Analysis To Paralysis

This Hemmings article about “[t]he increasing complexity of electronics [posing] a challenge for future collectibles” gave me pause about considering buying a car like a 2000-02 Cadillac Eldorado in the future. I thought, what if the 20-year old electronics die and I can’t find replacements? I don’t know how interchangeable those parts are with other Cadillac/GM parts and only 31,495 Eldorados were built in those three model years, meaning not much incentive exists–one would think–for third-party companies to provide parts.

Being an “intelligent” person with OCD can really be awful. It’s great to plan and to anticipate, but like EVERY other behavior it has its limits and is not always appropriate. Analysis to paralysis…

I used to lie to my marvelous mom and don’t feel bad about it at all. When I lived in California and she lived on the other side of the country, what good would it have done to answer truthfully to the question, “How are you feeling?,” if I were sick? She would have worried and she was not a doctor. I would always answer, “I’m fine, Ma.” The first year I lived in California I felt sick most of the time, perhaps due to new allergens. Oh, if you were to look in the dictionary for the phrase “Jewish Mother” my mother’s picture should have been next to the definition. (How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb? [In a Yiddish accent] None, we’ll sit in the dark…)

It’s great to be industrious and hard-working, but it’s also OK to take a break every now and then. It’s good to think of others, but it’s OK to be selfish sometimes, too. (I think selfishness is a part of our survival instinct and is simply unavoidable at times.) My 2ยข.

After some period of worrying, I decided to look on (they’re not paying me for this) and, whadda ya know, they have a slew of electronic parts for 2000-02 Eldorados, even Electronic Control Modules (ECM), both new and refurbished. Oh, before I looked on RockAuto, I started looking at Cadillac ATS and CTS models no older than 2011 because their electronics should be less prone to failure. Oy Vey!

Remember, if you will, that this search was originally about finding a car like a 1963-65 Buick Riviera or 1962-64 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk. I value flexibility and adaptability, also remember that I was originally going to buy/build a C2 Corvette restomod before deciding to buy a C7 Z06, so after speaking to experts like John Kraman I decided to focus on more modern cars.

Since I don’t wrench on cars and don’t have an 8- or 9-figure net worth (or more), trying to bring an older car to the point of being reliable is not a practical solution. The potential for electronic obsolescence or no, I guess we’ll buy something from this century, whenever all of the dust settles. Of course, ask me again in a week and I might have a different answer. ๐Ÿ™‚

From Mecum, a picture of a 2002 Cadillac Eldorado ETC (the more upscale of the two Eldo versions) offered at their Kissimmee auction in 2017. 2002 was the last year for the Eldorado; it is sad to me that the model is no longer produced.


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Frugal Friday, EGD Edition

Not that anyone asked, but the EGD (upper GI endoscopy) went well yesterday. Other than a little redness/inflammation in a couple of areas in my stomach lining my excellent GI doc, Dr. M, found nothing out of the ordinary. He did not have to dilate my esophagus as there were no strictures from scar tissue. I was going to post photos of my GI tract, but my name appears on every picture and this is still an anonymous blog. Dr. M did take a couple of tissue samples for biopsies, but seemed totally sure that the pathology would show nothing wrong.

For people with GERD two items that are supposed to be avoided are alcohol and spicy foods. I don’t consume alcohol (unless I take a nighttime cold medicine, which happens maybe a couple of times a year) and I don’t eat spicy foods because I dislike them intensely. Oh well…


For this Frugal Friday I went to and performed the following search: convertibles and coupes nationwide being sold by a dealer, from model years 2000 to 2004 (the first five model years of this century), with V-8, V-10 or V-12 engines and with fewer than 75,000 miles. I then simply sorted by price from lowest to highest.

Many of the cars at the very low end of the price spectrum were damaged and that was clearly shown in the photographs; many of those were going to be auctioned in the near future. So, for my first selection for this Frugal Friday how about this?


Used 2002 Cadillac Eldorado ESC Tucker, GA 30084 - 505506785 - 1


This is a 2002 Cadillac Eldorado ESC. ESC stands for Eldorado Sports Coupe. Why Cadillac developed this affinity for three-character model names is beyond me; I think it’s dumb.

This car is silver over tan and has about 72,000 miles; that’s barely 4,000 miles a year. These cars were front-wheel drive and were powered by a 4.6 liter/279 cubic-inch V-8 rated at 300 HP/295 LB-FT of torque. Cadillac abandoned manual transmissions for a long time and this Eldo is no exception.

The ad copy is sparse, which is suspicious, but the dealer is only asking $5,490. I like the way these cars look and it’s a Cadillac, which means it certainly has many creature comforts.


Car #2 for today:


Used 2000 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Coupe Ansonia, CT 06401 - 486230280 - 7


This is a 2000 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with about 64,000 miles. It’s red over gray. This car has an automatic transmission and is powered by a 5.7 liter/346 cubic-inch engine producing 305 HP/335 LB-FT of torque. My first Corvette (a 2002 model) had this engine, basically, but that was rated 350 HP/375 LB-FT. The dealer is asking $7,500. Once again, the average “transaction price” for a new vehicle in the US is approaching $40,000.


OK, a bonus car today as I wanted to include one car with a V-10 or V-12:


Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL 600 Glendale Heights, IL 60139 - 491174922 - 2


Obviously from Greater Chicago Motors comes this 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL600. The “600” designation means the car has a V-12 engine. The color combo is not listed in the ad, but from the pictures it’s a dark blue over gray.

This car has about 71,000 miles and the copy is sparse, but the dealer is asking $21,995 for a V-12 powered Mercedes-Benz. Let’s see, for that price you could buy a new Honda Civic. Hmm…no guessing as to which car I would prefer, German or not. Did I mention this car’s engine is a twin-turbo? The engine output is 493 HP/590 LB-FT of torque from 5.5 liters/337 cubic inches. It has a 5-speed automatic transmission.

I welcome comments about these cars or any other topic.





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