Last April, a week and a half after starting a temp job downtown, the rear axle on my Grand Am broke. I had just made it to work that day, cautiously driving with a strange wobbly feeling that had started in the steering. I called the local repair shop for a tow, they took it to the shop and later informed me of the broken axle (which in turn, broke the brake line, thankfully AFTER the tow) and the repair costs. As much as I wanted to see the odometer turn over to 200,000 (with less than 7000 miles to reach that goal!), I couldn't afford to fix the axle, not to mention buying the tires it needed or the new alternator. So, I had it towed home, and there it's been sitting until last week when I finally decided to junk it.
Now that GM announced the end of its Pontiac division, it really is the end of an era.