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  • Birthday 07/17/1973

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  1. Celebrity. these cars introduced me to GM durability. I had two of these cars (well, one really). I had an 85 2.5L sedan and my mom had an 83 2.5L Sedan... these cars were tanks in the snow. As for the coupe, i had such a woody for the coupe... it had to be 2.8L, 4speed standard, 14" X-11 wheels and in BLACK. ) Does anyone remember the Celebrity VR? Scott
  2. My generation didn't have Chevelles and Torinos... my generation had Z24's, slow Camaros and boxy cheap Mustangs with small engines being called 'big'. I was raised on small little $h!boxes with tiny engines and honestly, for all the bad press and reviews, my 1991 Cavalier RS coupe was about as indestructible as it ever got. The things I did to that car were unholy. I had it in water that was coming halfway up the door, bounced the oil pan off of rocks, had it following trucks over 4x4 trails, had in snow that made my brothers' 4x4 F150 cringe, drove from NY to Maryland three times almost non stop in one weekend. All in all, i put 155,000 miles on the car inside of two years. Never once did the engine fail. It never left me stranded on the side of the road. The car was a tank. I would've chalked that up to it being a freak, but the other 5 Cavaliers, 1 Citation, 1 Celebrity, 1 Lumina and 2 Cobalts were all tanks too. These cars which were never, by any stretch of the imagination, darlings of the motor scribes, NEVER left me stranded. In the case of my 84 Cavalier Type 10 coupe, which i bought out of a field and just started driving... i had blown the motor apart and the car still got me home. Literally, blew holes in both sides of the block and the engine continued to run! The America that my generation knows is this 'cover your ass' mentality. And it sucks. I am a union worker and even I am sometimes dismayed on some of the things the union haggles over with the company... it's amazing. I don't know, i just think i would've been happier if i had been 33 in 1958. Scott
  3. I can remember the two times that Buick tried to market sporty cars and both times were a disaster. How many of you remember the Opel GT's or the Reattas? They went nowhere. Sold nada. Even the T-types sold so-so. I can remember when you could get an Electra T-Type! That's why they don't have sporty cars. Scott
  4. it's threads like this that bother me. I have owned nothing but domestics since I started driving in 1989. I mean, this is a list of cars owned: 1981 Chevrolet Citation X11 hatchback 1978 Mercury Bobcat 1980 Ford Pinto 1984 Mercury Capri RS 5.0L 1972 Pontiac Catalina Sport 1971 Ford Bronco 4x4 1978 Ford F150 1980 Mercury Zephyr 1979 Plymouth Horizon 1981 Buick Regal coupe 1991 Chevrolet Cavalier RS coupe 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier RS coupe 1984 Chevrolet Cavalier Type 10 coupe 1986 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z 1980 Dodge D50 4x2 1985 Chevrolet Celebrity sedan 1986 Dodge 600 coupe 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier coupe 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier RS coupe 1985 Chevrolet Cavalier Type 10 hatchback* 1989 Dodge Shadow ES Turbo sedan* 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt coupe 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/SC coupe 1993 Chevrolet Lumina sedan* (* denotes winter beater) not once I have owned a 'foreign' car. I've never wanted one. The closest thing to an import I've ever had was that 80 Dodge D50 which was nothing more than a Mitsubishi in drag. I started driving GM's exclusively in 1996 and found my Cavalier to be pretty much indestructible. Now, as I approach middle age, I find that GM makes the cars that I want to drive. When I went to replace my aging 98 Cavalier (217,000 miles), I shopped around until I was blue in the face. I drove an Acrua RSX and didn't like the engine or the weird interior. I tried to test drive a Mini and couldn't even get in it! Then I drove a Ford Focus and realized how much i still disliked that bathtub on wheels. Nothing Daimler-Chrysler had was even remotely interesting. I drove a Honda Civic and Civic Si, but again, like the RSX, i hated the torque-less engine and weird instrument panel. Then I stopped at the Hyundai dealer and drove a Tiburon GT V6. I liked it, but their warranty was dubious at best. Toyota had nothing interesting other than the Scion tC, but for the price, I was very unimpressed. And I still don't trust Volkswagen after the warranty hell my friend went through with his Golf GTi. I kept coming back to GM. The Cobalt was solid, seemed well built, had a torque-y, spunky engine, I fit in it and the price was right. In 14 months, I put almost 50,000 miles on my 2005 Cobalt without any trouble, other than a failed radio that was replaced the same day I had problems with it. 50,000 miles here is almost like 100,000 miles in other parts of the country. Our weather and roads are horrible and the car held up admirably. In fact, last September, I traded that Cobalt in for a laser blue 2007 Cobalt SS/SC coupe... again, nothing appealed to me like that car did. I don't know what i'll do if GM does ever go out of business. Maybe I'll do what a friend of mine did back in the early 90's. He bought up every Yugo he could find just so he could keep driving his. I'll have to buy up either a good supply of decade old Cavaliers and Sunfires, or some Cobalts... keep a fleet handy.
  5. i learned to drive on a 76 Impala and owned a 72 Catalina sport coupe for a bit... there is NOTHING that rides like a BIG GM. Even today. I remember actually being able to watch the gas gauge plummet when you opened up the 350 in that boat... of course, even in 1990, gas was still $1.14 a gallon up here... now, gasp! Scott

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