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I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,892
    If Tempos are going to survive anywhere, it is here. Although first gen ones are getting to be really rare. Oh, also saw a Probe GT today.

    Subies are popular here too - lots of dealers, and my workplace garage especially is loaded with them. The new Impreza seems like a good mature package.
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 892
    I used to see lot's of Tempo's around here (Wisconsin) in the winter, cheap winter beaters I imagine. I think I've maybe seen one this year, they must all be dying.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    new Impreza seems like a good mature package

    So far of all the small cars I've test driven those had the best ride by a wide margin, and they don't give up much in handling either. Good job tuning the suspension.

    Oh, classic thread, um, gimme a 22B. :shades:
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,627
    I still see Tempos running around here. I guess they're kind of like cockroaches. You think they're gone, but keep popping back up;)

    I see a HS kid most mornings piloting a Tempo v6.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,541
    A well-known old-car website recently featured the unibody Ford pickup in its daily blog, and those issues ended being discussed by those who commented. It seems all of them were true, as people posted tales of body flex when burdened with a heavy load that led to door malfunctions, cracking, etc., along with tales of rust problems. The styling was, though, universally admired. Apparently the seperate-box model was rushed into production to address some of those issues, and the box was the same one used in the previous generation, which explains the lack of styling continuity.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    Today's online New York Times features an original owner '76 diesel with over 250,000 miles. Interesting article, but lacking details on maintenance and repairs that I wish had been included. Check it out...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/automobiles/a-mercedes-with-tenure.html?hpw
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,892
    I remember someone calling the Chevette a mechanical cockroach. Seems there were several still around up until maybe 10 years ago - then they all suddenly disappeared. I know there's still one in the area, and an early one no less.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,892
    Fun article, what a color for that thing. Seeing as the owner appears to be very careful and by-the-book, it might not have suffered many failures over the years (not a lot to break), but the recommended maintenance has probably consumed some money over 37 years.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,892
    edited February 2013
    I'd like one with the bubble rear window. I've only seen one in person like this:

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    Kind of reminds me of a modern version of the Dodge Sweptside.

    I guess the later ones maybe 1964-65 were different? I remember seeing the "I-beam" badge too.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,334
    The whole appeal to me was the rear wheel openings and integrated taillights. The '64 (I think) and later had a smaller rear wheel opening that didn't look nearly as neat, I don't think.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    One thing going for the Chevette was good rust proofing for that class of car, and the period. It was much better than the Vega, Pinto and the Japanese econoboxes of the '70s in this regard. This is one reason why Chevettes outlasted some of the other subcompacts. Another reason is that, unlike the Vega, for example, the Chevette, basic as it was, had no major design weaknesses, at least that I know of.

    As you may know the Chevette was designed by Opel.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,334
    Good points, but I'd have still rather owned a later Vega new than a Chevette. In '76 they were base-priced identically (hatchback to hatchback). I trust most people know I'm in a minority there. ;)
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    edited February 2013
    One thing going for the Chevette was good rust proofing for that class of car, and the period. It was much better than the Vega, Pinto and the Japanese econoboxes of the '70s in this regard, due to greater use of galvanized steel. This is one reason why Chevettes outlasted some of the other subcompacts, at least in areas where rust is a problem. Another reason is that, unlike the Vega, for example, the Chevette, basic as it was, had no major design weaknesses, at least that I know of. I'm not suggesting that the Chevette was a paragon of durability, just that the body was more durable than that of most of its rivals.

    As you may know the Chevette was designed by Opel.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,581
    Another reason is that, unlike the Vega, for example, the Chevette, basic as it was, had no major design weaknesses, at least that I know of.

    I think brakes might have been a weak spot in the Chevette, but I'm not positive. Most of the other issues I've heard of were relatively minor...squeaks, rattles, oil leaks, etc. Things that might be annoying, but wouldn't cripple the car (unless you let the oil run dry). And, things that could be attributable to most cars of that period, anyway.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,423
    Another thing that may have helped keep Chevettes on the road is that NOBODY I knew drove them hard, modified them, etc. In comparison some of the Vega owners thought they had a mini-Camaro...
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,334
    When I married my wife, she drove a 1978 Chevette 4-door, 5-speed. It had eleven hard midwestern winters on it, although it still looked okay. However, it smelled like gas inside and eventually one of the shocks (struts) went through the shock tower up front--common on those cars as they got old.

    I bought her a new '90 Corsica 5-speed and the night we picked it up, I hadn't seen her happier...come to think of it, not sure when I next saw her so happy! She drove it three years or so, then I got it while she got a new Caprice Classic. I drove it 'til fall of '96 when it had 108k miles and I 'treated' myself to a new 4-door 5-speed Cavalier. The Corsica never spent a single night in a garage. It was a good car.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,096
    Speaking of Tempos, I saw a Topaz today at the gas station in decent shape actually. IT's funny bewcause I see more Tempos than the early 90s Escorts. Those are almost all gone and I actually liked their styling before they rounded them off in late 90s.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,892
    You know, now that I think of it, the early 90s Escorts are mostly gone here, too. I still see a later Tempo here and there, but can't recall the last time I saw a Topaz. And the pre-91 Escorts, can't recall the last time I saw one.

    But I did see something odd tonight - a Lancia Scorpion - in the rain! Probably not a good idea.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,096
    Lancia Scorpion, wow that's rare too.

    Speaking of older Fords I see the early 90s Thunderbirds too from time to time. For somer reasons their owners think these are collector cars although I think styling has held up well over the years.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,892
    Rare and probably rusting as we speak.

    Those T-Birds attract an older sedate driver, probably many well cared for, just watch out for the 3.8. I remember at the end of the 90s, classified ads for those would tout their supposed collectibility.
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