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Cars > Challenges > “Z24” Vs “"Bud"”


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Clifton Springs, New York
United States

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Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States


1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24


2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS


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About “Z24”

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About “"Bud"”

In late 2005, I decided that I didn't want to subject my '66 Corvair daily driver to another winter of Pennsylvania road salt. Its floors had virtually no rust, just a little surface rust, and I wanted to keep it that way! GM was having one of its rebate promos, so I checked into how much a Cobalt would cost. The local dealers (I have three within 10 minutes!) all came in too high, but there was one about ten miles away that quoted me a price that was just too good to pass up. They pitched me the SS, with the equipment I wanted, cheaper than one of the other dealers quoted me on am LT!
I call it "Bud" because I'm a big NASCAR fan, especially the Earnhardts. Dale Earnhardt was, is, and always will be THE MAN! Dale, Jr. is currently my driver, because, after all, he is his father's son. Now, at the time, JR. drove a red Chevy SS with "Bud" painted across the hood. What else am I going to call MY red Chevy SS? (I have no plans to repaint it in his current colors!)
And for all you other NASCAR fans out there, I'm open to guesses as to what Bud's license plate "BOOG8Y 3" means.


Specs for “Z24”

150 hp, 155 tq, 0-60 in 7.9 sec, 2.4 liters, 108 mph top, 2749 lbs, 0.8 g road holding

Specs for “"Bud"”

171 H.P. Dual Overhead Cam 4-cylinder.
5-speed Transaxle.
0-60: About 7.5 seconds (official Timex wristwatch timing!)
Top Speed: I've had it up to an indicated 130, but I ran out of road. It still had some left in it.


Factory Options for “Z24”

AC, PW, PL, PS, keyless entry, 16" alloys, 5 speed

Factory Options for “"Bud"”

SS Equipment package.(includes 171 HP. Ecotec 4-cylinder Engine, 5-speed manual Transaxle, Sport Front and Rear Facia,
Power Windows and Door Locks, Body Color Rear-View Mirrors
Driving Lights, Remote Trunk Release, Carpeted Floor Mats, Multi-Function Trip Computer, 17" Polished Alloy Wheels, 4- Wheel Disc Brakes)
Victory Red paint.
Charcoal Leather interior.
Heated seats.
AM/FM/XM Satellite/CD Stereo
Power Sunroof


Mods for “Z24”

Cold Air Intake, KYB Shocks, Altezza Tails, Clear Corners, 3" Meagan Racing Stainless Catback, Pirelli P4's, JL Audio 500/1 Amplifier, 2 JL Audio W1v2's, 2 Infinity Kappa 4x6's, 2 Pioneer 6x9's, 5 Farad Capacitor, Panasonic head unit.

Mods for “"Bud"”

None (Yet...) except a set of Falken tires - it used to corner well, now it handles like a go-kart!
I'm planning Silver Chevelle SS-style stripes and full window tint next summer.


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