Yes, it was Caddy’s J-Body, which means it shared many a part with the Chevy Cavalier, among too many other variants. someone told me the motor was built by Oldsmobile, not that it mattered. For 1984, it only came in black, with a tan leather interior. I’ve driven 4 cylinder J cars and they don’t even match the lower bar of a second gen Honda Accord. My workaround for the logged-in-but-also-not-logged-in problem is to go directly to disqus.com and log out of my account on their home page. Unfortunately, it was the only part of the interior that came up to luxury standards, as they went Cavalier cheap on the rest. The Chevrolet Cavalier is a line of small cars produced for the model years 1982 through 2005 by Chevrolet, and then later reintroduced in 2016 for the Chinese Market.As a rebadged variant of General Motors' J-cars, the Cavalier was manufactured alongside the Cadillac Cimarron, Buick Skyhawk, Oldsmobile Firenza, and Pontiac J2000/2000/Sunbird at GM's South Gate Assembly and Janesville … Inside there was D'Oro plaque on the instrument panel, and the 3-spoke steering wheel had all metal spokes in gold finish. $266.42. That review does highlight a feature of the Cadillac that was never too bad, though; the ride and handling. Mostly the Cimmaron got beat up because it was not 19 feet long with fins. I’m obviously biased, though. The login page will open in a new tab. No Corvette for sure, but better than 0-60 in 14 seconds. Anyway, the Cadillac Cimarron was nothing more than a Cavalier with a somewhat fancier grille and leather seats. Check if this part fits your vehicle. The 2.8 V6 had 4 more horsepower than the BMW six (125 vs 121) but less torque (155 vs 170). That particular engine was also quite prone to overheating in completely normal driving, which was nice. In typical GM fashion, it was the wrong materials in the wrong places. Also, has the BMW eta engine been semi-erased from history? It was predictable and had rack and pinion steering (as opposed to the numb recirculating ball variety that often found itself in other American cars). Next 12 results. Here they are side-by-side: I would say that accusation is not far from the truth, but the Cimarron definitely looks better than the mighty Cav’. Shop Cadillac Cimarron vehicles for sale in Cavalier, ND at Cars.com. The former seem like much larger cars. Lincoln hasn’t tried to do anything like that since, and although Cadillac still tries today, the sales of the ATS never came close to the BMW 3 Series. Granted, the two cars could hardly be considered "comparably equipped," but a leather interior and long list of options wasn't enough to sway the expected number of buyers. The Cavalier had it, the Cimarron had it. The optional 2.8 liter V6 boosted power to 130, but that still was not much. The Cimarron was based on the J-body platform which was also used for the Chevrolet Cavalier, Pontiac J2000 and Sunbird, Buick Skyhawk, and Oldsmobile Firenza. For 1984 and 1985, Cimarron was offered with a special option package called D'Oro, which is Italian and Spanish for gold. Also included were blackout bumpers with smoke grey fog lamp covers. Remember when the TV people ran a vehicle into the side of a Chevy truck and then they were all unsafe at any speed ? It’s not because the potatoes are nasty, but because it’s not what she was expecting. but read a little more into Brian Konoske’s drive in one around 2012. … I can’t find any good pictures of the inside, but I assure you that this is something you can trust me on. For Cadillac Cimarron & Chevy Cavalier AC Compressor & A/C Clutch CSW. In 2013, The best year for the ATS, BMW’s sales of the 3 Series were three times as good. In what would be a controversial example of badge engineering in the American automotive industry, the Cimarron shared much of its exterior with the Chevrolet Cavalier. Simply put, the Cimarron was a Cavalier with a Cadillac grille insert and Cadillac badges. Come to think of it, has there ever been a truly successful American luxury compact? A premium Delco-Bose sound system was added to the options list. Wow, I had no idea the Seville was derived from the Nova. Lincoln has pretty much given up on making a compact luxury sedan. It was certainly better than the Cavalier’s other siblings, but it was absolutely not one vital thing. Same platform so No it does not deserve its reputation. My dad was driving a bustleback Seville at the time. 1982 cadillac cimarron: 12. You have to remember that this was developed around ’79/80. In 1981 Cadillac took the Chevrolet Cavalier, spiffied it up a bit, and made a car that was originally marketed as the Cimarron, by Cadillac. It was gutless as hell, but, it had a great interior, it had very nice red paint, was very reliable, and lasted a long time. From Worst to Best: Cadillac Cimarron Vs. ATS. In a Cadillac. They were wrong. [11] Its interior featured simulated aluminum trim, notably foregoing simulated wood trim. To diversify and modernize their product range, and complement the Seville which competed with premium European luxury sedans, Cadillac dealers requested a smaller car that could compete with compact European sedans. D'Oro also received the new grooved lower-body-side accent molding as standard equipment, color-keyed to match the exterior. Find 1 used 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo as low as $9,995 on Carsforsale.com®. As General Motors prepared for the 1980s, Cadillac product planners considered a sedan smaller than the Seville. ... the Cimarron is notorious for being little more than a “badge engineered” Chevrolet Cavalier. Produced as a four-door sedan, the Cimarron used the GM J platform, with counterparts from Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac. Took them 30 years, I’d say. The Cadillac’s closest rival, the Audi 4000, looked even worse. He let the door swing open on it’s own accord, so as to minimize the transfer of searing heat to his hand. Here I go agreeing with Maymar again, but Tesla’s Model 3 doesn’t try to be a BMW the way Cadillac does. The Cadillac Cimarron was a compact car built by Cadillac based on the GM J platform. It was the best car I’ve owned, starting in 1966 and including this moment. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for For Cadillac Cimarron & Chevy Cavalier OEM AC Compressor & A/C Clutch GAP at the best online prices at … People would have expected tepid performance and a so-so interior, and wouldn’t have been put off by such things. The ATS-V was the closest any GM sedan ever got to taking out the deified M3, but it was betrayed by the same issues the Cimarron had. As the article mentions, the Cimarron was the J-body, same as the Cavalier, while the Celebrity was the next size up, the A-body. The same goes for anyone trying to build a better 3 Series. The engine was an absolute slug, though. It was slow, but did alright in traffic. The Cadillac Cimarron is an entry-level luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by the Cadillac division of General Motors for model years 1982–1988. A bit of chrome, some fancier seats, but no mechanical upgrades were supposed to draw younger import-intenders to Cadillac showrooms in 1982 when the model was launched. The car was mechanically reliable, and handling and braking were decent for the era, as indicated in the review. The Chevy Nova: Compact @ 111″ WB The A-body Dodge Dart was also a compact and had the same wheelbase. When I sold it nine years later, it had 276,000 miles on it, and all the original drivetrain. This site is devoted to the 1982 through 1988 Cimarron by Cadillac. Cimarron doesn’t deserve the bad rap. Viewed in that world, the Cinimmaron was a pretty daring and a forward thinking for American standards. [2], At its 1981 introduction, the copy text of original sales brochures associated the Cimarron nameplate with "fortitude, adventure and pioneering". Not in a “because it’s a Cavalier” sort of way, but because it was not everything Cadillacs are (or were just a decade earlier). And that was just not what they were aiming at. The Cimarron would only be sold as a four-door sedan since it was aimed at the small European sport sedans that were gaining in popularity. Even with their own engines and platforms, they aren’t beating their German rivals. That was 2007, and I didn’t see another Cimarron d’Oro until last weekend, when I spotted this car in an Oakland self-service wrecking yard. At about $12,000 (about $31,000 today), the Cimarron cost nearly twice as much as a Cavalier. And the Cavalier has never really even been considered “okay”. LOL. What about a Fox body Lincoln Mark VII? [6][3] For 1983, the nameplate was simply "Cadillac Cimarron". Suspension got substantial revisions. It was the wretched Lincoln Versailles, which was nothing more than a gussied-up Ford Granada/Mercury Monarch, with a fake spare-tire bump on the trump lid and a high price for its time (it was the most expensive Sedan Lincoln offered). Around 1983-84, 2 years after the Cimarron abomination hit Cadillac dealers, BMW introduced the E30 generation 3-series cars. The Cimarron was simply one of GM’s most brazen and callus attempts to dupe the few remaining Cadillac devotees into buying the new ‘European’ Cadillac by doing nothing but raiding the J.C. Whitney catalog, slapping a few pimped-out shiney bits on the outside (and a grungy leather interior on the inside) of a 4-door Cavalier, then having the audacity to double the price. Free shipping . The car was described as having a good ride, especially on the highway. ... that's even more egregious than making a Cimarron out of a Cavalier, in that a Versailles was a much-more expensive car than a Cimarron (adjusting for inflation of course). For 1985, a 2.8 L V6 (shared with the Chevrolet Cavalier and Oldsmobile Firenza) was added as an option, producing 130 hp (97 kW); for 1987, the V6 became standard. [4][5], In one of the shortest development programs undertaken by General Motors, development of the Cimarron began in early 1980,[6][5] even though other vehicles of the GM J-platform had been in development since 1976. Being based on a Cavalier didn’t help, but read a little more into Brian Konoske’s drive in one around 2012. Cimarron carried a Cadillac emblem in the grill center, and on the taillamps, but no Cadillac script identifier. This package included the new 14” wheels as standard equipment. If the Mark VII had come out a decade earlier, when the compact designation was based on wheelbase (EPA standards switched to interior volume measurements in the late 70’s), it would have been a compact. A lot of folks will tell you that the Cimarron destroyed Cadillac’s prestige image, damage […] The Cavalier would last a total of 24 model years, but would only span 2 generations, undergoing only one redesign in 1995. Note my comment about size standards shifting. Base model: Submodel: Click on the chosen year to proceed to specs datapage: Cadillac Cimarron. Interested in most forms of transportation. It was a first gen with the four and auto, The dealer didn’t want them and kept them in an overflow lot out of sight. SET SPURSTANGENKOPFBUCHSE CADILLAC CIMARRON/CHEVROLET BERETTA/CAVALIER/CORSICA | Auto & Motorrad: Teile, Auto-Ersatz- & -Reparaturteile, Federung & Lenkung | eBay! Podcasts There were at least ten cars on this platform, ranging from the Oldsmobile Firenza to the Daewoo Espero. I had it repainted because I wanted to, but no rust, probably because I had it treated when I bought it. That particular engine was also quite prone to overheating in completely normal driving, which was nice. It was underpowered, but spectacularly reliable. Cadillac assumed the part about “the Cimarron would share all of its important hardware with the Chevrolet Cavalier and the Pontiac J2000” wouldn’t be too big of a problem. That’s really where this whole image starts to fall apart. Wrapped it around a power pole late one night, after hitting black ice. Oh yeah, one more thing: it cost thousands more. This was essentially a gold trim package. Some of the more noteworthy examples over the years include the Cadillac Cimarron of the early 1980s and any Mercury of the past decade. Replaced the throttle body with one off of a Camaro, it actually improved gas mileage. Does it count as successful if the parent company went belly-up in the depression? Transmissions were either a three-speed auto (which John Davis from MotorWeek described as, ‘horrendous’), or two choices of manual transmissions (four or five speeds). Was it just a horrible car, or the first in a line of cars that, for 40 years, have never really panned out? A$ 12,000 cavalier? In the opinion of the author, the Cimarron’s final edition in 1988 wasn’t any worse than any other American luxury car. It was a compact luxury car, something the Germans had perfected with vehicles like the BMW 3 series and Mercedes 190E but had not been explored by any American manufacturer. I always liked the Counterpoint section in C&D road tests, where other writers summarize their opinions in … Anyway, the Cadillac Cimarron was nothing more than a Cavalier with a somewhat fancier grille and leather seats. They were really popular with the Yuppie crowd and is more of a car than the Cimarron, which is a Cavalier in a tuxedo. Videos The cars weighed about the same, and 0-60 was in the mid 9s for manuals. The steering feel was initially okay, but it got better and better throughout production. It was first introduced in 1981 for the 1982 model year, and sold through 1988. It seems to me like Mr. Howell is right. It was the opposite of a lemon. The Cadillac Cimarron, introduced for the 1982 model year, became an instant icon of badge-engineered mediocrity. The heating, ac, radio was much better than the competition. With a turbo it would have been a nice little car. Lincoln’s first compact was not the LS. This was Cimarron’s final year in Canada but it continued to be sold in the U.S. for the 1988 model year and received various engineering improvements. Even car “nuts” had to get close enough to read the badges to tell the two cars apart. The Cadillac Vertical Takeoff and Landing concept (VTOL) is a single-seat, all-electric, well-appointed aircraft capable of traveling rooftop to rooftop at speeds up to 90 kilometers per hour. She was prepared for sweet, cold, vanilla goodness, and got… potatoes. Stick to your core values. Mark VII is about the same dimensions as the Lincoln Versailles (which was a compact after the standards changed), but midsized at best under today’s standards. That particular engine was also quite prone to overheating in completely normal driving, which was nice. The Cadillac-badged version of the Chevy Cavalier, the Cimarron ranks as one of GM's biggest mistakes. Contact Baffling. Perro Cimarron may weigh 36 kg / 80 pounds more than Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Through its entire production, the Cimarron was manufactured at South Gate Assembly (1981–1982) and Janesville Assembly (1982–1988); both facilities produced the model alongside the Chevrolet Cavalier. No joke! Of course, but it is a large part of why it gets criticized. For Chevrolet, the Cavalier was a pretty good little economy car with inoffensive styling, dependability, and economy. For 1983, the engine was enlarged to 2.0 L and given fuel injection, though engine tuning would drop peak output to 86 hp (64 kW). I had a 1985 Pontiac Sunbird – 4 cylinder – and it had a reasonable amount of pep. The Cadillac Cimarron is an entry-level luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by the Cadillac division of General Motors for model years 1982–1988. A Brief History of the Cadillac Cimarron, One of the Worst Cars Ever Someone thought polishing up a Chevy Cavalier was a good idea. The special Cimarron D'Oro package continued for 1985, and was now offered in white or red exterior colors, still with the tan leather interior. It was. * Discus continues to insist that I log in to post a picture … but also insists that I AM logged in…, https://www.businessinsider.com/why-the-great-gatsby-is-the-best-american-novel-2015-4. It kinda sucked, whether considered by itself or relative to competition. Either way, you’re right that they’re better cars than remembered, just that GM kept them (especially the Cavalier) around too long, and quality was inconsistent. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Bad date due to a bad car. Sunroof, cassette player, pw, locks, etc.sticker was $11827, Home You want a good small luxury car get an Accord or Integra. I think a good example of this is Lincoln’s latest Navigator. Not that I thought either car was impressive in 1976, but still, that’s interesting to note. Perro Cimarron may grow 28 cm / 12 inches higher than Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. My mom bought one about three weeks after they hit the showroom. I have a much stronger “big-six” 535i now but would rather have my 325e back. My daughter thinks that mashed potatoes are “okay”. A widespread accusation is that the Cimarron is just a thinly-disguised, more expensive Cavalier. Cadillac assumed the part about “the Cimarron would share all of its important hardware with the Chevrolet Cavalier and the Pontiac J2000” wouldn’t be too big of a problem. Free shipping . Can we count a J-body Chrysler Lebaron? "Cimarron by Cadillac" and not as a "Cadillac Cimarron"? Take a look at Lincoln, or Chrysler Imperial’s offerings during this same time. It is essentially little more than a first-generation Chevrolet Cavalier. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for For Cadillac Cimarron & Chevy Cavalier AC Compressor & A/C Clutch at the best online prices at eBay! And the Cavalier has never really even been considered “okay”. As I recall, the seats were upholstered in a very nice obviously labor intensive tuck and roll pattern. Roll-up windows were also available. Remember the Cimarron? Facing time constraints, Cadillac simply marketed a fully equipped Chevrolet Cavalier with upmarket trim for twice the price of … ", This page was last edited on 14 January 2021, at 00:18. The Mark VII rode on a 108.5″ WB. Before you lift a finger over the, “You are a GM apologist” key, I am totally a GM apologist. Terrance unlocked the 1982 Cadillac Cimarron, and pulled the chrome handle to gain access in a swift motion. Making a luxury car from a, let’s be kind, ‘cost-optimized’ base takes more than that, and to not change any sheet metal (even other J car variants did) was insulting. She doesn’t love them, but she’ll eat them if I put them on her plate. 1 Phil Niekro; 2 Nashville Bomber; 3 Cleveland Browns; 4 Rockford Shooting; 5 Life Insurance; 6 Hilaria Baldwin; 7 SMS Text Messenger; 8 Walk-in Showers; 9 Steelers Vs Colts; 10 Brodie Lee; Top Searches Holiday Gifts. January 2000 Dear Consumer:Thank you for contacting the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) about your Cavalier, Sunfire, Skyhawk, Firenza, 2000, Sunbird, or Cimarron (GM's J-Car). As with Cadillac, which suffered its own ignominies—including the notorious, Chevy Cavalier-based Cimarron sedan—it wasn’t all Lincoln’s fault. I think if significantly more power could have been found–perhaps with a turbocharger–then it wouldn’t have developed a reputation as an overpriced Cavalier and been the butt of jokes nearly 40 years later. As I recall the tires were a special size made by Goodyear that were expensive when replaced. The Seville of the mid 70s was based on the compact Nova and, as I recall, was quite successful. Ford was an absent corporate parent, starving its luxury progeny of the investment it needed to build legitimate luxury cars. Although, I believe some A-body development might have been leveraged to the J-body? Shop millions of cars from over 21,000 dealers and find the perfect car. We’re gonna take a look at the Cadillac Cimarron – or Cimarron by Cadillac – whatever you want to call it. [8] The nameplate was chosen from a list that included J2000 (used on predecessor of Pontiac Sunbird); Carmel; Cascade; Caville (blend of "Cadillac" and "De Ville"); Envoy; and Series 62 (predecessor of Cadillac Calais). The Cord 810 was called a “baby Duesenberg” at the time. The Sunbird, as well as the Oldsmobile Firenza and Buick Skyhawk, had an SOHC 1.8L, which was the standard engine by ’85. It too was based off a humbler car, and offered either a 55 hp diesel or 75 hp gas engine. They must have improved it. But she’ll tell you the best car she ever had was her blue Cavalier, known as Bessie. But they didn’t, so it would up being a joke. The Cadillac Cimarron is one of the more reviled cars in recent history. Slightly more serious things written sometimes as well. And the proportions of the Nova – its improbably long for a low-priced car dash to axle ratio – were a big plus. I always liked the Counterpoint section in C&D road tests, where other writers summarize their opinions in … Sheet metal of american cars of this era was very poor quality and could not compete with the germans. I was on a first date with a hottie, and in the process of doing a double take on a Cim coming up on my side, I dumped my drink all over her. For 1987, Cimarron received flush aerodynamic headlamps. Not a terrible car but not a bad one either. The fit and finish, especially the leather seats, were on par with the bigger Cads. Recalled that one well. Pete Estes, GM's president at the time, warned Ed Kennard, Cadillac's general manager: "Ed, you don't have time to turn the J-car into a Cadillac. The Cadillac Cimarron was never a volume seller. Yeah the original 4 cylinder Cimarron was cynical piece of marketing and a generally crap car. She even once had an “enormous Mercedes that was always in the shop and had power windows that could take your hand off,” – yes, a 600. $248.00. [12][13], Available options included automatic transmission, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, power windows, power door locks, power driver and passenger seats, sunroof, and a cassette player. Let’s put down the pitchforks and take a look at what this car actually was. For 1985, Cimarron received a new redesigned bulging "power dome" hood and new grill to differentiate it from other J-car sedans. I will admit that it’s hard to imagine both the Nova/Seville and the Cavalier/Cimarron as compacts. East coast writer of car satire. People were expecting Cadillac ice cream and got Cavalier potatoes. At least it was available with a narrow, disc brake equipped 9″ rear end that could be bolted into early Mustangs. The 2.7L eta in the E30 gave comparable straight-line performance to the 2.8. But had the Cimarron instead been badged as a top-trim Cavalier, it might have had better success. 1982-1988 Cadillac Cimarron There's nothing wrong with the idea of a smaller, more athletic Cadillac. Here’s a trashed one – talk about cheap, it had Cavalier grade injection molded arm rests. Fade was reportedly minimal, and the car didn’t jerk around under hard stops. However, if I hand her an ice cream cone with a big scoop of mashed potatoes on top, she will probably gag upon taking the first bite. It might be stretching the definitions of both luxury and compact, but the Tesla Model 3 is successful at countering the 3 Series because it doesn’t try and copy BMW’s playbook (and also, it doesn’t have decades of heritage to restrict it). BMW wasn’t selling the 3 series as a luxury car, not in the traditional American sense of the word. Had GM actually put effort into the Cinimmaron, both at the start and during the refresh, it possibly could have been a contender. The first compact Cadillac, the Cimarron competed with similarly sized sedans from Europe.[1][2]. https://www.automobilemag.com/news/cadillac-cimarron-history-worst-ever Keep in mind that it hit the market around the same time as the original E30, and beat the E30 sedan by a year. That vehicle is completely embracing its Lincoln-ness. Both Perro Cimarron and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has same life span. And as far as the automotive industry was concerned, it was the end of days. The Cimarron, … That's it. Free shipping for many products! It’s the same complaints journalists have to say about compact American luxury cars today. The RWD chassis of the E30 is far superior to that of the FWD Cimarron, though, so the BMW would dance all over it in corners. Wednesday, May 1, 1985 nut NEVER OPEN Why don t you use the hamper?" And the pushrod four banger was enlarged to 2 liters. Picture Information. Interior quality was a persistent complaint from magazines and owners. TOPICS: French Montana James Harden Jay-Z Kanye West Kardashian Family Kendall Jenner Khloe Kardashian Kim kardashian Kourtney Kardashian Kris Jenner Kylie Jenner Lamar Odom Laverne Defazio Montana Fishburne OJ Simpson Ray J Taylor Swift The Cleveland Cavaliers The Houston Rockets The Life of Pablo Tristan Thompson. The Granada/Monarch/Versailles were not known for their reliability, either. There was also a new grooved lower-body silver accent molding optional on tbe "base" Cimarron. The Sunbird was even available with a turbocharged version of the 1.8 by this time. From Worst to Best: Cadillac Cimarron Vs. ATS. There was nothing fundamentally wrong with the Cimarron as a vehicle, once it got the V-6 engine. In North America, the Cimarron was not replaced directly; the 2013–2019 Cadillac ATS and 2019 Cadillac CT4 later became Cadillac's smaller offerings. Oh yeah, one more thing: it cost thousands more. [7] While General Motors wanted Cadillac to better compete with other luxury brands, the use of the J-platform to do so was met with heavy resistance. Maybe if they had started with something on the A-body as the next step of downsizing, it would have been less despised. The only available engine at introduction was a wheezy 1.8-liter, 85-horsepower pushrod four, coupled to an equally unrefined four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transaxle. Fully loaded. Cadillac Cimarron is constructionally closely related also to CHEVROLET CAVALIER 1gen, OLDSMOBILE FIRENZA, PONTIAC 2000/J2000, PONTIAC SUNBIRD 2gen. The problem comes when you compare these three only three years later, in 1985. https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/DOTJ-82Cimarron-05.jpg. Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive, "Trouble In Paradise: The Story of the Cadillac Cimarron", "Directory Index: Cadillac/1983_Cadillac/1983_Cadillac_Cimarron_Brochure", Derek Kreindler's Autoblog article on the Cimarron, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cadillac_Cimarron&oldid=1000181442, Motor vehicles manufactured in the United States, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, CarBuzz called the Cimarron a "textbook example of what goes wrong when a carmaker tries to badge engineer an economy car into a luxury car. Today, the Cavalier has quite the following: clubs, Facebook pages, social networks, etc. He called it a Chevrolac. Gold accents were added to the following: aluminum alloy wheels, grill, fine gold accent stripes on the belt line, bumper rub strips, hood centre line, and a unique D'Oro hood badge. But nearly impossible for contemporary Cadillacs of this time, let alone Cimarron. [3] It was the first modern use of a four-cylinder engine since the 1914 Cadillac Model Thirty. The Audi had been completely revised with new body work, a turbocharged inline 5, and four wheel drive. Employing unibody construction, the front suspension is a MacPherson strut configuration (mounted to a front subframe), with a rear suspension using torsion beam axle, along with front and rear stabilizer bars.[11]. This sounds worse than it really is. While the Cadillac simply got some new headlights and the same upgrades as it’s lower J car brothen (option v6, optional 5 speed, fuel injection), things it probably should have (and most likely could have) had from the start. Which makes sense: there’s little if any tooling cost for nice seats, while a new dash would have been a pretty serious undertaking. Usually. I never drove the v6 version so I have no basis for comparison. Research, compare and save listings, or contact sellers directly from millions of Cimarron models in Cavalier. It was “only” a Cimarron, but it was Plato’s ideal Cimarron. Personally, I favor torquey engines over revvers and inline sixes over vees, but objectively the acceleration was similar. Trending. Cadillac’s Cimarron, as we’ve come to find out, was betrayed mostly by it’s shoddy interior and poor drivetrain. well…. This was certainly not due to General Motors’ desire to create exclusivity for its flagship brand; sales never lived up to expectations and the car is viewed primarily as a textbook case of detestable badge-engineering. Any surviving Cimarron is an oddity today, but low-mileage, manually-shifted example is something truly special – slow, but special. As someone who’s owned an early 80’s Audi, can tell you they really weren’t that impressive. I remember going on a road trip and attempting to hit top speed. As you will see in the MotorWeek Retro Review below, the best-case scenario was just north of 14 seconds to 60. 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