Cohort Pic(k)s Of The Day: ’80s-’90s GM Products At The Junkyard

Photos from the Cohort by canadiancatgreen.

Another post in the junkyard, now covering some of GM’s less-than-stellar moments. Not that I want to start this post with such a negative spin, since I know many owned some of these and they probably served you just right. Still, it was hard to get enthused about any of these cars back in the day, or even now. And in all honesty, I don’t have many good memories or anecdotes about any of them.

Regardless, I have done a lot of posts with images from the 1950s and 1960s these past few days. So I better cover some other decades before I sound like an automotive Rip Van Winkle. Then again, looking over this lot, I can see why I revert to other decades when searching for car stuff. In my mind, I fall asleep somewhere in 1971 and wake up in the mid-90s, well into Miata time.

The first image is a 1990 Chevy Lumina, a model I recently complained about. Let’s leave that behind then, and move on with what appears to be the yard’s GM rows.

There, a mid-’80s Pontiac 6000. The one vehicle my mom’s coworker got as part of her divorce settlement in 1988. Hers was the ‘lux’ edition, stuffed with every electrical gizmo 1980s GM could think of then. It became an incredibly trouble-prone vehicle in short order, and after a couple of years, the car looked like a whole decade had passed through it. And then some. Quite worthless by the time I moved for good to California in ’93.

Moral of the story: Cars as part of a divorce settlement are a lousy deal. Get the cash!

A 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix. About the most exciting thing coming from the “We Build Excitement!” division in those days. Not the most exciting of cars, really, but a far better choice than those Daewoos pretending to be a LeMans sold by their side.

A 1993 Cutlass Ciera. I actually didn’t mind these… when they came out in ’82.

A 1989 Buick Regal, another car I always forget it ever existed. Unless it appears in a CC post, or at the Cohort.

A 1989 Chevrolet Beretta, a vehicle I spent a good amount of time in since my college roommate drove one. A car I truly didn’t mind, even if it was still Chevrolet playing catch up with Ford’s Aero Era. Not groundbreaking, but decent looking. Ergonomics and interior were modern too, even if slightly wonky and not up to Japanese standards.

Still, about a year into our studies, the Beretta left my roommate stranded in the middle of the desert. At night. From then on, the car turned into a source of vexing electrical troubles. His had been a true GM family (in California!), but the Beretta was the one car that pushed him to the arms of the imports. A family tradition, shattered for good.

A 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass. The Cutlass that killed the Cutlass dynasty for good, and that’s probably the right epitaph for these.

A 1993 Pontiac Sunbird, another non-exciting offering from the “We Build Excitement!” division. I would add more to this one, but I have a few photos of some of these J-cars (still running!) to share, so I better hold my thoughts for that future post.

So, that does it for today’s outing. Hopefully, this tour was far better for you than for me. In any case, the next junkyard visit should be a cheerer one; or so I hope…