Saturday, March 31, 2012

Weekend Quickies - Saturday, March 30, 2012 - "Solid Gold"

All gold cars. I didn't plan it that way. It just happened.

1988 Audi 90 - I owned one just like this. Same year, same color. (I wasn't a huge fan of the color, but the car was too good of a deal to pass up. After awhile the color sort of grew on me. Sort of. If I had a choice , I would have gotten a red one.)

I really like the styling of the Audi 90. It's very smooth, very clean. As I mentioned in an earlier post, if all things were equal, I would take a 90 over a newer A4. The A4 is miles ahead of the 90 when it comes to technology, but the 90 just has a "look" to it.

This car is not a quattro (mine wasn't either). For some people quattro is the main reason to own an Audi. I understand that. However, if AWD is not important to you, this would be a really great alternative to a FWD Nissan, Toyota, Honda, etc.

Located in the Seattle / Tacoma area of WA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1989 Volvo 760 - Another late eighties sedan. Another sedan painted gold.

If you prefer RWD to FWD and an automatic to a stick, this would be a great alternative to the Audi above.

I really like the 760 wagon. I find the sedan a little less appealing. Everything looks pretty good until you get just past the rear doors. The roof line has an abrupt, sort of unfinished look to it.

There is nothing not to like about the engine. Even with an automatic transmission, the turbocharged 4 cylinder engine will get the car to 60 MPH in less than 9 seconds.

Everything else about the 760 is typical Volvo. It's safe, comfortable and dependable.

This 760 has just 85,000 miles on it. It looks to be in great shape.

Located in East Providence, RI, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Sam for sending me the link to this car!

1995 BMW 530i Touring - I love these cars. The E34 "Touring" is a true sport wagon. It's fast, handles great and has a classic sporty look.

Quick note about the engine: The 530i came with a 3.0 liter V8. It is one of the infamous "Nasil" engines. Nikasil was an aluminium, nickel, and silicon alloy. BMW used it to line the cylinders of the M60 engines. In the US, the high sulfur content of some gasoline reacted with the Nikasil and caused damage to the top of the cylinder bore. After recognizing the problem, BMW extended the warranty and replaced damaged short blocks with improved ones. (They used Alusil - aluminum / silicon - instead of Nikasil). In 2012 it pretty safe to say that any running car either had its block replaced or never had the problem in the first place. (The problem didn't occur in all Nikasil engines. The type of gasoline you used made a difference.)

This car has 162,000 miles on it and looks to be great shape.

Located in Los Angeles, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.

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