I had a friend that was a bit of a car guy and he was always getting something different or bored with what he had. He ended up with that year and model for a time. I think it was silver, that sporty looking trim in a Buick flavor. We were in MI , went through high school as good friends and had parents employed at GM. There was some 'loyalty' per se if it wasn't a Nissan 300ZX or a BMW. For domestic cars, the default was usually GM. We argued regularly with other neighborhood kids who had parents at Ford or Chrysler or one kid whose dad ran the Chrysler Plymouth dealership. It was a noisy morning bus ride to school for a few years as we all added our 2 cents and likely didn't care less about "the brand" but more about where our parents worked.
In 1988, I ordered a Cutlass Ciera Brougham through the GM Class A employee program. My wife and I were excited to have a car built to order. I had the FE3 added that was a sporty suspension rate and the tire/wheel upgrade and served up Goodyear GT+4 tires. As most claim here, that 3800 was a perfect blend of peppy feel and amazing mpg results. It was Garnet red with grey cloth, not quite a burgundy shade, just a bit lighter. I had a spoiler added that was tasteful and flat, looking very 'factory' and just coming up a bit off the rear trunk lid at the end. Gave it a sporty bit of style. Those tires proved very nicely mated to that car as well.
Driving in northern MI on a trip toward Mackinaw City / Island, the rain was blasting down in sheets as I held my speed waiting for the slightest sign the car felt unsteady or hydro-planning. Soon, all traffic notably slowed yet the Good Year's held just fine and I kept pace just because. That and a few others are indelible memory's of that car and some experience's.
Prior to that and at 728 miles (no idea why I recall that) we had the car only a few weeks and the main seal had a slight drip. The dealer fixed it promptly and a week later, we were on it's first road trip heading to Florida from MI. It was dream to drive. Not 'edgy' performance but stable and good handling with ride comfort you didn't expect or deserve. It was probably my first time / first car realizing I could sport around in my driving behaviors a bit yet have a family car that didn't attract The Law.
I think it was built in Ontario, came down by train and had 8 or 9 miles on the odo when we picked it up. It towed a 1500 # pop up camper often and so well, I'd forget it was there.
** Awesome mileage attained there to the O P - congrats !!
My parents rolled over 200K on their '05 Prius recently ... (same parents that worked at GM).
Currently garaged there in MI, '89 Vette conv. , 99 VW Bug turbo, the '05 Prius.