This was easily my favorite pricing game of all when it was in the rotation, because it made you think AND move. It was heads better than Any Number.
I too picked up on the use of the conjunction "and" (vs "or" for Any Number) in the prize intro. The first time I saw the game, I thought they had made a mistake, and said "Shouldn't that be 'OR a new car'?" But they were right -- it was, in fact, a new game that they were playing, and not Any Number.
This game was really just Squeeze Play with a few extra digits, though the game board actually looked more like Make Your Move. In theory, there were 56 possible combos for the two prices, but the first 2 or 3 digits of the sequence were almost always in the price of the car, so most of the time the contestants only had 5 or 6 digits to deal with.
Split Decision was won most of the times that I saw it played. Even the slower contestants, one of whom took 10 whole seconds for her 2nd guess, managed to win this one more often than not.
Though I was taping and watching TPIR religiously at this time, I somehow managed to miss [entirely] the rule change where contestants had 3 guesses with unlimited time. Guess I didn't miss much by not seeing these episodes!
If Split Decision were still around (along with Time is Money), they could do a TPIR MDS "Salute to the Olympics" and play Clock Game, Race Game, Split Decision, Time is Money, Switcheroo, and Bonkers -- all games that are races against time. They'd even meet their unofficial quota for 2 car games, 1 grocery game, and 1 small prize game in a single show!
And I have to contest that last post that stated that "like Any Number, no digits were repeated...". The first time I saw this game played, the first 3 digits in the sequence were 1-0-0-...; these were all obviously in the price of the car.
Definitely one of my, if not THE most, favorite retired games, and one I frequently play on BigJon's TPIR (though his is HARDER!) A score of 10/10 in my book!