[V6-12v] Any thoughts on this...

Nathan Widmyer lighthousej at gmail.com
Sun Oct 31 13:26:20 EST 2004

My dad purchased a 1974 (I'm not 100% sure of the year) Chevy Impala 2
years ago with 47k miles on it from a coworker that doesn't drive at
night or in any other weather besides dry and clear.  It runs fine, no
"virtual miles" put on the car because while it's sitting there, it's
not harming the engine.  My dad does regular maintenance and is
currently replacing some hoses and belts and stuff that were put on by
the factory decades ago.  My point is that it's a good thing to have
an undermileaged vehicle, just as long as it still runs well.  Good

On Sun, 31 Oct 2004 11:11:52 +0000, James Whitehouse
<jamescarstuff at aol.com> wrote:
> Hi All --
> Just wondered if anyone has any thoughts on this situation.
> My cousin is selling his V6 2.6 Coupe (1996). I¹ve driven it. Seems to drive
> well and be pretty well maintained all round (full Audi SH and all that).
> It¹s done 180,000 miles.
> Here¹s the rub, mine¹s a V6 2.8 Saloon (1992). Mine drives nicely too. The
> engine bay is cleaner (less corrosion on some of the components despite
> being older). Mine has FASH until 2 years before I bought it (and it¹s been
> well looked after since then). It¹s done 120,000 miles.
> So mine¹s done less miles, but it four years older. How does that work out
> in terms of car wear and so on?! Does the age add as much as the miles, or
> what? I¹m wondering why I¹m even tempted... Well I know a few reasons. I
> like the Coupe shape better, and it seems to handle a little firmer (stiffer
> rear end and slightly shorter wheel base). The interior is nicer, newer
> style trim, sports seats (leather), driver¹s airbag, etc. It has one
> catalytic converter, not two like mine, which makes that a lot less of a
> worry in terms of finance to replace when it/they go. His has the later
> engine management, which in theory should be more efficient. Although mine
> should be more powerful, in driving, the difference seems minimal (I can
> tell a difference, but it¹s not chalk and cheese, you know?).
> Thing is, I¹m not flush with cash right now, and I¹d probably have to add a
> bit to the price mine would fetch ­ I¹d always said if I traded in it¹d be
> for a Quattro... But...
> Am I nuts here, or what?
> Any thoughts appreciated,
> James
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