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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by vegasphotog, Nov 2, 2009.
Jacked up wagon version with AWD of the Pontiac GTO you guys got in around 04.
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One of these (early Subaru 4WD wagon) was the center of what could have been the greatest Subaru ad in history, if someone had a camera.
In February '78 I had what passed as one of the best "ski cars" available - a 1969 SAAB 96 V4 with the new-fangled Blizzak snow tires. With two buddies going to a house off Black Mountain Road in Jackson, NH - a notoriously steep and difficult stretch. There was a lot of fresh snow and a car ahead of us didn't have snows and couldn't make the grade. We had to stop and lost all momentum, and also had to back down the hill for a fresh start.
The car behind us was a Subaru wagon. A 78 Subaru wagon was tiny - about the length of a Mini - but had optional 4WD and did not have manually locking/unlocking hubs like most 4WD vehicles of the day. they were also cheap and did got decent mileage, an important fact after the gas supply problems at the time.
There was a young mom behind us and she rolled down her window as we backed down and asked "Why are you backing down?"
"Because we can't make the hill without a running start."
"But I have 4WD"
"Go for it."
She was a little nervous starting out on a steep, snow covered slope with three young men staring at her. So she stalled the motor.
Now she was really nervous.. So she restarted the engine, revved the piss out of it (all 67 hp) and popped the clutch. And each wheel spun about a half turn, and she disappeared up the hill.
We looked at each other and said "Wow." And over the next few years Subarus replaced all those SAAB 96's. You don't seem many of either these days - the tin worm was not kind.
I was referring to the $ that it'll cost you to get it up and running. Benzes are SPEN-DEE to fix. Stay away from the dealer for parts, etc.!
For example: the alternator for my S320 would've run me $6XX from the dealer. $250-ish online. $210 rebuilt locally. Get to know peach parts and a few other online places (that I don't have bookmarked on this computer)
After its fixed, there's not too many major issues that I know of. There's a reason German taxis are Benzes.
Hope that clarifies that post
Holy Moses. Like. What's the mileage like in that thing, Lewy?
23mpg on the hwy and 16mpg around town.
My Landy used to do 9mpg around town.
We never get the good models over here.
Remember when station wagons had tailgates?
My last station wagon had a good one. It was a '67 Ford Country Sedan, the stripped down version of the Squire. It had a 3-speed manual and a 289 V-8. I loved that car. We took some fine camping trips in it when the kids were little. It was an awesome trip car.
^ Was teenager around that time with a 289 in large station wagon. Family wagon trips from Houston to Bryans Beach where we drove to where the Brazos River emptied into the Gulf. We would catch crabs and pry oysters in the back water bay while fishing and giging for flounder at nightfall. All this was mixed in with prodigious amounts of gun fire from 30-06, 44 mag and Browning hump 12 gauge. It was Lord of the Flies with monster bonfires at night. These were the best times of my life.
Slingshot from the back draft onto the oncoming lane and passing multiple cars while creeping up to and past 100 mph was how I leaned to drive.
Gummee - You are right about the M/B dealer. Our local one wanted $1200 to remove the head and inspect it. If it was good (I do strongly believe that it is, the motor was never overheated) they wanted $2500 more to reassemble. That was labor only, so plus parts.
I found a competent indy who is familiar w/ older M/B's who is fixing it for less than $2k w/ parts, including new water pump. Beyond this repair I don't see any current or looming issues. The PO (who is the original owner) took extremely good care of it and provided a full maintenance and repair history. It really is in excellent condition.
Ahhh, a little trip down memory lane - ours was a '71 Dodge Monaco wagon (with the 440 Magnum). At lunchtime we would play ping pong on the hood in the high school parking lot. Over time it got neglected - sat a winter off to the side in the driveway where it didn't survive a Nor'easter - suspension collapsed under the weight of a few feet of snow that no one bothered to remove (I was off at college). My dad paid someone to take it away. But good memories.
PM me the info when you get a chance. Despite you being C-ville...
My Benz DID overheat. Weird day that day. Hasn't done it since, but I do get what I think is a rod knock now.
That Holden is awesome. I wish there were mid to full size wagons available. It looks like we are going to get the focus hatchback. I'd go for a fusion wagon in a heartbeat.
I have that Ducati!
My best friends family had a 76 Pontiac Grand Safari with the optional 455. I can remember bombing down I95 with him for a party at Wheaton, blasting past all kinds of cars. At 85 mph you could watch th gas gage move.
They eventually nicknamed it the Millenium Falcon. It was traded in to the dealer, who kept it for a number of years as a delivery vehicle for parts - they kept the Millenium Falcon nickname.
Weight 5,300 lbs
Roughly 400 ft lbs of torque.
Something like this.
I have the Focus hatchback too. Great car. We don't get the Focus wagon in Aus or I would have bought one
I can't tell you what I did with our station wagon, they're (fixed for Saso) still looking for me.