And the Real Winner Is…

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
and the em real em winner is 8230

To those of us in LeMons HQ, GM cars have that extra-special something that gives them the edge on the Index of Effluency. Sure, we thought that the Bangers & Smash ’00 Dodge Intrepid had the edge starting the race, but Chrysler products tend to be a little too effluent to keep running all weekend (in fact, the Bangers & Smash car ran exactly two laps before nuking its 24-valve V6). In the end, the Murph and the MagicTones-themed Racing 4 Nickels ’89 Olds Cutlass Ciera drove straight to another General Motors triumph.

48th place out of 98 entries (many of which were A-Class Integras and E30s) is startlingly good for a car that shouldn’t have been allowed on the race track in the first place. It wasn’t an easy decision for those of us in LeMons HQ, though; a three-cylinder Geo Metro came in 21st, and a ’92 Olds 98 finished 29th (note the GM Effluence Advantage once again). In the end, the Ciera came out on top. Congratulations, Racing 4 Nickels!

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  • AMC_CJ AMC_CJ on Oct 10, 2011

    The more these cars age, the more appealing they seem to be. A nice wagon version would make the perfect daily-beater to keep miles off the new cars. Right now a 78' Malibu is fulfilling that role, and it's a great car, but I'm lucky to break 20mpg, and that's with the 90hp V6.....

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    • Texan01 Texan01 on Oct 10, 2011

      I had an '86 Pontiac 6000-STE at one point in my life, and I would actually like to find another in decent shape. It's more roomy than your A-body Malibu, and with the 145hp 2.8 I got a dead consistent 23mpg no thanks to the 3 speed automatic, but in town it got 17mpg.

  • Murilee Martin Murilee Martin on Oct 10, 2011

    You can't assume that an engine with good street reliability will be reliable in this kind of endurance racing. In a LeMons weekend, I'd say the 2.8 V6 has about a 60% chance of failing during a race. That's a lot better than, say, the Mitsubishi Astron or small-block Chevy, but not nearly as good as the Chrysler LA or Mazda B.

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