3/31/09 - Car History...1991 Pontiac Bonneville

The next entry in my series of Car History is a 1991 Pontiac Bonneville. I got this car after the van caught fire. Once again, I received my mom's old car and she got a new one. This is only fair, they were paying for the things, so who am I to complain about what I was driving. It's so easy to say that now...well over 10 years after the fact. This time however, my mom did upgrade pretty well. She went from the 91 'ville to a brand new, straight off the lot 1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition. At the time, it had pretty much everything there was to have in a vehicle. She actually still drives that to this day which is impressive for a Ford vehicle (yea...you will soon find out that I'm a chevy guy). I think this vehicle was purchased in either late 1999 or possibly 2000, I really don't remember. Come to think of it, if my mom was driving a brand new 1998 Explorer...we must have purchased it in late 1997, so I have no idea when the Bonneville was purchased. I do know I was in college...that's about it though. In fact, from this point forward, the year I became owner of this vehicles gets fuzzier and fuzzier.

To get you started, here are two pictures that really don't give the car justice. In real life, it doesn't even come close to looking as cool as these pictures

Mine had a "luggage rack" on the trunk, bench seat for the front seat (the thing could seat 6 comfortably...how cool is that?) and it smelled like an old lady (previous owner, not my mom...the one before that). We purchased it with I think 100,001 miles on it and my mom didn't put too many on it, so I once again was driving a vehicle with over 100k. I don't remember if I mentioned it or not, but the Grand Am also was over the 100k mark when I started driving it, this will be come a recurring theme.

I don't really have any good stories with this car except that the sound system that was previously in the van? You remember the one...big 12" subs, big ol' amp...yeah, it got moved to the bonneville. The speaker box took up well over 75% of the trunk space and although it sounded like a dream on the inside, if you were on the outside, you would have thought it was going to fall part movie-style where the wheels just fall over and the whole chassis hits the ground.

The only wreck this vehicle was involved with was it's last. I was leaving work one evening and pulled out of the parking lot only to be hit head on by a lady who I still say was going well over the speed limit. I will also mention that there were several vehicles illegally parked that obstructed my view of the road. This is also the only accident I have ever been in that I was found to be at fault, although I still argue, as noted above, that I was not truly responsible.

The one thing I remember about this accident is talking to the police officer as he was writing up the paper and him making a bit of an off color remark about the size of the other driver's breasts. As a 19 year old, I had to agree with him, but looking back, it was a little uncalled for.

A bit of a lame update, but of all the cars my family has ever owned, I think we would all agree that this was our least favorite. It had no character or charm. It was simply a tool used to get from one place to another.

The Bonneville did mark a huge change in my vehicle history. It was at this point that I was no longer given vehicles. This also meant that I got a say in what I was going to be driving. This brings us to the first vehicle I ever purchased: a 1996 GMC Sierra.


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If I'm not mistaken...when mom bought the Explorer, it was a "new" one in the fact that nobody has ever driven it. I think they bought it in 1998, when they had already released the 1999 series of cars, thus getting it a little cheaper. I think that is what happened.

By Anonymous Greg, at April 1, 2009 at 8:27 AM  

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