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Edmunds Member Spotlight - Meet Imidazol97!
Imidazol97 joined the Edmunds Automotive Network July 25, 2002. With over 18,500 visits and almost 20,000 posts, we believe he’s planning to stick around. He frequently shares his knowledge of the Buick LaSabre/Park Avenue and Pontiac Bonneville, which has helped countless owners. Thanks, Imidazol97, for your continued loyalty and participation in Edmunds Forums!
What was your first car?
There were two and both have importance. The first car that I actually chose for myself was a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 2-door sedan (fake hardtop with chrome on the pillars) in a strong blue and white two tone. It had the 292 cu. in. engine. But my real first car was an old 1950 Studebaker in pea green, which had been the family car from when I was little. From sometime around 12 or 13, I was allowed to drive to various nearby friend's houses, my brother's farm, and to nearby country villages with country stores for things we needed at home; all that before I was 16 and could have a license. Growing up on farms most kids were driving tractors, pickup trucks, and large farm trucks to help with the work, so driving a car was second nature already. Having grown up with that Studebaker is one reason I enjoy the Postwar Studebaker discussion here on Edmunds so much.
Of all the cars you've owned, which was your favorite and why?
The car I loved most was my 1977 dark brown Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham with tan vinyl roof. It was fast with the Rocket 350 cu. in. engine by Oldsmobile and a QuadraJet carburetor. Also, that Cutlass was balanced so that car was stable in snow, slush, and ice and didn't pull when hitting snow or slush deeper on one side as much as other cars I'd driven. The interior was soft velour cloth, really attractive and very comfortable.
If you won the lottery, which current cars would you buy?
My first would be a Buick Verano for 2014 with the updated engine that will be the basic engine for next year, in pearl crimson metallic. Next would be a Mercedes with the Bluetech diesel engine. Third in line would be a Kia Forte hatchback. And then a basic pickup truck from GM or Ford.
What do you like and dislike about today's auto industry?
My like is the increased quality of the product. The GM's that I'm looking at are much better than the cars from the 80s and 90s where there were some failure rates higher than acceptable.
My first dislike is that most options are available only within certain upgrade packages. To get certain features, let's say heated seats, I have to buy the 3rd level upgrade which includes many things that I don't want such as leather seats, sunroof, and 10-inch navigation screen. My second dislike is the lack of tires with normal sidewall height on upscale packages (see number 1 dislike). If I want the heated seats, that only comes with 19-inch wheels with 35 profile ratio tires. So the tires I want are on the base model and the options I want are on the 3rd or 4th option level. Third in my list is that cars don't offer bench seats, and some only offer a cockpit feel where the driver is tightly surrounded. Along with that tight feeling of being in a fighter jet cockpit, visibility is terrible from several of the cars I've looked at recently. Last among dislikes is the separation that has grown into the industry due to the friction between owners of foreign brands and the US home team brands.
What is the highest mileage you've ever put on a car?
Highest is now at 197,200 mi. on my 1998 leSabre Limited. I'm trying for 200K mi. before I replace it.
How often do you log into Edmunds Forums?
Usually I log in every day and often several times a day.
Which Edmunds forums do you frequently visit and why?
The "Why" is easy. There are several people on the Edmunds forums who have a lot to contribute. The posters know so much about so many things. Some have become friends even though I've never met any of them. When one of them decides to leave a forum like happened recently, it's like losing a friend. Yet another "Why" for my being in the groups about GM H-body cars is that I have some experience with those cars, and I can help some posters who have a problem with their LeSabre, Bonneville, or Park Avenue. It's always great when someone asking for help posts back that they were able to fix their car with the aid from our posts.
Forums I frequent:
I spotted a NEW (insert make/model) today!
General Motors Fans
The State of the US Auto Market
I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!
Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)
Mystery car pix
The Stock Market and Investing
Buick LeSabre and Buick Park Avenue (the whole group)
Pontiac Bonneville (the whole group)
Chevrolet Cobalt (the whole group)
Stories from the Sales Frontlines
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