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Well, I kinda hope it doesn't classify as a beater...

The Blazer being a 2 door had made it basically impractical with a child and being a 5 speed means the wife can't drive it. Back in September I was contemplating changing cars, but never pursued it too far. Well being up late with the shits after a Christmas dinner, I started browsing online car ads. And found something I liked. Drove to the dealer in NJ yesterday, made a deal, and picked it up this morning. And thus breaks my 12 year streak of owning nothing but pushrod RWD vehicles.

Also is a 2003, had 35k miles (which was less than the Blazer). Got $6500 on the trade in, payed 8 grand in cash, and walked away with this:






I was too lazy to snap my own shots, so the dealer ad ones will have to do for now.

Its nice having a V8 as a DD again! The car definitely has some balls - word is they're good for around a 14.5-14.7 stock in the 1/4 (maybe I'll try to find out myself this spring). The ride is smooth as butter, and though its not going to carve corners, it handles fairly well for a large car. Thing is solid as a rock going over a bump, not anywhere close to a rattle, squeak, or shimmy. Loving all the luxo-barge features like dual zone climate, heated seats, and memory. Has plenty of room in the back for the child seat and required baby accessories. As a bonus, it pulled 26.5 mpg at a steady 75 on the 65 mile drive home (the Blazer might get 20 doing the same), and as another bonus, only requires 87 pisswater.

Granted it's no 350Z or GTO, but then again, what is?
 

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My brother has an 01 STS. I dunno if you want to know what the repair bills for them are like. When it runs right though, they're awesome cars.
 

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Northstar V8s are pretty good motors and should last you a while.
 

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i had a nice long reply of all the difficulties you'll encounter doing what should be normal things on this car...but then the forums decided to take my post and shit on it. so good luck when it comes time to replace a blower motor or change the serp belt.
 

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I thought the guy that built the northstar motor was some kind of specialist or something and knew a lot about engine destruction and detonation.
 

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its a good motor....but the engine bay is soo tight that nothing simple is easy to change. you have your choice of pulling the rear valve cover and everything on/over it or dropping the engine cradle about 3 inches....to remove and replace the hvac blower motor.


to change the serpentine belt you need to remove a motor mount.
 

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Didn't know that about the Serp belt...that could be interesting.

As far as the blower motor, I'd kinda hope it's not going to go anytime soon. But yeah, the engine is sandwhiched in pretty tightly. Though I'm used to pulling apart a car where half the motor is under the cowl, so it could be worse. Really Caddys had a pretty good reliability record for those years, so I'd like to think with 35k miles now, putting 10k miles per year on it, I should have a few years before the troubles start. The biggest troubles on those cars tend to be oil consumption (one of the methods of alleviation is to beat on the car a bit more since the AARP set tend not to take it over 2k) and the 65-70 vibration due to the control arms, which this car didn't have fortunately.
 

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btw, you need to flush your brake fluid......its pretty nasty black looking.
Yes, I noticed. I'll probably just do a full pad/rotor change and bleed sometime in the spring. Brakes feel good, though there is a slight pulsing from typical warped GM rotors.
 

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:lol: this server hates me today, another nice reply wiped out. to sum it up prepare to have a good car for the next 3-5 yes. then expect to shell out retarded amounts of money for parts that are dealer only such as the $400 motor mounts....and the $400 blower motor.
 

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The rear air shocks like to go and they're not cheap. If they do, there are aftermarket spring/shock combos you can get. I know on my brother's he wound up paying about 3k to replace the air ride (shocks only, not the compressor or lines). Essentially its a nice, comfy ride that will hold up well, but when anything does go, expect it to be a real PITA. Though I guess you know that already.
 

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Nice choice. Too bad the only thing that car is good for is to have angry Vikings throw trash barrels at it when they run out of Snickers :fawk:
 

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Lol the flag was never on it once I took ownership. But yeah I feel like I should either be 70 or a pimp to fit the demographic of this car. Regardless it is comfortable as hell to drive.

Oh and Bitter, I gave another look under the hood, the serp belt will come off in a typical straightforward fashion, it does not run around the motor mount. On the opposite side though there is a short belt that does go around a motor mount, think maybe it runs the AIR pump - perhaps this is what you were thinking of?
 

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ewww northstar. I'll tell you a couple of quick things. Lower crankcase seals leak badly on those. Now I know you are an experienced wrencher, but this is not a job for the under qualified. It pays about 20 hours. If the wife is driving the car, make sure she doesn't overheat it.........ever. If the head gaskets ever blow 9 chances out of ten the threads come out of the block when pulling the heads. Caddy has a time cert repair kit for these but again a big job. Also, the 4T80e tranny tends to have torque convertor problems. You will get a TCC code all the time but the car seems to drive ok. Good Luck!
 

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Yeah, I know the Northstar is real sensitive to heat and blowing HG's. The 2000+ motors were revised and have an altered head bolt design, so they are a little bit better than the older motors on that. Most advise that the coolant be flushed/changed every couple years, and not to let it go 5/100k like GM suggests. So that'll be the first order of buisiness. I was specifically looking for the milkshake when I went to look at the car before buying, along with the rear main leak, and the 65-70mph highway vibration, and fortunately none were present.

Hey while you're here, I've got a Toyota question...What coolant does Toyota specify for an '03 Rav4? The stock stuff is pink but I doubt its Dexcool. Prestone sells stuff that says it can be mixed with any type of coolant (pink or green), but it looks greenish. Am I really going to have to go to the dealer for it? Its got 70k miles on it and I'd like to do a flush/fill when it warms up.
 

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its a special toyota long life pink coolant, free of silicates and some other stuff as well. its closer to a 100K mile coolant than dexcool is but you're nearing the 5 year mark so its probably about time to fush and refill it. yes only toyota carries their pink stuff right now, much like only honda has honda blue and BMW or merecedes has their yellow.

you can get a little coolant test kit with strips which can tell you PH and freeze point/boil point. you can be asinine and go by PH and change when its getting acidic or just every 5 years....although i think toyota pink is claimed to be a 10yr coolant.

you could go all out and try out the new waterless life-long coolants for us :)
Evans Waterless Coolants

Toyota Super long life engine coolant (pink) [archive]

here it is, red toyota is about a 30K/3 year and pink is about 100K/5 year (yes i made the years up)
 

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Bitter is right. They call it "Toyota Long Life Coolant" and according to toyota you shouldn't mix. However I work with a former Toyota tech who said they would mix it all the time in the shop.

Of course it is only sold at Toyota.
 
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