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That '90 J-car was horrible. So was it's ancestor...'78 Pontiac Sunbird. My very 1st "road" car at 16yrs old


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In the late 1980s my brother Brian had a $ 350.00 1978 Pontiac Sunbird nicknamed the "SunTurd" or "Trud". It was a POS before it rolled off the assembly line. The car was combination of the worst designs by GM and built with the poorest quality materials available at the time. He used a screwdriver to start it after the ignition key lock broke and came off in his hand. The door locks were not a problem because driver's door was held shut by bungie cords after the sheet metal around the latch rod in the driver's door jamb broke. There was no point in locking the other door but we still needed the key for the hatch. It was constantly breaking down and we were so happy to see it go the junkyard.

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You already said GM, why go into embarrassing details?
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The SunTurd had some great features:

Keyless entry without a remote.

Keyless start without needing a key.

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Anyone could easily push it due to the small size and light weight.

Wide selection of inexpensive parts (from 1000s of junkers).

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Seriously there was a very fast Chevy Monza in the area that was not a POS, or was it another Sunbird? It had a built 350, glass packs, 12 bolt rear end, etc.
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going back even farther in the wayback machine. . .anyone remember the Sunbird's ancestor: the Chevy Citation? Had (for reasons unknown) a vertical radio, which did not lend itself to being upgraded to a CD player at all. .



Very hot "young Elvira" (if you can imagine Elvira as a teenager---she's kind of an eternal MILF) girl who lived in my neighborhood drove one for a while. Then just when I thought I'd forgotten about her, Scott Miller wrote a song about getting laid regularly in one. Put a picture of it right on his album cover. . .steamy windows and suggestively posed female and all that. Curse you, Scott Miller!

Can't find that song on youtube, but this one of his seems apropos: (WARNING: Language NSFW. . but dang funny)


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KYB is OEM. I'd replace the fronts with KYB, and if you want to improve the handling while you're at it, replace them with the KYB for the 2000-04 Outback.
So the KYB front shocks for 2000-2004 Outback will definitely fit a 2008 Outback, and make it handle better?

What about the rear?

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So the KYB front shocks for 2000-2004 Outback will definitely fit a 2008 Outback, and make it handle better?
You've got that backwards.

It's the rears that fit and improve handling.

For the fronts, use what the parts catalog says for 2008.


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Don't knock the Citation... OK, knock the Citation.

I drove one with the FI'd Iron Duke 4 popper for 250K miles. The last 50K miles with a blown head gasket. It was the hatchback model. And yes, you can get laid in a Citation...

It was a pretty good car for a young driver. Got excellent fuel mileage. Actually drove it to the salvage yard. They used it for a yard car for another year or so.

I'll be damned, just for sheets and giggles I googled the Citation. Low and behold, the exact same car I drove came up on CL!

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/4386002873.html


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Monroe shocks is the best option in my opinion. It is important to choose the right shock for the right application. For an SUV like Outback ride and handling is very important. Also Monroe has better roll- over protection than KYB at higher speeds. Give it a go and share your experience.
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Monroe shocks is the best option in my opinion. It is important to choose the right shock for the right application. For an SUV like Outback ride and handling is very important. Also Monroe has better roll- over protection than KYB at higher speeds. Give it a go and share your experience.
I disagree with everything you just said.

Monroe has been junk on my Fords and Subarus. KYB is what you want on a Subaru.

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