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Danr63

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PostSubject: December wagon's of the month (early)   Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:40 pm

I was asked to show my 1996 Roadmaster wagon for December. I am posting early because I will be on vacation at the beginning of the month. Now with that out of the way let me begin.......

it started with out dark cherry Roadmaster wagon my wife and I bought new in august of 1996.



My Son Tim was born 2 weeks after we took delivery on the car and My daughter Nicole was only two years old at the time. This was the family car that both of my kid's knew for their entire childhood and beyond.... fast forwarding to 2011 my daughter wanted her own after learning how to drive on our old family car (now around 200K). She was going off to school in New Mexico so we where lucky and found (saved) this one from the "cash for klunkers" program.



She has been driving since then and loves it (so do here three dogs). Now my Son Tim has been driving the very car that we took delivery on two weeks before we took delivery on him! He too love the big old rolling sofa but now at 275K and being a Midwest car this poor old girl has really seen better days. To add to that his killer sound system didn't help much either. But Tim learned the hard way that a good 94-96 roadmaster wagon was going to be no easy find. In fact my wife was telling both of us to give up on the fantasy of finding a nice wagon and tell the kid to buy something smaller and cheaper and be done with it! So on one Saturday in Oct we wet out and hit the used car lots. What junk! And for lots of money too! We test drove about 4 cars two of them didn't even start and the third one had to be towed back to the lot. The fourth one was so beat it scary just taking the test drive! Came home that night and I checked my Email to find I had a private message from the Longroof fourm. I checked it out and it was a member here that was giving me a chance to buy his roadmaster wagon. he sent me photos and his number and we talked. At first he was apprehensive about selling the car to an 18 year old with a fetish for over loud sound systems. But I assured him this car was going to be cared for the right way. I agreed to buy the car sent him a deposit and him and his wife wanted to see the Chicago area. o they agreed to drive the car to us and it was love at first sight! One of the nicest wagons We have seen in a long time. And the custom mods where done in very good taste and make nice car a great car. My Son will care for and love this thing for many years. He knows now how hard it is to find a good one. So now I introduce to you December's wagon of the month!..





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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:35 am

Very nice family of cars!
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:31 am

Bravo! Got all your kids in wagons. My son is driving a 92 Caprice wagon and while he likes it alot for long trips, he rarely takes any and complains about the in city mileage all the time.

I built him a spread sheet showing him despite the fuel costs, how it is SAVING him money, as he doesn't have a loan, higher insurance, depreciation (it's fully depreciated at 22 years old lol). Not to mention alot safer than a tin can toyota....

Great story and we don't see too many original owners on here...
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:10 am

Nice story enjoyed reading your wagon history past and present. Jeff
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:30 pm

Thanks guys! I have enjoyed owning these (being a Ford guy) that says alot about what a great cars these are to own.
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:31 pm

Looking good Dan and Tim, I miss it lots already, looks funny with IL plates on it. I suppose I should change my avatar pic soon Sad
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:26 pm

Danr63 wrote:
Thanks guys! I have enjoyed owning these (being a Ford guy) that says alot about what a great cars these are to own.

There a few closet ford owners on this forum,..

I wish i had known about these wagons backn in 94-95,. instead of drooling over the impala ss's,.
I would have definitely bought a brand new DCM WB4,..i didn't graduate to the b-body wagons till i had gone thru some 9c1's,..

Nice to see an original owner still carrying the torch.
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:50 am

phantom 309 wrote:
Danr63 wrote:
Thanks guys! I have enjoyed owning these (being a Ford guy) that says alot about what a great cars these are to own.

There a few closet ford owners on this forum,..

I wish i had known about these wagons backn in 94-95,. instead of drooling over the impala ss's,.
I would have definitely bought a brand new DCM WB4,..i didn't graduate to the b-body wagons till i had gone thru some 9c1's,..

Nice to see an original owner still carrying the torch.

Great Car! I remember knowing about these cars back then but no being able to afford one! Our local Buick dealership had a white woody with a big sign on the window "last one"! I remember they wanted sticker price and would not deal! It wasn't until 2000 that I was able to afford a used one and have been driving them ever since! My friend had a Impala SS in 96' and I remember thinking it wasn't as cool as the wagon. Everybody thought I was crazy!
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:41 am

When we where looking for a wagon in 96 we special ordered a caprice wagon and out the door would have been 24K. That car would have been "fully loaded". After two days the dealer called us back and said it was too late in the year and we lost our chance to buy a wagon. We next went down to the Buick dealer and on the lot they had about 9 wagons all fully loaded roadmasters. The lowest price one was 35K and the highest was 38K. My wife said no to the sales lady that we could not afford that and we started to walk away. She said why don't you special order a roadmaster? We told her the story about the Chevy wagon and she told us they where making Buicks up until September (this was late June). So we ordered up a Base model roadmaster (one you see at the top of the page) with a tow package and woodgrain delete in dark cherry color. the price for that one out the door was 27K. That was still a little higher than my wife wanted to spend because money was tight and she was pregnant with our second child. We took delivery on the wagon on August 8th 1996 and my son was born on August 15th. He still drives the car that we bought and took delivery on a week before he was born.
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:57 pm

Awesome story about your children and their love for these great wagons.Wouldnt it be awesome if your grandchildren could someday have the same appreciation for these great big wagons?
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:46 pm

Flasheroo wrote:
Awesome story about your children and their love for these great wagons.Wouldnt it be awesome if your grandchildren could someday have the same appreciation for these great big wagons?


Assuming by that time our government will still let them be on the road!
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:58 am

Danr63 wrote:
Flasheroo wrote:
Awesome story about your children and their love for these great wagons.Wouldnt it be awesome if your grandchildren could someday have the same appreciation for these great big wagons?


Assuming by that time our government will still let them be on the road!

We are not allowed to make any negative comments here about our illustrious government. Evil or Very Mad Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:14 am

(SIGH) Sorry, it will not happen again Rolling Eyes .
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:49 am

Great story,great wagon. Im hoping to pass my wagon gene on to my kids as well. It going to be a tough sell,lol.
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:55 pm

It was an easy sell for both of my kid's
A) great ride
B)Coming from the "mini van generation" friends found the wagon "COOL"
C) 5.7 LT1 is a great combo of power and economy
D) can load all their stuff
E) big heavy car makes them feel safe
The list goes on and on...... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:47 pm

Danr63 wrote:
It was an easy sell for both of my kid's
A) great ride
B)Coming from the "mini van generation" friends found the wagon "COOL"
C) 5.7 LT1 is a great combo of power and economy
D) can load all their stuff
E) big heavy car makes them feel safe
The list goes on and on...... Very Happy

Great list Dan,dont stop now!
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PostSubject: Re: December wagon's of the month (early)   Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:55 pm

Had to replace the oil cooler line assembly on my son's new 96 Roadmaster wagon. The line was leaking pretty bad and with only 80K on the clock I could not understand what was the issue. ( our other roadmaster went to 200K on the same assembly) What I found was the line was pushed up against the steering gear box and the vibration from everyday driving wore a hole right through it. So guys something to watch for on the tow package cars.
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