Cadillac Fan Club

Just read Brian Corbett's article on Cadillac (see WAW — June '03, p.40). You should know there are European (leaning) buyers who have cast their vote. I now drive a Cadillac CTS, after owning a '98 Volvo Cross Country and a '92 BMW 325i.

I am a 44-year-old female and I was so anti-Cadillac, I wouldn't even go drive on the lot to look at them. (“Cadillacs are for people like my parents … old people.”) But my husband was persistent and brought one home to me on a test drive. I love it. It handles like my old 325i and gives me the space and comfort inside of my Volvo. I am completely sold. It's not often I admit my husband was right and I was wrong.
Marthann Heil
Dayton, OH

Oh my gosh. Tell the truth, are you a non-Caddy fan or what? Your article seems very one sided, as if you're trying to downplay Cadillac. Interesting. Also, I've driven the latest DeVille and it has no problem “breathing,” so I find it hard to believe that the newest Cadillac can't breath. Let me guess, you drive a foreign car, right?
Troy Barker
Los Angeles, CA

Editor's Note: Nope. I drive an '02 Ford Focus, thank you very much. Never owned an import. I wrote that the SRX is headed for the “all-star team,” and I called the XLR a “dazzling sports coupe.” Would a “one-sided non-Caddy fan” say such things? — Brian Corbett

Eaton ‘Skullduggery’

Mr. Iacocca's comments to the venerable David C. Smith regarding Bob Eaton (see WAW — May '03, p.11) must've struck a chord with 99% of the automotive community — especially those who currently find themselves between gigs as a result of the skullduggery of Eaton and his cronies at Chrysler. Unfortunately, Eaton and his anointed few are still laughing all the way to the bank.
Greg Zimmer
Temporarily Retired from Marketing Management
Various Defunct, Bankrupt and Downsized Automotive Suppliers

3800 Special — To Some

Jerry Flint, I agree with most of your “Blunderville” attack (see WAW — May '03, p.56) but can't imagine why you began with the 3800 engine! I work for Delphi Corp. in Warren, OH, and get plenty of chances to drive other brands of cars. I am a 3800 lover. My first was in an '89 Olds 88. I still have one in my '92 Olds Silhouette with 210,000 miles. It is still as smooth and powerful as it was when new. I can get to highway speed with seven people with ease. It doesn't burn or leak oil; starts in the dead of our Ohio winters every time, outside no less! I asked around the office and got the same response about the 3800.

What do you dislike about such a successful engine? You say that it is a major reason for GM's failure in the market. I would counter that replacing a 3800 engine with a less powerful 3100 engine was a failure. I don't want to suggest that it never be upgraded or replaced, but the replacement has to be better in terms of performance. Do a survey about what customers think about their engines. I don't drive Hondas today because I had so much trouble with my '92 Honda's engine and body. They lost me as a customer for many reasons.
Brad Williamson
Warren, OH

WAW should “discontinue” Jerry Flint, not just because he's an “old antique,” but because of his poor performance.
Wayne S. Harris
Rochester, NY

Until recently I would have said Jerry was misinformed to say GM should retire the 3800 engine, but that was before I drove a late-model Bonneville a few weeks ago. The Bonneville came off as a very nice car, except for the engine.The supercharged 3800 had good power and response, but it was just too “crude” to be in a $30K+ near-luxury car. GM needs to ramp up production of the “ShortStar” V-6 that was used in the Intrigue and Aurora. The 3800 belongs in pickup trucks sold in “third world” markets.
C. B. “Kit” Gerhart
Engineering Technician, retired Delphi Corp.

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