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Old 03-03-2006, 10:49 AM   #31
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that is so cool that we might be twins. black against black...nice. you have the grey guts too?
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sorry...i'll start a new thread...hijacking toddsters. and he'* definitely my friend now
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I'll give you all my story, just to be cool

Senario: December 2004, 2 weeks before christmas. One normal day at work... when a long time customer calls us saying her son was having car troubles. Won't shift out of 1st gear. We say "sure bring it over". She arrives... and i see my soon (yet, unknown to me) beauty. Or should i say a diamond in the rough. 1987 Bonneville LE, 204k miles, interior covered in coffee stains, dog hair and slobber, and cigarette butts. Front tires have the steel belts coming out. Brakes are shot. Transmission fluid is burnt to a crisp. Passenger caliper is locked up. Both rear springs are broken. Radio is an old 2-**** hack-job. One of the rear speaker boxes are hanging by their wiring.

Well needless to say she didn't want to fix it. Her son had pretty much run her dry, so she offered it to me. Discussed with the authority figures (parents, keep in mind i was 15 then). They said if it'* what i want, go for it. Pull car inside shop, begin transmission tear-down. Two weeks and $150 in parts later, she'* good to go.

Next up: Front brakes. Needless to say, because of that caliper the passenger side rotor had grooves like the rocky mountains in it. Cheapo pads: $25. 2 cheapie rotors: $35. One used caliper: Free

Next: Rear brakes. Just as bad as the front. Cheapie shoes: $23. Assorted springs: Free.

Next: Rear springs. Car sagged like it had the italian mafia in the trunk. 2 new springs: $55. <----- Labor was a biotch.

After that, full interior and exterior cleaning. Thing was FILTHY. Spent about 3 hours on both the interior and exterior. Full shampooing of interior. Replaced radio with my Pioneer unit. Finally got it looking like a decent car. Sanded and primed rust from body. Painted with general gloss white.

Total cost: car- Free. Parts to make it road safe- ~$400.

Is that the end of the story? Oh no... I had it sold once. The woman took it to her mechanic after she bought it... made up loads of BS about how it needed a waterpump and headgaskets and the transmission slipped (my 1k mile rebuilt, mind you). She asked for her money back. I regretfully gave it to her. Know what it was? Ignition module took a crap. Not even MENTIONED on her estimate. Spare part from shop + 1hr labor, she was good to go.

Bout 2 months later, i'm leaving for school in the morning. I glance over my shoulder to see my baby, what do i see? An empty outline in the street. ****. Report stolen, found 2 days later. After 4 months i have car back again. Junkyard steering column: $45. More interior cleaning: my time. Car sits a few more weeks, i finally sell it for $700, meaning a measly $350 dollar profit after all my work.

Is this the end? Oh no, the white curse lives on. The lady i sell it to, she'* the parent of a friend. Trustworthy (i think). She pays in cash, i give her title, all is good. About 2 weeks later i get a call from a gas station saying my plates were recorded stealing gasoline. EIGHT DOLLARS. Jesus. I call her up, get it settled, she pays the fine. I warn her to transfer the title now. She says fine. 1 1/2 weeks later, another call. Another gas station. Another theft. I call her one last time and snap. I tell her she has till Monday to transfer the title or i will come reposses the vehicle. Remember, title'* still in my name. I check on tuesday: titles been transferred. I am finally free...

Wow what a story huh? But it didn't turn me off of bonne'*, oooh no. I'm invigorated. I can't wait to purchase my next one.
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that'* quite a story poor bonnie. she'* seen more in a few years than most of us in our entire lives!
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I'll add mine, I'm sure half of the BC knows it.

OKay, it was in 2004. My old car was a 1987 Olds Cutlass Supreme with T-tops. Pretty rare around here. I loved that car but it was so slow and consumed a lot of gas. THen one day, I felt the car struggling to get up a moderate hill, I thought oh **** the tranny'* slipping. So I told my parents (I was 16) I said I need a new car. They said, sure we'll sell it then look. I couldn't wait to look so I drove around and looked around. I liked Grand Am GT'* but none in my price range. I looked at GP GT, my dad said no to the GT due to ins, I agrued with him on that but he won, so I looked at a GP SE, and said, "hell no" So I went back to a dealership. Me and parents looked around, Saleman (Tom) said, I got a Alero in the back, I said fine, walked back, blue (ehh), four door (oh god no) but I decided to sit in it. NO HEADROOM, I looked at Tom and shook my head then I looked at the Bonneville way earlier and said no but hten I saw it again and just was attracted to it. So I sat in it, oh god, it'* so comfy. My parents asked Tom if I could test drive it (I was 16 remember) Tom said sure. I drove it, oh, that first drive was a perfect drive, fast, comfy and good. So my parents hassled Tom down to 7200 out the door with 75k on the clock. I was so proud of my purchase that while my parents was hassling then signing hte paper, I was sitting in the car, just feeling everything and looking at everything. Big Bertha has been a tough solider and I love that car dearly.

Cool story huh? Not as dramatic as the others.
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your car has a sweet look. not sure if it'* the rims...color...or what. but it is fine enough to make me drool over a n/a car. really. i like the look ALOT.
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okay. ill put both stories.
i moved to michigan my senior year of high school. i graduated. then i needed to be able to drive to the university which i would be attending, could no longer drive the 92 for escort wagon. so i went to an auto auction. didnt even bother to start up the bonne, assumed it was out of my price range. went instead for a ~$1500 old grand prix. i was outbid on it, and to take my mind off, i went to the opposite side of the auction where they were auctioning off a green bonne. it was huge, but i was bored. so i bid on it. then, i bid 2700, was outbid at 2725 and then told the guy i wasnt going to go higher - on a car i hadnt heard a thing about and hadnt even started up or looked in. well, the guy misunderstood me and upped it to 2750. i didnt realise that until he was telling me i won it. i was like "oh well. what the hell". test drove it, loved it. so i took it home. i got lucky. very lucky. kept it for awhile, until it had 200+k thousand miles. decided i needed a new car. so i looked at the 2005 mitsu galant and a 2005 grand prix (mostly because of the engine in the gp). so i went to finance the gp (mitsu was my backup) and they told me no, but they might be able to finance me for a used car. so i looked at the two used bonnevilles they had. both 2004 - one had tan puke color leather and the other had grey leather. liked dark interior, so i told them i wanted it. they wanted 16900 for it, but i couldnt get approved for that so they said, 15000. financed and now ive got my wonderful new car.

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your car has a sweet look. not sure if it'* the rims...color...or what. but it is fine enough to make me drool over a n/a car. really. i like the look ALOT.
Aww Thanks Scott... just wait until the windows are tinted. :P I really like your new purchase..

Now back on topic before I get whacked.
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Aww Thanks Scott... just wait until the windows are tinted. :P I really like your new purchase..

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thanks...and let'* get outta here
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