It’s taken a few months, but Pontiac has finally, officially, been declared dead.
The last new Pontiac left the assembly line almost a year ago, but the last dealer agreement with GM didn’t expire until October 31, leaving Pontiac to lurch and stumble along like a zombie before finally succumbing.
On Halloween, no less.
With no more new Pontiacs sitting on dealer lots, the brand is officially, no-doubt-about-it, completely dead. But that doesn’t mean its ghost can’t live on, maybe even in your garage…
One of the very last new Pontiacs sold was a 2009 Solstice coupe, purchased by retired police officer Ed Dieffenbach, who drove over 1,100 miles to the Lee Pontiac GMC dealership in Florida’s panhandle to trade in his Chevrolet Silverado.
While Dieffenbach helped to close the coffin on Pontiac, he also put a super-stylish two-door in his driveway – one that has potential to become a genuine collector’s item.
Some would argue that Pontiac, at 84 years old, died too early and another GM brand (cough *Buick* cough) should have been sacrificed in its place. A valid point, considering in its last few years of existence, Pontiac saw remarkable quality increases. Prior to driving the amazing 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP, the last Pontiac I drove was a 1992 Grand Am. Comparing the two is like pitting a 1998 Kia Sephia against a 2010 BMW 5 Series. I honestly believe Pontiac improved that much.
As sad as the famed automaker’s death is, I have good news for Pontiac fans who waited too long to buy new: Good deals on late-model used Pontiacs abound. Fans of the Far East Movement might recognize the G6 (even though the band’s song references the plane, not the car), which got mostly good reviews in its five years of existence. As of this writing, DealFinder has great deals on it and most other 2005-2009 Pontiacs.
Since most of us can’t afford the $60 million or so needed to buy Gulfstream’s version, you can still use DealFinder and be “feelin’ fly” in your own G6 by this weekend.
Now that Pontiac is dead, would you buy a late-model used one?