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Old 08-16-2004, 01:14 PM
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Best car for daily driver in NE - camaro/chevelle/riviera

Friends, looking for a $10-13K fun car which will be a to/from the trainstation car. I am in the northeast - thoughts on the following

67-9 Camaro
70 chevelle
63-5 Riviera
65 Impala Coupe

e.t.c.

Rather than spend $25/30K on a new car which will depreciate, I was thinking a cheaper fun older car might be neat. Life is short..why drive an accord when i can drive a V8!

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Old 08-16-2004, 01:58 PM
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Go for the Riv!

I drive a 96 Riv and love it, its Super Charged and will really scoot when I stomp it, like to get out in traffic on the freeway!! LOL
I just like the look of the Early 60's Riv and its a cushy ride too!


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Old 08-16-2004, 04:35 PM
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I like classics that are driven, but Id hate to see a nice 60s car go to hell as a daily driver in the NorthEast. just my opinion
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Old 08-16-2004, 05:49 PM
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Yes get the Riv they rock.
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Old 08-16-2004, 08:26 PM
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i'm with stepside on this, an old car might be cool sometimes but when theres 4 inches of snow on the ground and your windshield is fogged and iced up because those old blowers dont work very well and you hit the brakes going down the slightest incline and those front drum breaks lock the wheels and you just slide down the hill sideways you'll think twice about your choice. besides if you do find a decent car after one winter it will it will start to disintegrate before your eyes.


i'm speaking from expierience, i was forced to use my chevy for a short time a few years back to get to work and it was no fun. for the most part people don't realize how much better todays cars are in bad weather.
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i agree newer cars are better in crappy weather, however if your old car works like it did when it was new its not to bad. i drive a 1966 chevy fleetside in through the winters here in wisconsin... its out right dangerous. i have to be on top of things 100% of the time.

-the floor has huge holes in it (fist size), draft is horrable.
-weather stripping does not seal anymore water drips inside the truck, snow blows on you while you drive!
-washer pump dont work, i have to clean the windshield every chance i get.
-brakes are margional... and they like to lock up
-stearing is well, that of a 66 chevy, good, but not as tight as it once was!

final result? i piloted this beast through 3 winters of this, no accidents. however i have about twice the rust it had when i got her(she was already rusty tho) but still why ruin a old car???? my problem is $ and its the truck i had in high school. i used what i got. also if you got headers you dont have the heat riser valve and it takes longer to warm up in the winter. if possible get another car for the winter!

with that said i think all them cars would be a fun car to drive every day.
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Thanks for the thoughts fellas - the car will be garaged at night and I would upgrade any one of them to 4 wheel discs with good all season tires. I drove a 78 impala in high school, so I cant imagine it would be much different. However I would agree it is not necessarily the best idea
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another car skids through intersection on the ice, rear ends or broad sides yeah, plow trucks throwin big chunks, salt & sinder trucks tossin stuff, couild easily be you that slides into another car..... no thanks, Ill keep my toy inside when the roads are crappy. like I said, drivin an old classic is cool, but Id atleast have a beater for that kind of stuff.
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Old 08-17-2004, 08:06 PM
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I used my Monte for a year and a half as a daily driver...I love that car and people loved seeing it around all the time, but...whew....It's soo nice to have a little transportation machine to beat up.....
If you like Chevelles try a Monte...You could get way more car for the money....


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Old 08-18-2004, 06:22 PM
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Riv.

but be as careful as possible, you wreck it and alot of people will cry. that is a gorgeous car.
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Spend $10-12k on a decent old car and spend $1k on a winter beater to drive in crappy weather.
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