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Poor 'lil Caddy Cimarron (^-^)


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#1 8bit

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 05:52 AM

For those that like supporting the little guy, this comparison report with the BMW 325e and the Mercedes 190E, has the Caddy coming out not too bad. Even 30 years ago the German car buyer would never have considered a Caddy, regardless of how good it was. Originally conceived as a BMW 320i & Audi 4000 import fighter, on basic specs Cadillac seemed to be in the ballpark, or were they? :lmao:
 
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 10:57 AM

Another car person on Bleeping Computer! Awesome.


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Posted 07 August 2015 - 11:11 AM

In fifty the last fifty years, the design of many autos has become somewhat stagnant.  Body styles offer little change from year to year and only the advent of computer control has allowed the necessary decrease in emissions.  I recently purchased a used BMW.  Even with 145K on the odometer it rides like no other car I've driven.  Solid engine construction, straight forward body mechanical construction and good mileage numbers.  I won't buy any car newer than 1995, mainly because of the computer engine controls and "fly by wire" technology.  I like to have a feel for the road without intervening controls with no feedback.  If I find the need to make a serious evasive maneuver I don't want the vehicle to prevent said action because of some feature of the controls or options.  Just my two cents.



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 11:22 AM

In fifty the last fifty years, the design of many autos has become somewhat stagnant.  Body styles offer little change from year to year and only the advent of computer control has allowed the necessary decrease in emissions.  I recently purchased a used BMW.  Even with 145K on the odometer it rides like no other car I've driven.  Solid engine construction, straight forward body mechanical construction and good mileage numbers.  I won't buy any car newer than 1995, mainly because of the computer engine controls and "fly by wire" technology.  I like to have a feel for the road without intervening controls with no feedback.  If I find the need to make a serious evasive maneuver I don't want the vehicle to prevent said action because of some feature of the controls or options.  Just my two cents.

Yeah my dad used to have a 1990 Toyota Cressida which ran smoothly until a couple years ago when it kept stalling and white smoke came out the exhaust. It only had 130k miles on it.  :blink:


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Posted 07 August 2015 - 06:24 PM

Lots of small things can cause smoke emissions.  Leaking brake booster sucks brake fluid into the intake manifold.  Lots of white smoke,  Same thing for a vacuum connection to automatic transmissions.  Black smoke,  that's unburned gas or oil in the cylinder.



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Posted 08 August 2015 - 06:57 PM

Body styles are likely to remain somewhat stagnant for the forseeable future since almost all cars now are designed with the use of a wind tunnel to minimise air resistance. That is not to say that there have been no design improvements in the last forty or fifty years.

 

Due to 'crumple zone' features your chances of surviving a serious accident in a modern car are much better than they used to be  and overall efficiency is much better. I can remember being quite happy to 30 mpg (imperial gallons) out of a 1 litre petrol engined car. I currently have a car with a 2 litre diesel engine and I am getting about 44 mpg, and this is largely due to the contribution of computerised engine control systems.

 

There is a downside to the modern 'crumple zone' - an accident which 20 or 30 years ago would have dented a wing will now do serious - and expensive - damage to your car !  But they are much more survivable.

 

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