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Yeah, this is my own gold plated Princess phone.  >:D I remember when Princess phones and then touch tone phones were the normie/bourgeois status symbols, heavily advertised by the Bell System. 1965 or so.

By the way, back to the tires!

I had them mounted last week.

DAMN, did I make a great choice. They make it feel like an entirely different car. The ride is somehow much better (softer and less noisy) yet the handling is far more precise.

These are nice, nice tires.

At half the price per axle than being a "loyal local" customer of the local tire chains that screwed me blind on my last set of tires.

Sweet, good for you. I have experienced similar things with new tires. I would have  never believed how much different tire brands/models feel on a car.

My original tires for my car were Pirellis. Thats what it came with. They rode hard and were noisy. Than I switched to the Continentals. They ride much nicer and handle great in all kinds of weather conditions.

I am going to follow your advice for the next step. A $ saves is a $ saved.
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If I wanted a muscle car now, I wouldn't start with an old GM Roadmaster at all, but just buy a plug-and-play Toyota. Or Mazda, or Lexus, or something along those lines.

I've had two Camrys. Nothing ever goes wrong with them. I do my own auto repair work - well, light stuff, like brakes and alternators. I forgot how to work on cars since it never broke, ever.
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It takes a special grade of idiot to take what was the world's biggest car company and run it into the ground. Oh way, they ran Ma Bell into the ground too  >:D

Funny you should say that.  I've been reading Out of the Crisis by W. Edwards Deming.  Deming has god-like status in Japan where they credit him with rebuilding Japanese manufacturing after WW2.   Deming's philosophy is that quality is the most important thing a company can do and writes things like "the consumer is the most important point on the production-line".  He says that quality has to built into the system and is down on things like inspecting for quality although he would say it has to be done anyway.

In the book Deming raises the alarm that American companies have got serious managerial problems that have to be corrected or they'll all start looking like the the auto companies -- i.e. the "Crisis".  Some of the problems have to do with lack of long-term planning and not involving labor in decision making. 

Deming died in 1993.  Offshore outsourcing must have been in full swing by that time and he was probably horrified by it when he went to his grave.
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I see. Interesting.

I heard the Northstar engine is problematic, but very powerful.

The #3 Roadmaster I got from the mid 90's was a hotrod, the guy I got it from did some wild things to it. Installed a hot cam, low gears and replaced so many parts it  no longer resembled the car it originally was. Seats came from a Pontiac. etc. The entire suspension was upgraded with non-stock parts.
The engine made all the power at high RPMs and he installed 3.73 low gears that constantly kept the RPMs high, generating lots of power.
It was the ultimate sleeper. He made it seriously fast. It would easily keep up with ricers or BMW M3.

In the end, rust got it.

Points taken, Unix.

All of our Japanese vehicle purchases have been long lived and relatively problem-free.

My Dad never, ever experienced the shit that most GM owners go through because he took advantage of employee discounts and sold every car after exactly one year at a break even or a slight profit, and bought another company rebated car.
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Yeah, this is my own gold plated Princess phone.  >:D I remember when Princess phones and then touch tone phones were the normie/bourgeois status symbols, heavily advertised by the Bell System. 1965 or so.

By the way, back to the tires!

I had them mounted last week.

DAMN, did I make a great choice. They make it feel like an entirely different car. The ride is somehow much better (softer and less noisy) yet the handling is far more precise.

These are nice, nice tires.

At half the price per axle than being a "loyal local" customer of the local tire chains that screwed me blind on my last set of tires.
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I grew up in a GM family - Dad worked for GM and buying their cars (heavily offset by employee discounts) was basically our household religion.  >:(

Virtually every GM car we had that we owned more than 2 years started to fall apart. I drove a Vega in college that almost liquified from rust. My Dad sold his '94 Lumina to my brother and IMMEDIATELY after he sold it (97, 98 or so) the car required hundreds of dollars of work.

I dunno, it's just a personal fantasy to own a Cadillac and I believe they do better over time than the mid grade shit that GM makes.But I don't have enough information to argue assertively that it's a good car to buy used.

I understand. I grew up where everyone worked for Ma Bell and our fantasy was to own a custom gold plated princess phone ;) .

I am teasing. My Fords were not good, they would disintegrate while driving. Ah, good times, good times.

I have always had a thing about Porsches but they are seriously not practical and I have read that repairs can be rough. As I am middle age its only appropriate that I have proper mid life crisis vehicle which I don't.

It takes a special grade of idiot to take what was the world's biggest car company and run it into the ground. Oh way, they ran Ma Bell into the ground too  >:D
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I see. Interesting.

I heard the Northstar engine is problematic, but very powerful.

The #3 Roadmaster I got from the mid 90's was a hotrod, the guy I got it from did some wild things to it. Installed a hot cam, low gears and replaced so many parts it  no longer resembled the car it originally was. Seats came from a Pontiac. etc. The entire suspension was upgraded with non-stock parts.
The engine made all the power at high RPMs and he installed 3.73 low gears that constantly kept the RPMs high, generating lots of power.
It was the ultimate sleeper. He made it seriously fast. It would easily keep up with ricers or BMW M3.

In the end, rust got it.
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I grew up in a GM family - Dad worked for GM and buying their cars (heavily offset by employee discounts) was basically our household religion.  >:(

Virtually every GM car we had that we owned more than 2 years started to fall apart. I drove a Vega in college that almost liquified from rust. My Dad sold his '94 Lumina to my brother and IMMEDIATELY after he sold it (97, 98 or so) the car required hundreds of dollars of work.

I dunno, it's just a personal fantasy to own a Cadillac and I believe they do better over time than the mid grade shit that GM makes.But I don't have enough information to argue assertively that it's a good car to buy used.
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I just read in multiple reviews that the "compact" Cadillacs like the CTS are super reliable because they're basically the company flagships. They are in a different cosmos than Impalas and Cobalts. :P

You may be right, I don't know. I am not a fan of GM and never have been. My family had a bunch of different ones and they always had grief. Had a few Fords that were very problematic. So not a fan of them either.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/10/19/consumer-reports-toyota-tops-reliability-and-cadillac-last/777807001/

https://repairpal.com/cadillac/cts/car_reviews

https://www.truedelta.com/Cadillac-CTS/reliability-37
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I'm a cheapass but I've experienced the same thing at the level of equipment I buy. You've posted about this before and I think it's closer to happening.

I bought a modest Moto G5S on a black Friday sale last winter and it's become not only my favorite phone but is my mainstay for quick snapshots. I also own a higher level P&S, a Canon Photoshot G16 which I purchased in 2015.

Here's the bottom line: Casual shots with the Moto are usually better than the Canon. The reason is that the tonality is better - shadows and highlights - even if the resolution at high magnification is not as good. Mainly because (I think) the phone implements high dynamic range (HDR) automatically for most high contrast scenes. The Canon has HDR but the phone's seems to have better actual results. The HDR has an auto and an always on setting and I set it to on by default.

The Canon cost $400 when I bought it for a single function device, and the Moto $169 for what amounts to a multiple function "tricorder".

The four edges that the Canon has over a camera phone are:

Much better available light performance and instant response on almost all shots.
Optical zoom, which makes a huge difference with some shots.
Far superior built in flash.
Manual controls - I can set the Canon like a classic 1930s rangefinder or 1960s SLR with all manual controls if I like.

But for the vast majority of pictures where I don't need these capabilities, the phone is convenient and effective.

I am cheap too so dont feel bad! I agree with what you say about it taking better snaps. The iPhone has HDR as well and it will use it at will. So it very rarely has blown out highlights and the shadows are always perfect. Here is the reality as my doctor put it - who prints photos now? Very few people. If you look at them on the computer or phone they look fine.

Your points about the Canon are true but they are eroding. This Huawei has a 3x soon and a 5x hybrid optical/electronic zoom. On my iPhone it fires instantly, easily as fast as my DSLR. Frankly it fires too fast, if you hold the button down a little too long it fires off 5 shots like it was nothing. I imagine this Huawei is similar. The flash is not going to be good  as the light is so tiny. This Huawei doesn't seem to need to flash. It has a 40 meg sensor, thats crazy if you think about it.

I don't know if you ever see this app - its on the iPhone. It provides all the same controls that are on DSLR or rangefinder. You can change white balance, aperture, film speed, you can do auto exposure bracketing, exposure compensation and more.

http://www.procamapp.com

Take a look at the photos you can do:

https://www.instagram.com/procamapp/

It provides DSLR like controls for the phone. I am sure there is something like this for Android:

https://www.androidauthority.com/best-camera-apps-for-android-188148/

I had a Samsung S7 Edge last year and sold it. Was not a fan of the software and google tracking.
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