Now that I think about it, there was a chance I may never have gotten to drive a Pontiac and may have missed out on this iconic brand.
When I graduated high school in 2006, my grandmother bestowed upon me her long time car (which she barely drove), a 1998 Chrysler Concorde with barely any miles on it. I thought for sure I'd have that car for at least a few years but it lasted me not even 2 years before the engine seized up due to poor oil circulation (a problem which also struck certain models of Dodge Intrepids). So, I lost use of that car with only 48k on it and had to look for a new one.
Now, a Chrysler wouldn't have been my first choice anyway. Don't get me wrong, it was a nice car, drove well, had a powerful engine but it just didn't feel like my style. It was gold (reg said 'tan' but that's wrong) and the inside was kind of a "meh" color beige. I definitely wanted something more sporty (and honestly, manly, since my grandmother owned the Chrysler). Other than Pontiac, I was actually kind of interested in Saturn. I drove a couple of them and liked it but for some reason, the Pontiac Grand Am became my choice car. I can't explain why but for the price and how it looked, I honestly loved it more than some of the higher end models and after a certain point, I knew I was going to get a Pontiac Grand Am, it was just a matter of what color and model because 3 different dealerships had different ones that I liked.
The kicker was one dealership was offering me a 2005 model for the same price as another dealer's 2002 model. The mileage was a bit higher on the 05 but it had a CD deck, and a couple other features the 02 didn't and even though I liked the blue 2002, I didn't mind the silver and of course, the 05 Grand Am would become "my" car for a long time. I knew from day one it was the car I wanted, I took a lot of pride driving it and upkeeping it,. Everybody knew me as the "Pontiac" guy, it was my thing. I nicknamed it "Ponty Mython" and was a geek over the spoiler in the back.
The reason I say I may never have driven one is because if my grandmother's car had lasted me past 2010, chances are I would've been on the market looking for a new car after Pontiac's exit and without the fandom I have now, I don't know how concerned I would've been with shopping for a Pontiac. If things had gone better with the Concorde, I may have been a Chrysler or Dodge fan and gone with a newer ones of those.
In many ways, I consider what happened with the Chrysler to be a blessing in disguise. I was upset when it first happened but about a month later, when I got the Grand Am, I was quite pleased. Also on a side note, while my Grand Am was silver, THAT registration said "gray" ... seriously, who writes these color descriptions? I've seen gray cars and that one was not gray