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post #11 of 28 Old 04-17-2015, 05:04 AM
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2015 Ram 2500 crewcab...... it spent more time in the shop than some of the stories I've read on the forum. Most of it was "dealer induced" problems, changed vehicles, changed dealers
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post #12 of 28 Old 04-17-2015, 09:41 AM
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2001 Chevy 3500 EXT Cargo Diesel. 198,000 miles
traded it for...
2006 Chevy 3500 EXT 15 Pax 6.0L (seats removed)
started at 23,000 miles, totaled at 135,000 miles in 2013 guy t-boned my driver ripped the rear axle out, then...
2006 Chevy 3500 EXT 15 Pax 6.0L (seats removed)
started at 60,000 miles, totaled at 125,000 miles in 2015 guy pulled out in front of my driver destroying front end, oh and I wouldn't own a Jetta now after seeing the damage it took at a 50mph hit (passenger would have died had there been one)

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post #13 of 28 Old 04-18-2015, 10:27 PM
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Great topic. My fleet of crap piles is ever evolving, but my answer is a 2000 chev extended cargo that i drove to the junkyard with 434,000. My other daily is a 1996 buick roadmaster wagon. Fantastic car. Like the previously mentioned Coronet wagon, it holds 4x8 sheets, tows 7000lbs, gets 17/27mpg, roasts the tires at will, and is swathed in heated maroon leather. They still had tge rear facing barf seat in 1996, so it comfortably seats 8 adults no sweat.

Also have a 65 slant six valiant with a turbo, and a 70 newport convertible. And i have the 65 cruisaire motor home.
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I've been dusting off the old wagon the last couple days. Kinda smirked that years of driving it have prepared me for PM diesel ownership. Its a three speed auto, and being geared rather tall (2.73 rear end?) it doesn't get over 2000 rpm until I'm getting up to highway speeds.

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Wanna renew your love affair with the Coronet wagon? Just slide under there and lower the front suspension. Torsion bars are height adjustable with simply the turn of a bolt!
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Oh yes, I know about the torsion bars. I've actually autocrossed the darn thing before.

Went from factory 15" wheels and tires to 14" steel rims with short tires, dropped my gearing probably 25-30%. Then went underneath and cranked down the torsion bars til it was just sitting on the bump stops. Definitely changed the handling, but still had PLENTY of body roll. Did all the changes at the track and put them back. Tried it on the street like that, wasn't good.

Right now it needs some new shocks, front and rear. And tires. And a tuneup, something isn't quite right with the carb jetting.

And yeah, I drove the wagon around for the last three days. Fun stuff. The girl doesn't like it, wants me to sell it. Once we get the PM set up, I could see maybe selling my Audi and keeping the old Dodge instead.


We've also been watching the Elio. If it ever gets into production, might pick up one of those for commuting and short around-town stuff.

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Best thing thats happened to me all day....picturing an autocrossing 71 Coronet wagon with the t bars cranked down. Ha! Be fun to put 8 adults in it while you do it.
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Best thing thats happened to me all day....picturing an autocrossing 71 Coronet wagon with the t bars cranked down. Ha! Be fun to put 8 adults in it while you do it.
Wasn't with 8, but we did take it on fun runs after the event with 4 folks in it. Comment from a passenger that he'd never before been able to look down to the driver while going around a right turn.


Darnit... now I gotta find my old pictures.

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We've also been watching the Elio. If it ever gets into production, might pick up one of those for commuting and short around-town stuff.
I saw a prototype at the Barrett Jackson Auction (circus) in Phoenix in January. The price was proposed starting at just under $6K w/AC and a bunch of electronic stuff. It might have been the cheapest car sold there as a nice example of the Coronet would probably have brought $30K. I was impressed at what we old fat men will pay to get back a glimmer of our youth. I was defiantly NOT buying.

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Got rid of an 05' Toyota Highlander. Not near enough room. The dog got the backseat so not much room left for camping gear, ect.

Have had pickups before; Toyota and Nissan, and had planned on getting another Tacoma, a crew cab this time. Always had wanted a van but rear-wheel drive in snow country just doesn't make sense for me.

So here came the PM and I said it's time for a van. Compared to a Tacoma crew cab I would have purchased, the PM does this for me;
Mileage is a touch better.
The space works better - plenty of room for the dog and gear, and the wife can nap in back if she wants.
Now have a changing-room after a paddle, hike or bike.
I really enjoy the driving position.

Just very glad I bought one...
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