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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:52 am 
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Hello,

I joined the board awhile ago and might be caprice shopping again.

Do you guys have info on what are the better years to get, advantanges/disadvantages. Just things to help me consider while purchasing. I get the v8/v6 detective/ppv thing. I know somethings between the years. Please point me to a guide (I couldn't find one or we can help create one now.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:54 pm 
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pick what you want , most are black or white

there is other colors , but they are harder to get and often you gotta wait long for one to pop up


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:47 pm 
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My personal opinion is that the 2012-2013's are the most desirable. They're past the kind of oddball 2011's (with all of their teething issues), they have the shifter in the center console, hydraulic power steering which is serviceable (as opposed to the electric setup where if there is any issue, you're basically in for a whole rack and control unit), there's probly more but can't think of it now.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:40 am 
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garrett wrote:
My personal opinion is that the 2012-2013's are the most desirable. They're past the kind of oddball 2011's (with all of their teething issues), they have the shifter in the center console, hydraulic power steering which is serviceable (as opposed to the electric setup where if there is any issue, you're basically in for a whole rack and control unit), there's probly more but can't think of it now.


You ever driven a 14+ caprice? I had a super nice 13. Drove a 14 once, never want to go back. Now have a 14. The 14+ cars feel so much better. Drives a lot “smaller”. 2011-2013 cars are G8s. 2014-2017 cars are SSs.

Comes down to what you want and can afford. Imo best thing you could find is pay whatever someone wants for a 14+ car that has never been in police service. I should have bought one for 18k, instead I found a deal on an ex detective car and even though it was substantially less, I a lot of the time wish I would have just bit it and bought the super nice car that never saw police service.

I’d stay away from 2011s and city police marked cars (especially big cities). Most cars are < 2014 cars. Because it’s the intervals for replacement. So currently 14+ cars are pretty rare. Lots of 12s and 13s now. Personal preference and money rules all decisions though.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:55 am 
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2011-2013 9C3s are the "Holy Grail" cars and will bring the most money all else being equal. They have a floor shifter, full civilian/G8 style center console, carpet, and real (hydraulic) power steering. Any suspension changes on later years can be easily swapped over for little money if you really want them. I am not aware of any "teething" issues with 2011s. It's not like it was a new platform or anything. Care to share, garrett?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:39 am 
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kevink wrote:
2011-2013 9C3s are the "Holy Grail" cars and will bring the most money all else being equal. They have a floor shifter, full civilian/G8 style center console, carpet, and real (hydraulic) power steering. Any suspension changes on later years can be easily swapped over for little money if you really want them. I am not aware of any "teething" issues with 2011s. It's not like it was a new platform or anything. Care to share, garrett?


all the 11-13's have a floor mounted shifter , just the 9C3 have a regular console via civilian cars

all 14-17's have a dash mounted shifter


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:44 am 
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Thanks for the input guys, just the kind of stuff I was interested in.

Any opinions on salvage title cars? Seems like the majority around me are salvage title. I am considering one if the price is right.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:42 am 
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MustangEater82 wrote:
Any opinions on salvage title cars?... if the price is right.

Thats what it comes down to. How confident are you at assessing a salvaged vehicle at auction. entry vs risk.

I'd avoid Holden WN's on salvage merely because parts source are difficult to source and expensive. Way too many variables for me to decide for you.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:45 am 
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MustangEater82 wrote:
Thanks for the input guys, just the kind of stuff I was interested in.

Any opinions on salvage title cars? Seems like the majority around me are salvage title. I am considering one if the price is right.


Good luck finding anyone to loan on one. If they do, it’s usually half of private party value. Not dealer. Private party.

At the bare minimum a car with a salvage title is worth 75% of what a clean title car is worth. Even if it just got scratched at the dealership and that’s what totaled it.

Ontop or all that you have to verify how damaged it was. If it was fixed right and if whoever did the fix took their time or slapped it together or if they even knew what they were doing. It’s a steep learning curve and many people have been taught very expensive lessons.

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