Fare Thee Well, My Pontiac Vibe Celeste Headlee always owned a Ford, until she fell head-over-heels with a Pontiac Vibe. But, as the GM puts the line to rest, she re-evaluates her love.
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Fare Thee Well, My Pontiac Vibe

Celeste Headlee is a freelance reporter and opera singer in Detroit. Celeste Headlee hide caption

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The Pontiac Vibe that stole Headlee's heart and made her abandon her Ford. Celeste Headlee hide caption

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The Pontiac Vibe that stole Headlee's heart and made her abandon her Ford.

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So, Pontiac dies today. So does Hummer, but I imagine I'm not the only one who's not sad to see those obnoxious behemoths disappear from our highways. A recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that Hummers are more likely to survive crashes with smaller cars, and some experts think the answer is to have everyone drive larger cars. I think the lesson there is that bloated hulks are unsafe on our roads and should be banned. But I digress.

GM is killing its Pontiac line today. The brand is more than 80 years old and its history is filled with colorful anecdotes. Did you know that when Pontiac and Ford were getting their models ready for production in 1949, Ford secretly took spy photos of its competitor's cars and redesigned its grilles to look exactly like the Pontiacs'? This is the company that fostered John DeLorean before he went on to build a stainless steel car. Pontiac gave us the GTO, the Grand Prix, the Firebird ... and most important, the Vibe.

The Vibe, you say? What's so special about the Vibe? Well, I'll tell you what's so special about it. ... I have one parked in my driveway. For a girl who has driven nothing but Fords since I passed my driver's test in Southern California, buying a Pontiac was a major step for me. I was torn ... should I really abandon the blue oval and buy into Pontiac excitement? In the end, I was won over by the sensible styling, the Consumer Reports reviews and the great gas mileage. I broke off my lifelong relationship with Ford and started afresh with its smaller, scrappier rival.

And now my new love is leaving me behind. Pontiac is disappearing into history, and all that I'll have to remember it is my steel gray four-door and a monthly car payment. On the bright side, since they won't be making Pontiacs anymore ... maybe I can hold onto mine until it's a collector's item.