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Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
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Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States


2004 Pontiac Grand Pix GTP Comp-G

“The Black Stallion”

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS


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About “The Black Stallion”

This was my family car AND my pride and joy... until it got wiped out by a semi in bumper-tp-bumper traffic on I-95 in Philly about a year ago. Trafgfic was moving at about 25 mph, and he just didn't slow down for it - must have been in a hurry! I was the third car from the tail end of the chain reaction crash that totalled nearly a dozen cars, killed a pregnant woman and a senior couple and sent 6 others, including myself, to the hospital. The truck driver was shook up but almost completely uninjured...

Once I got out of the hospital, I needed wheels, so that's where my Boxster comes into the story. I had the G.P. because we had a couple of teenagers, but they're both in college now, so we don't need two cars with back seats! My wife's Camry will do for that! I really hated for the Pontiac to go, since it was a quick, comfortable sedan, and I had personalized it to my taste, but since I'd always wanted a Porsche and could afford it, I replaced it with one!

About “"Bud"”

In late 2005, I decided that I didn't want to subject my '66 Corvair daily driver to another winter of Pennsylvania road salt. Its floors had virtually no rust, just a little surface rust, and I wanted to keep it that way! GM was having one of its rebate promos, so I checked into how much a Cobalt would cost. The local dealers (I have three within 10 minutes!) all came in too high, but there was one about ten miles away that quoted me a price that was just too good to pass up. They pitched me the SS, with the equipment I wanted, cheaper than one of the other dealers quoted me on am LT!
I call it "Bud" because I'm a big NASCAR fan, especially the Earnhardts. Dale Earnhardt was, is, and always will be THE MAN! Dale, Jr. is currently my driver, because, after all, he is his father's son. Now, at the time, JR. drove a red Chevy SS with "Bud" painted across the hood. What else am I going to call MY red Chevy SS? (I have no plans to repaint it in his current colors!)
And for all you other NASCAR fans out there, I'm open to guesses as to what Bud's license plate "BOOG8Y 3" means.


Specs for “The Black Stallion”

260 Horsepower
280 lb/ft Torque
0-60 - 6.3 Seconds
1/4 mile - 15.5 Seconds
Top Speed - ??? (I only had it up to 120 or so - ONCE!)
Fuel Economy - I averaged about 25 mpg.

Specs for “"Bud"”

171 H.P. Dual Overhead Cam 4-cylinder.
5-speed Transaxle.
0-60: About 7.5 seconds (official Timex wristwatch timing!)
Top Speed: I've had it up to an indicated 130, but I ran out of road. It still had some left in it.


Factory Options for “The Black Stallion”

Grand Prix Competition Group (Comp-G) included:
Supercharged 3800 V-6
TAPshift 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission
StabiliTrak stability and yaw control
MagnaSteer II Variable Ratio Power Steering
4-Wheel Antilock Disc Brakes
Tire Pressure Monitor
Driving Lights
Air Conditioning
Power Windows, Door Locks, and Seats

AM/FM/XM Satellite/CD Stereo
Heated Front Seats

Factory Options for “"Bud"”

SS Equipment package.(includes 171 HP. Ecotec 4-cylinder Engine, 5-speed manual Transaxle, Sport Front and Rear Facia,
Power Windows and Door Locks, Body Color Rear-View Mirrors
Driving Lights, Remote Trunk Release, Carpeted Floor Mats, Multi-Function Trip Computer, 17" Polished Alloy Wheels, 4- Wheel Disc Brakes)
Victory Red paint.
Charcoal Leather interior.
Heated seats.
AM/FM/XM Satellite/CD Stereo
Power Sunroof


Mods for “The Black Stallion”

H Speed-Rated 225 55R17 Tires on Alloy Wheels
Tinted Windows

Mods for “"Bud"”

None (Yet...) except a set of Falken tires - it used to corner well, now it handles like a go-kart!
I'm planning Silver Chevelle SS-style stripes and full window tint next summer.


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