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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, August 18 ,1995 Classy car delivers luxury and quality at a price that can’t be beat David Sullens huge car, in fact The Cadillac Fleetwood is by no means an inexpensive automobile. But for what it is and for what it provides, it seems to me to be one of today’s real automotive bargains. The Fleetwood Brougham with which I recently spent a week had every automotive convenience and/or luxury ever conceived by the mind of man. It was a big car - a with extremely luxurious appointments. It was very well built and during those seven days, I could find not a single fault with its fit or its finish. The suggested retail price of the car was $40,538 and that’s not pocket change in anybody’s book. But compared with the other cars in the Fleetwood Brougham’s market area -most of them from Japan or Germany - that’s a downright bargain. The ‘95 Fleetwood and the Fleetwood Brougham are both traditional large luxury cars with rear wheel drive and big V8 engines. The Fleetwood and its upscale partner, the Brougham, are the longest six passenger passenger sedans in production and they provide all the interior room and trunk space you would expect that to imply. The Fleetwoods are powered by a 5.7-liter (350 cubic inch) V8 with sequential port fuel injection. The cast iron, overhead valve engine produces 260 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 330 foot-pounds of torque at 3200 rpm, yet is rated at 17 miles per gallon in town and 25 on the highway. The big Fleetwood Brougham’s zero-to-60 time is 8.5 seconds, meaning that its driver has all the acceleration and passing power he or she could want. The Fleetwood’s standard 23-gallon fuel tank gives it a 575 mile cruising range. The first scheduled tune-up for the Fleetwood powerplant is at 100,000 miles. The engine is mated with a four-speed automatic transmission via a sophisticated Powertrain Control Module (PCM) that accepts input from both units and provides for a seamless interface between the engine and the transmission. It compensates for such things as varia- 1995 Cadillac Fleetwood tions in altitude and barometric pressure and even adjusts for wear throughout the life of the transmission. Dexron III transmission fluid is used in the Fleetwood transmissions. This new fluid resists oxidation at high temperatures so effectively that it never needs to be changed under normal service conditions. Both anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard on the Fleetwood and Fleetwood Brougham. Traction control helps keep the vehicle stable during acceleration and under conditions which would be conducive to wheel spin, such as slippery roads or even hard acceleration on dry pavement. The ABS senses wheel lockup under braking and modulates the brakes to maintain optimal stopping power and ability. The traction control is a full speed system that monitors the speed of each wheel using sensors to provide continuous information to the Electronic Brake Control Module. If this computer determines that one or both of the rear wheels arc beginning to spin, it reduces wheel spin by pulsing the brakes and relaxing the throttle to reduce engine power. The traction control system can be disengaged. Both the ABS and the traction control system are controlled by Bosch electronics. Steering aboard the Fleetwoods is, of course, power assisted. Assist is variable, with more boost provided at low, in-town speeds, and less at higher, highway speeds. Both the Fleetwood and the Fleetwood Brougham ride on 15-inch cast aluminum wheels and Michelin XW4 P235/70R15 tires. Chrome wheels are offered as an option and were provided on the test vehicle. The single word to best describe the Fleetwood Brougham or the Fleetwood is “spacious.” No car in production today offers greater interior volume. And that spaciousness translates in the Cadillac to outstanding comfort. Amenities provided on the big luxury cars include everything from an anti-lockout feature to an available built-in three-channel garage door opener to standard heated front seats. The anti-lockout system disables all electronic features that lock the doors if the key is left in the ignition in either the “accessory” or “off” position and the driver’s floor is then opened, thus preventing the driver from inadvertently locking the keys in the car. The heated seats also feature a new electronic lumbar system for 1995. An adjustable wire frame integrated into the seat assembly replaces the bladder style system used previously. All Fleetwood models have six-way adjustable power front seats with a power recline feature. Brougham models also have a driver’s seat memory system which recalls the position settings of two different drivers. The front seat armrest includes a dual cupholder, storage for cassettes and compact discs, a coin holder and a tissue dispenser. Fleetwood Brougham models also feature a fold-down center rear seat armrest with a dual cupholder and storage compartment. Something I found intriguing was the test car’s power drain protection system which turned off the interior or underhood lights if they were left on more than IO minutes to prevent the battery’s being run down. The climate control system was fully automatic, of course, and rear seat heater ducts were provided. Despite its huge size, the Fleetwood and Fleetwood Brougham models have a .36 coefficient of drag due to their aerodynamic shapes. The low Cd provides for increased fuel economy and decreased wind noise. A full padded roof is available as an option on the Fleetwood and is standard but may be deleted on the Brougham. The base price of the test car was $35,595. Options added included: a $360 security package that included a theft deterrent system and automatic lock/unlock fuel filler door; leather seating for $2,250; chrome wheels, $1195; radio upgrade to include compact disc player, $396; and universal garage door opener, $107. Destination charges added another $635 to bring the suggest retail price to the aforementioned $40,538. (David Sullens. editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. has written an automotive column for the past 11 years.)WheelsCadillac Fleetwood TO FIND YOUR NEEDLE, START HEREAT THE TOP OF THE STACK! HERALD CLASSIFIEDS 625-9144IOO Automobiles 100 Automobiles IOO Automobiles 105 Trucks/Vans 100 Automobiles IOO Automobiles 100 Automobiles 100 Automobiles '83 Toyota Celica 5sp Cruise, sunroof, removable stereo, runs great. $1900. 625-6931. '86 Cadillac Fleetwood, new A/C, new brakes, Michelin tires. The great 5 liter 307 engine. $5,100. See at 725 Skyline Dr. Canyon Lake, TX. '86 Ford Tempo Runs great!!! 5sp., A/C, AMI FM, $1000. Also... '86 Toyota MR2 Attn: Mechanics. Needs Engine wk., Low miles, Car cover, great cond., inside/ out $1500. 629-0514. Kelly '87 Dodge Aries 94K orig, mi., PS. A/C auto. $2000 After 6:30.625-2625. '88 Chevy Celebrity 84,000 mi., $975. 606-3803. '91 Mustang 5.0L LX, 2dr sedan, loaded. 53K, custom wheels, Red $8995, 606-0403 100 Automobiles 55 Chev 210 4-dr., rebuilt, V8, new paint & interior $3200 oho. *78 Intl Scout ll, nght hand steer A/T 2wd. $2200 oho 935-2151 '67 Chev Impala 327 VB, 4-dr, white, A/C. axe. cond., $1995 606-0403 '79 AMC Concord 88k orig, mi., new tires, driven in town only, $650 oho 620-7844 '82 Ford Escort Wagon, $1300. 625-4049 '83 Ford LTD V8, Power everything, $1300 620-1540, 6-16pm Bullseye Motors Moved to 1750 W. Hwy 81 behind Bluebonnet Ford on IH 35. • '87 Grand Am- fully loaded, $3900. • 87 Nissan- standard, $3950 • ‘91 Mercury Topaz- auto AZC. fully loaded. $4950 • ‘88 Toyota Celica- convertible, fully loaded, $7450 • 84 Ford- supercab, fully loaded VS, $4500 • '92 Carriero- $699 down • '88 Olds Cutlass, $899 down • *88 Dodge Daytona, $950 down • ‘84 Lincoln Town Car-$995 down 620-6633 Ford Bronco '89 XLT, V8, 5 speed, towing package, executive auto with ext. maintenance. Never off pavement, aluminum wheels, new Michelins. Serious buyers only at $8990. Dan 210-629-0418. Headliners/carpet replaced $65 up-mobile sev-tce-Phillips Ent. 609-0581. '84 Toyota Corolla. $1000. 629-6873 '87 Subaru DL 4-dr, 5sp, clean, runs good, 108k,$1400obo, 625-1866 See to appreciate! One owner. New engine w/25 hrs. '89 Marlin; I/O; walk-thru; LOADED. Equipment included. Need to sell, school starts $5500 or best offer Call Aaron. 512-392-3654 (San Marcos) 94 Buick LaSabre Limited. Polo green; tan leather int., auto, cruise, all electric 32k, V6. 609-0843 After 5 TECHNICIANS Don Maxwell Chevrolet/ Geo I-35 in New Braunfels is opening its new facilities and is in need of Automotive Technicians to handle increased business lf you: • Have General Motors experience. • Have a profesiona! work history • Are ASE cerrified. We will: • Give you a generous pay plan Excellent working condi tions Paid training • Offer a generous benefit package Apply in Person Don Maxwell Chevrolet/ Geo IH 35 in New Braunfels We buy used cars A trucks Bullseye Motors. 620-6633 105 Trucks/Vans 67 Dodge PAI good cond., $1200 606-0211 •67 Ford P/U 8- cylinder 629-0826 '78 Chevrolet Pickup Fleet side, 350 VS, 2 yr. old rebuilt engine, $1500 OBO. 606-5321. '88 Mazda p/u 5 sp. AZC, custom topper & wheels Exc. cond., Adult owned, $3995 629-0163 89 Mazda MPV Mini-Van, White, 7 pass., Dual a/c, A/T, luggage rack. Am/Fm Cass . Cruise, High Miles $6450 oho 625-69 '93 Nissan Quest GXE, 38K mi., fully loaded, leather seats, exl. cond.. $20,000 OBO. 620-7779. Wanted-small PAI Exc. cond., auto, AZC Req'd. Will consider small Wagon or Mini-Van. 625-1583 110 R.V.s '68 Chevy Bus 6 cyl., gas, ready to turn into a motorhome, will Id some appl., & building materials. $800 606-0704_ '84 Cruise Aire ll Low mi., 29ft., 454, VB, Clean, $13,500 629-4270 '92 Coronado Fleetwood 30' ft. Mint condition, 20,800 mi. Fuel injection, Overdnve, Queen Size bed in back, Couch and Chair. 2 Air Condition with TV and VCR Lots of extras One owner. 4 years- 60,000 miles left on Warranty $44,900. Call (210) 625-5182 115 Motorcycles '89 Honda CBR 600 Not stock- Suzaki Ka tana front end & gauges, runs great & low millage. $2100 obo.899-2665 atter 6 ah §1 120 '90 Ford F350 Crew Cab, 4x4, exc. cond days 620-8663, or 609-0489 '90 Ford XLT Crew Cab. Diesel, Auto., Fully loaded, extras, 120k, $11,500 Oho. 904-4182 '91 Chevy SIO SWB, Tahoe Package, Good Tires, 72k mi., Good Cond. $6900.625-7432 '92 Dodge D350 Ext. cab, turbo diesel, dually, LE, loaded, brush guard hitches, brake box. $16,000 oho 609-1631. '92 Ford Explorer 4 DR XLT.. Excep 54,462. See 1343 Patio Dr 629-7509 '93 Ford F150 Single Cab, VS, Long, Red w/ bed liner, Red & Gray. Fully automatic alarm. (21 o) 620-4232. Boats Supplies '83 Thundercraft I/O, 18>‘, low hrs., very dean $4000 oho 899-2373 '94 Kawaski Jet Ski. 750 Xi, low hours, $4995, new Shortlander trailer. $550 606-0403 195 Employment _Information CAUTION The ads listed here are job information only, not specific job offers. In some cases, a fee is involved for information and/or for the phone cak 200 Help Wanted A.C. Certified Lead Maintenance Good pay. Make ready painter/ cleaner. Long hours. 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