....and a mint set of Recaros from the GS version will be more valuable than the car itself!MFND wrote:Don't worry, in 25 years it will have a huge following, and you will have one in the garage and 3 in the backyard for parts.
... and a $5,000 scanner to diagnose all the problems.DPDISXR4Ti wrote:....and a mint set of Recaros from the GS version will be more valuable than the car itself!MFND wrote:Don't worry, in 25 years it will have a huge following, and you will have one in the garage and 3 in the backyard for parts.
New cars are getting way beyond the back yard mechanic.
'85 Merk. Back together. Only thing stock is the head and block.
3314 lbs w/ the V6 Turbo. The Ecotec probably drops that number by 100 lbs. The only question then is how much weight gets added back in to the North American version. Typically, there's not a big difference like there was back in the 80's.
In the St. Louis area? Join the St. Louis Area Merkur Owners Network (SLAMON) - http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/slamon/
My exact thought Jake. I was pretty surprised to find that it only weighed that much - a few hundred pounds less than the A4. I just wish they would have rotated the drive-train around 90 degrees like an Audi. One of the complaints on the V6 Insignia is that it's nose-heavy, which turned out to be further justification for the lighter Ecotec.Freejack wrote:If that is the case, it will be a couple hundred pounds lighter, and have as much or more power than many cars in the same class (A4, 328i)
Still, I struggle with the thought of owning a Buick; even one I'd immediately de-badge and replace the nose with an Opel piece.
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Jake is suggesting it will weigh 1000 lbs less than the (not so) sporty Taurus SHO. If true, that'll be pretty impressive by today's weighty standards.Mike McCreight wrote:What, it'll weigh LESS than the (4200+ pounds! ) Taurus SHO?
Just keep the Buick guys away from the interior - in fact, just keep them away from the car entirely and sell it here as an Opel.
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sed ... index.html
Note this line...
...the track record for American automakers attempting to leverage their European-market product portfolios Stateside has been somewhat less successful. Remember the Merkur?
http://jalopnik.com/5529960/driving-the ... e=true&s=i
1985 Ford F150 - Tow Missile
1985 Merkur XR4Ti -#141 CP "Miss Daisy"
2005 Subaru LGT
The first ones have recently arrived in showrooms, but I'm pretty sure it's just the N/A models with slush-box. The 6-speed and GS models come later. And yes, I have no idea where the nearest Buick dealer is either ...okay, just checked - looks like the old Pontiac dealer is now a Buick dealer. But don't I need to be 20 years older before walking in there???demonfire wrote:When are these going for sale and what dealerships are going to carry them? I dont even KNOW of a buick dealership near here.
Update - response from dealer...
Hi I'm Marty from Buick GMC of Mahwah. We are getting are first one in next Tuesday.