do everything in my power to get the V8 if its offered as an option. If its out of my reach, I'd fall back to the V6 as long as the car wasn't a slug, or if GM offered over-the-counter performance upgrades for it.

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Cory Wolfe    263

Just so we're straight... I'm not some V8 hating fool, which, some of you may have thought by reading my earlier post. I just do not need that many cylinders. The idea of souping up a smaller engine is intrigueing to me. I love turbocharging. What fun is turbocharging a V8 in a small car? Not much, IMO. TCing a 4cyl or 6cyl, however, makes sense and isn't over doing it. Again, I like compact vehicles and a V8 is just not practical for 2800lbs vehicles. In a 2 seat sports car... Yes, but not otherwise. With that said, I wouldn't mind having a V8 if I had a Fiero. That car was built for V8s to be swapped into it... B) :D

Also, who said a 4cyl and 6cyl can't sound awesome? Well, they can, you dirty haters. :P

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mustang84    12

Of course! I've driven V6's all my life...I'm ready to move on up. :P

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NeonLX    40

Already done it:

1956 Chevrolet 210 hardtop w/ 265 "power pack" V8

1966 Plymouth Belvedere w/ 318 "poly" V8

1971 Chrysler Newport w/ 383 V8

1972 Olds 98 w/ "Rocket" 455 V8

1973 Chrysler New Yorker w/ 440 V8

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RichW5    0

Last year, when I traded the STS for a Trailblazer, was the first time in 43 years that I haven't owned a V8 vehicle.

While the CTS and Trailblazer are quick (since I use my left foot on the brake), I miss the "push you back in your seat" power of a V8 under full throttle.

Oh well, If I win the lottery, there'll be another Vette and Trailblazer SS in the driveway.

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sciguy_0504    0

For me, it depends on the car. Right now, I don't long for a sports car and I doubt I ever will. Give me a V8 Magnum or 300, though, and I'm good. It also depends on my mood. Sometimes I think, "Damn, I can't wait to get a high powered car" and other times I think, "What's wrong with getting the I4?"

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Of course... I've owned V8s before ('84 Chevy Caprice, '87 Mustang GT).

Currently, I have straight 6s (BMW M3, Jeep Grand Cherokee) but I'm sure I'll have another car with a V8 in the future... probably a sporty coupe or convertible or a luxury sedan.

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