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Everything posted by trinacriabob

  1. I saw the movie "Knives Out." It got great reviews. It's in a known genre (whodunit) but it's in a class of its own ... very quirky and different. It deserved the good reviews. If anyone saw the suspense thriller "Body Heat" with Kathleen Turner and William Hurt, you learn how that web all came together in the last 10 or so minutes. With this one, it became somewhat apparent about 65% to 75% of the way into the film. What the additional running time did is iron out the details for more "clarity." Recommended.
  2. I could see that logic. If a person awaits the next model release, the 300 sadly won't be in the fold. They've also dropped any kind of promotion for the car. I wonder if it would fare well with both a refresh and good marketing. They were certainly well liked in their first 3 or 4 years and last 3 or 4 years on the market. I see a lot of 300s around. Some of them are piloted by gang banger types but the newer ones are driven by people who look like they can drive whatever they want and/or spend more money.
  3. I agree. There's a lot of bang for the buck there and, with other American car makers peeling back their passenger cars, that might justify that market niche for them. The article applied to both the Challenger and the Charger. I'll just take a Charger base model with the most economical gasoline powerplant or, if up and running ... and proven, I'll take it with electrification. I have had nothing but positive experiences with the Chargers I've rented. And this is coming from someone who has disliked Chrysler for as long as I can remember.
  4. TLDW - too long, didn't watch ... I scrolled through ... the main info-tainment center screen is ample ... and nicely integrated into the dashboard. I'm sure they'll follow suit with that for civilian versions.
  5. I saw this article today while checking for spy photos and whatnot about the next Charger / Challenger ... https://www.motor1.com/news/376641/new-dodge-charger-challenger-hint/ - strange odometer reading in photo of 2023, thought to cryptically suggest a further delay in the release - electrification possible/probably - retro styling will still be used for both cars while offering a lot of new and current (for the time of release) features - Challenger has outsold both Mustang and Camaro and the Camaro is slated to go away (?) ... didn't know that ... so delay makes sense I wonder if Dodge can get by a little longer with platforms that are as long in the tooth as the ones they have now, though you can't really knock these platforms.
  6. I wonder which GM trans this is. The label is on the other side. I saw it at a rural repair shop where an acquaintance knows the owner. You wouldn't believe the random sh!t in that place.
  7. I'm going to put up some retro photos, which I have had in disarray. Here's a last-gen ('06 or '07) Monte Carlo I frequently see at a store parking lot. While in fantastic condition, I'm not a fan of red. It's an LT model. I see 1 exhaust pipe, meaning a 3.5 V6. I only bring this up because this engine was EPA rated at something ridiculously high, like 32 mpg, on the open road. However, it wasn't that ridiculous after all. I've rented numerous and they got 32, 33, and even 34 mpg under ideal conditions, which is amazing for a car this heavy and for having 211 HP. I don't know how they pulled that off, and with only 4 speeds in the automatic transmission. You get up to 37 or 38 mpg these days for downsizing all the way to 1.8 liters and 4 cylinders! The only thing wrong with this car, if you can see it, is the two retro blocks of black racing paint on the hood. Nope. Less is more.
  8. You've got a good eye. I vaguely remember the different treatments of the rear. That may be an original color, then. Chevy used Volt and Bolt, so why not? They sell and/or sold, though I don't recall how well. I like it; however, Buick will have to study it carefully with image testing, stats, and that sort of research, which goes without saying. The automobile world can't afford another N - O - - V - A type gaffe.
  9. Retro sighting - getting some disorganization organized ... "Deuce and a quarter," baby! Could be a '77, a '78, or maybe slightly later - don't know if this is an original paint color - incredible condition all the way around. Power most likely supplied by Olds via a 350 V8 or a 403 V8 (I'd take the 350). Just think how good this car would look with normal tires, normal whitewalls, and stock Buick alloys. It would make me want to drive this car daily. Like they say, "those were the days."
  10. I'm agreeing with you. It's a sad sign of the times. Some thin skinned people are looking to pick a fight over a hair and most of these brittle social justice warriors would wimp out in real life if you gave it right back at them. Come to think of it, so do/did I. The front is strong, that flank at the rear pillar-less windows is cool, and the rear lights are minimalist but not wimpy. Did this car's roof line do its own thing or was it shared with any other GMs - Caprice, Catalina, etc.? Wouldn't Delmont be the more austere model as compared to the Delta 88, sort of like how there was a Cadillac Calais a notch below a Coupe de Ville the following decade? This car needs the rally type wheels, and not hubcaps, for it to all work.
  11. There was this brand of "big hair" ... and the Farrah Fawcett brand of "big hair." And, per the pumps, I'm assuming at least of one these ladies may be named "Ethel."
  12. This is what 12 years of LaCrosse looks like . . . . Incredible salad bar (clockwise) bacon wrapped chicken, flank steak, parmesan crusted chicken drumettes, and top sirloin (picanha); why bore you with car photos? I'm figuring that, if I've gotten another year of reasonably hassle free service, I can head over this chain Brazilian steakhouse on the day(s) they feature their lunch menu. (I get taken here for my birthday, as it is!) BTW, the car sits at slightly over 95,000 miles. Have a great day.
  13. Retro posting Sighting in Sicily A trio of very different cars with the Mediterranean in the background while buying snacks at a roadside cafe:' a Smart car two-seater, an old and beat up Fiat Panda, and, what, a Ford Fusion?!? Turns out it's a Ford Mondeo. I do not know what powers it and I did not check to see whether it was a manual or automatic. That's probably about the biggest size car you'd want over there with the narrow and archaic roads.
  14. Yes. And, here in the U.S., the (many) crybabies get knotted up in overdrive when they perceive the slightest political incorrectness. It was in the late '90s, I think, that someone in a high level government position in Quebec City said, "We do not need to speak French. We need French in order to speak." I understand what he meant, but I can only laugh at such a pompous statement.
  15. Is "je me souviens" still on the plates? I've been there within the last few years, but it's escaping me. I like the latest plates with the flag of Quebec and their clean colors and look. I would prefer "la belle province" as the inscription, though. I wish I could say that about the food at fast food chain "La Belle Province" ... it's not that good. A&W is a fairly popular chain in the Montreal suburbs. I'll take their food over the food at "La Belle Province." The duck is what makes this one unique.
  16. Reminded me of a certain C&G member, so I took this photo ...
  17. Dear folks of C&G, today is "I AM NOT A CROOK" Day. Happy Nixon's Birthday!
  18. No. Not at all. Theirs was a '75 CS - a beautiful silver and burgundy colonnade coupe. It had a THM 350 behind their 260. In my dad's CS of the following year, with the typical 350 V8/THM 350, the transmission didn't quite make 120,000 miles, so theirs fared better. And I don't think they changed their trans fluid as often as we did. For some reason, our car ran hot. We did some stuff with the fan clutch and the thermostat, which finally caused it to run normally, or even cool. It was rust that finished off our car, with me taking it to grad school. Since I changed the oil more often than usual, it still had the trademark Olds V8 exhaust note and the transmission shifted beautifully after the rebuild. Wouldn't a large '77 Pontiac have been too large for a TH 200? I think they were used a lot beginning in '78. I'm going to guess that a THM 250 is closer to a THM 350 in layout and quality. I've heard of them. I don't know of their applications. I know that the THM 400 was the bullet proof one on that list.
  19. So, there's two of them you knew of. Amazing about those coupes and their I-6s, especially the Malibu which, when optioned correctly, could look nice. I hope they were Classic and Supreme grade, respectively, and not the ones with the triangular rear window which were the lower cost models. As for "underpowered" engines, our neighbors with the '75 Cutlass (Supreme) were in sales and their 260 V8 was running fine at slightly under 150,000 miles when the transmission gave out. This would have been about 8 years into the car and with a lot of city driving. THM 350s with 3 speeds and no lock up converter were probably $ 500 to $ 700 repair jobs in that era.
  20. I forgot to ask you about this when I saw it. I've known people who owned V6 Regals and Centurys of that time, but not one person who owned an L6 in the Olds, Chevy, or Pontiac mid-sizes. I'm thinking the L6 of that year would have outlived the V6 of that same year, all things being equal. Did this road trip car go the distance ... in terms of longevity? I ask because I wonder if "underpowering" the car affects the longevity of the engine. These engines were meant for the models one rung below, which weighed 500 to 600 less pounds.
  21. Thanks for this table. Various expected and unexpected things: Hyundai, Opel (Germany's "GM"), and Toyota do well and Nissan is the lowest ranked Japanese brand (ok) Fiat and Mini are toward the bottom of the heap (ok) The French brands are below average but, overall, better than the expensive German brands (the latter are complicated) Smart and Ford fare better than average (strange) SEAT (Spanish subsidiary of FIAT or similar relationship) is highly ranked while FIAT is not (strange) According to this, the slightly more reliable French brand is Peugeot
  22. I'm not talking within Europe. I'm talking among themselves. I think Citroen might be making a comeback with their C# series. They're popular. I'm thinking the French cars are probably more reliable than FIAT or SEAT. Citroen C3 - WITH air bump - can be had without
  23. In renting small cars overseas, it seems that the French have more mainstream automakers than many European countries. At any rate, the 3 brands I see in rental fleets tend to be Renault, Peugeot, and Citroen. I have driven the Peugeot 107 or 108 (about a decade ago) and, more recently, the Citroen C3. I have a cousin who had a Renault Twingo about 15 to 20 years ago and they still exist, although they've been updated with time. Is there a pecking order as to which French auto brand is better than the other?
  24. @dfelt Glad to see the Dodge Charger (and Chrysler 300) are not on the list. I guess practice makes perfect. Here's a "concept" I learned within the last year: A dog breeder or expert coined the word "velcro dog" - this means a dog that is always at your side. It generally doesn't go off and entertain itself in another room of the house or want to escape. It sticks to your side ... not literally and not getting in your way. "Velcro dogs" tend to be herding or working dogs, such as Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, etc. When you really like your dog and it's not dumb or annoying, it being a "velcro dog" is not a problem!
  25. @oldshurst442 Those Corvettes are definitely "coved" in my mind. I'd gladly drive a current rendition of a '92 sized Buick Riviera (or, better yet, a Toro) but with a dash that's more interesting, like that of the '95-'96 Riv. Sad, I doubt we will ever see a mid-size personal luxury coupe again, and I'm excluding the Cadillac products like their coupe with the almost perfectly flat back window. I don't like that one.

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