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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-14-2007, 09:09 PM
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Forget those Iranian POS cars.

Originally Posted by Professor
Most American cars are worthless POS. I have chrysler van and other than capacity this thing drives like crap and mechanically it's a POS.
I think Iranians make better cars

Isn't that a '66 or a '67 Ford Fairlane sitting up on the carhenge sculpture up there^^^^^ actually they were pretty good cars with the little 289 V8. Sorry end to that one

As to the Iranian car, Professor, please, No no no!!!!!!!!

Iran cars are SHIITE. The Paykan, built there till 2005, was little more than a warmed over Hillman Avenger, a crappy, noisy, smelly, rattletrap even when it was new 40 years ago.......
Even Ahhaminejad himself will not drive one, he has a 1978 Peugeot.

Now Iran Khodro motor co. has come up with the Samand, a kind of knockoof Nissan Renault Peugeot looking little thing, cheap as hell. They just concluded a deal in December to build them in Venezuela

Here's a quick peek at one
Expanding throughou Europe - Iranian Samand to hit Polish Market - Iran Defence Forum

Anyway you cant buy one of them in the USA or in Israel either for the mater of that.

Try a used Mercedes Vito Van maybe?

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Originally Posted by cascade
Why can't Cadillac get with the program and make the DTS, an otherwise pretty good car, rear wheel drive again? everything else in the lineup is RWD again except these.

Those 1996 Fleetwood Broughams were pretty damn nice cars, you ask me. I seriously considered getting a new one, but finally didn't because I knew they were about to be discontinued and didn't think I could get one with cloth seats.
Those used Broughams, Roadmasters and Caprice SS sedans were really good cars. They sold a shitload of them to the Saudis, lots of them still are around there.
The last Cadillac I had was a '79 Coupe de Ville that I really wanted to love, but couldn't. That thing was cursed by every diety from Allah to Zeus. I couldn't keep it for much longer than a year, went to Crown Victorias.

From there it got worse and worse, the HT4100, the V8-6-4, the Cimarron, Allante, bustleback FWD Seville and all the other disasters that followed.

It was a shame to see Cadillac's reputation slowly slide down. The brand equity that was evidenced in your '60 convertible that made Cadlillac the "standard of the World" was pretty well shot by the mid 80's, and it's been a long road back, and they are coming along well.

I loved the '69 and '70 Devilles, they were still great cars back then. But in 1971 they started being built by the dictates of lawyers, and gvovernment lawyers, at that. They got bigger, thirstier, slower and sloppier. Such a shame.

Everything you said is true and due entirely to the greed or poor management of Cadillac and GM. Profit margins kept shrinking on cars in the early 70's so GM decided to decontent the cars anyway possible that the usual consumer could not see. Emissions, crash bumpers, gas crunch, unions, and cheaper labor overseas all contributed to the reasons GM thought they were smart to approach the problem in this manner, but proved to be too smart by half. But the people did wise up as they always do and sought other makes that were more straight forward. The crash was the mid eighties and people ran from GM in droves after ridiculous quality lapses too numerous to mention across the line. GM has still not recovered, nor has Cadillac. They suffer the same problems, noncar enthusiasts calling all the shots, following the leader instead of leading, and cost cutting to the point that the consumer feels and experiences it all the time.
I know a considerable number of people who were nothing but Cadillac owners, some having as many as 20. They all switched to Mercedes by the end of the eighties. Now some of those have defected to Lexus. Ever changing game so you better set your sights high.
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I am on my fourth GMC truck in the past 15 years. They have so far all been pretty bulletproof with no problems. I use them to tow 2 ton Benz on a 1500# trailer with no problems at all. The least mileage I had was 140K on one of the Jimmys when I just determined that I needed more torque than I could make up in mods on that truck.

Also just sold a Kentucky made 2002 Corvette Z06 which was a dream. World class performance in a $60K platform. I sold it because my neighbor kept bugging me to buy it. With 30K miles I was able to sell it for more than sticker.

Wife's M3Roadster is also US built in Spartenburg SC.

And guage, SST provides very good product. You might want to check the Rockwell numbers on the bearings you get from China. Seldom are they the requested spec. Same goes for the alloy content. When I did a two year gig at Square D Co's Corp Purchasing group in Shaumburg we did a corporate wide hardware analysis and found that Chinese stuff seldom, if ever, came in with the correct alloy composition or hardness factor - and never the same in two batches. It made liability issues a real bitch.


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Most of the China bearings we now use where stocked in qty's so slowly we are going to clear them out.
We go through some 20,000 brgs & bu's in various bore sizes.
SST is our main supplier now, of course we still get the diehard company's who spec out S/M's. They are fully aware of the price deference.

No problems with SST so far, as long as they meet the L-10 life.
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