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Continuing to shop for cars…I think I’m addicted to looking at listings lol 

 

Anyways lately I’ve been looking at cop cars and today I’ve had my eye on these.

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?listingId=616700531&clickType=myATCsavedcar

 

Chevy Caprice PPV. Seen a few listings (this dealer specializes in used patrol vehicles apparently)  and I they’re pretty cool. Interior looks to be pretty spartan but it’s a flex fuel V8 RWD Sedan and definitely not something you see everyday. Supposedly it’s a parts headache though, being basically a Holden I guess? Not 100% clear on that. 
 

Would prefer one of the V8 AWD Chargers but it’s seems like you can get these pretty cheap. 

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3 hours ago, Genghis_Dong said:

I'd assume a lot of the Holden parts would crossover with GM but not sure.

Been doing more research and a lot of the parts are specific to this car and sourced from Australia. It might not be too bad now but it can easily become a headache in the future between time and money. My neighbor has a Pontiac (G8 I think) and he’s complained about getting parts for his car.

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22 hours ago, scorp said:

Base 2019 white WRX

 

I'm laughing at the new 2022 engines.

Upped it to 2.4L and 3 more HP gain and same torque? Like what are you doing Subaru.

 

Pre-2022 STIs had a 2.4L and were 300+, did you cheap out on the turbo and other parts?

Yeah performance sedan are really growing on me but the 2022 WRX is real suspect. Crosstrek inspired aesthetics and somehow no HP gain from a 20% increase in displacement (on a car already stagnating power plant wise).

 

In other news I really hate how hard the Chevy SS flopped. I’d love to own a new one but that’s impossible, and used ones are insanely expensive even without the crazy market. GM could not have handled it worse.
 

 

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On 12/5/2021 at 1:21 PM, Genghis_Dong said:

I'd assume a lot of the Holden parts would crossover with GM but not sure.

I owned G8. That isn't the case. I've told the story before but I had to get windshield wipers from the dealer. One of sizes weren't carried by anyone else. Also both my brother and I had 6.0 V8s. His GTO had the LS2 (From the Corvette). I had the L76 (Holden Specific). My engine took 9 quarts of oil. His takes 6 IIRC. Bruh you should have seen my face at my first oil change. Bear in mind that I put full synthetic in that car. 😭

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@VhoziteNot sure how I missed your post. The Chevy SS was doomed by the same thing that killed the GTO. The Australian dollar got too valuable. Their entire domestic auto market was contingent on exports. Their currencies value shot up 33% versus the US dollar IIRC (60 cents on the dollar to 80 cents on the dollar). This caused the GM to lose money on every GTO and G8 they sold. It was part of the reason for the SS's price hike over the G8 when it was just a newer version of the same car. Moreover it killed Holden, since most of their money came from exports. Last I checked Holden's are just rebadged front wheel drive based Opel/Vauxhalls now. 😔

 

Edit: If you want to know what the new G8/SS looks like. It's basically the same car as the current gen Buick Regal....

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On 12/5/2021 at 1:07 PM, Vhozite said:

Would prefer one of the V8 AWD Chargers but it’s seems like you can get these pretty cheap. 

The AWD v8 Charger could be a monster. They were discontinued back in 2015 and really only rumors as to why (supposedly there was a lawsuit of sorts). The Caprice is a solid platform as well. 

 

45 minutes ago, Darc_Requiem said:

owned G8. That isn't the case. I've told the story before but I had to get windshield wipers from the dealer. One of sizes weren't carried by anyone else. Also both my brother and I had 6.0 V8s. His GTO had the LS2 (From the Corvette). I had the L76 (Holden Specific). My engine took 9 quarts of oil. His takes 6 IIRC. Bruh you should have seen my face at my first oil change. Bear in mind but I put full synthetic in that car.

Agreed with all things here. 

 

 

19 minutes ago, Darc_Requiem said:

@VhoziteNot sure how I missed your post. The Chevy SS was doomed by the same thing that killed the GTO. The Australian dollar got too valuable. Their entire domestic auto market was contingent on exports. Their currencies value shot up 33% versus the US dollar IIRC (60 cents on the dollar to 80 cents on the dollar). This caused the GM to lose money on every GTO and G8 they sold. It was part of the reason for the SS's price hike over the G8 when it was just a newer version of the same car. Moreover it killed Holden, since most of their money came from exports. Last I checked Holden's are just rebadged front wheel drive based Opel/Vauxhalls now.

The SS was the perfect sleeper. It was a no-nonsense car that packed a lot of power. It didn't help that Chevy's marketing strategy was basically pissing in the wind. Right now they seem to hold a fair bit of value given how "rare" they are. 

 

Also, got the Durango hooked back up and all the codes cleared.  It would have been flawless if I didn't forget to plug one of the fuel injectors in. It was only for 3 seconds 🤣. I think we've all forgotten to plug something in at some point. 

 

Now is the fun part of the drive cycle for emissions.  

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10 hours ago, Genghis_Dong said:

New water pump and radiator/hoses are in. Dropping it off at the shop on monday to have them do the front mount intercooler. Pics coming when its done. Will be nice not to have to take off the top mount intercooler every time to do literally anything in the engine bay.

That's awesome! How much boost are you running?

 

FINALLY got my Durango to clear the emissions monitors. Did every possible version of the drive cycles with 0 luck. The way I got it to "clear" was by performing some "spirited driving" with Tow/Haul mode engaged. After about 10 min, all the monitors cleared 🤣, Given the condition of this thing, I'm thinking that the Durango becomes the daily and the Charger becomes the project. The thing that keeps me from doing any sort of engine/drivetrain work is the lifetime powertrain on it. Granted in the terms Chrysler can just say "naaaaa" if the cost of the repair exceeds the NADA Clean Retail value of the vehicle. With this warranty I've gotten:

  • New heads
  • New long block assembly
  • Rear main seal replacement

Mind you, this is an 06 and the work was done as recently as 2019 at no cost to me. 

 

I have the entire SRT Brembo setup for the brakes. Once installed, all I need now is literally the front fascia, engine, and rear end to convert it to a 1st Gen SRT. If I ever go that far, I'm gonna push beyond that. 

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So sprung a leak today. Looks like the the water pump is leaking (despite still being functional). I am gonna pull the air intake off to see what's up. I also have a pinhole in the radiator near the neck. Neither is really a problem to fix. The issue really is the fact that it should have broke while I had the valve covers off. Since it's gonna rain all day tomorrow, this is something imma take care of tonight. While I'm at it, may as well do a coolant flush 🤣.

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Got time to knock this out this evening. Ultimately this is what was replaced.

  • Water pump
  • radiator
  • Radiator hoses
  • 180 Deg T-Stat
  • Thermostat Gasket

The pump was definitely done. Once I was finished, I did a pressure test and got some hissing in a few places on the radiator. The other items were a "while I was in there" ordeal. I was a bit surprised that there wasn't a gasket around the T-stat when I pulled it off. 

 

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Out of curiosity when shopping for cars what do you consider the cutoff for miles and/or years? Obviously all things being equal id rather both to me on the low end, but a mf is broke lol. 
 

Anyways, how flexible can I be when looking at age? I try not to shop for anything over a decade old, and people say 100k is the big number for mile based wear and tear, but I’m curious what you guys think. 

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