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Old 08-18-2000, 08:39 AM   #1
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Question Severely O/T: Opinions on GMC Typhoon?

I was wondering if any i-club members out there have owned or currently own a GMC Typhoon. I've been considering picking one up...found a great deal on one...I've read info on www.syty.org, but haven't been able to talk to anyone who's had to live with one or has had any experience with them.

I'd of course still be keeping the Turbo Outback Sport...it's my baby...but a second vehicle would be nice...and the Ty looks great on paper.

Any opinions?
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Old 08-18-2000, 08:44 AM   #2
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Here is my opinion on Typhoons and Syclones. If you have the money for one and u find one in good condition, GET IT!!!!!!
I love those frikin things, I would sell my soul to the devil for one of them. CAN U BUY ME ONE TOO?!?!?!?!
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Old 08-18-2000, 09:16 AM   #3
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Yeah, their pretty Bad A$$. I've never owned the Cyclone or Typhoon, but driven both at a time in my life, and the rock.
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Old 08-18-2000, 09:30 AM   #4
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My uncle had a 93 white Ty for 3 years and regrets that he sold it everyday. Awesome vehicle got to ride in it a couple times! I wanted it when he sold it but I was a poor college student. I was looking to get a used one last year when I got my OBS. The two that were for sale in my area where really beat. There is an article at www.syty.org that tells you what to look for when getting one. Cool thing is these will be like an investment cause if you have a nice one it will only go up in value.
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Old 08-18-2000, 10:46 AM   #5
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Fast as snot, 0-60 in something like 4.9 seconds, low 13 1/4 mile times. Awesome, just simply rockin trucks.....4.3 litre turbo, 280HP?? Something around there. I wish they made them in Canada.
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Old 08-18-2000, 10:56 AM   #6
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I dont get it, Im sure its fast as hell, but its still a truck. What am i missing??
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Old 08-18-2000, 11:01 AM   #7
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I wish I could have gotten one. I've heard that they have transmission problems, but quite frankly I still think they are worth it. Mmmmmmmmm, turbo AWD.
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Old 08-18-2000, 11:20 AM   #8
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Have you guys seen that video clip of a white typhoon spinning like a top for almost a minute! It was in a dry parking lot and after it spun around that long, the passenger fell out of the car! Does anyone have that link still?

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Old 08-18-2000, 11:30 AM   #9
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Geoff, all I can say is, get it! The Typhoon is awesome. I had the chance to drive a Syclone, and it's incredible. I'm still waiting for the right time to add one to my collection. It would be right for you too with all the stuff you carry around in the Outback! Oh yeah, you might try getting on the Sy/Ty message board and posting something. Most of the guys seem to be very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. Just don't be surprised if they give you a hard time about having a turbo Outback!

JP, I think I have the link at home. I'll post it as soon as I can. Later!

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Old 08-18-2000, 11:31 AM   #10
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Bleh. Fisher-Price dashboard and instrument cluster, primitive suspension, heavy curb weight.

Find a GN or an '89 Turbo TransAm if pushrod turbos float your boat, either is a much better hotrod than a Syclone or Typhoon.

Oh, and the 1/4 mile registry on SyTy looks like half dreaming to me. (Yeah, I believe someone that doesn't even know their ET or trap speed for sure! My near-stock RS runs 1?.?? @ ?? MPH! LOL)
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Old 08-18-2000, 11:32 AM   #11
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BTW, here's the link for the message board.
http://www.syty.net/cgi-bin/Ultimate.cgi?action=intro
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Old 08-18-2000, 11:35 AM   #12
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Phathead-
It's a fast truck. VERY Fast. What the hell don't you get?
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Old 08-18-2000, 11:36 AM   #13
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I had a distant friend who owned one. A few week ago I raced one. It was 11pm and I didn't see the typhoon badge until it was too late. But anyway, it kept leaving me and slowing down for me, to only leave me again. And I agree it is JUST a truck, ...so, up came a few nice sweeping turns and I only have one word to say... " I smoked him!"

You know you, about next year around this time you can get a WRX... & with a little tuning you will be able to keep up with the typhoon and probably leave it too. Or if you can't wait get a Camero SS. My Bro in Cali has a tuned SS w/326 HP (might be more) and has never been beat by any sports car or TRUCK yet.

But if you realy LOVE trucks an 'like' acceleration and don't give a squat about handeling... by all means go for man.

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Old 08-18-2000, 11:38 AM   #14
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ColinL has the worst case of.. umm.. "Horsepower Envy" (wink, wink) i've ever heard of.
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Old 08-18-2000, 11:38 AM   #15
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I had a distant friend who owned one. A few week ago I raced one. It was 11pm and I didn't see the typhoon badge until it was too late. But anyway, it kept leaving me and slowing down for me, to only leave me again. And I agree it is JUST a truck, ...so, up came a few nice sweeping turns and I only have one word to say... " I smoked him!"

You know you, about next year around this time you can get a WRX... & with a little tuning you will be able to keep up with the typhoon and probably leave it too. Or if you can't wait get a Camero SS. My Bro in Cali has a tuned SS w/326 HP (might be more) and has never been beat by any sports car or TRUCK yet.

But if you realy LOVE trucks an 'like' acceleration and don't give a squat about handeling... by all means go for man.

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Old 08-18-2000, 11:47 AM   #16
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Okay...so far most everyone's told me what I already know. It's a damned fast truck. I'm more interested in if anyone's had any experience with reliability, actually owned one, and how it compares to a Subaru as far as handling is concerned. Yes, I know the Subie will do rings around it, since it's a truck, but there are bound to be some similarities due to the fact that both of them are AWD, granted using different AWD technologies. I've been told left and right that the deal I'm looking at is too good to pass up, but at the same time I've never driven the vehicle...I just want some info as to how comfortable it is...is the back seat usable (moreso than my OBS's), how they hold up. Basically, I'm trying to justify to myself the purchase...since I already have a turbo AWD vehicle...but love it enough to want another one.

For those curious on the deal, it's a '92 in good shape, 80k miles on it, tested out by GMC to be in great mechanical shape, and I may be able to pick it up for $11k, even.

Any more opinions...?
Geoff

-And thanks for the link, Adam...I've been there too. We all really need to get together again sometime...I'll be heading up to Trey's on the weekend of September 9th to get the vacuum hoses replaced and some new clamps installed for the turbo along with a RWD dyno run...car should be running excellent afterwards.
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Old 08-18-2000, 11:51 AM   #17
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Reiflex,

Camaros don't really do anything for me...not to mention I know their handling sucks compared to a Subie's, and they have little to no utility. If I didn't give a damn about handling, I wouldn't be running Toyo Proxes T1-Ses and KYB GR2s on my Outback Sport. I already have an excellent handling and fairly fast car. What I'm mainly looking for is something that has a LITTLE more utility with an automatic transmission, since I may be taking a job that has a long commute into the Galleria area of Houston. A little more backseat room wouldn't hurt either. That and I want a(nother) sleeper.

I've never owned a truck before, but I'm open minded, thus I'm asking for opinions. Thanks for yours.
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Old 08-18-2000, 04:29 PM   #18
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Geoff, the Ty is the same body as the S-10 sized Blazer/GMC Jimmy. Two door, two bucket seats up front, and a bench in the back. A buddy has a late '80s Blazer. You can get 4 people in it. I think it has slightly more leg room than what you have now. Also, you might gain some on the utility since the rear seat will fold down, then fold up to the backs of the front seats. Don't know total volume though.

Reliability can be a problem. I almost bought a Sy several years ago, but passed due to lack of $$. A month after I did, the engine blew and had to be totally replaced. The truck was stock and not raced. I knew the owner, so I wasn't worried about him flogging it. Did you print out the buyer's guide off the Sy/Ty site? Take it with you to check the truck out. If it was checked out by a GM dealer, get something in writing about what they inspected. You can also run the VIN through the Lemon search site and see if any problems come up. Also, if it's at a dealer and they have the paperwork, check out all the TSBs on the Sy/Ty. See if you can track if anything has been done to the truck in the past.

Why is it so cheap? $11K is even on the low end of the scale for the Sy, and it's been out longer. Was it a salvage title? Flood damage? Did the previous owner trade it in? Did he get tired of it? Why is it for sale? Check this bad boy out as much as possible so you don't get bitten in the butt down the road.

Ride wise, it's not bad, but it's not going to be near what you have in the Outback. It'll go like stink in a straight line, but unless you do some major work on the suspension, you may not want to autocross it!

Give me a call or e-mail me sometime. Let's get the guys together again soon! The next race is up at the Police Academy on Greens Rd. at Rankin on the 27th. Maybe we can talk some more people into coming out in the 100+ degree heat!! HA! Good luck. I'm just stubborn enough to try it. Take it easy dude. Hope everything works out for you up at Cobb's. Fill us in on the gory details! Later.

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Old 08-18-2000, 06:04 PM   #19
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Well, it was actually bought at a government auction....it was confiscated from some drug dealers. The only problem with it is that the driver's side door has a 3" scratch on it. I'm getting the CarFax lemon check sent to me on it, along with GMC's checklist of the compression, driveshaft, axles, etc. The vehicle is in "good" shape...no interior tears or whatnot. Problem is, it's in California, so I have no way of seeing it before I buy it...however if GMC certifies that it's in great shape....

Right now I'm still debating it...one part of me tells me to treat myself...the other tells me to just be happy with the Subaru. Oh, the pains of life.
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Old 08-18-2000, 07:33 PM   #20
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That's one heck of a treat! I hope it works out for you. I'm kind of leary about spending that kind of dough on something I can't check out first hand. But, I'm goofy like that.

Say, if you're feeling so generous, why don't you pitch in and help me with that OZ P1 wheel group buy?! I could use, oh, about $1300 to start with!! HA!

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Old 08-18-2000, 07:57 PM   #21
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Here's the Typhoon doing the donuts. http://auxilary.todiefor.com/humor/v...d-burnout.mpeg
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Old 08-18-2000, 08:56 PM   #22
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Oh my LORD--That was absolutley Insane!!!!
I love how the passenger falls out at the end--Very dizzy
Eby-do you know them??


SabreLion-Just make sure that that's not the one your looking at--hehehe
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Old 08-18-2000, 09:13 PM   #23
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No, its just a video thats been around for a while. Its off of a guys website from clubsi, he has all sorts of cool video's on there. Its worth checking out, here's the link. http://auxilary.todiefor.com/humor/videos/
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Old 08-19-2000, 12:01 AM   #24
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Fester, yeah right! Just expressing my opinion, and it is that there are many better hotrod platforms out there and the Typhoon isn't the godlike vehicle some make it out to be.
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Old 08-19-2000, 12:20 AM   #25
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I liked them ever since high school when I saw one rip through the guy's Mustang, the Mustang owner was the type to brag all day about how fast his car was so it was great to see him get whooped

other than that, it's a GM car, and I will never ever buy an American car, not even a Viper, the only one I would buy is a Shelby Cobra, but that doesn't really count...

(sorry, I just don't like big 3 cars)
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