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Older Cars That Are Still Reliable

Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:54 pm

How many A.netters are driving cars that are 10 plus years old on a daily basis? List the year and model and what kind of normal maintenance it requires. My work car is a 1990 Honda Accord with 130,000 miles on the odometer. I bought it 5 years ago for my daughter to drive back and forth to college. She gave it back when she graduated. Timing belt replaced 30K miles ago and tires and oil and fluid changes as required. Still giving me 25-30 MPG. Has never let me down. Waiting for it to give me a reason to replace it.
 
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Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:09 pm

Quoting T56A15 (Thread starter):
How many A.netters are driving cars that are 10 plus years old on a daily basis?

I had a 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300SD in perfect running and exterior condition, (sold it in 1997) with 378,272 miiles on the clock when I sold it. Still running today from what I hear. One of these. It the 8 years I had it, I spent about 3,000 in corrective maintenence. The rest was spent replacing glowplugs, motor oil, gearbox oil, and brakes.


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Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:21 am

Mine is a 1989 Suzuki SJ413 / Samurai hybrid. It has appr. 300.000 km (don't know exactly, since the odometer resets at 99.999 km) behind it, but is slowly developing problems. E.g. the rear differential and the gear boxes are starting to produce noise, as well as leaking oil.
Also the springs seem to be a bit worn out.

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Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:40 am

Myself, I love old cars with class. I don't think I will ever buy a new car again......this is a car I bought Xmas Eve.

1994 Pontiac Sunbird
87,000 kms
V6 - 3.1ltr

This car was originally purchased by a lady and it was undercoated every year thus no rust. It still has it's original paint and looks amazing! She had it regularly maintained and you could eat off the engine. Everything on it is original.....and it sure can move on the highway!

Some people just like to buy new cars......I think it is a status thing.

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Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:54 am

Hi guys.

Here's my sweet ride. Yes it's older, but it has class & style. It's a 1974 model and it runs very well. I want it to last for years to come so I don't drive the heck out of it. I rarely drive it fast, I usually just cruise the strip nice and slow so I can show it off better.

Some people think it needs a new paint job, but I disagree. I love it's cool appearance, it's more of a "Chick Magnet" this way!

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Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:19 am

I drive a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E with 154,000 miles so far. After 3 years I had to pay $3,000 for some major maintenance, but other than that no real problems. The original owner took amazing care of it, It looks very new for its age. It's not the best on gas mileage but it sure is built like a tank.

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Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:54 am

1986 BMW 5 series. 187,000+ miles on the odo. Starts every time. Runs reliably. Excellent car. As per maintenance, i have the fluids (oil, etc...) checked and changed on a regular basis. The only issue with the car is one of the break lights has a tendency not to work. I just need to run down to my local dealer and spent a few dollars on a new bulb socket (corroded contact).
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:43 am

The Volvo 240 seem to be able to go untill the sun explodes.
 
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:50 am

My wife has a 1996 BMW 316i with only 128,000km on it, still looks and goes great.
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:22 am

My dad still drives a round his 1986 Toyota 4-Runner he bought almost 21 years ago new. It isn't his primary vehicle, but it gets used whenever he has to haul something. He rebuilt the engine 7 years ago and it runs great. 4 cyl, 5 speed, 4x4, 180,000 miles. It doesn't get driven much in the summer here because the A/C is broken.  hot 

Here is a pic of a 1989 model, but the 1986 is pretty much the same.

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Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:35 am

Quoting Agill (Reply 7):
The Volvo 240 seem to be able to go untill the sun explodes.

Yes if I drive the 7 km to city centre I'm expecting see 10+ 240-760s of various external conditions, but still rolling on. People like to hang on to these cars since it's a car that you can fix yourself, and take a relatively big trailer on tow, much apperciated since everyone and his uncle is building something in this country. I'm not a builder but I like the space for hauling wood etc.
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:58 am

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 9):
He rebuilt the engine 7 years ago and it runs great. 4 cyl, 5 speed, 4x4, 180,000 miles.

Now that doesn't equate into reliability to me. A old reliable car should not need a rebuilt motor 7 years before 180,000 miles. My Ford Rangers routinely beat that and I drive them into the ground-hard.
 
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:06 am

1995 Buick LeSabre Custom 4D Sedan with 67,200 miles.
Only regular oil changes, tire rotation, replaced the tires at 64,000 miles.
Only drive 120 miles a week on the weekends only.
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:17 am

1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car.
Very reliable. Still has original engine and transmission. Everything works and only needs basic maintenance.
In the 4 years I've owned this car, the only thing I had to replace was the water pump and it was $65.
I also replaced the timing chain last year. It now has 170,000 miles on it. Not bad for a 30 year old car.
I've driven to SoCal, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon & Washington.

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Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:45 am

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 11):
Now that doesn't equate into reliability to me.

Rebuilt = New cylinder head and other engine maintenance.
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:59 am

1987 Plymouth Reliant w/ 158,000 mi. Its old and reliable. Only thing that need to be done is some exhaust work and fix 2 speakers. Wouldn't mind getting the engine built though.
 
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:21 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 13):
1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car.

It might be one of those "phases" we yung'uns go through ev'ry now and then, but I've sort of fallen in love with that kind of car... big, inefficient engine, transmission that sends half the power straight on to God-knows-where, handling like an oil tanker, the worst relation of interior to exterior space you could find anywhere, fenders that will instantly kill any pedestrian if he so much as looks at them from the wrong angle, aerodynamics only second to those of the Ford Model T and a radiator grill that combines the understatement of a McMansion with the subtle elegance of a sledgehamer. In other words, you'd have to be completely out of your mind to own one and that's why I'd love one.  cloudnine 
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:29 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 16):
love with that kind of car... big, inefficient engine, transmission that sends half the power straight on to God-knows-where, handling like an oil tanker, the worst relation of interior to exterior space you could find anywhere, fenders that will instantly kill any pedestrian if he so much as looks at them from the wrong angle, aerodynamics only second to those of the Ford Model T and a radiator grill that combines the understatement of a McMansion with the subtle elegance of a sledgehamer. In other words, you'd have to be completely out of your mind to own one and that's why I'd love one.

Yeah. Love is usually irrational...! Big grin

Excellent description, by the way.
 
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:50 am



I drive her pretty much daily and hasn't had a single mechanical issue since January when I put on a new carb and intake manifold, she's only got 99,200k so far despite being 25 years old (82' A-11 Marathon)
 
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:16 am

My mom drove a Mercedes W124 E25OD from back in the eighties up until last year when she gave it away to the neighbours (urgent need for a car after an accident), the interior and exterior where as good as new and besides some regular maintenance (wheels a couple of batteries, some clutches, filters ,oil, glow-plugs, and NOT EVEN ONE REPLACED EXHAUST) it never broke down or needed anything to be replaced.
When it moved next door it had about 580.000Km on the clock and it has gone trough the 600.000 mark a while ago.
The neighbours said to me last year that if it is up to them it will see the million mark because it still drives like new.

One wonders what happened with Mercedes now they sell hyper-expensive cars that seem to break down faster than some former Warsaw pack stuff,  Confused  Confused  Confused
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RE: Older Cars That Are Still Reliable

Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:22 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 17):
Yeah. Love is usually irrational...!

Before my money went to various colleges, I bought a second hand 1991 Audi Turbo 200. Pretty much invested half again the purchase price to bring the maintenance items up to date and rebuild the transmission. After a full year of problem free driving, I was sitting at a red light when the factory sound system decided to cause a trunk fire. Car was a total loss. Through all the heartache this car caused me, I was hooked. I secretly (the wife is not amused) scan the web pages looking for a suitable model to do it all again. I may go with the Quattro 20 valve this time.
 
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:08 pm

Quoting Aloges (Reply 16):
big, inefficient engine, transmission that sends half the power straight on to God-knows-where,

Before that bast--d Arnold became governor with his anti-old car laws, I was going to drop in the original 460cu" from 1968 which was 11:1 compression ratio and over 300+ HP with no smog bs and catalytic converters.
By 1977, the 460cu" was choked to only 208HP with single exhaust and 8:1 compression ratio. I still pass smog test in 2007 but the engine is a total underachiever. I can go around these silly smog laws if I register in another state but I have the original blue plates with gold lettering which is era specific. In California, the plates stay with the car.

The lost power kicks in when you are on a steep uphill climb on the highway.
It's great taking I-5 through the grapevine with cruise control on coasting up a 15% grade at 85mph while the weak high-reving imports are struggling to climb.

Quoting Aloges (Reply 16):
the worst relation of interior to exterior space you could find anywhere,

That was a problem with the GM Colonnades (1973-1977 mid-size).
I can seat 6 adults comfortably inside and about 4 dead bodies in the trunk.  Wink
The GMs of that time were notorious for there cramped interiors relative to there size.

Quoting Aloges (Reply 16):
In other words, you'd have to be completely out of your mind to own one...

...and live in the densely populated San Francisco. Big grin
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:29 pm

 Wow! A REAL Checker !!!!

Quoting Galapagapop (Reply 18):
82' A-11 Marathon

Was that not the final year?

That's a great *unique* classic! I luv it!
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:39 pm

Galapagapop:
That Checker is awesome!  yes 
There is a taxi company up in Marin County that has a few Marathons left in there fleet. I saw one at SFO just two weeks ago.

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 22):
Was that not the final year?

YES!
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RE: Older Cars That Are Still Reliable

Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:18 pm

Does anyone know a company that sells cars like Galapagapop has? I've been looking for a cheap reliable ride.

Also,

Those Ford Explorers seems to pretty reliable. My sister and her husband drive a 93. Only has 112K on the odometer.

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Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:43 pm

Quoting T56A15 (Thread starter):
My work car is a 1990 Honda Accord with 130,000 miles on the odometer.

Shit.. Me too!! Mine is at 164,000mi though. I just had the timing belt, water pump, and shaft seals done a couple months ago. I thought it needed struts which might have been a deal breaker but my incredible mechanic said an $85 sway bar bushing will probably cure the squeak because the struts are fine.

Its a great car, I don't want to get rid of it. It is nice driving something ugly enough that nobody wants to steal it. I just hate the automatic seat belts.
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:11 pm

1863 Mercedes R350 SUVFirst-class.

The R350 SUV elevates the art of travel with its dual-zone climate control, optional panorama roof, and individual seating for up to 12. Rolls-Royce twin engine horse adapters with iPod hookup. Yeah baby.

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RE: Older Cars That Are Still Reliable

Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:07 pm

Quoting Galapagapop (Reply 18):

That has got to be the greatest car I've ever seen! Nicely done.
 
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RE: Older Cars That Are Still Reliable

Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:24 pm

1997 Honda Civic EX - 58000 mi
1997 Dodge Neon Highline - 83000 mi
1997 Renault Clio - 120.000 mi (not a typo)
1993 Renault Twingo - 100.000 mi

The Twingo and Civic are currrently in storage but have always been reliable as nails when I used them.
The Clio is still going strong in all areas, the Neon needs a rear suspension checkup but is fine in all other areas.

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Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:51 pm

From New Yorqatar to Califarbia...
 
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:15 pm

Thanks. I might just stick with a Ford Crownvictoria.

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Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:57 pm

1987 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 2 liter pickup, 150,000 miles on it. Bought at an auction for $700 with 80,000 miles on it. Original engine crapped out at 130,000 miles, rebuilt and now have a spare engine and transmission. New rocker panels to be installed this year-yeah baby!

1993 Mazda MPV van, 134,000 and runs pretty well.
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RE: Older Cars That Are Still Reliable

Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:59 pm

Quoting Captoveur (Reply 25):
I just hate the automatic seat belts.

I'm used to them, but love the look on the unwary passenger's face when they get their arm tangled up in it.
 
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:40 am

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 24):
Those Ford Explorers seems to pretty reliable. My sister and her husband drive a 93. Only has 112K on the odometer.

You've got to be kidding me. We owned a '91, the first year they were made (perhaps that might explain it, though) and it was a complete lemon. Within a year of owning it, the transmission self-destructed. Fortunately it was under warranty. After multiple air conditioning compressors, head gasket replacements, and other non-standard maintenance, we finally gave up after 95,000 miles.

On the other hand, my '98 Civic EX is awesome. Only has 65k on it, but in the couple years I've owned it I haven't had to spend any money with maintaining it other than oil changes and tune-ups. I regularly average 35mpg with a mix of city/highway driving, and the 5-speed manual gearbox makes it fun to drive as well. I can see myself driving it until the wheels fall off.

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Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:51 am

Big version: Width: 640 Height: 480 File size: 35kb


1987 Chevrolet Silverado. Still running fine, eats oil like mad though and the rear left exhaust bracket keeps coming loose.

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Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:38 am

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 34):
1987 Chevrolet Silverado. Still running fine, eats oil like mad though and the rear left exhaust bracket keeps coming loose.

Rgds --James--

You probably don't meet yourself coming and going too often in the UK with that ride. Good to see the Bowtie has a few friends out your way. Is it a small block?
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:05 am

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 35):

Haha nah its very expensive to drive! about 60-70p worth of petrol a mile  silly 
By block I presume you mean engine? Its a 5.8L V8 I believe. Bowtie?

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Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:13 am

Quoting N243NW (Reply 33):
You've got to be kidding me. We owned a '91, the first year they were made (perhaps that might explain it, though) and it was a complete lemon.

Had a similar experience with an 88 Ranger. These are mostly Mazda designs IIRC. Ranger had Mazda everything but the engine.

We have had several long lasting cars:

My Mom has a 90 Olds 98 regency with 100,000+ miles and zero maint problems, she wont get rid of it.

We had a 95 Maxima that made it way over 200,000 before an accident totalled it

My 97 Dodge Ram pulled a 10,000+ pound trailer and my boat on the weekends for 10 years and 110,000 miles before the tranny started slipping. There were also many many bumber dragging loads of rock etc and other abuse.

My 79 Camaro Z28 is still pretty much pristine at 77,000. Planning to replace engine for HP reasons only.

My 88 Corvette went 12 years and 100,000 miles before losing it in a crash, only the alternater was an issue

We also now have a 00 Trans Am and a 01 Tahoe that have never needed anything but tires, oil, and brakes.
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:31 am

Quoting DeltaDC9 (Reply 37):
My Mom has a 90 Olds 98 regency with 100,000+ miles and zero maint problems, she wont get rid of it.

No reason for her to get rif of it. That 3.8 V6 is bulletproof and those GM H-bodies has the best ride quality of just about any front-drive car.
A good friend of mine sold his 1990 Buick LeSabre with 250,000 miles on it and it was still running fine.
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:33 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 13):
1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car

Nice, does it have AC?

I've got a 98 Accord with about 119k miles on it. My dad's 98 Lexus has somewhere in the range of 220-230k, and weve never had a problem with either.
 
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:43 am

Quoting Trav110 (Reply 39):
Nice, does it have AC?

Yes.
It has everything.
Power seats, power windows, power seats, heated rear view mirrors with rear window defrost, *automatic headlights, anti-lock brakes, external thermometer, illuminated key entry, remote trunk release, Cartier digital timepiece, power glass moonroof, AM/FM stereo with quadraphonic 8track tape player.


Everything works.




*Means the headlight come on automatically when it gets dark or driving through tunnels.
Also if your driving down a dark desert highway at night with your hi-beams on, they shut off to normal lights when an on coming car in the opposite line drives by so the driver isn't blinded by your hi-beams. As soon as the car passes, the hi-beams come back on.
Pretty cool old technology that isn't offered in luxury cars anymore.
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:42 am

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 36):
Haha nah its very expensive to drive! about 60-70p worth of petrol a mile
By block I presume you mean engine? Its a 5.8L V8 I believe. Bowtie?

Rgds --James--

The small block Chevy started out life in 1955 at 265 cid and made it to 400 cid or so in factory configurations using the same basic architecture and dimensions. They're probably the single most popular auto/truck engine ever built here in the states and they've been developed to produce hellacious power.

The bowtie is the name for the Chevrolet trademark.

Check out Jegs.

http://www.jegs.com/webapp/wcs/store...ategory_10001_10002_10763_-1_10175
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:52 am

My 1983 VW Bug, 34 HP, 215 000 km (roughly 130 000 miles). Still going strong every day, I visited half of Europe in it already.

Best car in the world. Just not funny to overtake on the Autobahn with Vmax of 80 mph...
 
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:53 am

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 22):
Was that not the final year?

Yup one of the 2000 produced that last year.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):
There is a taxi company up in Marin County that has a few Marathons left in there fleet. I saw one at SFO just two weeks ago.

I'd love the name of it if possible I've been trying to compile a list of companies that still have them, I know there are at least 2 still left in Chicago, none in NY sadly, but boy you gotta love that taxi smell!

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 24):
Does anyone know a company that sells cars like Galapagapop has? I've been looking for a cheap reliable ride.

I found my Checker from a company called Vance Motors in Southern NJ, he sells pretty much anything he comes across, since I bought the car last year, he's had 2 or 3 since, either in normal colors (even a rare Winkoff, which features porthole windows and was appealing to doctors in Florida) or in Taxi yellow.

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 29):
MCOflyer, talk to these guys http://www.checkertaxistand.com/opti...d,27/

Beat me to it, but this is the club us Checker owners use to cross reference parts and general checker help, usually many good strong cars in there, lots of daily drivers still around, parts are the only tricky thing with Checkers, the engines, unless an early 60's car, can all be cross referenced easy with standard Chevy parts, and the most parts can still be found locally, but when it comes to panels, windows, and Checker specific parts, that's where it can get tricky, there are 2 guys who actually have thousands of parts and remake parts that can help, but one it's not that cheap and still many parts are uncommon unless taken from a junker which is plausible, but remember the US in the 90's offered heavy incentives for Salvage yards to keep their inventory to cars in the current US fleet, capping around 15 years, so a lot fo Checkers are long gone, not mention they are prone to rusting (like all 2 ton classics).

Just FYI for those wondering why it's that kind of green, she's one of the original 36 or 37 Checkers retrofitted and fixed up for Coke to be used in a Surge Soda promotion (1997? 99'? always forget), they were given away all over the country in a number of contests, mine currently is in her original paint, and is number 34 of the 36 or so cabs.
 
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:34 am

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 41):

Oh god I dont know which one it is. It isnt at the house at the minute, its up at my parents gym. When I next go up there or my dad next drives it back I'll pop the hood and take a look.

Rgds --James--
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:02 am

Quoting Galapagapop (Reply 43):
I'd love the name of it if possible I've been trying to compile a list of companies that still have them, I know there are at least 2 still left in Chicago, none in NY sadly, but boy you gotta love that taxi smell!

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RE: Older Cars That Are Still Reliable

Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:13 am

The Cadillacs seem to run pretty well. Ive seem Jeep Cherokees in mint condition that are old.

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RE: Older Cars That Are Still Reliable

Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:42 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 45):
You're going to kill me.
I forgot. banghead

No worries, if it comes to ya just drop me a line, otherwise no problem. In the mean time I'm busy priming an extra NOS fender I have, making sure to seal her up so the rust won't get it.  Wink
 
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RE: Older Cars That Are Still Reliable

Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:47 am

Galapagapop:
I know of about three different Checker owners here in San Francisco.
One couple has a mint condition grey sedan that has the vinyl top and Oprah window in the C-pillar.
They are a gothic couple and have a nice big mansion that sits atop a hilltop. The wife often dresses like a witch and the hubby dresses like a vampire.
It's another one of those 'only in San Francisco' things.  Smile
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RE: Older Cars That Are Still Reliable

Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:24 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 48):
One couple has a mint condition grey sedan that has the vinyl top and Oprah window in the C-pillar.

It's a Winkoff model. Not stock from Checker but a mod done by a dealership in Florida years ago, but very popular with lawyers, doctors, and many who wanted a large interior and proven reliability. But with more friendly interiors, rather than taxi gray. I personally am a big fan of the opra window in the C pillar, just I won't dare get one as those C pillars are extremely prone to leaking, rusting, and well replacements are about 1000 times what it is just for a normal rare Checker NOS part.

And I can imagine the 'only' in San Francisco thing, I've been out enough to pick up on that  Wink

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