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Memories Of The Old GM And Its Cars

hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,201
GM has been around for generations. There are tens of millions of GM vehicles on the road around the world, way more than from any other manufacturer. Hundreds of thousands of people living today have either worked for GM, or for its dealers and suppliers. The purpose of this discussion is to share your memories and experiences, including photos, regarding this company and its vehicles. For example, tell us about the vacations you took in GM cars. Maybe yiu currently own a GM vehicle.
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  • prlady1prlady1 Posts: 573
    My father was so proud to buy this car for my mother - she had only ever gotten used cars before. We had it for about 12 years. I distinctly remember driving in it from NY to Florida on a family vacation with the floor under our feet in the back seat so loaded up with stuff that it was essentially one flat bed for my brother and I to sleep and play on throughout the ride. We wore our lap belts most of the time, but not always back then.
    I also remember a hole eventually formed in the floor in front of the front passenger seat. It was about the size of a deck of cards. You could see the ground and we used to joke that it could eventually become like the Flintstones' car.
    Thanks for the opportunity to share. What are your memories?
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,499
    We had the same hole in our '53 Buick!

    This was another classic that my mom drove:

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  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    I love this photo - so Michigan!
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  • dave8697dave8697 Posts: 1,498
    I think the US caught up around the early to mid 90s but it was too late, and the press is still biased. and the american public contues to drink the kool-aid.

    So I'll bite. Which early to mid 90's cars do you think were caught up with the imports of the same day?

    '96 Infinniti M30 vs '96 Riviera. Series II 3800 (per Wards) made 10 best engines in world list. Shortstar was up there. Buick Topped Lexus in initial quality in '96. They had their qualities in different areas but they each excelled in some areas. By late 90's, the Gen 3 V8's and 3.5 V6 were out. Trucks that got 13 mpg at 120 mph and rode quieter than M30's were out in mid '98. Vettes were at the level you question.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    There was also the Syclone and Typhoon - two trucks that were faster than a Ferrari!
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,372
    two trucks that were faster than a Ferrari!

    Until the first turn and the 2 hit the wall and detonated while the Ferrari blew past!

    Regards,
    OW
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
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    1968 Buick Special Deluxe 6-passenger station wagon finished in striking Teal Blue Mist and Arctic White">. It featured a 350 V-8 w/2 bbl carb rated at 230 hp mated to a Super Turbine 300 automatic with column shift. I bought it for the princely sum of $650 in 1981 about two months after I turned 16. It was still running in December 1992. It was the car that earned my unconditional respect and praise for the awesome Buick automobile!
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    Trucks that got 13 mpg at 120 mph and rode quieter than M30's

    Now I know you're pulling crap out of thin air!
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    There was also the Syclone and Typhoon

    Another example of wasted money. Yeah, they were quick, but a death wish on anything but a straight line. Made a pretty useless truck too. I think it was C & D that did the Ferrari comparison, it also was quicker than a vette too.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,346
    Wow! I'd have loved to have been on the bridge that day. Of course if those Oldsmobiles were current I'd have been about 8 - and the bridge would have been brand new!

    I've driven that bridge several times. Magnificent bridge in just a stunning area.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    Buick Topped Lexus in initial quality in '96

    LOL, comparing a '96 Buick to a '96 Lexus in anyway is laughable. So what if it had higher initial quality, a Buick of that vintage was light years behind in NVH, features, design and technology. Those Century's were sure cutting edge and so desirable. LOL
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,964
    Those Century's were sure cutting edge and so desirable. LOL

    Well with any luck they were durable, at least. After all, by that time they had 15 years to figure out how to build them! :P

    Actually some of Buick's more serious efforts of that time, like the LeSabre, Park Ave, Riv, and Roadmaster, were probably pretty good cars. Not cutting-edge, and not up to an LS400 by any stretch of the imagination, but they also came in at a much lower price point.

    While I think they're clumsy looking as hell, I wouldn't mind getting a '96 RoadhazzardMaster. Nice, comfy car that, for its size, performs and handles well, and even gets fairly decent fuel economy.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    While I think they're clumsy looking as hell, I wouldn't mind getting a '96 RoadhazzardMaster. Nice, comfy car that, for its size, performs and handles well, and even gets fairly decent fuel economy.

    The '96 would be the one to get with the LT1 350. My Grandpa had a '92 Roadmaster with the anemic 180hp 5.7. It was slow and a gas pig. My dad had a '92 Crown Vic at the time and I like it much better. Ford's OHC 4.6 was much smoother and quieter, it handled much better (the steering in the Buick was horridly light and numb), had better brakes (RM had rear drums, I think they might have added rear disks by '96)), and got better fuel economy. The only thing I really liked about the Roadmaster were the seats. They were comfy, front and back. Also, grandpa started having trouble with the Roadmaster near 100k, A/C and trans. Dad's Crown Vic went to 230k relatively trouble free.

    Grandpa traded the Roadmaster in on a '97 Park Ave and it along the the '00 he also had were noticeably built worse than the Roadmaster, both of those Park Ave's had to many problems to list. After grandpa passed, the '00 ended up going to my dad. He hated it and kept his '00 Taurus and gave the PA to my sister. Who also hated it but needed a free car to get through college. After her experience with it, she may never buy another domestic.
  • dave8697dave8697 Posts: 1,498
    Another example of wasted money. Yeah, they were quick, but a death wish on anything but a straight line. Made a pretty useless truck too. I think it was C & D that did the Ferrari comparison, it also was quicker than a vette too.

    About how you would sum up a '72 442, except today they are worth $41,999.
  • dave8697dave8697 Posts: 1,498
    The '96 would be the one to get with the LT1 350. My Grandpa had a '92 Roadmaster with the anemic 180hp 5.7. It was slow and a gas pig.

    I know two people driving RM's. One has a '93 and a '96. They score 21-22 hwy mpg or more. Interstate cruisers running 1700 rpm in the left lane. Quiet and trouble free at 17 and 14 yrs old. You can't feel or hear the semi your passing.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,964
    I know two people driving RM's. One has a '93 and a '96. They score 21-22 hwy mpg or more. Interstate cruisers running 1700 rpm in the left lane.

    So what you're saying is that they're great cars for left-lane camping? :P Just ribbing ya. Actually, I toyed with the idea of buying a black '92 last year. It was really low mileage and in excellent condition. And while they're not that fast with the older 180 hp TBI 350, they'll still get from 0-60 in just a click under 10 seconds. Prior to that, I think the last time a GM B-body would've scooted to 60 that fast would've been around 1978-79, unless you got an ex-police car with the 350.

    So while I'd prefer the '94-96 with the 260 hp LT1, I could probably be happy with an earlier model with the 180 hp TBI.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    About how you would sum up a '72 442, except today they are worth $41,999.

    What does that have to do with anything. I'd say it's a cool car.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    They score 21-22 hwy mpg or more. Interstate cruisers running 1700 rpm in the left lane. Quiet and trouble free at 17 and 14 yrs old. You can't feel or hear the semi your passing.

    Yeah, that's really impressive...
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    C'mon, Andre! I was with you when you were eyeing up that Roadmaster at Carlisle!
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    Yeah, it is impressive! Heck, I'd buy a Roadmaster! When they were new, they were second on my new car shopping A-list behind a Cadillac.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,188
    I'd buy a Roadmaster

    I was in Charlottesville VA a few years ago and actually got one of the last Roadmaster models as a cab ride from the airport. The thing had around 150K on the odo, but still road nice. However, those seats - geez my back still hurts thinking about those overly pillowed, no support cushions.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,188
    This was another classic that my mom drove

    Steve, I'm old enough to remember the bouffant hairdo look and rather liked it I dare say!
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    However, those seats - geez my back still hurts thinking about those overly pillowed, no support cushions.

    I was like 20 years old when I rode and drove my grandpa's Roadmaster a lot. I just remember the seats being padded big time front and back. Might hurt my back today, but I remember them being comfy back then. I still remember the super soft dynaride suspension. It would lull a baby to sleep.

    As for fuel economy, I remember my grandpa never being happy with it on his many trips between his house in Indiana and house in Florida. It never mached the fuel economy of the '87 Caprice Classic Brougham LS he had before the Roadmaster, but the Caprice had a 305 4 barrel. I actually liked the Caprice better.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,179
    > love this photo - so Michigan!

    Beautiful!

    All those cars in White!

    The only thing is I can imagine how chilly it might be. It's cooler there even in summer.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,201
    Interesting, prlady1. How many miles on that Nova before your family got rid of it?

    Did they finally sell it, trade it, or junk it? What replaced it?
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,201
    The body on that Buick wagon looks pretty rough, but that's a '60 (or so) Buick, not the '53, right? That aging wagon doesn't do justice to the nice looking woman in the picture.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,201
    Your car ownership history and feelings about GM might have been very different if you had owned that Chevy Citation in the picture.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,499
    It's a '61 Buick wagon - I've been searching the family photos for years now trying to find a photo of our old '53 Buick but no luck.

    The bouffant hairstyle in the photo belongs to a classmate of my older sister's and they are in their mid-60's. The classmate still looks good (but she's heavy into Botox :P ).

    There's a bunch of reminiscing going on over in the UAW topic that we're moving over here, so pardon any out of sequence posts.

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    Not so fast! My best friend owned a 1980 Citation on which he put 195K+ miles. His parents bought one of the first Chevrolet Citations in Spring 1979. It was an odd two-tone cream & green 5-door hatchback with a beige-orange cloth interior. They passed it down to him when he got his license in the summer of 1981. He drove it through high school, college, graduate school, and into the first year of his marriage in 1994. The car did look really beat by that time, but it sure defied the awful reputation the GM FWD X-cars had.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    Holy smoke! I had a black 1987 Chevrolet Caprice Classic. It was my first new car. I bought it a couple weeks after graduating from college. It was an oddball as it had a 4.3 V-6 instead of the usual 305 V-8. I remember that car getting great fuel economy despite its size - about 26 MPG.
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