Glenn Beck has been advertising Chevrolet and their 'innovations' for a
few months now, beginning with the Malibu commercial touting their
Variable Valve technology, and today reporting on their dual stage AC
system, that has an economy mode.
Hmmm...I had a variable induction system on an '85 Corolla GTS and Economy
mode AC on an '83 Tercel wagon.
Glad to see GM is making such strides!
Why are you watching Glenn Beck? From what I've witnessed of him
while waiting in the bank line, Beck offers no information, no
intelligence, and no entertainment. He's just another third-rate
cable news talking head.
GM seems like a corporate structure that is akin to an aircraft carrier
trying to make a U-turn. It takes lots of time and lots of space to do so.
The company has lost money in each of the last four years, and says now that
it "may" think about importing some of their German small cars into the US
........in 2010 ! This is the sort of brainpower that has gotten them in
the fix they're in.
GM needs to make a good in line six, like they did in the 70's and 80's.
They got great gas mileage,pulled good and were very dependable. Imagine one
with fuel injection and an electronic ignition.
But without variable valves and other complicated things would GM dealer
service centers go out of business? Sooner or later they will need repairs.
On Thu, 17 Jul 2008 09:40:41 -0400, Chevy Man wrote:
I always said, if GM wants to make money and return to true viability as a
world car maker, dust off the blueprints for the 1964 Chevy II Nova, with
the straight six. What a car that was! We sold it with ~220,000 miles on
it, the body was SOLID and it went across the country twice and back
before I lost track of it.
Yeah, a modern straight six based on that engine would be amazing.
I don't wanna bash GM, and really hope it avoids bankruptcy. My
dad only ever owned GM products.
I've been happy with the 2 'yotas I've owned and probably will
stick with Toyota for the rest of my life, but I hope GM survives
too. The more competition, the better, of course. Companies
strive to out-do each other.
I agree with Hachi that GM occasionally makes some really
good cars. My mom and dad still own an Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight
with 95,000 miles on it. I think it's the 1987 model, but it still
drives *really fine* today. Whenever I visit St. Louis, I love to
take her out for a spin. I'm amazed at how really fine that
car drives. I love it.
Any other Delta Eight-Eight stories?
On Sat, 19 Jul 2008 09:41:37 -0700, Built_Well wrote:
No, but I can throw you some Le Sabre and Park Ave stories, as well as
some Bonnevilles and Grand Prix. I think the Le Sabre/Park Ave has a lot
to owe to it's 3800 V6 engine for it's success. I almost bought one back
in '03 when we had one on the lot, it was Supercharged to boot, and was a
one-owner/old man car that got serviced every service interval. The only
thing that stopped me was that someone gave me an AWD Tercel that I spent
my time and effort on, and then I got the LHS from the same person, free.
BTW, I'm *STILL* kicking myself for trading that LHS for only $600!
The ONLY thing that kept me from actually buying a Le Sabre (and I did
look at some in the late 80's) was the switches in the interior feel so
damn CHEAP!!! Evry switch inside the car feels like it will break if you
breathe on it too hard.
All those cars sound like fine mahines. I'll have to keep my
eye out for the LHS.
I was surprised to learn that the 1987 Buick Grand National
was the fastest production car in the U.S. that year. At
zero to 60 in 5.5 seconds, it bested the Corvette.
But I don't know why I'm talking about time trials. I don't
think I've ever pushed the Camry passed 3,100 rpm.
By the way, there are two Honda Preludes parked in the parking
garage here. They're a 1999 and a 2001. Both sport the letters
DOHC and VTEC on the back body panel. Those features must have
been something big just a few short years ago.
On Sat, 19 Jul 2008 18:59:35 -0700, Built_Well wrote:
It's code for the Ricers. Although the doohickey has been around for
years, VTEC indicates a high-performance engine that in some cases is
factory tuned for ~200HP!! IIRC a Civic Si VTEC is 198HP, which pushes 33
more horsepower than my tC out of a smaller engine. It's a real
I would have gotten an Si VTEC for ~$2,500 more than my Scion, but I would
have had to waited at least three months.
You wrote that VTEC is "code for the Ricers." Ah, that's good
to know because I love rice as much as l love pasta :-)
It's great to have rice on some days of the week and pasta on
others. Both are yummy.
From what you mentioned about VTEC, it's impressive how much extra
horse power VTEC can get out of an engine. I see at Wiki that VTEC
uses two different cam profiles. Interesting stuff, but I wouldn't
spend an extra $2,500 for it :-)
Schucks, air conditioning only costs a grand extra. In my humble
opinion, you made a really good decision.
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