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Little Old Lady Made a Left Into Me While I was Passing
Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:12 AM
My 2001 Z24 Coupe is mechanically perfect from the windshield back, but most of the sheet metal forward of that is not. Recent 100k timing belt etc. Brand new brakes, rotors and other.
No leaks of anything. I was passing a car doing only 20 mph, and I was doing about 30 on a two lane road. She decided to turn left right in front of me, despite the fact I had double flashed my headlights, used my turn signal etc.
No injuries, or air bags. She told me it was her fault, but her insurance company (AARP) told me to @!#$ off.
Now what? If I can't get the other driver to cough up the repairs, does anybody want a project ? I don't have time to do it justice.

Re: Little Old Lady Made a Left Into Me While I was Passing
Friday, March 29, 2019 7:52 PM
Question to the group:

I have looked for a replacement Z24 and have not found a single coupe with a 5 speed for sale !
There are lots of cars, not that many Z24's for sale, even some halfway decent convertibles, but NO 5SPEED'S.

My question is, how many manual transmission Z24's were made over the years? Do I have a wrecked, but very rare model on my hands?
Thanks for any feedback.

Steve B. Whidbey Island WA
Re: Little Old Lady Made a Left Into Me While I was Passing
Sunday, June 09, 2019 8:57 PM
After getting completely screwed by the old lady's insurance company, I decided to fix it myself. I've got a recently retired neighbor who volunteered to help me pull the front end straight by hooking up his big 4WD diesel pickup truck to the car's front bumper (sans the cover). We hooked up chains to the subframe on one side, hooked it to a couple of pickup trucks in series with all wheels chocked. After several tries, it's almost straight. I still have a couple of pulls on the upper frame which holds the fenders.
If I'm successful with will still be my daily driver, but in the meantime I purchased a 2000 Z24 convertible with less than 60 k on the clock. A one owner, always garaged.

Wish me luck with the coupe !
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Re: Little Old Lady Made a Left Into Me While I was Passing
Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:37 AM
Sorry to hear this happened to you. I had to sell my Z24 5 speed with sun roof....really wish I had a garage for her.

Nice convertible Z24! Is it 5 speed? Do they make them in 5 speed?


GMR has got nothing on this
Re: Little Old Lady Made a Left Into Me While I was Passing
Yesterday 9:04 PM
Tranny is a 4 speed.
I have to admit, it's pretty good for an automatic. It shifts exactly when I would have been shifting if it had been a stick.
From what I've read, the standard automatic in a cavalier is a 3 speed and only the Z24 has a 4 speed.

BTW, I just completed repairing the coupe. It's not showroom perfect, but you have to look closely to see it's been in a fight.
I got bupkis from the old lady's insurance, but it's going to be my winter time car and the convertible will live in the garage and be the "nice weather" car.
As we only have a single garage space, the wife's Chrysler 300M is consigned to the driveway.
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