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  1. I just a few days ago picked up my new Red Jewel Enclave CXL, trading in a 2000 Chevrolet Venture. It seems that the local dealer sold the 8 he had in less than a week and the demand is much greater than anticipated. I was not even considering a new car, but was so impressed with the Enclave which I saw when I brought my LeSabre in for service. They are now quoting 4 months for a "new" order, but they expect more in soon, those that were previously ordered for stock, and will probably be sold before they are delivered. The dealer bought 2 Enclaves from a Florida dealer because he was so desperate for inventory. Not that the Florida dealer could not sell the Enclaves, but 9 LaCrosses came with the deal. I guess he wants to move those LaCrosses more than he wanted to keep the Enclaves.

    Reported yesterday, the Michigan plant has increased the Enclave production allocation to 40%, with the balance being Saturn Outlooks and GMC Acadias.

    As a long time Buick owner, it is nice to see Buick having a "hot" vehicle in their line-up.

  2. American Motors had a concept car in the mid 60's with interchangeable body panels, fenders, hood & trunk lid, and also the doors could be interchanged.

    The name I think was Cavalier. Of course Chevrolet used Cavalier in later years.

  3. The common sense changes to judging standards in the past have been safety related, such as turn signals, seat belts and safety glass; allowed, but still judged for condition.

    Let's face it, to get a car to be competitive, it sometimes takes extra $$. Radial tires on vehicles where they were not originally offered are NOT accepted. Some say that is a safety issue, but people drove on bias ply tires for decades on roads far worse than we have today, and still drive on them. I replaced my $60.00 radials with $175.00 bias plies when I decided to compete nationally. That was a decision I am comfortable with. I agree that radial tires may handle better, but just didn't look right on my Monte Carlo.

    As far as the repro batteries go, I do not consider a battery to be a safety issue either. I got 4 years out my last battery. I would have liked to get more service from it, but I realize that it is just another expense for maintaining a show vehicle. AACA maintains some of the highest judging standards in the hobby. That is why I got involved with AACA in the first place. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

  4. Congratulations for your 2nd Grand National award. Maybe, just maybe could have been 1st with the correct repro battery (and possibly other improvements). As far as those 400pt cars go, mine is NOT one of them, and I drive to every AACA meet. Yes, it is tough competition. Keep trying for your GN 1st, maybe I will see you at the next one. Good Luck!!

  5. Purely a guess....I will be 50 in Jan '07, and when I was a teenager I thought he was several years older than me, but then again, I have never been a good judge of age. I do know that he was driving for several years before I was. My guess mid to late 50's??

  6. He must have made quite an impression on a certain teenager 35 years ago. I did not know him that well, but I knew then that someday I would like to own an old car, someday I will.....

    Somehow I don't consider my 72 Chevy that old because, they were new when I was in high school. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

    It's a funny thing about perspective of age, back in the early 70's, his 57 Buick was really only about 15 years old, but to a 15 year old teenager, that was really ancient. One of the mysteries of life??????

    I still remember the story he told me about when he got the wagon, when his dad bought the new 66 Starfire. He insisted to his father that he buy the Starfire with the buckets & console, instead of one of the lesser models. Maybe he thought that someday he would come to own it, and years later he did. Unfortunately all his cars with the exception of the Buick wagon sat outside in the weather. I sadly watched them deteriorate over the years. In hindsight, maybe I should have kept in touch with him. I certainly had the opportunity every time I went to my father's house. Nevertheless, I hope he is doing well.

  7. I too have one of the last 2005 LeSabres, a Limited/Celebration Edition, which I bought in July 05. I think it is a great car, my third Buick, preceded by a 95 Park Ave and a 85 Park Ave. In response to your list, I have not experienced the same issues, for the most part. Yes, I agree that the heater fan is a little noisier that in my previous 2 Buicks, but not bothersome. I am 6ft tall and have no problem seeing the speedo, but with the heads-up-display(great), I seldomly look at the speedo in the dash. I find the 10-way seats very comfortable. No problem the wipers size, but the rain-sense automatic wipers take some getting used to. No problems with door handles, and NO wind noise. The whirring noise from the trunk area is the automatic load leveling system. It is the best built car I ever purchased. The only problem I have had in the last 1-1/2 years is the "service stability system" light which came on in the dash. It was an sensor problem that my local Buick dealer repaired promptly. I have since sent 3 new customers to this dealer, including my father and his girlfriend who both purchased 2006 Lucernes, and a co-worker who just bought a 2007 Rendezvous. Too bad all new car dealers don't treat their customers so well. They are one of the last stand alone Buick dealers left. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" /> (From what I understand, they sell more Buicks than any other Buick dealer in northern and central New Jersey)

  8. I wonder if that is the same Alan Kriss that used to life across the street from where I grew up in Union, NJ. I haven't lived there since I got married 25 years ago, but my dad is still there. He has/had a 57 Buick wagon that I almost never saw out of the garage, a 63 Coupe DeVille. He also had a 66 Olds Starfire and a 65 Cadillac that were his father's. I don't know if he took the cars with him when he moved this year. I haven't seen him in many years. In my memory, I do not recall seeing any car newer than 1966 parked at his house. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

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