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.
I had a 1987 Ford Mustang GT convertible I was selling because we needed something bigger for our family. I ended up trading it for a 1997 Chevy Cavalier and this...a 1997 Ford Taurus SHO. Wasn't sure I'd like it at first, but it has turned out to be an impressive and fun car! It was disappointing to go from a 'Stang to a 4-door, but the V8 and custom exhaust make it slightly less embarrassing! Besides, it's got a V8 that's 1.6L smaller than the 'Stang (that's a whole Mini Cooper engine!), but makes 10 more horsepower, gets nearly twice the gas mileage, and will actually drive year round in Michigan! On top of that, the technology in this car makes it a better all-around driver than my 'Stang ever was, hands down!
171 H.P. Dual Overhead Cam 4-cylinder.
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.
Engine Type: 60-Deg V8
Block Type: Aluminum Alloy
Cylinder Bore: 82.40 mm
Cylinder Stroke: 79.50 mm
Head Type: Aluminum Alloy
Valvetrain: Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC)
Valves Per Cylinder: 4
Engine Size: 3.4L, 207cid
Transmission Type: 4-sp Elec. Controlled Auto. Transaxle
1st Gear Ratio: 2.771
2nd Gear Ratio: 1.543
3rd Gear Ratio: 1.000
4th Gear Ratio: 0.694
Reverse Ratio: 2.263
Horsepower: 235 @ 5100 rpm
Torque: 230 @ 4800 rpm
Wheelbase: 108.50 in
Length: 198.30 in
Width: 73.00 in
Height: 55.10 in
Curb Weight: 3327 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 16.2 gal
Fuel Type: Premium Unleaded
Tires: P225/55VR16 Goodyear Eagle RS-A
Front Brakes: Ventilated Disc w/ Antilock
Rear Brakes: Solid Disc w/ Antilock
Front Suspension: Electronically-controlled Independent MacPhearson Strut
Rear Suspension: Electronically-controlled Independent Quadralink
Drivetrain Layout: Front-Engine, Front-Wheel Drive
Body Style: Four Door Sedan
Platform: Ford D186
Factory Warranty: 36,000 miles
City EPA: 17 mpg
Hwy EPA: 26 mpg
Avg EPA: 21 mpg
Don't know where the EPA got these numbers from. Mine beats all these with 160,000 miles and a lead foot!
0-60 mph: 7.5 sec
1/4 mile: 15.7 sec
Coeffecient of Drag: 0.3
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.
AM/FM/XM Satellite/CD Stereo
Leather Sport Seats: $ 1,190
6-Disc CD Changer: $ 595
Semi-Active Suspension: $ ?
Preferred Equipment Package 211A: $ 1,740
Remote Keyless Entry
Automatic Air Conditioning
Power Heated Mirrors
Ford Mach Audio System
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.
3rd cat delete
Ceramic brake pads
Cross-drilled & slotted zinc-coated brake rotors.
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