Last Call: Later 'Gator Edition

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26 responses to “Last Call: Later 'Gator Edition”

  1. Frank T. Cat Avatar
    Frank T. Cat

    So fellow hoons, take a wild guess what I did to myself. Again.

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    If you guessed ‘He bought another crappy old SAAB to drive while his other one is broken,’ you’re correct!
    1999 SAAB 9-5 wagon with the 2.3t, a 5spd, and187k miles. Bought it from the second owner, who had it since 2002, for $1500. She’s a little rough around the edges. A lot a little.

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      You’re looking for validation, not judgement? You’re in the right place!
      I’m more of a RWD Swede fan, but I’d be doing the same sort of thing if my parking space enabled such behavior. Will one be a rusty/winter beater type, or rather, you’re playing the odds of at least one being operable at any given time?

      1. Frank T. Cat Avatar
        Frank T. Cat

        The 9-5 will be the winter beater, galvanized chassis and all. My 900 is never seeing road salt again so long as it’s in my possession. The rest of the year I’m gonna play the odds of one being operable.
        I do have a 1993 Volvo 245, too. That’s teeechnically my parents, though. I just sort of adopted it while my 900’s been broken and I didn’t have the money to buy some wheels. Thanks, tax refund.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Ah, tax refund! Got the message yesterday that it’ll be raining on me this year due to an unfortunate income adjustment last year. First comment of my wife: “Eight wheels outside are enough”. =8^)
          Anyway, congrats! These wagons can be reliable transportation. How’s the interior holding up?

          1. Monkey10is Avatar

            So let me get this right: Your wife has just said it’s OK for you to get FOUR motorbikes?
            Or one Tatra T815?

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            This is brilliant. I will be laughing all through my divorce…

          3. Frank T. Cat Avatar
            Frank T. Cat

            The seats and everything except the area immediately surrounding the driver’s seat is in way better condition than I expected for 187k miles. Driver’s seat still looks brand new, but the carpet is trashed, the plastic trim piece the power seat switches are in is smashed, the door handle has had all the soft touch plastic fall off, and the handbrake boot is disintegrating.
            Needs a good thorough clean to get the pine needles and dog hair out, too.

          4. Sjalabais Avatar

            Oh, people taking this scent thing seriously can be a Royal Pine in the …
            I’m convinced you made a good deal!

        2. PaulE Avatar

          9-5s rust, too. My first 9-5 (bought new, drove it a dozen years/325k mi) started
          rotting in weird places, but not the usual 9-5 rust spots–in my case,
          it was inside the RF door and especially underneath, around the drain
          plugs (under the under-coating). Pay close attention to the floor pan around the drain plugs. They’re amazing winter cars, though–put snows on it and it’ll be nearly unstoppable and really secure in the slick, even at high speeds.

          1. Frank T. Cat Avatar
            Frank T. Cat

            The floor drain plugs on all GM2900 platform cars seem to be where the cars rust first. That, and the bottom of the doors. Thankfully this car is rust-free in that respect; it just has some on the lower wheel arch behind the rear doors, and some on the hood from rock chips. Completely solid everywhere else.
            Granted, that’s what I thought about my 900 when I bought it… and look how that turned out (a drawn out major rust repair project.)

    2. 0A5599 Avatar

      I went to school with someone who had a still-in-warranty Saab that was in the shop probably 5 days per month. She decided she needed something more reliable. She bought a new Saab.
      You’d like her.

      1. Frank T. Cat Avatar
        Frank T. Cat

        I blame my girlfriend for this. She got her SAAB first.
        Hers has been a tad more reliable, given it hadn’t been all used up and run into the ground like all of the cars I’ve bought or been given have.

  2. Guest Avatar

    “My collection of Allantes leaves me with too many parts, let me help you with your restoration. ”

    Am I the the only one with many, many questions?

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      But also – how many of those questions do you really want answered?

      1. Guest Avatar

        That is a very good point.

        Honestly? I just want one answer. How many Allante’s are needed for a collection? That and the answer to meaning of life, of course.

        I just hope that the second answer is related to the first, in any way, shape, or form.

        1. Vavon Avatar

          I think the answer is 42…

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            I get an instant urge to send one of these “free hugs”-people up there.

          2. Guest Avatar

            Oh dear lord, there’s a fan club.


            Can someone tell me if these really are THAT collectible?

    2. Monkey10is Avatar

      “My collection of parts leaves me with too many Allantes…”

  3. Kiefmo Avatar

    Today is a very sad day for me.
    Here’s why:
    I’ll be free of two-wheels-good for the foreseeable future. The moolah will enable me to make the 300SD more DD-able, but damn if I won’t miss riding.
    Anyone in the Kansas City area want to buy the best beginner bike on the market?

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      So… the cheapest CBR250 in the SF Bay Area is in Santa Cruz and it’s $3200, a 2012 with 20,000 on the clock.
      A more comparable one would be this 2011 with 3300 miles at $3795
      Maybe not enough of a price difference to cover the cost of transport and hassle of getting the California Stamp Of Approval. But if there’s three of your bike in Kansas City, and they all fit in the back of a pickup… what could go wrong?

  4. ptschett Avatar

    So while I didn’t buy either my past ’10 or present ’15 Challenger for winter driving, the ’15 made a dang good showing for itself in that realm on Sunday afternoon.
    (Base map per NOAA snowcover water content analysis, doge-ish commentary per me)
    On Friday I drove the Challenger from Fargo, point “B” to visit family in east-central SD, point “A”. (My sister was home from NJ, which only happens 1-2x a year.) Friday and Saturday were good days for driving a 372 HP RWD car, and even Sunday would have been fine if I was at either point “A” or “B” and didn’t need to travel the distance between the two in order to be back at work in Fargo by Monday morning.
    I found that the traction control actually works, from a hillstart on snow where I was sure I was going to be stuck till the speedometer hit ~8 MPH and the car started to move; that the ZF 8-speed will accept manual-mode upshifts with engine speeds as low as 1800 RPM; and that this car will accumulate hilarious rocker-panel ‘ground effects’ made of snow.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      All this science talk…was it fun? 🙂 We still have 2m high snow banks next to the road 30 minutes from here, and a bit more 2 hours from my house:
      They say we can go skiing effortlessly until the end of June. And: Cheap electricity in a hydropower-region, hooray!

    2. JayP Avatar

      Out of my 3 vehicles, the only one I could trust in the snow would be the Focus. I found some cheap alloys and waiting to snag a set of snowtires. Also bought some mudflaps… it’ll look awesome in winter trim.

      1. ptschett Avatar

        If I ever was to own a FWD car, I’d be deeply tempted to go all rally-car on it and install some big dang mudflaps. Winters would be spent on snow tires and steelies, summers on gnarly all-seasons if not all-terrains…

        1. JayP Avatar

          I would if it were not an ST. The sticky tires and suspension are too much fun.