14th Mar 2009, 10:21
Well the opening statement:
"Can't wait for her to be a daily driver with all new parts"
Leads me to believe that the owner wants to make it "new" again, and to me spending that kind of cash on that particular vehicle would be a waste of time and money.
14th Mar 2009, 15:40
I've owned 3 of these automobiles. 2 '85 Delta 88 and 1 '86 Caprice classic. These cars are all basically the same with diff names built on the Caprice chassis from 1978-1985. These cars are built like tanks and from my experience have been extremely reliable. It is getting harder to find one of these cars in decent shape these days, a lot of people use them in demolition derby's. If you enjoy your car as much as I enjoyed mine then it is well worth the expense and TLC to fix whatever's wrong! And you will have a well-built comfortable vehicle that you don't see see at every stoplight (unlike the Honda Accord I drive now lol)
12th Apr 2009, 19:18
My alternator won't charge, and I changed the plug and put a new alternator on it. Other than that, it's a great car, all original and 43000 miles. Great paint, love it.
20th Feb 2010, 22:27
Definitely fix this "clunker" HAHAHA, they turn heads when they look nice. I always got compliments on mine even with it's um, 'patina'.
28th Jun 2015, 02:25
I agree about the old car saving you expense with new car payments. Also don't forget to add the cost of full coverage insurance & higher personal property tax. I have owned throughout my driving career: 1967 Olds 88 with 425 CID rocket, 1978 Olds Cutlass with 260 CID, & 1980 Olds Cutlass Supreme. These cars were good, not much expense with good preventative maintenance & I liked them a lot. I am in a position to acquire an 84 Olds 98, solid car still for 600 cash. Time for another sleeper.
28th Jun 2015, 16:20
I have a couple personal cars purchased new. Neither one gets driven many miles annually. Both are now over 10 years old. I figure I save money spreading the wear between the two. I balance out the driving, which really is about 5k each. If one has an issue, I take my time fixing it myself or shopping around for a better repair cost. Being over 50 and owning a home, insurance is low. I never fret if one doesn't start or needs maintenance. I drive the other. I can either fix things myself or shop for a special. By 50 I have a pretty complete toolbox. If it's a nice day and I feel like it, I will do it myself. Living this way is stress free. You also have one owner cars that you know the history from day 1. I don't know if many have tried this, but it works great. My dad was solo for a long time and shared this suggestion. You don't have to buy the most expensive cars to do this. If you are working, it's a nice way to never be without a car or sit around waiting on repairs. The only issue is remembering what car your golf bag is in. If you hang on to your cars over 10 years, it's a thing to try out. To me, no stress and not letting a car with unexpected issues disrupt your plans is worth every penny.