Want to Buy a New Chevrolet Caprice? You Can, Sort Of
Chevrolet's built-in-Australia, fleet-only police car isn't catching on in America. On a somewhat related note, you can now buy a lightly used one.
The point here? Like a lot of people, I miss the Pontiac G8 -- badly. It was a great car, a perfect blend of old-school American character and modern dynamic goodness. And while you can't buy a new one any more, you can buy a new Caprice, which is almost the same thing. And that's in spite of GM's mandate that its dealers cannot sell the car to ordinary citizens. Here's how to do it.
Since the fleet Caprice can be equipped as a patrol car or as a detective's car, there are two meaningful differences: The patrol cars have been set up to take a plastic divider between the rows of seats, and that means there are no rear-seat airbags. There are front side airbags. The detective cars to me are far more desirable — in addition to the full-length curtain airbags, they are less likely to have vinyl seats, and the center console is normal, with no side shifter.
For how large it is, the suspension, handling and performance are fantastic. Plenty of room too, and we have gotten up to 37 MPG when the computer shuts off fuel injection to half of the cylinders. One has to admit, for a 6.0 L V8, that is impressive fuel economy.
Can't wait, get a used G8.
I was a handshake away from a used G8 GT (V8 auto) back when they were liquidating the new inventory. Back then GM was offering $8k off new Pontiac models (in addition to dealer rebates) and that made the used models EXTREMELY cheap. I drove one and loved it and made them an offer. They came back slightly higher then I wanted and while I considered it, I decided it wasn't worth it for an automatic transmission.
Now that the new inventory (and $8k rebate) are long gone, the prices for the used inventory are back to normal levels and they are more expensive. But someday I might hold out for used GXP with the six speed manual.
It was a sweet car.
Hoy diggity dog! So all the hate-mail missives I dutifully cranked out to The General bemoaning the Pontiac G8 GT being axed weren't in vain. And it'll be a Chevy to boot! Christmas has done come early.
Yo Smith,one reason why I wouldn't buy one of these cop car knockoffs? I'm not black. That's their gig,buying up every Impala and Crown Vic that the city puts on the block.
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