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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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I'm gonna have to get a picture of my GP with that Pontiac sign one day!

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Miles keep climbing and I just keep driving! Finally gave Penny her first deep spring clean. Rubber mats removed from the car, etc.
Car needs a few odds and ends, just changed the oil yesterday. Will need to do power steering at some point which will round out the fluids and hopefully she will be ready for summer! AC still works and blows cold... Thank goodness...
Her first trip is coming up mid May. Heading to the southern tip of IL to do some camping so I shall hopefully have everything prepped and ready by then.

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Gotta love when they close Chicago sewers... Luckily she's a boat so.... hahahaha
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Both cars enjoying the warmer weather.
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Hopefully won't have anymore of this stuff any time soon...
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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Reminds me so much of Bonnie ;) That body style will be forever gorgeous.

Keep her rolling! (Whats she up to now?)

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 11:13 am 
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That white stuff in the last picture... I HATE!

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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She's almost at 173k these days. I want to keep her going as long as possible. But she's getting closer and closer to the point where it's just the tried and true 3800 pulling the rest of the heap along. Haha!

I do love this body style, such a good looking car. They really nailed it. It still doesn't look as old as it actually is.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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That's the way I feel about the RGC.

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2006 Cadillac STS-V: Light Platinum Metallic/Light Gray/A6 - Spectre CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Speed Inc. tune, 412 RWHP / 472lb/ft RWTQ

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Another successful camping trip. Headed down to southern IL to Shawnee National Forest. I filled up 3 times. On the way there, 23 MPG. Winds were nuts, and I was only going 65 mph to boot! The tank used up on site netted 19.8 MPG, which was still awesome given the hills, some minor spirited driving, and idling the car for 4 hours with AC on blast as a portable AC unit... It was hot and humid down there midday and it was worth it to me. The tank on the way home gave me the highest MPG I've seen in a little bit. 31.2 MPG! I was cruising at a modest 70 mph most of the way since I was in no rush so that's probably where it all came from.

The roads and change of scenery down there were awesome. Wish I could have taken the S2000 but there was no way I could have hauled all of my stuff in it. I can't wait to do it again!
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The group hiking with my friend's 6 month old German Shepherd pup, on Little Grand Canyon Trail.
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My friend's 95 Tacoma. Was such a blast driving it on the maintenance roads and trails down there.
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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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The trunk looks like it held all the essentials (Blue Moon) LOL

Gotta love that kind of mpg from such a comfortable, roomy car!

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Looks like a good time. Nice pics.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Glad to see Penny still around. Still looks fantastic too. :beerchug:

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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Thanks guys!

That Blue Moon case was gone on the first night... Haha! I am a few camping trips in so I have quite a bit of gear now so I get to camp in pretty relative comfort.

Penny is a champ for getting that MPG. She's still looking pretty good but the years and miles are definitely catching up to her. On the highway she's a treat, but on these awful Chicago roads I can hear every worn out subframe bushing and loose panel. But that's what the radio's for anyways....

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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As much as I love Gypsy, there are days I kick myself for ever trading Bonnie away. Yes, I was frustrated over the repairs, but in retrospect they were fixable things I would've eventually gotten on top of...and it would've been cheaper than the merry-go-round of vehicles I've owned since. I still look at pics and long to see her parked in my driveway again...probably why I cant seem to stop looking at GXPs. You've got a beauty there and a classic in the making.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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I'm in a similar boat. While Penny looks good in pics, in reality there is a lot of ugly rust and body damage. There are no two ways around the fact that she has 173k miles in the Chicago city environment, having only ever seen 2 nights in a garage. She will never be a classic. It's an unrealistic dream but I'd love to "restore" this thing one day and just do a lot of little OEM+ things to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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That sounds like my i30.. I told myself if I ever had to pull the engine again, I'm going to replace it.. since the car overall is not worth going through all that again. I did get the G35 but 10 months later I still can't figure out what I'm going to do with the i.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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The struggle is real, especially once you get attached to a car.

I've been thinking about Penny replacements in the back of my mind, but it is financially stupid to replace a perfectly working car. I'd love to replace her with a G8 GXP MT, or Chevy SS. Since I have people in the car all the time for work.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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I put about 2000 miles between 2 rental VF Commodore wagons in New Zealand 2 months ago. They were SV6 and auto which was kind of a bummer but they handled and braked well. Very few roads were straight so I got to push it and have fun basically the whole time. That platform does not suck.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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It's almost perfect IMO. Relatively reliable and easy to work on with mechanical bits being inexpensive.

I just really appreciate the overall size and quality of the interior, as well as how they drive. Perfect for shuttling humans but very practical and still a hoot to drive. I'd already have one if G8 GTs came stick. Even after tuning them, those auto transmissions just do NOT listen.

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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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The struggle is real, especially once you get attached to a car.

I've been thinking about Penny replacements in the back of my mind, but it is financially stupid to replace a perfectly working car. I'd love to replace her with a G8 GXP MT, or Chevy SS. Since I have people in the car all the time for work.

Thought about that idea myself....and rejected it.

Personal preference: but one of the things I love about my SLE is that parts are everywhere: and they’re affordable,relatively speaking. The SS and G8 use parts from Australia,which means a long azz wait for certain components. With Holden out of business down under ,keeping an Aussie GM car running -especially as a daily-could get tough in the future.

My plan is to drive my SLE until the frame snaps apart from rust like the RMS Titanic. Then I’ll see what my options are then. Considering the number of uninsured,intoxicated,and just plain incompetent drivers around combined with the decrepit roads these days, it’s almost smarter to own a disposable car you don’t mind walking away from if it’s damaged.


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 Post subject: Re: Penny the 2003 SLE
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You're not wrong! Penny has been hit all over multiple times. Can't do much about it in populated zones. I don't think there's a single clean panel on this car.... Lol

She's just not as much of a looker as she used to be, and it's starting to get to the point where certain clients are like... He drives that?! But they're not there to buy the car so I tend to ignore them. Haha!

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