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Buy a '97 Skylark, and ride that recession in style

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  February 12, 2009 10:20 AM

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For most people in this economy, reviews on $60,000 Jaguars and new car sales pitches aren't as appetizing as they once were. But if you're like Globe reporter Geoff Edgers, a down economy hasn't changed any of your auto habits. Geoff drives a 1997 Buick Skylark Custom, cousin to the Pontiac Grand Am and long-forgotten Oldsmobile Achieva, which Canadian YouTube user ProjectAchieva will gladly show you.

Buick is down to only three models now, and it's all thanks to cars like the Skylark.

Read the full article, twelfth in the Globe's "Spending Smart" series, or go to for more of Geoff's adventures on the cheap.

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  1. Yes!!! The Buick is MADE for Boston driving. People DO get out of your way. I drove my grandmother's 1986 Buick Somerset in the mid-nineties (after the family insisted she stop driving). I could out-chicken any cab driver going through the Callahan Tunnel (BEFORE the Big Dig was finished, when getting to the tunnel was about, well, who had the best nerves.) And Storrow Drive: I could change
    lanes in a traffic jam in nothing flat. Even now, the car that replaced the Buick, which, although purchased new, is now a 10 1/2 year old Volkswagen "New" Beetle , which I've had since November 1998, the first year they came out with them. It now has 250,000 miles on it (on the original clutch, mind you), and well, even though it's needing a little body work on the nose (it has a few rust spots on the hood where the paint had chipped), I absolutely LOVE my car and dread the day when I'll need to get another. I hope to keep it for another 100,000 miles at least. It's just getting broken in! My car is like my buddy; we've been through so much together. But I';ve been frugal-chic about cars for years; my entire family has always driven their cars for 10 years r more. We try to outdo each other in the number of miles we can eek out of a vehicle. I think the record was 350,000 miles on my uncle's Hoda Accord.

    Posted by Aviatrix February 12, 09 10:39 PM

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