Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Have you driven a Ford, Gayly?
No, the fullsize models made between 77 to around 84 were the worst for me - a 77 Impala, an 82 Caprice and an 84 Delta 88. Worst pieces of crap imaginable. Those cars torpedoed the US auto industry. I also had a 79 Trans Am that was a rattle trap piece of absolute turd of a car for a car that cost a lot of money. The last straw was an 89 Cadillac I bought for my business. Great car until it hit exactly 100,000 miles, and then the whole car just went to hell - blown head gaskets, a radiator that just disintegrated one day, bad computer, all at about the exact same time, like it was meant to do it. Ended up in the junk yard with only 115k, and this was a car that was driven easy.
Somewhere along the line I bough an 84 Corolla wagon for 400 bucks. I drove it back and forth between Ft. Worth and Austin once a week, about a 700 mile round trip, for about three years - it had one twenty on the clock when I bought it, and at around 250,000 miles it dawned on me that I was driving a car that cost $400 bucks that had outlived three friggin GM cars that had cost me thousands, and the only thing I had ever done to it was a brake job.
I had also picked up a 77 280E somewhere along the line that I drove well in to the mid-nineties. My Dad had owned a 72 280SE that I also drove a lot - an indestrucable automobile that he drove for twenty five years. I have owned nothing but Toyotas and Mercedes since I got smart, altho I had a couple of Suburbans for my business. I got rid of those a few years ago because I could see where gas prices were headed, and switched over to Ford Escort wagons. I still have a 78 Suburban I keep around, it has a 454/400 drive train that I want to put in a hot rod when I get old and bored in retirement.
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