The Truth About Cars » 2000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:30:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » 2000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/junkyard-find-2000-pontiac-grand-am-gt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/junkyard-find-2000-pontiac-grand-am-gt/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=820578 03 - 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe final iteration of the Grand Am, which was built for the 1999 through 2005 model years, had all the looked-bad-after-five-years plastic cladding that made 1990s GM cars so forgettable and RAM AIR! GM cars of this vintage are still so commonplace in high-turnover self-serve wrecking yards that it takes something special for me to break out the camera for such a car; in this series so far, we’ve seen this supercharged Grand Prix GTP, this Beretta Z26, this Cavalier Z24, and this Pontiac Sunfire, and now it’s the Grand Am’s turn.
13 - 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe cladding on this car looks to be in OK shape, unusually.
05 - 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe 3400 pushrod V6 in the Grand Am GT made 175 horsepower, with five of those horses coming courtesy of the functional Ram Air system.
11 - 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThis one’s an automatic, and it looks like it was in fairly decent shape before the front end got wrecked and most of the good parts were grabbed by junkyard shoppers.
01 - 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWill we see fanatical 99-05 Grand Am GT restorers a couple of decades from now?
19 - 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinOne nice thing about Denver junkyards is that you can see the Rockies in the background.


“It’s a tough world. Now there’s one exciting car actually designed to take it.”

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Junkyard Find: 2000 Dodge Stratus SE Manny, Moe, and Jack Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-2000-dodge-stratus-se-manny-moe-and-jack-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-2000-dodge-stratus-se-manny-moe-and-jack-edition/#comments Sat, 22 Dec 2012 14:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471424 It takes something really special about a 21st-century junkyard car to make me willing to include it in this series. The ’04 Pontiac Sunfire we saw recently was the last of the GM J Bodies, which gave it historical significance. The Chrysler “cloud cars” mostly just serve as crusher fodder… but this one is so amazingly horrible that I had no choice but to photograph it.
The New Car Scent Little Tree air freshener is nearly always an indicator of a car that suffered worse-than-usual abuse during its final months on the street. Hey, look— you can see the ’87 Dodge Raider Junkyard Find through the windshield!
This car is a 2000, but that snout just isn’t right. Aftermarket body kit?
Hell no, the adobe-style Bondo and wonkily-applied grille inserts tell the story: it’s a later— I’m guessing 2004 or 2005— Stratus nose grafted onto a 2000 model.
But wait, it gets better! On the driver’s side, we see that this car is a very rare (in fact, so rare that none were made) 2000 Stratus R/T. Quite an investment.
On the passenger side, it turns out that we’re really looking at an equally rare Stratus Sport. You can buy many varieties of “Sport” emblems, so it was quite a dilemma finding the one that looked most like the badges used on the Plymouth Neon Sport.
With something like this, once the “tuner” who did all the modifications passes the car on to the next owner, the Junkyard Clock starts ticking.

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Junkyard Find: 2000 Daewoo Nubira Station Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-2000-daewoo-nubira-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-2000-daewoo-nubira-station-wagon/#comments Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453380 Remember the Daewoo Nubira? No? Did you know that there was a wagon version? Even though production of the Nubira stopped just ten years ago, this car has all but disappeared from our consciousness.
The only reason I noticed this Nubira wagon in a Colorado self-service yard last week was its relatively pristine, un-picked-over condition among a row of completely gutted imports. This row of cars had been out for a couple of months and is no doubt due to be crushed any day now. Even the Kia Sephia nearby had been picked clean, but hardly anybody wanted Nubira parts.
The only reason I’ve been aware of Daewoos in the junkyard at all is that the Faster Farms Plymouth Belvedere LeMons team has been harvesting junkyard Daewoo emblems, cutting off the “Dae” parts, and installing “WOO WOO” badges all over their car. For that reason, I think of a couple of disreputable-looking dudes in skanky chicken suits hooting “WOO WOO!” every time I see a junkyard Daewoo.
We see Daewoos on the street all the time nowadays, but they have Chevy Aveo and Sonic emblems. Like Isuzu, the Daewoo name never meant much on these shores.

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