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Well yesterday was a sad day. My trailblazer has been a great vehicle and I loved it, but I had purchased it because I was offered a job in Nevada in the Mountains and needed a 4wd vehicle, however that fell through and I ended up moving to FL in January. The Trailblazer was nice to tow the huge uhaul trailer and all my stuff down but since being down here I have found that it just isn't practical for me to be driving a vehicle like this especially with my job/income situation not so great and how things are currently going for me right now.

So I decided it would be smart to get a vehicle that I could average 23-25mpg with vs. 16-17mpg that I am was averaging with the TB.

Also I figured if I found a vehicle that would cost me nothing, but rather have the dealer write me a check that would help out with the bills right now.

So as of yesterday I now am the owner of a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville SLE w/ 65k miles. It is fully loaded with Leather, sunroof, NEW michelin Tires, and is SPOTLESS. It was an older couples car and they traded it in on a new Caddillac.

I traded my 2006 Trailblazer LS with 89k miles on it and feel I came out good. I bought the trailblazer last august when gas was over $4 a gallon so SUVs were CHEAP. I bought it for $8500 + TTL so a bit over $9000 out the door. Yesterday, I was able to get the dealer to give me $8500 on trade for it, and the car I bought I was able to get for $6995 (which was a STEAL for this car).

So here is a picture from the dealer.. since I love Photography I will post some good pictures shortly after I take her out.



EDIT: Here are some quick photos I snapped tonight when the sun was already down so they are not that great, but for now they will do:





And here is my Trailblazer that I wil greatly Miss. :worried: I hope it goes to a good home :yes:



Anyways it was fun, I enjoyed everything I learned here and all the help I got when I needed it, but things come up in life and you have to make changes so it was time to move on.

Keep on enjoyin those Trailvoys!!
 

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sorry you had to trade the TB,,,didnt you just put those wheels on recently??,,anywho, good luck with the new job and the really good looking bonneville!:thumbsup:
 

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I LOVE those era Bonnevilles :yes:

Nice change for you, but sorry about the TB. Glad the deal worked for you.

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sorry you had to trade the TB,,,didnt you just put those wheels on recently??,,anywho, good luck with the new job and the really good looking bonneville!:thumbsup:
Thanks :)

Yes I did just put the wheels/tires on back in October/November I beleive. I put them on in preperation for the snowfall in the mountains and for better looks of course ;) well no mountains here lol, but the TB needed new tires anyways and I resold the stock wheels and that paid for the new ones, so I got the wheels for free essentially.

Hollar if you need a CarFax on that new car! Good Luck!
Thanks for the offer, but I already have one that dealer gave me :)
 

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$8500, i still owe about $13k on my 06 with about 65k miles. I think I saw KBB that private party was only $11k. I actually got mine at a good deal too the market has just fallen so much.

Sounds like you got a good deal which is good news. I hope the car works great for you.
 

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$8500, i still owe about $13k on my 06 with about 65k miles. I think I saw KBB that private party was only $11k. I actually got mine at a good deal too the market has just fallen so much.

Sounds like you got a good deal which is good news. I hope the car works great for you.

Ya the market for these is not that great, however I luckily paid cash when I bought it last september so I didn't owe anything on it, and was lucky enough to get back almost what I paid for it on trade the other day. (minus the new brakes I just put on, Tint, New tires/wheels, vent visors) but a few of those things were maintenance, however I wish I wouldn't have done them now, as I could have went another month or two without doing them and not lost the money on those things when I traded it in this week. But any money you put into a vehicle you never really get back, so that was my own fault. :bonk:
 

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Sorry to see you go man, but from what it sounds like the Bonneville is going to make more sense for you now. Most of the FL guys are 2WD so they get a little better mileage too.

Any plans for the new car?
 

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Sorry to see you go man, but from what it sounds like the Bonneville is going to make more sense for you now. Most of the FL guys are 2WD so they get a little better mileage too.

Any plans for the new car?
Ya the Bonneville will just be a better vehicle for my needs right now, so I think it was the smart thing to do.

As for the new car, I swapped over the HID's from my trailblazer already, am going to be putting the LED's in the interior and have them in the license plate that I took out of the TB before I traded it. The car already has tint, painted calipers, and I plan to give her the Zaino treatment this weekend to really make her shine! Maybe some chrome exhaust tips and halo's for the fog lights but other than that I think the car is pretty much set... for now :laugh:

Anyways here are some "good" pictures I was able to take this evening. Sorry about the shadows from the light pole on the car. I didn't pay close enough attention and didn't realize they were that bad until I got home and uploaded them. Oh well.. better luck next time.

Enjoy :)















And some as the sun was setting:











Some of the HID's







They turned out pretty good. This car just plain looks good and photographs well in different light. I am really happy how they turned out, and am enjoying the car thus far :)
 

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Congrats on the new ride!! It looks awesome especially after the Zaino treatment.
Thanks! But if you think it looks great now, I haven't even given it the Zaino treatment yet!

Plans for this weekend include giving her the treatment. I will post pictures after that as well. I can't wait, it's gonna make the car POP even more!
 

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Thats a sharp looking car. My wife would like a Bonneville from that era, but she doesn't want the SLE or the SSEI :ugh:. I would like the GXP one, but those are rare and still pricey. Good luck with it. Nice car. :thumbsup:
 

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Well yesterday was a sad day. My trailblazer has been a great vehicle and I loved it, but I had purchased it because I was offered a job in Nevada in the Mountains and needed a 4wd vehicle, however that fell through and I ended up moving to FL in January.
Ed Morse, eh? You moved all the way down to South Florida. I live fairly close to that dealership. Good luck with the new car!
 

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Good luck!

I'm just glad most insurance companies go with the retail value if your car is totaled. My 06 Denalis retail according to edmonds is up around $21k. My 07 Impalas trade in value is about $15k but dealers offered $11k. Needless to say it is still mine.
 

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Thanks!

And I agree, being dealers most of the time won't even give you what trade-in value is. It was hard enough to get them to give me what I got this week on trade in for my trailblazer. They kept giving me the "well book value is only a guideline etc.. BS) I told them well that's fine, but they put book value out for a reason, and it is based on what these vehicles on average at the current time are bringing in for retail, trade, private party, so those prices obviously mean something.

However it is good that insurance gives you retail on a car, or else A LOT of people would be screwed when they would have to replace it. I think retail was about 12-13k on my TB.. too bad I didn't total it huh? lol... no no, wouldn't want that beautiful TB to be totaled.. :thumbsup:
 

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Lucky

You are lucky. I bought my 05 TB for $16,500 two years ago and now its worth about half that. Its cheaper to pay for the gas now than to try to trade it in.
:duh: :bonk: :cry:
 
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