7th Oct 2019, 18:11
Or pull the motors and put in a classic Mopar like a early 70s Charger, Cuda, Challenger. Who cares about police cars or megaphones. Grand apiece flipped and gone in a week. The drivetrain can be rebuilt and restored. Think 440, not phones or police car. Then you found the precise purpose of buying. Big block!
8th Oct 2019, 13:45
Do you really think a seller is going to leave their tag on the car and let the buyer drive away with it? Anyone allowing that is on the subject of being "dumb", Also you say you personally never sell if in an accident. Explain what you yourself would do if one of your classics is involved in a fender bender while in your possession. Keep it the rest of your life?
8th Oct 2019, 19:05
All domestics in the eighties were down big time in HP and torque. All that was on offer then were lazy small block V8s choked by cafe requirements and the not so lazy 6 cylinder Buick GN. I always liked the downsized boxy styling of all the big 3, but the mid size Aspen and Bolare F-body change to M-body Diplomat and Gran Fury was to me the winner with the 318 and a904 transmission, which has to be one of the most reliable engine and auto transmission combinations in a family sedan.
8th Oct 2019, 20:33
I’ve bought some cars where owners got a dealer trade in price and I offered a couple hundred more above. Some hate selling their cars. Or take it to a CarMax as an example and take a smooth, hassle free ending.
None of my classic cars has been in an accident. I’ve never had an accident other than being rear ended once in a new company car.
To clarify that, Car Fax reporting has not always been in existence. Prior to purchasing, I go thoroughly over the older ones, looking for telltale accident signs. The firewall is where I start.
Your tag comment is amiss. In my state transferring to another in the same state, the tag stays on car. But I go to motor vehicle with title in hand and the buyer pays for the transfer. Uses the same plate. My name is off the title. Tag is in their name. What you do is your prerogative. But don’t imply people that sell or flip a car go by your implications. Unless you go to Motor Vehicle together, the seller has equal risk. Extreme, but the car could amass many tickets, be used in a bank robbery, even kill someone. That’s why I go. Even a notary is proof however... Go to Motor V, simple. I also buy houses and am a stickler for detail. So far by abiding all the rules and paying taxes, it’s not an issue.
Car collecting is really a lot of fun. We are caretakers of the really special interest ones until the new owner comes along. If I had an accident in an old one, I would take pics and get a sign off from a buyer. They clearly know and they can adjust the price downward. Fix it up or use as a parts or donor car. There are attorneys that specialize in misrepresented, mileage roll backs etc. Easily found in your local Cruising News that are given out free at shows. Suggest you sue if this occurs. You have buyer rights.
Apparently you were burned at some point. Too bad, hope my suggestions help you avoid a reoccurrence. My car club once redid as a club a C3 with cracks in the frame that a young teen had bought. A dishonest seller that pushed the as is clause on the sale. Our members volunteered to restore the car. We got donations and parts distributors to assist. We spent our busy evenings redoing the car. Most of us had full time day jobs. Ended up being a great impression with this young guy. He saved all the money from waiting tables. We then presented the car back. You never know who you are downing on here. Might be time to recognize this and be less judgemental. Life is short. Enjoy the ride!
9th Oct 2019, 19:03
You're a "stickler for detail"?
Really? You directed your responses to the wrong comments on both this review as well as the Pontiac Parisienne review.
9th Oct 2019, 20:57
Greetings from Amsterdam. I imported a Dodge Diplomat from Florida and what a beauty she is. Completely stock externally, but the motor and trans is from a Plymouth Cuda 440 and this baby can move even with stock tires and brakes 0 to 200 kph in 10 seconds flat. I will soon post it on YouTube. I am thinking of adding a supercharger because it is rather light for its size; I may be able turn it into a very fast, powerful, sleeper classic.
10th Oct 2019, 03:22
First off, you replied to the wrong comment. 19:05 has nothing to do with your page of information.
Second, I never got "burned" in selling or "flipping" any car I've had for sale. It would be nice if you stop assuming that you do everything the right way while everyone else doesn't.
Third, not sure where you live, but in my neck of the woods if you sell or trade a car in, YOU yourself keeps the same tag. I've had the same for the past 13 years with 3 different vehicles.
10th Oct 2019, 20:36
You are right I don’t know you or assume anything. Glad your vehicle choices are right for you. Hope my comments enlightened others to have a safe transaction as buyer or seller. We're done here.
10th Oct 2019, 22:52
I’ve kept Vanity tags only. Car to car. $40 registration a year. $40 extra for Vanity plus transfer fee to the next buggy.
11th Oct 2019, 21:18
The 318 V8 in a rear drive, US built, easy to park, not too costly to run, with squared off styling and reasonable gas prices at the time, is the reason the Diplomat sold well. If a modern day equivalent were available without the frumpiness of this era of automotive styling, I believe Chrysler would make it big time, both capacity and financially. Roll on to a less sinister styling era again please Chrysler.
13th Oct 2019, 15:31
At a time when all the domestic automakers are dropping sedans from their model lineups, you think a modern-day reincarnation of the Diplomat "would make it big time"? SMH
14th Oct 2019, 12:19
Maybe not a Diplomat, but very possible that down the road it will not be so crossover or truck focused. Personally after having a couple of them, it wasn't really that enjoyable to drive after 10 years of them. I get that they are practical. Manufacturers want to focus on the biggest market to sell to. But it's like driving a box vs a car. For every day driving the drivability part of a sedan is far better in my opinion. If you need space, a modern day full size sedan works well. Room for passengers, larger trunk for grocery shopping and space for kids activities and game stuff. My daughter has an Audi A6; it's not a Diplomat equivalent but far nicer to drive as an option. Cadillac has quite a variety of sedans to choose from domestic wise.
14th Oct 2019, 18:47
There were several domestic full size cars that were excellent and yet were dropped. The last model of the Impala was great. I rented a few on business trips. Both had 4 cylinder engines, but you'd never know it. Gobs of power, good acceleration, nice comfortable interior, and so on. The same could be said for the last generation Taurus.
Let's face it: tastes change and for whatever reason at this moment people don't seem to want sedans anymore. it's the same that apparently nobody wants stations wagons. Both of those forms of vehicles were at one point the most popular cars sold. All while I was growing up, the Taurus reined supreme. And now it's vehicles like the F-150 and the huge array of crossovers. In another decade it'll be something else.