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Mr. Ected Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:46 PM
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Will Any Of You Miss the Pontiac Brand?
Maybe I'm just clinging to my past. The 70's and early 80's. Firebirds, Trans-Ams, GTO's.

I had a Sunbird. Nice little car that I drove off the road one rainy night in 1982 and ended up landing on a tree. Police officer told me that he didn't realize Sunbirds could fly.

But I digress.
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kickysnana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:49 PM
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1. I was fond of Oldsmobiles but my newest care ever was a 1994. n/t
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MagickMuffin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:50 PM
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2. Considering I own a '02 Firebird.......... YES
Not sure if there will be parts made for my car in the near future.

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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:51 PM
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3. No, but I do miss the Plymouth brand.
My first car was a 1972 Plymouth Duster. I loved that car.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:51 PM
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4. I'll miss making fun of the Fiero, but that's about it.
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gizmo1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:03 PM
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5. GTO Grand Prix Firebird.
Some of the greatest muscle cars ever were produced by Pontiac.I will sorely miss them.
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davidwparker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:06 PM
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6. Considering that I owned a Pontiac Grand Prix that I got about 100,000
miles out of before it starting having problems. no.

Now, I drive a Nissan 350Z.
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elfin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:09 PM
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7. Yes!
My brother has a classic GTO and my son rented one on his last trip and reported it was fantastic.

From a Chevy family here -- but am very sad to see Pontiac bite the dust.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:09 PM
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8. We had a '68 GTO (with a LeMans chrome bumper)
and as a kid we had one of these
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:26 PM
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16. the 69 GTO "Judge" was one of the top 5 muscle cars of all time
70 Chevelle 450 SS
69 Camaro
70 Dodge Charger
69 Dodge Super Bee

It is even in this guy's top ten http://cars.uk.msn.com/news/car_news_article.aspx?cp-do...

I miss the muscle cars
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Mr. Ected Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:29 PM
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17. Personal Favorite: 1970 Plymouth Cuda
Hemi. God I miss the good old days.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:35 PM
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18. Here's a Pontiac I never knew about....It would sell today
Edited on Sat May-02-09 05:37 PM by SoCalDem
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Wabbajack_ Donating Member (669 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:25 PM
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34. What's that called?
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:37 PM
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37. a De Mer.. It was a concept car, I guess. I never heard of it until Google
:rofl:
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:11 PM
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9. my first car was a Pontiac Ventura
so yeah, I will miss the brand.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:12 PM
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10. I didn't total my sunbird
it just stopped working. over and over..
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:21 PM
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11. I have a soft spot for the Firebird. Car of my youth and all that
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:23 PM
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12. My family and I had countless Grand Prix.
My first car was a Grand Prix.

I'll miss Pontiac quite a bit.
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Ocracoker16 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:23 PM
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13. I will not miss it
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:24 PM
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14. Yes, and I've never even owned one
Since they released the new GTO I thought they were pretty cool wheels and I would have considered buying one if I needed a new car.
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digidigido Donating Member (553 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:25 PM
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No, I rented one a couple of years ago, and it died the morning after I arrived at my destination
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Sigh Sister Donating Member (358 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:25 PM
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15. Sunbird was my first car and I loved it
until the engine blew up with 40,000 miles on it.
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:36 PM
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19. Are you kidding? I haven't gotten over the Studebaker yet.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:58 PM
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22. My best friend in High School drove this Studebaker.. we loved it
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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:45 PM
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20. I am driving a Grand Am
my kids turned the am to ma so it's a Grand mA now.

if Pontiac dies, will my car stop running?
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:48 PM
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21. No. It was a Pontiac that turned me Toyota loyal.
It was the 1970's and the car was brand new. It died a half mile from the dealership and had to be towed back. It continued to die periodically after that. We kept it less than a year.
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:03 PM
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23. Just because they're bankrupt doesn't mean the brand disappears
Chapter 11 is a reorganization. when a company is completely liquidated the relevant section of code is Chapter 7.
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Mr. Ected Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:57 PM
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32. GM Is Halting Production Of the Pontiac Brand
This is not just the function of bankruptcy.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/04/25/pontiac.reaction/i...
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:34 PM
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35. I missed that. I'm guessing it'll be back in a few years though.
Thanks for the heads-up.
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:05 PM
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24. My first car was a '64 GTO ---
total guy magnet! It got stolen and totalled. Next car was a Corvair. Sigh.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:13 PM
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25. My first date with my husband was in a Pontiac GTO...
He'd borrowed it.


:eyes:


When I found out, (on the second date!) that revelation nearly killed our budding relationship.





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sammythecat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:22 PM
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26. Not really
It seems a little odd that Pontiac doesn't exist anymore. It always seems odd when a familiar brand name goes kaput (Eastern, Pan-Am, Oldsmobile, etc.) but I won't be giving it much thought. I'm too interested in keeping myself afloat to mourn Pontiac. Plus, I was never into the muscle car thing at all.

I can understand, though, and respect, your perspective giving you a much different take on the matter.
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Toucano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:25 PM
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27. I remain free of emotional attachments to inanimate objects.
Actually, I don't understand how people can identify so much with a product, be it the Windows vs. Mac or the Ford vs. Dodge debates.

Cars, computers, shoes...these things are just tools.

I don't relate to them as anything else.

Long story short: No, I won't miss the Pontiac brand at all.
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:27 PM
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28. I bought a brand new 1982 Trans Am, and I couldn't wait to get rid of it.
Edited on Sat May-02-09 06:27 PM by OmmmSweetOmmm
Followed by the cops every where and after a year it started to rattle. I felt terrible about it because my parents had a 1960 Catalina and 1965 Grand Prix, and I loved those cars.
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mwooldri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:28 PM
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29. GM should sell the brand (and some of the factories) not just retire it. nt
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:29 PM
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30. I preferred them to the Chevy versions, but I never understood the reason to have 2 versions of
each car.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:46 PM
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31. I HAVE a sunbird. I still drive it, it gets brilliant mileage. NT
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Taitertots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:59 PM
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33. First car was a 1979 pontiac bonneville
Indestructible. It totaled a car, a truck, and destroyed the bumper on a tow truck. It ended its life when I recently sold it, for it to be used in a destruction derby.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:37 PM
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36. I'll miss K.I.T and I do love Firebirds...so yea. n/t
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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:38 PM
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38. Yes, I was just coming of age when I bonded with "Smokey and the Bandit." I developed
Edited on Sat May-02-09 07:39 PM by Mike 03
an obsession with the 1977 black Trans am to the extreme that I actually had dreams about that car, and I always told my father that one day, if I ever had enough money, I would get one. All I wanted in the world when I was thirteen years old was to be The Bandit... Dumb, I know.

But all these years later, I have had an array of utilitary, functional and un-exciting cars: hand-me-down Pacer and Ford Grenada, Toyota Camera, Toyota Rav 4...

I can live without the Trans Am, but it's a symbolic defeat for me. At a time in my life when I could finally get one, the brand is squashed, and the price of oil is (not now, but ultimately) speeding skywards.

But I share your nostalgia for the brand, definitely!
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