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Old 01-13-2009, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default Looks like I may be done brewing for a while

You ever feel like things are FINALLY going in the right direction in your life, for once, and then have everything go south, really quickly?

Long story short, I bought a Grand Prix GTP a little over 2 years ago. It would have been paid off already except for an accident where I had to buy the car back from the INS company and fix it myself. So the loan was AGAIN almost paid off, was gonna use my tax return to pay it off next month. So, I was out Friday night and as I was coming home, I got to the stop sign a mere block from my house. I stopped and the car shut off. Odd. I tried to start it, nothing, tried for the next 2 days to get it running. Nothing. Took it to a shop and they inform me that my bottom end (Crank/rods/pistons/block) has let loose on me somehow. Either the block cracked (Why the oil and coolant had a party in the oilpan and made a milkshake looking liquid) or the crank cracked/broke or a rod broke and punctured the block.

So, now after going from the dreams of being nearly debt free in a month I will go $2600 more into debt than I was before.

I was so close. Looks like I might start doing A.G. IF I can even brew at all. Its cheaper...


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Old 01-13-2009, 07:55 PM   #2
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Brewing and owning pontiacs don't mix. Hell, owning a Pontiac and having money in your pocket are pretty much mutually exclusive. At least with the cheapo car companies like Kia and Hyundai, you get a ridiculous b2b warranty.

It might be time to give up on the Pontillac instead of continuing to polish that turd. Just sayin. Get a little fuel-efficient Kia or something with a 100k+ b2b warranty.


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Old 01-13-2009, 07:59 PM   #3
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:08 PM   #4
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Fuel efficient is that cars middle name! 33mpg highway, over 300hp (honest to god), runs 13 second 1/4 mile times at the track.

I have never owned anything but GM, I'm too much of a 'murican car type of person.

Stinky people ride the bus. Plus I don't know of any busses that go between cities 25 miles apart. :hmm:
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Fuel efficient is that cars middle name! 33mpg highway, over 300hp (honest to god), runs 13 second 1/4 mile times at the track.

I have never owned anything but GM, I'm too much of a 'murican car type of person.

Stinky people ride the bus. Plus I don't know of any busses that go between cities 25 miles apart. :hmm:
doesn't matter how fast it goes if it doesn't run!


my wife had a sunfire and i had a grand am back in the day. never had any real problems with either car, would never buy either one again though! Most GM's dont do much for me. i will stick with my 4cyl ranger for now, never breaks, will haul anything i need it to and gets 30mpg.
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Fuel efficient is that cars middle name! 33mpg highway, over 300hp (honest to god), runs 13 second 1/4 mile times at the track.

I have never owned anything but GM, I'm too much of a 'murican car type of person.

Stinky people ride the bus. Plus I don't know of any busses that go between cities 25 miles apart. :hmm:
Well, look, if having 300 horses and an American-made car is important to ya, then I guess you'll have to deal with it. Don't know of too many high-HP affordable American cars that are terribly reliable.
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Its not "important" to me per se, but its what I have. My net worth, not including debt is $108 on paper right now, and tomorrow is payday. My net worth including debt is about -$3900.

I don't exactly have a choice here in going out and buying another car. This one isn't paid off yet. And even if it was, I could afford AT MOST $200 a month car payment. ($100 more than what I am paying right now).

Many people don't understand how I live as freely as I do on the amount of money that I have. To be honest, I don't either. Just because I look like I have money doesn't mean I do. :lol:

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My parents and one of their friends both had Pontiac Sunbirds, and both of the blocks cracked at 75k miles. That's some real quality there.
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All my GM's have/had over 200k miles on them, all run good.

Speaking of which, I gotta fix a hose on my Lumina, got a little loose and leaky.

As for my fords and Dodges, all are probably processed into pots and pans by now, lol.
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My Car Club may come to my rescue. All the guys are offering up workspace, tools, etc etc. I'd really rather not pay the $1500 in labor cost if I don't have to but I am not able to do this myself with my work schedule the way it is. I love those guys. I hope we can get it figured out.


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