Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fathers Should Love Driving Sleek LSS

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fathers Should Love Driving Sleek LSS

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You remember the old saying -- "This is not your father's

Oldsmobile."

Well, I am a father now, and I could get used to driving an

Oldsmobile the likes of the 1996 LSS -- Detroit's answer to a

Lexus GS 300, Infiniti I30, or Mercedes E320, with more room.

To make one, you take the Oldsmobile Eighty Eight, the

company's full-size sedan, add a supercharged, 240-hp V-6,

meatier tires, comfortably supportive bucket seats, and some

hi-tech navigation aides, and you get the LSS.

For 1996, you also give it some cosmetic tweaks, namely a

slimmer, more rounded nose with slim headlights and nostril-like

grill inlets, and a thin chrome strip down the belt-line.

Five-spoke alloy wheels, similar in design to the Oldsmobile

Aurora's six-spokers, wear Goodyear Eagle GA tires. Fit and

finish on the paint and body were very good, although the gap

between the driver's door and left fender was larger than its

cousin on the right fender.

Inside, the dashboard sports a clean design that puts the

simple instrumentation -- tach, speedometer, gas and temperature

gauge -- straight ahead. The tilt wheel did block the temperature

gauge.

The LSS comes with a sure-fire solution to the "Honey, I'm

cold" malady that comes when one spouse is in the sun, and the

other in the shade. A dual-zone air-conditioning system lets both

sides set their own temperatures, with the passenger control

mounted on the passenger door.

Stereo volume, seek and program buttons are mounted on the air

bag-equipped wheel, while the AM-FM-cassette deck has big buttons

and great sound from six speakers. Interior fit and finish was

superb.

The front seats are very comfortable, although they seem

suited to a slightly wider person than me. The power seat

controls are mounted on the doors, but there are no memory

controls or power lumbar support. Back seat room is superb for

two, and good for three, or a pair and a baby seat. The trunk is

simply huge, while the glove box is big, and so are the

dual-level center console storage areas. …

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