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    Default Want to buy an American Car?

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    Over years of experience I have developed my own criteria for a vehicle.

    Rear wheel drive only. FWD has too many moving parts and makes a too cramped an engine bay. Have higher breakdown rates, higher repair costs. Also what a shade tree mechanic can do on many RWD needs for most to be done in a shop. Changing the engine or transmission on a FWD can be done at home but requires specialized equipment and more know how. I have changed the trans in a RWD at the curbside and with no special equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProfessionalLocator View Post
    Over years of experience I have developed my own criteria for a vehicle.
    Me too.

    #1) Not a GM product that obumma helped out with my money to pay back union pukes. Ever again.

    #2) Anything else I will look at.

    Had a Chrysler 200 catch my eye the other day. 9 speed tranny! Very nice ride but I don't need another car right now.

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    My summer car is a 1976 Triumph Spitfire and in the winter I drive a 1972 International Harvester Scout II.

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    Default Re: Want to buy an American Car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ProfessionalLocator View Post
    Over years of experience I have developed my own criteria for a vehicle.

    Rear wheel drive only. FWD has too many moving parts and makes a too cramped an engine bay. Have higher breakdown rates, higher repair costs. Also what a shade tree mechanic can do on many RWD needs for most to be done in a shop. Changing the engine or transmission on a FWD can be done at home but requires specialized equipment and more know how. I have changed the trans in a RWD at the curbside and with no special equipment.
    Me too.

    #1) Not a GM product that obumma helped out with my money to pay back union pukes. Ever again.

    #2) Anything else I will look at.
    Greetings ProfessionalLocator and Mark! I have been a MOPAR owner since I was 18. I have done many engine swaps, motor overhauls, clutch & transmission replacements on my driveway and in my garage. All I ever used was simple hand tools, floor jacks with rented transmission and engine hoists. Before my wife and I had kids, I did these tasks for fun; buying used 1960s GMs, A-body and B-body MOPARS, then shoe-horning big cube V-8s with 4-speeds into their frames. When the kids came, these 2-door hot rods became a fond memory. Then I performed many engine swaps, motor overhauls, clutch & transmission replacements using simple hand tools, floor jacks with rented transmission and engine hoists out of necessity; constantly fixing the cheap, high-mileage Dodge pick-ups and 4-door MOPARS I seemed to own while raising my family.

    This summer I may break away from Chrysler. Sorry Mark, I have my eye on a 2010ish GMC Acadia to be my mainline cruiser................ just sayin'.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingfoot View Post


    This summer I may break away from Chrysler. Sorry Mark, I have my eye on a 2010ish GMC Acadia to be my mainline cruiser................ just sayin'.
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    No problem Brother, just make sure all the recalls have been dealt with.

    I'm pretty sure my next ride will be a Chrysler. I had my heart set on a Cadillac CTS-V to replace my Cadillac DTS. That won't be happening.

    Good luck my friend, hope it never fails your Wife and kids. I'm sure it will be a good fit.



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    i thought nissan had one of the top ones. Over 9 million in recalls and you are trusting a gm? The 9 speed auto trans came from benz, it replacing the 6 speed chrysler models, The 9 speed gives a better gas mileage. I been looking at suv trying to stay under $22K. After all U hate having a mortgage payment sitting in the driveway that I only put 4K in miles on it in a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintitnow View Post
    i thought nissan had one of the top ones. Over 9 million in recalls and you are trusting a gm? The 9 speed auto trans came from benz, it replacing the 6 speed chrysler models, the 9 speed gives a better gas mileage. I been looking at suv trying to stay under $22k. After all u hate having a mortgage payment sitting in the driveway that i only put 4k in miles on it in a year.
    drove a rental chrysler with the six speed auto, did not like it.

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    may be it is just the higher end jeeps. I know i read up on the jeep grand Cherokee and it had the new 9 speed tranny. I rented a chevy impala and now the expressways are 70 mph. I had it at 80 and was a smooth ride. On a long stretch and coaxing from passengers i did punch it and got it to 115 mph before i decided that was fast enough for me.

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