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R.I.P. to my '99 Grand Am

Well folks...it is with sad heavy heart that I say my Grand Am has been put to pasture. She had 170,500+ miles on her and the summer heat that we are getting hit with killed her. She blew a seal and all her coolant sprayed everywhere. Cost to rebuild her at this point would be equivilant to replacing her completely and I am not in a situation as to be able to do that right now. (College student does not pay much right now) So...she was bought by a scrap yard to be parted out.

After 5 years of very dependable service, I am going to miss that car.

Do you think God stays in Heaven because she is afraid of what she sees down here?

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-16-2005, 09:43 PM
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My condolences. It sounds like the Grand Am led a good life.
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My condolences Spyder. You must like her a lot, judging from the milage on her.
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So what are you going to get to replace it?

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She really did lead a good life. I pampered her like a child. New oil and filter every 3000 miles...new tires every year...new brakes every 6 months...I changed things on her even if they did not need to be changed.

I will miss that car. She was to much fun to drive for her being a 4 door "family" car. She really had a sports car mentallity. Long distance driving (which we do quite often) was never an issue. Get in and go in comfort.

As for replacing her...I don't know just yet. Though the '05 Pontiac GTO is a strong runner. :wink: 400 hp - 400 ft/lb monster she is! Still need the wife's approval...

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Have you considered a 308 GT4 as a potential replacement ? Great drivers car, under appreciated by the market, reasonable (for a Maranello product) to maintain.
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-19-2005, 03:15 AM
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The GTO is a $30k car. I thought you said college wasn't paying much. You can get a brand new Hyundai Accent for $9,999. 104 hp!

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And if you split the difference, you can probably find a Dino 308 GT4 for $20k. :wink: :wink:
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I had thought of those (308's/328's)...but my size 13 shoe pushes the gas and the brake at the same time in them. I can't drive that way.

So far...a 355 and up are the only Ferrari's I have found that I fit in. I need to find a Mondial to try out as it is about the same size as a 355 right? I would really like a Mondial Convertible :wink:

As for the GTO...well...not to brag but it may be a graduation gift from my family when I cross the stage finally. (I have been in college part-time for 10 years now!! I am soooo close to finishing...)

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(I have been in college part-time for 10 years now!! I am soooo close to finishing...)
Ok, I have to ask. What degree are you going for that takes 10 years to finish?

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It's not that it takes 10 years to finish it...it is that I took 10 years. I took a few classes here and there so I was never a full-time student until this past semester. Plus I did serve some time in the U.S. Army inbetween so...time just got away and I had lost sight of the goal for a bit. But...now I am set on the end and running full steam for it!!

I am going for my Criminal Justice degree and hope to get on with A.L.E. (Alcohol Law Enforcement) or the D.E.A. (Drug Enforcement Agency).

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The up side of the Grand Am's passing is this is your chance to get the Ferrari. You can get driving shoes for those feet I'm sure.
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[quote="360 Spyder"]I had thought of those (308's/328's)...but my size 13 shoe pushes the gas and the brake at the same time in them. I can't drive that way.
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The pedals are a bit tight but a good pair of driving shoes (Tods makes great ones) along with a set of performance pedal (suggest DexM) might overcome the problem.
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The pedals are a bit tight but a good pair of driving shoes (Tods makes great ones) along with a set of performance pedal (suggest DexM) might overcome the problem.
Believe me...I had thought of that as well so I tried it barefoot...my foot is just to wide at my toes. I hate that too because I love the lines of the 308's and 328's. Performance pedals...how would they help? Are they thinner is width? That may be an answer if so...

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Suggest you contact DexM and see what they suggest. I have ordered from them in the past and found them a pleasure to deal with.
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