Frank Girardot: Building excitement over a pile of junk

Once the Pontiac motto said it all: "We build excitement." Sadly, if there's anything left to be said about the once-proud Pontiac brand, it's this: "We build nothing." It's funny to watch Pontiac commercials from the 1960s on YouTube. Full Story
Hec

Savannah, GA

#1 Apr 30, 2009
Frank, though I really like to read your articles, your comments about Pontiac and GTOs require a response from me. Your history lesson is very much appreciated and I think you're placing too much focus on an Indian hero when talking about an American brand of car that has obviously lost some punch. Your comments about an 'unremarkable' G6 made me chuckle when you mention driving up in a Saturn. In my opinion, Saturns are good looking, kind of reliable cars, that are one notch above the very reliable but incredibly dull, no-brainer styling, give me something I don't have to think or like...Camrys! The real American junk showed up during the mid 70s and that GTO was about as reliable as most cars were back then. Just imagine what that GTO is worth today with all those cubic inches!!
angelica johnson

Doty, WA

#2 Apr 30, 2009
Enough, about that silly woman! She's got to be mentally unbalanced to the max. The more attention she gets, the more she thinks she feels like the center of the universe. So please no more articles about her, Save the space in the paper for real news, hopefully good news!
79Trans AM

Pasadena, CA

#3 Apr 30, 2009
The best car GM Built...the Ponticac Firebirds.( Well, that was until they screwed up the body styling in 1983 - then they were stupid looking!) My brother had a 1976 Formula and to out do him, I bought my first car when I was 18, a 79 Trans AM, t-tops, power windows, radial tuned suspension, 6.6 litre engine. I bought it used for $5500 in January 1981 and my boyfriend (now husband) bought a used 1980 T/A with the turbo the same day. My '79 T/A was better because it was the last year of the big engines,(403 Olds) What a great machine!! Right before we got married he sold his TA and bought a 4x4 pick-up truck and I kept my T/A. And then the kids came and I parked my T/A in the garage. I gave it to my dad in 1992. I always knew it would be a classic and I wanted to keep it in the family. It was in beautiful, stock shape and could have been a show car. Unfortunately dad totalled it out two months after I gave it to him. I cry everytime I watch Smokey and the Bandit! Ask my kids! Checking out the 1979 T/A's now and they are running $30,000 plus! I LOVED THAT PONTIAC.

“A is A”

Since: Jun 08

Not far from you

#4 Apr 30, 2009
He's right, though, Pontiac and all the GM brands were substandard for a very long time. I think the last reliable GM car made was probably the '56 Chevy.

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