|Sedans - America
Buick Regal (#1)
Cadillac Seville STS
Pontiac Grand Prix
2000 Buick LeSabre
|Small Cars (any country)
Pontiac Grand Am
Saturn 3 Door Coupe
2000 Plymouth Neon
Chysler Sebring Convertible
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Much time has passed since the auto show and new information is available on the new cars. Lets take a quick tour around the world. My opinions have changed a little. Toyotas do not excite me. They have a practical use, but c'mon, when someone says to you, "What do you drive?", how exciting is it to hear "Just another Camry". Hondas are reliable, but ugly. Except the Prelude, none of their cars have any real power at a base price.
Mitsubishi is still a joke. Sure they look cool, just wait until something breaks, same with Mazda. My opinions on Nissan haven't changed
Germany: Still think Mercedes is bad. I am liking BMW though. BMW's are not out of one's price range. Also they ahve something for everyone. Their cars are given generous power too. Even if I don't have a use for a certain car, someone will. And when you get a BMW, you are getting a car that won't die easily. Volkswagons are still ugly with small engines. I like bigger calmer engines. But hey, at least they are cheap. Volvos are pricy for what you get
Ford: Nothing changed with Ford. Inexpensive, but sometimes a mechanical liability. Also not too impressive. The Mustang looks nice. If you get a "good Ford", which does happen, you certainly have gotten your money's worth
Chrysler: No major opinion changes
GM: I always have opinions on GM. So we will separate them
Chevy: Eh, I like a little more luxury as you all know. But hey their engines are the same as those in Buicks and Oldsmobiles
Pontiac: Appealing to younger people??? Everyone on Cumberland has a new Grand Prix or Grand Am. I still see old people driving them. The Bonneville is a contradiction, a sporty big car??
Oldsmobile: 1 phrase, 3.5 V6 DOHC, This engine is exclusive to the Intrigue right now. On March 1, 1999 Oldsmobile has opted to eliminate the 3.8 Series II engine. The 3.5 puts out 10 more hp and is a lot lighter than the 3.8. When the Aurora offers a V6 next year the 3.5 gets the nod. This 3.5 engine was said to have been inspired by the Aurora's 250 hp 4.0 V8. Lets see how the 3.5 stands up to the other cars. Oldsmobile is taking a Japanese approach to American cars.
Buick: Cry with me now, the Riviera will cease production in 1999. The 2000 LeSabre looks like a wonderful old man car. The 3.8 series II engine has lots of power when driven. I drove a 1996 Riviera and my friend drove a 1999 Regal GS. Tap the gas and peel out. 240 hp is plenty.
Cadillac: Cry again, the last remaining luxocoupe is gone. In 2000 the El Dorado will say goodbye. Can you believe that, a legend is gone. I rode in a new Seville recently. It had a digital and needle speedometer. NICE!!!