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My First Car - 1990 Pontiac Bonneville

I remember Anthony driving me around in our 1990 Pontiac Bonneville like it was yesterday.

  • 1990 Pontiac Bonneville

Believe it or not, I haven’t always been a Jeep driver. My first car was actually shared by my older brother and I when we were teenagers. I remember Anthony driving me around in our 1990 Pontiac Bonneville like it was yesterday. By the time we got it, it was already a 15 year old vehicle, but we didn’t care, we felt so cool in it! When you’re 14 years old nothing is more exciting than cruising with your 16 year old brother in a car listening to music. I have always looked up to Anth, there is something just so effortlessly cool about the guy.

Our parents gave us Bonnie in 2005 almost immediately after he got his G2. For some that might seem pretty soon, but what you have to understand is that my brother’s biggest passion in life has always been cars. My father used to take him to empty parking lots and he would teach him how to drive on his own at a young age. If anyone could be trusted with the responsibility of driving, it was Anthony. As his little sister, I was always surrounded by toy cars, gas/electric scooters, and car themed movies. Anything Anthony loved, I loved. I was your typical annoying little sister who had to do everything her big brother did – whether he liked it or not.

Some of my fondest teenage memories were spent in that car, and I’d like to think my big brother has some pretty good memories in there with me too.

Our 15 year old Pontiac Bonneville was black with grey cloth interior. It had that gorgeous [insert sarcasm here] plastic dark brown wood trim accenting throughout the car. Bonnie had some pretty funny quirks. The most humorous memory I have is of the ceiling’s cloth inner lining which began to fall off. We often had this tent-like fabric floating above us as we drove which made you feel like you were sitting in a Moroccan restaurant. Despite our efforts to staple gun it up, the cloth somehow found its way down again at the most inconvenient times.

Another issue we came across was the driver’s side window regulator which kept breaking. It happened so many times that we finally decided to stop spending money on it and just started using our hands to pull up the window. Considering its age those were really the only major issues with the car. We got rid of it sometime between 2007 and 2008 so it was just over 17 years old and it was still a pretty solid ride. It had no rust on it, but the transmission went so we knew it was finally time to let Bonnie go.

I will never forget belting out System of a Down and AC/DC songs with my big brother in our Bonneville. It’s pretty rare you see a couple of teenagers listening to rock music driving down the street in a sedan, but we loved every minute spent in it.

Some of my fondest teenage memories were spent in that car, and I’d like to think my big brother has some pretty good memories in there with me too.

Wheels.ca will take a journey back in time and ask our writers to tell us about their first cars and the memories and events that likely shaped who they are today. We will feature a new story every Thursday. #TBT

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