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Old 04-02-2011, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Sometimes, it is not for the best.



An LS430 may lean more towards cruising smoothness but it won't have the boulevard ride that '70s (and older) Cadillacs and Lincolns were famous for. Nor the soft and plush seats.
Ever driven one?
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Ever driven one?
Don't have to. I have known a couple of people who have owned them and have also read car reviews. "A smooth ride but not quite as smooth as '70s full-size American cars" is a common quote.

Also, those '70s (and many '60s) American luxury cars had softer (and larger) seats...


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Old 04-02-2011, 10:32 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Don't have to. I have known a couple of people who have owned them and have also read car reviews. "A smooth ride but not quite as smooth as '70s full-size American cars" is a common quote.

Also, those '70s (and many '60s) American luxury cars had softer (and larger) seats...

That's absolutely right.

The American full-size classics were incomparable. And you have to have grown up with them....to have ridden in them and driven them when they were new....to fully understand that. Kids today cannot begin to understand what we've lost.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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That's absolutely right.

The American full-size classics were incomparable. And you have to have grown up with them....to have ridden in them and driven them when they were new....to fully understand that. Kids today cannot begin to understand what we've lost.
Yeah, the modern day definition of a good ride is "firm."

I asked a friend to drive my '76 limo while I sat in the back because it's rare when I have a chance to do that.

My friend was not driving slow; he was turning at corners in intersections without slowing down as much as I do and it was funny... because of the long wheelbase, the motion felt in the rear compartment was very remote. The front wheels are so far ahead of the rear seat (11 feet; I just went out and measured), that I was almost completely unaffected by the turning. Try that in a modern "big" car with a 110" wheelbase!

In other words, I didn't have to brace myself or hold on to a door pull when he was cornering.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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This has become highly amusing

My grandma has an '85 Fleetwood that is a great cruiser. I grew up with a lot of big American sedans, and the first car I ever drove was a big RWD '85 Olds Delta 88. I've never driven a 70's Caddy limo, but I almost bought a '77 Deville and drove it around... it was very nice.

Maybe you should go drive a modern cruiser, just to see.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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This has become highly amusing

My grandma has an '85 Fleetwood that is a great cruiser. I grew up with a lot of big American sedans, and the first car I ever drove was a big RWD '85 Olds Delta 88. I've never driven a 70's Caddy limo, but I almost bought a '77 Deville and drove it around... it was very nice.

Maybe you should go drive a modern cruiser, just to see.
I have ridden in a friend's 2010 Cadillac DTS. Before we went for a ride, he said that it has a good ride, not as soft as the '60s and '70s Cadillacs we are used to but still a smooth ride.

Yes, a (downsized) '77 DeVille still had some of the boulevard ride left. Fortunately.
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I have ridden in a friend's 2010 Cadillac DTS. Before we went for a ride, he said that it has a good ride, not as soft as the '60s and '70s Cadillacs we are used to but still a smooth ride.

Yes, a (downsized) '77 DeVille still had some of the boulevard ride left. Fortunately.
Nice Caddy Fleet! I bet it does float down the road!

Here is a '72 Fleetwood I have thought about buying... this car is not local, which is one big hamper, but still considering it. He said it rode like a cloud.... this pic taken in January. You had a '71 Fleetwood before didnt you?

http://images.craigslist.org/3nb3mb3pe5Y15P35X6b3tc79107188ffb19cf.jpg (broken link)
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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The Chevy Impala made it into the Top Ten for softest ride. I rented a 2010 for 2 weeks and it was quiet with plush seats.
The only fault I had with it is the floor mounted shifter. Put it on the steering column and give me more leg room.
Mmmm... we rent cars for trips and since 2006, I think we have had about 8 Impalas... from 2006 models to 2011 models. I found the ride "OK" but not plush or soft by any means, but I am used to really big luxury cars. I found the ride of a 2010 Ford Fusion we had rented at one time to be more plush and soft than it did in the 2010 Impala we had. I had a 2005 Impala company car in 2007 that I used for awhile when I was going and training people on computers and if had a softer ride than the new design 2006 Impala. This is one reason I think Chevy needs to offer the new long wheelbase Caprice in the USA as its flagship, especially now that Olds and Pontiac are gone.

I agree with your comment on the shifter as well! The 2006 Impala LT we rented in 2006 was the only one we had with the column shifter! All of the others in the following years had the floor shifter (which dont even have your gear selections on the console!) and all have been silver with black interior. Also was not pleased with the fuel mileage. Freeway we only averaged 26-29 mpg, which I guess is OK for a bigger car, but my 1995 Lincoln Town Car does better than that and its a V8 and weighs about 700 pounds more.
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Nice Caddy Fleet! I bet it does float down the road!
It does ride very smooth.

[quote]]Here is a '72 Fleetwood I have thought about buying... this car is not local, which is one big hamper, but still considering it. He said it rode like a cloud.... this pic taken in January. You had a '71 Fleetwood before didnt you? [/QUOTE

I've always wanted a blue Cadillac!
Yes, I once owned a '71 Fleetwood. It also rode very smooth. Here it is...
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Geesh those fleetwoods are huge! if that car was made today you might need a CDL to drive that thing.
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