Is Oldsmobile Being Phased Out ??

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  1. Chuck C

    Chuck C Cinematographer

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    I keep hearing the rumor that Olds is old, and it's on its way out. Is this true? What will happen to the sweet Aurora or Alero? When would this happen?
     
  2. Shawn C

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    Yeah, Oldsmobile is done. I haven't heard the actual date, but that was announced a while back.

    Aurora? Gone. Seville, Bonneville and LeSabre share the same basic platform.

    Alero? Gone. Grand Am is the same car.
     
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    Yep, so who's next, my money is on Mercury.

    After Plymouth (DaimlierChrysler) is gone, Oldsmobile(GM), it's now Ford's turn to can Mercury if it hasn't done so already.

    Jay
     
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    Thanks for the replies....about Mercury, I just read an article in AutoWeek Magazine that said something to the effect, "Ford execs. don't want Mercury to share the same fate as Oldsmobile and Plymouth." That article was the reason I prompted the original question.
     
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    Why do they sell virtually identical cars under different names? Couldn't they just sell them under the same name, just different model numbers?

    /Mike
     
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    Perhaps it is the picture quality (no offense to Danny) but does that car look dated or what! [​IMG]
    Why would they come up with such an obsolete styling?
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    Holadem
     
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    Holadem, I reacted the same way to that picture...[​IMG]
    It looks like it's a car from 1984. Maybe the 80's car styles are coming back? [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
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    That Mercury Marauder looks a lot like a Crown Victoria (or whatever the Mercury equivalent is) to me.
     
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    The Mercury equivalent of the Crown Victoria is the Gran Marquis. Ford was making an LX Sport version of the Crown Victoria, but apparently that has vanished from all of the dealers order sheets. It was too close to the Marauder's specs.
     
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    Aren't all cars these days pretty much the same anyway? [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
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    American cars are. [​IMG]
    I'm amazed that they would have 10 different badges for the same damn car...no wonder they are having financial difficulties!
     
  17. Chuck C

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    What about the..

    Audi A4 and the VW Passat

    Toyota Camry and Lexus ES300

    Toyota Land Crusier and Lexus LX470

    Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4

    Nissan Maxima and Infiniti I35

    ??

    Huh!? answer me!!!
     
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    When I first saw the picture of the Marauder, I immediately thought of the Crown Victoria and other "cop" cars. This car is supposed a modern "muscle sedan." It does have a whopping 302hp though. I'd drive it! [​IMG]
     
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    The Marauder being based on the Crown Vic (or Grand Marquis) just continues a time-honored "muscle car" tradition: dropping a big engine and making other performance mods to what would otherwise be a family car. A few years ago Chevy briefly did the same thing to the big turtle known as the Caprice.
     
  20. Eric Kahn

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    I have a 94 caprice police special

    in 92 GM started offering the LT-1 V8 as an option in the caprice as part of a package called the LTZ pkg

    it was also offered as a stand alone option in the Buick roadmaster

    LT-1 had 260 HP as compared to the Stock V8s 200 HP and we won't mention the standard engine, the V6

    in 94 you had 2 engine options, the 5.7 (350) LT-1 and the brand new 4.3 verson of the LT-1, the V6 and the TBI 350 were gone

    in 94 chevy also offered the Impala SS which was just a police package caprice with a 3.08 rear end instead of a 3.27 rear end and some fancy trim work and about $10,000 added to the price

    you could get the exact same drivetrain in a standard caprice, just not the suspension

    the Marauder as planed actually has a more powerful engine than the crown vic police special but from what I have read, that might be changine because the police Dept's have been buggin ford for years because their cars are so slow compared to even econo boxes
     

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