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Old 09-14-2016, 11:35 AM   #21 (permalink)
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So, after meeting my new neighbor by way of him smashing up my SUV, I finally got around to getting it fixed. I dropped it off at the Service King, and then I waited for my rental to show up from Enterprise... a 305 HP 2017 Chevy Impala Premier. Holy bejeezus this thing is fast. It's even got a Manual mode 6 speed with shifting on the stick (+ and - for gear changes), which makes this thing a monster. I have it until Monday, but I'm not sure if I wanna give it back.



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2017 Chevrolet Impala Premier w/2LZ 4dr Sedan Pricing and Options

Here's the specs for the SS model, which is basically a Corvette with an Impala body:
2016 SS Sports Sedan: 4-Door Sports Car | Chevrolet

I'll be in the market for something next spring, but I'm looking into getting some old school muscle that I can work on. I have the option of buying this from the owner of the company I work for at a good price:

1966 Chevy Impala:


I really want an early 70's Camaro though.



I'll probably end up getting a bike.
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Old 09-14-2016, 03:43 PM   #22 (permalink)
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M5 or M3.. idc
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Old 09-14-2016, 03:56 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Kill your giant FORD truck.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:46 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Kill your giant FORD truck.
After talking with someone who owns one, I've decided to just blow up a couple barrels of crude. Better gas mileage.
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I'll be in the market for something next spring, but I'm looking into getting some old school muscle that I can work on. I have the option of buying this from the owner of the company I work for at a good price:

1966 Chevy Impala:
I had a four door 1967 Buick Skylark (340 V8 engine) I used as an almost daily driver from 1993 to 2003. I bought it in 1993 for $500 from an estate sale from the son of the original owner. It had 67,000 miles on it at the time and except for a dented passenger side rear quarter panel, was in unusually good shape inside and out. I think I only put about $1500 into it in routine maintenance over the 10 years I drove it. It never broke down once during that time. Very reliable car.

If I get bitten by the classic car bug again, I'm probably going to get another one. 2 door Gran Sport version next time.


1967 Buick Skylark Gran Sport


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I had a four door 1967 Buick Skylark (340 V8 engine) I used as an almost daily driver from 1993 to 2003. I bought it in 1993 for $500 from an estate sale from the son of the original owner. It had 67,000 miles on it at the time and except for a dented passenger side rear quarter panel, was in unusually good shape inside and out. I think I only put about $1500 into it in routine maintenance over the 10 years I drove it. It never broke down once during that time. Very reliable car.

If I get bitten by the classic car bug again, I'm probably going to get another one. 2 door Gran Sport version next time.


1967 Buick Skylark Gran Sport


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That's a sweet ride. 10 years without incident means that you treated her like a baby. I was not so nice to a few of my nicer vehicles when I was quite a bit younger. I had a 1973 Ford Galaxy 500 that I bought off of my elderly aunt when I was 18. It was only driven on Sundays, and had probably less than 10k miles on it. It lasted the summer and that was it. At one point, I accidentally drove over a tree stump and took the exhaust off from the headers on back. I didn't care. I thought it was cool having a 351 running open headers. I sold it to my friend just before it all fell apart. He'd call me every other day letting me know what had crapped out that day, as I laughed maniacally. That car got me to Summerfest in Milwaukee every day that summer though, where I saw Talas, Malmsteen, and then Clapton front row.

(Mine was green with a black Landau top)


Then there was my 1976 Chevy Nova Concours... if that car could talk. I blew the motor racing a Mustang down the Dan Ryan in Chicago.

(This might even be the one I owned)
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:15 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I give my word to MB that I will own one of these again, and when I do, I can shoot something similar to this:



Prefer 'em stock, but you get the idea.
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Did you ever get crap for it being a girls car? I've always liked them, but I remember guys getting ripped on in high school over it.
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Did you ever get crap for it being a girls car? I've always liked them, but I remember guys getting ripped on in high school over it.
A lot of those '90s sports imports kind of got that rap for some reason, but no, I don't remember anyone saying that to me. I wouldn't have cared, anyway, because I knew I was going to buy that car the second I saw it. I did get the whole "ricer" thing on occasion, though. Still doesn't matter to me. However, it was a consumer sports car, so people who didn't understand them probably thought the slower RS and GS models were for girls, derided them for being imports, or just wouldn't accept the 2G Eclipse's sleeker, sexiest-design-of-all-time (when including turbo wing) to have any kind of respectable power.

Today, the turbo Eclipses (the GSX in particular) have gone on to have a great reputation among tuners and serious car enthusiasts. Anymore, their biggest reputation problem, IMO, is from bad, trashy custom jobs that people do on the cheap. They are also beat on, mercilessly, and as a result, people think they're unreliable.

I definitely miss mine and would like to own one again. I always got looks from people in other cars when I was on the road. Often people would say "nice car" when sitting at stoplights and so forth, and it was a blast to drive.
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