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While the LaCrosse and the Impala will continue through 2008 MY at Oshawa GM Canada plant, the curtain will fall on both the Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo at mid-year, or December 2007. That's 10 or so more months of production on these cars. I guess that's to retool the portion of the Oshawa plant that will put out RWD cars. Some of you will be ecstatic. I just wish they had done a better job with these cars in the first place, allowing them to complete the full model year. Oh well.

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Too bad. I still like the Grand Prix. Nowadays, its so unique, so out there, so 'f@#k you, I'm the Grand Prix, bitch.' It seems like you'll never find a dashboard crazy like this in another car again...

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...and that's actually a bit sad.

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I have to say, as a W body owner, they were getting long in the tooth, in a way, I'm glad to see a phased removal of the product like that. It gives a chance for the plant to retool while still pumping out certain cars until full production can come up on the RWD models.

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as a two time w-body owner, it will be sad to see them go. The platform may be getting a little dated, but it has come along way since the original '88 models. It's nice that GM will be offering RWD cars again, but I wish they'd continue offering something FWD in this size too.

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I'll def. miss the W's, mine has been very good to me- a quarter-million miles good, next month. I had even gotten to like toe latest GP, too, esp. the GXP (make mine white plz). Interesting to see what's in store.

Good or bad, it looks like another FWD Pontiac GXP gets a very brief lifespan. Future collectible? Discuss.

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Ford will still have a big FWD car available, and I am sure it will be thoroughly restyled around 2010. But there's just not much of a market for FWD cars bigger than the Camry and the Epsilons.

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Too bad. I still like the Grand Prix. Nowadays, its so unique, so out there, so 'f@#k you, I'm the Grand Prix, bitch.' It seems like you'll never find a dashboard crazy like this in another car again...

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...and that's actually a bit sad.

you know, I see what you're saying, ....buuuut I'm gonna have to say a big no. The Gran Prix just wasn't that cohesive image of what you're saying. Too many base models and not enough GTPs and GXPs running around....too long of a body, that W-body look says I am stuck in another century...plus the overall look is fat overweight heavy and unsporty especially in base models Edited by turbo200

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It's time to move on. W- was one of the worst projects in history from a financial standpoint for GM. I'm guessing if costs weren't so overblown during development they wouldn't have had to stay around for so long. They're well past their prime and it's time for them to go.

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Too bad. I still like the Grand Prix. Nowadays, its so unique, so out there, so 'f@#k you, I'm the Grand Prix, bitch.' It seems like you'll never find a dashboard crazy like this in another car again...

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...and that's actually a bit sad.

I kind of agree. I actually don't mind the interior (it's better than the old GP's). Just give it to me with a navi headunit (OEM or aftermarket) and maybe a couple of aluminum trim pieces around the door window switches to break up the blackness and I'd be happy.

And the exterior, I already like the (non-GXP) front end and I'd be alright with the rear with some smoking of the tail lights or covers along these lines:

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i just do not like how they change names like water at GM G8 should of been called garnd prix in my opinion and the monte should have gone to epsilon like G6 coupe make it classy and hot looking abnd it would smoke the Solara and Accord Coupe and the upcoming Altima Coupe the camaro can be the RWD coupe likes its suppose to be. RIP to both of them i was also i two time W Body owner a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina and currently 2000 Buick Regal both great reliable cars in my family we have A lot of the Ws The Regal, Intrigue, Grand Prix, And Monte Carlo

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GM is changing. So much has changed for the better. In the process of those changes for the better, names , divisions and cars have been dropped. It has upset many and more. In the end we all hope it is for the greater good of GM. I drove the current Grand Prix for 12 days when my first Ninety Eight was totaled. It was a great riding car. The interior was a different story.. I knew they were trying to make it like the 1970's Grand Prixs. These cars have had long runs. I remember the heyday when they were rear drive before.

Maybe in time people will fondly remember them. I remember when they came out in 1988. That platform is almost twenty years old. So many cars have been on that platform too. It is funny how it grew in size. The first W Bodies were 188 inches long. The last ones are 198-200 inches long.

You hate to see a product go when you liked it or whatever. Was it really competitive still?

We will see what things bring. Everything is coming full circle.

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1987 was the last time i saw a real monte carlo as was 1996 for the impala. i could never figure out what was added to fwd to equal performance mayself. at least the grand prix stuck to the rwd plan longer than the monte before it finally gave way to fwd.

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Good to see them fade out after a long period of service...they made ok rental cars (I've rented a bunch over the last decade, Luminas, Monte Carlos, Impalas, Grands Prix, Centurys)...

I always thought the Ws--any of them--had wierd proportions, more so than other FWD cars..the front wheel to front door distance was very short with a long overhang in front of the wheel...made them look awkward...

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Hate to be blunt, but I won't miss 'em a bit. :AH-HA_wink:

*nods*

Took the words right outta my hands, Camino ;).

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The Monte Carlo dies in June. The Grand Prix dies in November. The LaCrosse will last another year. But the RWD Impala won't be ready until the summer of 2010, which means the FWD Impala will likely last that long as well. You've got three years still to say goodbye.

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Finally, one of the last pieces of Roger Smith's MAJOR F UPS is leaving GM. I have a W body and I love it, but come on..... it was a 12 year old platform when I bought it in 00. The inerior is so small for as big of a car as it is. I hold a soft spot in my heart for the W but the Zeta is welcomed and eagerly awaited.

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I'm not that sad to see them go. None of the current cars I care much for. The Impala is probably the best IMO...it has the least awkward proportions I think. The platform is pretty ancient, so it's nice to see it replaced by the RWD Zeta. But hey, at least GM is doing something about their old platforms. Can't say the same about Ford.

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So long Grand Prix! I'll miss ya.

I remember owning a 1988 Grand Prix when it was car of the year. I bought it just for its "future tech" interior. LOL. God, you look back at it now....geesh what was I thinking?!

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Nowadays, its so unique, so out there, so 'f@#k you, I'm the Grand Prix, bitch.' It seems like you'll never find a dashboard crazy like this in another car again...

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That's a keeper, Flybry, so funny. I agree. I love the dash in the car and the in-dash ignition. It's unique and a great leap forward from 1997-2003. I wish they had done a little bit better job on the exterior. You can't throw a rock without hitting a rental GP these days. I see them EVERYWHERE. In fact, I spent a weekend not long ago in one of these base models to go mess around up in Chico, CA. I had fun driving around my base model GP.

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GM used to have the best mid-size sedans, but GM let the old FWD A-bodies wither. The W-bodies were supposed to put GM back into the game and give Ford competition to the then-new Taurus, but then GM lost the mid-size market for good. They weren't bad cars at all, just a step behind the competition. Of the dozen or so W-bodies I've driven over the years, I found the last Regals to be the most agreeable. They had understated style, drove well, and were comfortable. I never had the chance to drive the Intrigue, but I imagine I would have liked it. On the other hand, I feel the G-bodies are much more substantial cars for just a little bit more money.

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