The Skylark gradually became more of a constant companion with a personality disorder. It could be the pet cocklebur under my saddle blanket, or the reliable spectator shelter during a rainy night soccer game. From fairly early in our relationship the Skylark began to display electrical system mood swings that defied repair and pushed repair shops past their comfort zones.
The Buick had a frequent hitch in its get-along. On cold mornings heading out to Plano Sr. High School it often had a special ca-chunka-chunk sound effect. When mechanics heard that sound they predicted impending dire results, but the Buick just kept ca-chunking for another decade. And by "cold morning" I mean below fifty degrees Fahrenheit. Brrrrr!
The eccentricities and infirmities of the Skylark often mirrored the decline of that other old so-and-so, my Howie. The car was more continent than Dad, and slightly less demented. Many of the 135,000 miles I put on the Buick were missions up I-35 to Nebraska to assist Dad. It's appropriate that Howie's life insurance has paid for my new wheels.
I'm inviting everyone to reply with guesses of how much I got in trade-in money on the old car. If you do not live in Texas you can also guess what I purchased as a replacement vehicle. In a vague "few days" I will post photos of my new vehicle/blog character.
Skylark received a facelift for the 1996 model year in the form of a more conventional-looking grille. The previous 2.3 L 4 was replaced by a new 2.4 L DOHC 4 that produced 150 hp (110 kW) at 6000 rpm. The previous three-speed automatic transaxle was discontinued and the four-speed automatic became standard on all Skylarks. An on-board diagnostic system (OBD II) was standard. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buick_Skylark
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