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    .....R.I.P. to GM cars in 2012

    Buick Lucerne

    From its launch in 2006, the Lucerne harkened to the days when droves of buyers sought out that freeway-cushioning ride of a stately General Motors sedan driven by a Buick V-6 with its roots in the 1960s. The Lucerne was a successful bridge from the old Buick to the somewhat less old Buick of today. Still, it retires long after most of its owners.

    Cadillac DTS/Cadillac STS

    The DTS is long due for a departure; its mostly seen as a limo/hearse alternative to the Lincoln Town Car. Both it and the STS will give way to a new top-of-the-line Cadillac XTS, due early next year, with GM expected to produce an even more expensive uber-Caddy soon after to tackle the Audi A8, BMW 750Li and Lexus LS460L rather than hauling high schoolers to the prom.

    Chevrolet HHR

    Once upon a time Chrysler took a boring small car (the Neon), grafted a body that recalled 1930s-era roadsters on top of it and created the PT Cruiser. Seeing Chrysler's initial success, GM copied Chrysler's play step by step hiring the PT Cruiser's designer to draw a body meant to evoke the 1930s-era Suburbans and using the chassis of the compact Cobalt sedan. Imitation may be flattery at its most sincere, but GM didn't copy Chrysler's sales; the HHR was big and cheap but thirsty, and like the PT never received enough updates to stay current although the supercharged SS version ranks as one of the best modern sleepers available.

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    I think the HHR is interesting, I have not followed the sales but there was a solid following and it does look like a lot of fleets were using that type of vehicle -- including some DFW area beverage companies that stopped deliveries with the big trucks like 1x or 2x per week and do smaller trips 3x or 4x per week in the smaller vehicles.

    Steve
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    99 Chevy Cavalier LS (105K+ miles - commuter car)
    78 Chevy Suburban Silverado (454, 3/4 ton)
    62 GMC 3/4 ton Pickup (350 police interceptor)

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    I owned an HHR and will own one again! they are great cars, and when equipped properly actually gave great milage. i had the 2.2L and on the highway it returned 30-33mpg on highway trips. In town it was around 24! i will never understand the magazines that supposedly do a road test and all they do is flat to the floor testing making the drivers think that the cars thirsty. I am young and do not drive slow and my cars beat EPA estimates on most trips. It also was great at hauling things (in lineu of a truck) and on long trips there was plenty of room for my wife and myself (6ft2) to stretch out!
    I guess another HHR will be in my Garage asap since finding a low milage one will soon be very hard to do.
    Mike

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    2009 Saturn Aura XE (wifes car)

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    I've been thinking about picking-up a HHR Panel, as a 2nd Vehicle Grocery getting....around Town, for the reason's Mike(Murdog) has mentioned.....as I'm not happy with putting on more-n-more Mile's on my truck....once again as Mike mentioned, I to will be looking to find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99'HEARTBEAT View Post
    I've been thinking about picking-up a HHR Panel, as a 2nd Vehicle Grocery getting....around Town, for the reason's Mike(Murdog) has mentioned.....as I'm not happy with putting on more-n-more Mile's on my truck....once again as Mike mentioned, I to will be looking to find one.
    They really are sweet little cars! just make sure you get the 2.2L and not the 2.4L since the 2.4L has more powe rbut does use a considerably higher amount of fuel for most people
    Mike

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    1997 Chevy S-10 Blazer 4X4 with 330K miles and counting (Hunting rig).

    2009 Saturn Aura XE (wifes car)

    2011 F-150 Crew 4X4

    "Hold it to the floor till you see God.... Then Brake!!!!"

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    I had no idea that they got that good of gas mileage. Not my particular cup of tea, but we will surely miss all models that have been laid to rest! May they rise from the dead and take over all other car manufacturers!
    Dave V. -- Riverside, California
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