Warning: Long Story Ahead...
Last night my carpool partner and I were driving home from work when we were passed by a purple 04. GTO's are pretty rare around here, so naturally I pulled up even and gave a little wave. The dude gave me nothing but a mean look in return. Naturally, I was disappointed, but thought "Hey, maybe he's having a bad day." My buddy and I had a short conversation about which cars show the most love to fellow afficianados and agreed that Jeeps probably take the cake.
This morning I took the goat in to the dealer because the driver's side lock wasn't working and there was a rattle in the shifter from about 3500 rpms on up. Got a call this afternoon saying they fixed the lock, but the rattle was in the door panel and there was nothing they could do about it. I was positive the rattle was in the shifter so I offered to come on down and drive around with the tech to show him what I was talking about. Went to the dealership and the tech was swearing up and down the problem was a vibrating door panel. Then dude #2 comes up and says he'll take a ride with me. We get out on the road and get to talking, it turns out he was the driver of the purple goat from last night. He's a very friendly guy and we talk a bit about how much we love the GTO (nothing new to the folks on this forum). I show him how I can make the rattle stop by grabbing the shifter hard. He agrees that it's the problem and offers to hang on to the car and look at it first thing tomorrow (it was the end of the day).
The end result is the rattle will most likely get fixed by someone who appreciates the TLC a GTO deserves, and I've now got a friendly face and fellow goat lover at the local dealership. Also, I've got a Pontiac Vibe to beat the living $#!^ out of until my car is done. Thinking about hitting some of the local 4wd trails this weekend if the goat's not done
It came to me with a full tank of gas but the dude running the rentals assured me that it didn't need to come back with one, thanks for the free gas GM!
Nothing of use in this little story...but what the heck