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Help me pick another daily driver

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by '73 K5, Jan 9, 2002.

  1. '73 K5

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    OK, I love driving my Blazer and everything, but I just don't want to do it everyday. And the last few years I've been also driving an '87 Monte Carlo most of the time. The frontend is smashed in, but the car always ran real nice, good gas mileage and crap. Its almost to 100K miles and stuff is starting to break and wear out.
    So here is what I'm going to start looking for to replace it:
    early '90s Beretta GT
    '93-'97 Probe GT
    '91-'93 Mustang 5.0---LX or GT
    Has anyone here owned any of these cars? Any advice?

    '73 K5
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    Not a car type guy, but Wife wanted a new Kia with the great warranty, so I started driving her old car last summer when the gas prices were nearly 2 bux a gal....it's a 94 escort wagon 4 banger that goes for a week on less than 10 bux, when I was putting 35-40 in the K5..gettin kinda used to it now, but I still drive the Blazer, mostly weekends.

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    Girlfriend owns a 95 Probe GT. This is definately a chick car. I ve seen a few with wheels and all the little add ons and it is still a chick car. Nothing against chicks but I had to drive her car for a couple of days a while back and lets just say I would have almost rather walked.

    Berreta is a bad option. If you want dependable quality transportation.

    I would say the 5.0 is the way to go. Its a small block and if you get a good year they are relatively easy to work on or maintain.

    "If it aint broke don't fix it" is like a 4 letter word.
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    ok, here comes the smartassremark... just get another blazer...

    or a suburban... its what I do. the K20 is the toy, and the C20 is the daily driver.

    -Rich

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    For something cheap and reliable cant go worng with Toyota Honda or Nissan........

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    It doesn't have to be cheap really...just half way reliable. And fun to drive. The Monte is not. I'd also like to try to keep it domestic.

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    doesn't have to be cheap, and prefer domestic.... how about everyone's favorite: a Hemi `Cuda?

    that'll ought to be fun to drive,

    -Rich

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    Yea I think you may be able to find a pretty good condition Hemi- Roadrunner. Of course that kinda rules out economical. Then there would be the whole engine swap controversy....

    "If it aint broke don't fix it" is like a 4 letter word.
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    I agree. Both my Mom and Ex-husband had Berretas. Lots of problems, all the time. Bad paint jobs too. Paint started peeling off only after a few years like it was shedding it's skin.

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    If you want cheap and reliable, I wouldn't recommend a Probe.. its a Mazduh mx-6 under the skin anyway...
    The 5oh is easy enough to work on and plenty fun to drive, that would get my vote...
    or maybe a small beater pickup... S-10 or Ranger?

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    Boy, you've been so much help! Suburban or Cuda....sure, I'll buy both.

    Looks like I should try to find a 5.0 now.

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    I owuldn't go with the ranger... not that anyone here worries about crashtests, but in the 35 MPH crashtest, the ranger/mazda mini truck came up as `driver loses both legs, if thier lucky'

    whats wrong with a suburban or Cuda? I mean c'mon... you know you want a bored/stroked 454 ( 568 :-P ), with vortech or hemi heads on it, blower, the works, strapped to a golfcart, or barstool... better yet, get a 72 caddy 500 from an eldorado, complete with TH425 transaxle, bolt a seat behid it, and put a 3rd trailing wheel behind it... it'd weigh so little, you couldn't get anything but good gas mileage ( envision one of those granny scooters, with the 2 drive wheels up front, and the 3rd trailing wheel out back... now replace the wussy 30 volt motor, with that transaxle/engine )

    I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I'm psycho... err that you should have fun with whatever vehicle you decide to drive, and make it into something that you'll really appreciate, and enjoy.

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    Actually if you are looking for a comfortable ride to work with good air conditioning look into getting a Nissan Pickup. I have owned a couple in my time and I have only had maintenance type problems with them. Headlight, Oil, etc. they have really cold AC and they are pretty quick even in the 4cyl configuration.

    But I would rather have a 5.0 myself too. Of course then my insurance would go up after all the speeding tickets but hey, you get what you pay for.

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    In response to the '72 Caddy thing, about 15 years ago Hot Rod mag. had an article where they took like a '75 or something Caddy with the 472cu.in. and loaded it up with 4 people, a couple of surf boards on top and a cooler in the trunk and ran in the 1/4 mile. It was like 17 seconds. They made like 5 passes with this thing and each time taking a little more off of it. The last run made it only had a seat a fabbed up roll bar, because they cut all the sheetmetal off, and the steering wheel and gas&amp;brake pedals. The pic's were way too funny but it ran like a 12 second 1/4 by the time they were done. Pretty cool all in all. Sorry for the book and no help on your decision. Though I have a vega I'll let go cheap. Runs great, gets 17 mpg, but the gas tank leaks.[​IMG] That was my daily until last week. Time to fix the blazer again.

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    Camaro! 5.7/350!

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    Here is why I'm not doing the Camaro thing.
    The '92 and older ones:
    The doors are about 500 pounds, the windows rattle and don't seal perfectly.
    I don't like the dash.
    On some of the later ones you couldn't get the 5-speed with a 350.
    '93 and newer:
    Probably too expensive for the car and insurance.
    I hate the way the windshield is about 5 feet long and you can't see any of the hood. Its hard to tell where the front of the car is when you're driving and parking.

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    How about a early 90's Olds...one of the FWD ones with the Quad4...really...I'm serious. Great power, mileage, and you can often get one a old lady owned that has like 23,763mi on it. GM also makes some performance mods for those motors (remember they did get that motor to do over 300mph when they released it).
    Me I am thinking of a '72 Boss 302 Mustang with a twin turbo setup, custom FI, and AWD. I like the idea of having something no one else has even thought of.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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    Have you looked at any of the 80's El Camino's? They have nice body lines, V8's, a bed so you can haul Blazer parts, and best of all they are still Bowties. If you want you can still hotrod them too.

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