Did you ever OWN a Firenza???
Quite possibly the best dollar for dollar deal I ever made, and I got
more for it than I paid for it when I sold it about 6 years later,
and the new owner drove it at least 5 more years. It wnt to the
scrapyard looking basically as good as when I bought it, because we
could not get a required part for the steering rack without ordering
it from Britain.
That car was virtually trouble free - the only "GM" vehicle I've owned
that I could say that about with a straight face.
I DID service it as a British car - which means it DOES require
regular minor maintenance.
c> Did you ever OWN a Firenza???c> I did.c> Quite possibly the best dollar for dollar deal I ever made, and I gotc> more for it than I paid for it when I sold it about 6 years later,c> and the new owner drove it at least 5 more years. It wnt to thec> scrapyard looking basically as good as when I bought it, because wec> could not get a required part for the steering rack without orderingc> it from Britain. c> That car was virtually trouble free - the only "GM" vehicle I'vec> ownedc> that I could say that about with a straight face.c> I DID service it as a British car - which means it DOES requirec> regular minor maintenance.
I bought a brand new Firenza in 1969 and sold it after less than a year. It
was a total POC which left me stranded on the roadside on several
occasions. No fun in 20 below, I can assure you. The car had a so called
"high performance" engine. With the accelerator floored it had trouble
mainting 50m.p.h. up the slightest incline.
Criticism is easy; achievement is difficult. W.S. Churchill
The front engine/rear drive Vauxhall Firenza produced in England and sold in
the 1970's is not the same front engine/front drive Oldsmobile Firenza
produced in Mississippi and sold in the 1980's. Although they shared a name
and parent company, I don't think the Vauxhall version would normally be
considered as "domestic" in the U.S.
Some food for thought: in the context of a vehicle sold in the U.S, are
these cars "domestic" or something else?
1970's Mercury Capri, produced in Germany
Late model Ford Crown Victoria produced in Ontario, Canada
Chevrolet HHR produced in the U.S. with 65% parts from Mexico but labeled as
85% domestic content because GM averages parts from larger SUV's
How about a Camry produced in Kentucky with 80% domestic content vs. a Ford
2004-2006 Pontiac GTO, produced in Australia
Pontiac Vibe produced by NUMMI in the U.S. vs. Toyota Matrix?
On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:34:52 -0500, "Indrek Aavisto"
Mine was the 2300 engine ( 1972) which I switched to dual carbs and
it towed a heavy "rainbow" tent trailer to Sydney Nova Scotia and
back, and climbed mount washington without ever going below second
gear - It was no race car, but it's performance was decent and it
NEVER let me down except for when the timing belt broke just south of
Sydney in 77? when it was almost 6 years old. Fixed it on the side of
the road. The clutch pedal gave out about 2 or 3 years later - the
part was only $7 - and it failed in such a way as to warn me before it
If the five year repair cost ($800) is less then $161 a year is it
really realistic to call something a "clunker"? And do they take into
account how much less that "clunker" might cost to buy compared to
their favorite import?
After looking thru the article I agree it's rather striking how they
padded the "top 10" with the same vehicle under two names.
On Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:42:54 -0500, "C. E. White"
That's like saying you're biased against having piles of human waste in
your living room.
Bias is simply bias. In this case, enough people came about the bias
Fuck the UAW and the crap it puts out. Fuck the Big Three and the crap
they put out.
On Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:42:54 -0500, C. E. White wrote:
I am now on my 4th 1992 Grand Whatever (this one is a Caravan) and it has
239,000 miles on it. It has some grunts and groans, but overall it's in
fairly decent shape for it's age and mileage. A freah shot of paint on the
hood, and a good wash and wax and I wouldn't be afraid to park it anywhere.
I knew when my wife bought our first 1992 (regular) Caravan in 1994 it was
a decently made vehicle. They suffered tranny problems because of soft
pieces in the trannies, but once that was corrected they turned out fairly
My '94 LHS was also a decent car, and I wasn't afraid of driving it
anywhere. And no trans problem at all in that car.
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