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Where the big American cars at?
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Posted 4/23/14
These days, the streets seem to be filled with small Japanese cars like Civics and Corollas. When my parents were growing up, everyone was driving big American cars like Chevrolets and Cadillacs. Why the change in cars? What happened to the iconic big American sedans and station wagons?
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Posted 4/23/14

Giantsgiants wrote:

These days, the streets seem to be filled with small Japanese cars like Civics and Corollas. When my parents were growing up, everyone was driving big American cars like Chevrolets and Cadillacs. Why the change in cars? What happened to the iconic big American sedans and station wagons?


Time progressed.
Posted 4/23/14
They are horrible cars now, and they guzzle gas like sororities guzzle man juice.
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Posted 4/23/14
I had a 1975 Buick LeSaber Convertible. Olds 350 Rocket and a Rochester Quadrajet carb. It was sooooo, sweet. I miss it. I ride a motorcycle these days and my wife has a 911 GT2. Small is in, I guess.
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Posted 4/23/14
Those big American cars were a perfect example of style over function. My mom had a Lincoln Continental exactly like this one and that thing was just ridiculous. The front seat was literally as big as a couch, and the back seat was the size of a studio apartment. A family of 5 could have a picnic on the hood of that car. It was so embarrassing driving around in that parade float. Someone stole it eventually (thank god) and my mom got a Honda Accord like a sensible person.
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Posted 4/24/14
In my region, (California), gas prices are $4.00 a gallon and I'm sure it'll be around $4.50-$5.00 as summer gets closer. You do that math. Or to better illustrate, I have a Honda Civic. It has about a 13 gallon tank. I was very low on gas the last time I went to fill up. It cost $43 to fill up. (Imagine how much that would've been if I were a gas guzzling car. Probably in the $100 range). Of course smaller cars are going to become more popular. Now, I see gas guzzlers, of course, and I can't help but laugh because as prices rise, those are the ones that will feel the pain the most. In my humble opinion, it's more economical (not to mention practical) to get a smaller car that uses less gas. Unless you need a bigger car for a job (like say construction), I have no idea why you would want to pay so much to get gas.
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Posted 4/24/14
People also used to think sneezing was caused by witches...

...fortunately, people become more intelligent over time.
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Posted 4/24/14
i drive a 1 liter 1300 lbs car and fill up with 91 and never pay more than 30 a tank.
back in 1999 my dad had a 350 subruban. 75 to a tank and still had only 300 mile tank.

unemployment here is in the 25% area. you cay buy a nice crown vic for 500, nice trucks with big v8 for a grand. lots of cars like that for sale.

geo metros get sold in hours.
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Posted 4/24/14 , edited 4/24/14
Its not a huge boat, but my camaro is in no way small. I love the huge hood, and its gotten me laid on a few occasions so i will take my 13 MPG 400HP V8 over a 40 mpg civic anyday!
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Posted 4/24/14 , edited 4/24/14
IROC-Z?

that camaro is one of the few (IMHO) truely timeless cars.
love those.
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Posted 4/24/14 , edited 4/24/14
Gas mileage and the recession, though I have seen an uptick in truck usage now that the recession is easing off.

I have a mustang, but it gets around 25mpg so its not too bad.
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Posted 4/24/14
My area seems to have a lot of trucks and SUV's still. Occasional glance at some of the nicer muscle cars and retro cars from like the 60's-80's. But everything else is your tiny cars that are meant to save the environment and what not. I had an SUV until my mom borrowed it and totaled it. My parents bought be a Chevy Impala after that since it was their fault for doing it. So i'm not exactly in a big car anymore, but its no tiny lunch box car.
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Posted 4/24/14
I see a lot of big trucks around more than big cars, it all depends on location. The majority of people i know want big cars, they feel more comfortable in them. I drive a big 70s everyday, i just cant drive around in a little econobox that sounds like a weed whacker. I want to hear the roar of my big V8, daily driven
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Posted 4/24/14
My baby
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Posted 4/24/14 , edited 4/24/14
Its a Z28 with an Iroc hood i put on it when restoring it. I just liked the look of that hood so i used it instead of finding a direct replacement.
Gothanimguy thats a sick elcamieno! I almost bought one around the same time i decided to get my camaro:)
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