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21 classic Pontiacs

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (3)

21 Classic Pontiacs!


So, you think you know your cars now, do you? Well, consider this to be a test of your knowledge of Pontiac history. 21 Pontiacs are featured here: some are more recent models while others are truly classic in every sense of the word, dating back to the early 1960s.


6000 – Full sized [or almost] front wheel drive sedan of the 1980s.


Aztec – Ugly is as ugly does. This crossover vehicle ashamed the Pontiac fleet for two years during the early 00s.


Bonneville – Full sized Pontiac sedan excitement retired in 2005 after more than 40 years of service. Part of GM’s massive restructuring and retiring of top model names. (My first car was a 1965 Bonneville)


Catalina – This model hearkens back to the mid 60s when two door hard tops ruled the day. Discontinued during the late 70s during GM’s “down sizing” shell game days.


Fiero – Mid-engine sport two-seater built for Pontiac during the go-go 80s. GM reached into their parts bin and took out Chevette and other components to create this little roadster.


Firebird – It goes without saying that this “pony” car is sorely missed. There was talk of it coming back but the line then went away.


Firefly – Twin to the Geo Metro, the Firefly was Pontiac’s 3 cylinder captive import of the late eighties to mid nineties.


G6 – compact model in Pontiac’s arsenal was available in a coupe or sporty sedan.


Grand Am -- With its 1973 debut, the Grand Am quickly became the division’s mid-range performance car. Retired in 2005 with a host of other Pontiac model names.


Grand Prix – Hidden tail lights and a concave rear window marked the Grand Prix’s 1963 debut. The car has survived GM’s model name shake out and today’s car is a mid-sized, front wheel drive sports sedan.


GTO – Introduced in 1967, the GTO was a true coupe turned sports car. Eliminated in the 1970s, the GTO was brought back thanks to GM’s Australian division, Holden. Rear wheel drive and a big V8 too.


LeMans – Originally a Tempest model, the LeMans became its own model once the Tempest name was retired in the 1970s. Retired in the mid 1990s after a cheap Korean car was allowed to carry its name. Sheesh!


Montana -- A minivan for Pontiac, if not for the ages.


Parisienne – During the 1980s Pontiac needed a version of the Chevrolet Caprice. This full sized, rear wheel drive sedan filled the bill.


Phoenix – Part of GM’s “X cars” of compact import fighting vehicles introduced during 1979 as a 1980 model.


Sunbird – Nothing but a rebadged Chevy Cavalier.


Sunfire – Compact coupe retired in 2005 as part of, you guessed, GM’s model restructuring.


Sunrunner – Nothing but a rebadged Geo/Chevy Tracker.


Tempest – From the early sixties until the early seventies, the term “muscle car” befit this hot coupe. Especially nice as a convertible!


Trans Sport – Hideous looking minivan that debuted in the early 1990s. Mercifully replaced years later by the Montana.


Vibe – A compact five door sport wagon; cousin to the Toyota Matrix.


So, there you have it. At least another half dozen models were left out from this time period plus many models that dated back to the division’s founding as part of the Oakland Automobile Company in 1926. Pontiac excitement…have you caught it yet?

So Sad to see the Pontiac line go away. Who knows, maybe one day, it will be back. What do you Think?






GM Educator Discount

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Beginning today through Jan. 2, 2015, current employees of a public or private school, university or college are eligible to participate in the new GM Educator Discount program and receive a significant discount on the purchase or lease of a new 2015 or 2014 Buick or GMC vehicle.


“GM values the work our educators and support staff are doing across the county to create a strong, responsible workforce for the future,” said Linda Stouffer, manager, Vehicle Purchase Programs. “The GM Educator Discount is our way of showing our support and appreciation for everyone in the education community.”


All 2015 and 2014 Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models are eligible.


GM is currently supporting the National Education Association’s 2014 NEA Expo taking place through Wednesday at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.


For more information about the GM Educator Discount, please visit

Teachers employed by state or municipal governments may be subject to restrictions limiting their ability to participate in the program and the offer is void unless permitted by state and municipal laws, regulations, rules, ordinances, policies, codes of conduct and other directives or standards regarding ethics and gift acceptance by state and municipal employees. Those accepting this offer verify that it complies with all restrictions regarding ethics and applicable gift acceptance.


About General Motors

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at



2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD wins Heavy Duty Challenge

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD wins Heavy Duty Challenge

Comprehensive testing reveals winning 1-ton diesel dually

The 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD won the overall title in the 2014 Ultimate Heavy Duty Challenge 1-ton diesel category following testing by truck experts from, and The 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD will provide Colorado Springs area drivers with its capability when it goes on sale at Joen Ferguson Buick GMC later this fall.

“The Sierra 3500HD is a comfortable truck that boasts strong performance, confident handling and impressive hauling and towing capabilities,” says Syd Robinson of Joe Ferguson Buick GMC. “We are proud that the Sierra HD is the new benchmark for heavy-duty sophistication.

Comprehensive testing pitted the Sierra HD against its two competitors, the Ford F350, equipped with its updated-for-2015-model-year Powerstroke diesel engine, and the Ram 3500, equipped with its Cummins diesel powertrain. Editor Mark Williams said he enjoyed the comfort of the Sierra HD and its comprehensive strengths.

“Our judges hugely appreciated the all-new interior and infotainment interface and 8-inch navigation screen,” Williams said. “In the end, the GMC was the best all-around player of our competitors.”

Evaluators said the Sierra HD excelled in vehicle control while towing. The integration of the diesel exhaust brake, standard with every Sierra HD equipped with the 6.6L Duramax Diesel engine, with the truck’s grade braking and cruise control, was engineered to provide a stress-free experience for drivers hauling heavy loads over long distances.

In testing for the Ultimate Heavy Duty Challenge, the Sierra HD required zero brake pedal depressions during a 7.2-mile descent from the Eisenhower Pass in Colorado, which included up to 7 percent grades. Neither competitor matched that performance.

Additionally, the Sierra HD won several other measured tests, including 0-60 mph time on the Milan, (Mich.) drag strip, 60-0 braking distance at Milford, (Mich.) Proving Ground, and fuel economy while trailering in Michigan.

The entire set of results and methodology can be found at the

“We’ve always believed we’ve had the best heavy duty truck on the market,” said Sierra Marketing Manager Stuart Pierce. “This validation from, a leader in covering the pickup industry, is gratifying for the entire team that designed, engineered, and now sells this capable and refined truck. We look forward to building on this accomplishment as we move forward.”

Every 2015 Sierra HD comes with Pro Grade Protection, which, in addition to a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, includes two years or 24,000 miles – whichever comes first – of standard scheduled maintenance. This includes any needed replenishment of diesel exhaust fluid.

The 2015 Sierra HD is available at Joe Ferguson Buick GMC now.

About GMC

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at



Syd Robinson

Automotive Consultant

What Is Gap Insurance And Do I Need It?

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (3)

Gap Insurance, what is it and should I have it?



In most situations these days people trade in their old vehicles to get a new one. Most people owe money on their trade and most likely they owe more money on it than it's worth. In this case you are transferring negative equity from the trade onto the new vehicle. For example you buy a car for $20,000 with taxes included. You trade your vehicle in and you owe $5,000 more than what the dealer is allowing you. This Negative equity is then added into the new loan. So now you owe $25,000 on a car you just purchased for $20,000.


You have an accident and the insurance company tells you that it is totaled. Great! Now the insurance company figures the value of the vehicle was 18,000. So they will pay the $18,000 minus your deductable. Say you have a $1,000 deductable. Insurance company cuts a check for $17,000. Guess what, you still have a loan balance of $8,000 and no car.


Gap insurance will pay the short fall on the loan so you can then go and get a new vehicle. With out gap insurance you would still have a loan. A bank may not lend you money on a new vehicle until the old loan is satisfied. An extremely bad situation.


I would highly recommend getting gap insurance if you are financing with little money down or bringing in negative equity into the deal. Most car dealerships offer gap insurance as well as other products. Their finance manager should go over these options with you if you have them arranging the financing. It only raises your payment by a few dollars per month but is worth it for the peace of mind help protect you finacially.


If you purchase a vehicle and either put a lot of money down or otherwise end up in a equity position then you don't need Gap Insurance.


Hope this helps. Later

Syd Robinson "Your Car Guy"

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Trailer Sway Control

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Trailer sway control is a standard feature on GMC trucks and suv's. Trailer Sway Control interacts with the Stabilitrak system and the ABS brake system along with the Integrated Brake Controller system.

I have personally experienced it while towing my 25' travel trailer with my 2013 GMC Sierra 1500.It's amazing how quickly my truck brought it all under control. I didn't even realize what was happening it was so fast. I was driving down the Highway at 65mph on cruise control when all of a sudden a strong crosswind grabbed the trailer. The cruise control kicked out immediately and the abs brakes engaged, bringing it all under control in a heartbeat.

I would hate to imagine what would have happened if I was driving some other brand truck.


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2015 GMC Canyon Press Release

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

2015 GMC Canyon Offers Affordable Utility to Colorado Springs-Area Drivers

All-new midsize pickup will be priced from $21,880


The 2015 GMC Canyon will provide Colorado Springs area drivers with accessible capability when it goes on sale later this fall. GMC announced today that the 2015 Canyon will be priced from $21,880, including $925 in dealer freight charges.


“The Canyon excels at packaging great strength and capability into a nimble footprint,” says Syd Robinson of Joe Ferguson Buick GMC “But consumers will find it does so while at an approachable and affordable price.”


Standard equipment on the Canyon includes the 2.5L I-4 Direct Injected engine, rated at 200 horsepower, signature light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting, four-way power driver’s seat, CornerStep rear bumper, and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Additional models will bring additional value – beginning with the SLE trim level, with prices starting at $27,520 (2WD extended cab), Canyon customers get aluminum interior trim, soft-touch instrument panel and door pads, EZ-lift and lower tailgate, eight-inch diagonal color-touch radio with Intellilink, and OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with a three-month or three-GB trial (whichever comes first).  A 4WD Canyon SLT crew cab short box model starts at $37,875, and includes the 3.6L V-6 engine with 305 horsepower, leather-appointed seating, automatic climate control, 18-inch polished cast-aluminum wheels, remote start and an automatic locking rear differential.

Available options include the 3.6L V-6 engine with direct injection and variable valve timing, a six-speed automatic transmission, Bose premium seven-speaker audio system, and the GearOn™ accessory system, a comprehensive solution for organizing and carrying bikes, kayaks and other equipment.

Canyon customers will have multiple cab and bed configurations to choose from, including extended cab models with a 6-foot 2-inch box, or crew cab models with either the 6-foot 2-inch or a 5-foot 2-inch box. 

In any configuration, the 2015 Canyon is an easy fit in many parking spots and garages. The short-bed crew cab model is 212.7 inches long, over a foot shorter than a comparable Sierra 1500. Its overall width of 74.3 inches is five inches narrower than Sierra, providing easier maneuverability around town.

Additionally, every 2015 Canyon comes with Pro Grade Protection, which, in addition to a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, includes two years or 24,000 miles – whichever comes first – of standard scheduled maintenance.

The 2015 Canyon will arrive at Joe Ferguson in the fall of 2014. Detailed pricing and fuel economy estimates will be available closer to launch.



About GMC

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles.  The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at, on Twitter at @thisisgmc

How to Choose a Car that Fits your Needs and your Credit!

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Choose a Car that Fits your Needs and your Credit!
by Joy Mali

Choosing the right car can be a difficult decision to make, especially when you start to consider your budget and your credit. Securing an auto loan and a credit score go hand in hand. The better your credit score, the better loan you can get. Knowing your credit score can help you make the right decision when it comes to buying a car. Before you buy a car, you should think about your financial health and what you really need in a new car.

Know Your Credit Score before You Shop

The best way to go car shopping is with the knowledge that you are preapproved to get your auto loan. It can be quite embarrassing to go to the car dealer, take a test drive, and go through the haggling that comes with buying a new car, only to find that you can't get a car loan or that your rate is going to be very high because of your bad credit score. Checking your credit score range about six months before you plan to apply for a loan is ideal because this will give you plenty of time to correct any errors or change any habits that may be keeping your credit score down.

If you have a strong credit score, you should be able to secure a great loan with the best rate possible. Having a credit score of 720 or above will pretty much guarantee the best rate for an auto loan. On the other hand, if your credit score is in the low 500s, you should expect to see a loan rate about twice the lowest rates offered. The minimum credit score for an auto loan, or any loan for that matter, is typically 500. If you have a score lower than 500, you have bad credit that makes lenders think you aren't worth the risk. Still, even with the worst possible credit, you may be able to find a loan. You should just expect very high rates and some rather outrageous terms for the loan. Whatever you are looking for in a car, it's important to understand that lenders determine auto loan rates by credit score. Great scores lead to great rates, and bad scores give you the worst rates.

Assess Your Auto Needs

Besides asking yourself what is a good credit score to buy the car you want, you also should consider what you really need in a car. This is especially true if you have a credit score in a lower range. A low credit score may indicate that you are not handling your debt well. If this is the case, consider buying a car that won't add much to your debt level. Make sure that the monthly payments are manageable. Rather than going for the expensive model or the dream car, look for something that is more sensible but will still fit your daily driving habits.

You may have to adjust your needs based on your credit score. If you are barely at the minimum credit score for an auto loan, you may need to buy a smaller car or even an older car than you had originally planned. You may have to pass on some special features that are important to you. Whatever you end up doing when you pick the right car for you, you have to make sure it fits in your budget and that you will be able to make all of the payments in full each month.

Using an Auto Loan to Improve Your Credit Score

If you do have bad credit, you can actually use an auto loan to help improve your credit score. An auto loan and credit score can work together. When you take out the auto loan, be sure you make all of the monthly payments on time. By doing this, you will be adding an account in good standing to your credit score, and this will show potential lenders that you are worth the lending risk. If possible, you could even pay down the balance early, as long as there are no penalties for doing so. Auto loans typically do not carry any penalties for an early payoff. In the long run, you always save money by taking out the smallest loan possible and paying it off as quickly as you can.

Whenever you are in the market for a new car, you should always make an effort to figure out what your credit score is well in advance. This will help you make adjustments so that when it is time to apply for the loan, you can get the best loan rate possible. It's also important to evaluate what your needs are. If you have bad credit, you should probably consider getting a less expensive car that will still meet your daily driving needs.

More Information:

Joy Mali is an active blogger who is fond of writing articles on Finance and educating people to monitor their credit report on regular basis to minimize the risk of fraud. Follow her on Twitter to know more on how to pick the right car for your credit.



Posted on August 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to my blog. I will be posting information on GMC and Buick products here. As well as special promotions. Check back frequently.


Syd "Your Car Guy"