The Official Cars Discount / Thrift & DIY Questions and Bragging Thread.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Thrift Vader, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. Cj52racers

    Cj52racers Senior member

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    Volvo did some pretty awesome stuff. They did boxy well with the 240 and they did sculpted well with the p1800. Some beautiful cars!
     
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    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    @Close Horse Fantastic job on the Volvo, great pics with the write up. and Dat Volvo booty....... [​IMG]
    Nice to see the Variety in here, some skills to share around, with each ride having it's own quirks.

    Love me a Volvo 240 wagon.....

    On the subject of square (ish) cars, and the same makers having a more classy style previously. there are the plenty of models that come to mind, like these:

    Maserati.
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    80's Quattroporte. kinda dig them in the 90's......
    earlier?
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    1956 A6G/54 Frua Spider

    And Toyota.
    with the Crown.
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    and earlier?
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    Miss the classic styles.

    BTW, @Huntsman Love your car. Timeless. [​IMG]
     
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    fox15 Well-Known Member

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    That Toyota ^ reminds me (favorably) of the old soarer aerocabins. Wish we had gotten those here in the states
     
  4. Cj52racers

    Cj52racers Senior member

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    That Maser biturbo can be had for around 5k. Unfortunately, those things break down so often you'd have to buy seven of them to drive one everyday
     
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    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    the Late 80's Soarers are sweet cars. and gaining in value over here. cheapest i have seen is 3.4k for a non turbo GT Limited. (V8?) can actually get a mk3 Supra cheaper, which really does show just how popular these are.

    mmmmmm.... There is a early 90's one sitting in the yard at my old work. when you are broke, and wrenching on Euro cars? The cheaper ones do cross your mind.......[​IMG]
    glad i passed. can you imagine finding switches for one of those??????
     
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    Haha, the only way you are finding parts is off of other broken down ones. It's too bad though, they are kind of cool.
     
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    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    ok, i have been working hard on the project Subaru. and had to rush it [​IMG] after selling my daily. so as you read this, it is being inspected for it's Roadworthy Certificate.
    so damned nervous.... wish it luck!
     
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    Exactly what i was thinking when I saw the older Maserati. The Biturbo was a great idea, but they were so terrible!
     
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    Any update?

    I have recently been lusting after some old Cadillacs.

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    Here's a bunch more pics in the ebay listing:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cadillac-De...0831d4f0:g:4T0AAOSwYHxWLXU8&item=111806633200
     
  11. Cj52racers

    Cj52racers Senior member

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    Love me some land yacht. Bold call on concours condition, but it looks really good. Haha man those things are huge. Every time I see one I think of the Top Gear where they're trying to J turn old american cars haha
     
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    I saw that one, too. But, this big Luxury Yacht is not about J turns or even performance. It is about PRESENCE. That car makes a statement just sitting there -- especially in black! It looks like some a Mobster or a Judge would have driven in 1973.

    If I remember the episode you are talking about it, it was the episode where they decided on the worst car ever? They obviously had some atypical criteria because they said it was the Lexus SC400.
     
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    My first car made the Car Talk list of Top 10 worst car of all time. Dodge Aspen (also badged as the Plymouth Volare). Inherited it from my great-grandmother who'd bought it when she retired from the factory, and it had 33,000 miles when it came to me. Paint was wrecked, every bit of rubber was destroyed, and I had to do a lot to it, but that slant-six would've run forever. Damn thing stranded me in the creepy middle of nowhere West Virginia, but I still loved that car. Wish I still had it.

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    That's funny that you mention that. I was just reading a list of the 10 worst cars of this century (i.e. 2000 and up).

    Here is the list:


    10. Jaguar X-Type
    9. Chevy Aveo
    8. Jeep Compass
    7. Chrysler Sebring
    6. Lexus HS 250h
    5. Chevy HHR
    4. Hummer H2
    3. Smart For Two
    2. Ford Excursion
    1. Pontiac Aztek

    I agree with some of those but totally disagree about the Ford Excursion. Yes, it was a monster. Yes, it got 12 mpg on the highway downhill with a tailwind. But, if you want a big ole SUV to pull a horse trailer or some other massive thing, the Excursion is your vehicle of choice. AND the ones equipped with the diesel engine are fantastic!

    Here is a totally unscientific and very limited in scope list of the 11 BEST cars I have owned (based on reliability, longevity, performance, etc). Making the top 11 is pretty good, I have had at least 37 cars. I had to do 11 because I couldn't eliminate one of them.


    11. 1987 Honda Civic (high school car, beat the hell out of it and it kept running)
    10. 1990 Oldsmobile 88 (awesome boring car that was pretty big and got 32 MPG
    9. 1993 Cadillac Sedan Deville (old Man luxo cruiser)
    8. 2001 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4WD (unstoppable in snow, hauled everything, towed everything)
    7. 1984 Olds 88 Royale (boring but reliable for years 270,000 miles)
    6. 1984 Mercedes 300D (475,000 miles seriously)
    5. 1971 Mercedes 250 (my first Mercedes, got it in college)
    4. 1985 Oldsmobile 98 Regency (ran and ran and ran never had a problem with it)
    3. 1981 Oldsmobile 98 Regency (started with a spoon, an unbeatable boat, even when I crashed into a fire hydrant)
    2. 1990 Mercedes 300D 2.5 (the one I wished I had back 325,000 miles, pretty fast for a diesel, and 35 mpg and SO CLEAN)
    1. 2000 BMW 740iL (in my opinion, one of the best cars ever made my daily driver with 220,000 miles and still get compliments)
     
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    Oh, I know, just the first thing I think of when I see one. They're awesome cruise around town cars. A ton of presence.

    It was the SC430, and, to be fair, that car is horrific. Probably the worst >50k cars I've ever driven. Handles like a hovercraft and has one of the laziest autoboxes I've ever used. Also, the interior looks so mid 90s even disregarding the fact they had cassette decks until 2010 haha
     

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