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Old 11-10-2011, 12:08 PM
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Default Great piece on why NOT to buy used/older EuroCars

http://www.automobilemag.com/feature...tch/index.html


I think it is right-on and generally, Ezra Dyer has a neat style.

And, I know, I know, if one is going to buy a used/certified car, find one with a warranty.
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And a used older american car is any better ?

Cars get beat up with daily driving - and most dont last more than 100k miles before its time for the junk yard....

Thats why I own a Lexus and a Land Cruiser.... Both will last for a long time....

I also own a 88 Porsche Turbo Slant Nose - now that one costs a fortune to keep running ....
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
And a used older american car is any better ?
Why yes, yes they are!
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Nice Caddy.... But I would take this over any american car made in the mid 70's and newer.....

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Ezra does have a good style, and I appreciate his warning...but there are many of us who are mechanically inclined....and if you know how and where to get your parts, and know the peculiarities of the vehicle you want, they can be fun to own....but no, I really don't care to know the costs of the aging Merc S air ride suspension... That would definitely not be a steed in my stable..

I keep it simple!!!

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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Nice Caddy.... But I would take this over any american car made in the mid 70's and newer.....
Tanks! I like Beemers; I just can't drive one -- I'm too big. Looking at Rick's TR, hell, I'd never be physically capable of getting in it!

Several years back, I remember looking at a beautiful Mercedes 500 SL coupe -- oh, gorgeous car. But the way the steering wheel embedded itself in my appendix? Naaah, not for me. Same thing when I looked at the DeLorean's at the dealership back in the day -- the seats simply didn't go far enough back for me to drive it.

I have owned ONE foreign sports car, though - just like this one. Brand new 1980 280ZX Anniversary Edition. The cockpit was long enough that my legs fit and it was very comfortable to drive. Bitchin' fast, too! Loved that car! Life (wife, kids, etc.) eventually forced me to sell it. I kick myself for doing so, but needed something with more ass-seats.
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You would never get into my car ....

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Currently trying to sell my 2001 benz.. trust me none of you guys want it.. but really disturbing what it's (not) worth - sticker $53k and looks like I'll be lucky to get $9k out of it.

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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
Why yes, yes they are!
Does that caddy come with a crushed velvet jacket, gold tooth and matching shoes?
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Nice Caddy.... But I would take this over any american car made in the mid 70's and newer.....


1988 M6...I loved that car, and got the opportunity to race my son in his 944Turbo one nice afternoon on an empty I-459 in Birmingham, AL. Nice to go 150+, but nicer to have your son along side of you going the same speed...and we tied....neither wanting to win or lose to the other.

Good thoughts, triplenet. Thanks for the memory.
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Funny...as the euro cars age, they do become money pits, in general, are they better than the "American" cars of the same vintage....yes, but only slightly...for a decent used 9 yr old car...get a honda or toyota...they blow the others away easily....
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That slant nose is sick!
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Like most of you guys, I disagree with Ezra and wonder if he's trying to stimulate the economy by promoting new car sales.

I had four year old BMW Z8 which I ran for three years, put 10,000 miles on it and sold it for more than I paid for it. Supercar motoring for about $1,000 in servicing a year.

Now I've got much less money, I'm running a '99 996 Porsche. Three years in...new ignition switch barrell that's all.

After the piece someone comments on their ownership of an Bentley Arnage T, which will be my next car. $55K right now. Nothing comes close.

The bargain of the moment though has to be a Maserati Quattroporte. The original '05, (with somewhat of a dodgy gearbox), can be had for $35K with 35K miles. Bargain.

Mine was very similar to this one.

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88 Porsche Turbo Slant Nose

Winner.
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Does that caddy come with a crushed velvet jacket, gold tooth and matching shoes?
You so funny!! Yeah, it's pretty "pimpy," but I love driving it!

This car was the pinnacle of luxury at it's time and was actually ahead of its time. Complete digital displays inside (except for the odometer, still a wheel gauge). 1st Caddy to offer digital fuel injection. The classic lines on this coupe still turn heads and their value as a collectible is rising nicely.

This El Dorado Biarritz was actually owned by a little old lady that drove it to church on Sundays. Dean Bailey (Dean Bailey Olds in Tulsa, OK) ordered this car with every available option as a gift for his wife, Betty, in 1985. When Betty passed away, her two sons kept the car on the showroom floor as a tribute to their mother for many years. I am the 2nd owner of the car. It has 18k original miles and runs and rides like it is brand new. I have all of the original paperwork, including the factory build sheet. And while I thought I'd drive it more, I've found myself only taking it out to cruise nights and other car events on a very limited basis. I don't want some idiot running into it and screwing it up.

I will say... I do get a kick out of watching people jump when I hit the factory-installed locomotive horns in it!! Yes, that was a real, orderable option!
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had 1986 porsche 944 Turbo...to say it was a lemon would be kindness...18mos...$9900 in repairs (in 1986/87) it was a POS...thankfully it was under warranty!....
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Originally Posted by Johnny Dreamer View Post
88 Porsche Turbo Slant Nose

Winner.
Thanks.. ...... Your Z8 must be fun as well.....

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All very nice but I'll take my Suburban anyday.
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Originally Posted by hanson View Post
All very nice but I'll take my Suburban anyday.
You don't think these are our daily drivers do you??? ;?

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