Your friend getting a price at the dealer for the colored taillight
panel to add to his car reminded me of a similar story when the
Bonneville was new,
I went to the Pontiac parts department at a different Pontiac dealer
than the one I bought the car at. At that time I wasn't friends with the
dude I know at the Chevy dealer where I get parts now at his cost.
Anyway........I wanted to buy the storage armrest for my car. It had a
flip out cup holder, coin holder and the interior base was slotted at
the back to hold 4 CD's or 7 Cassette Tapes.
My car had a solid padded armrest, so I didn't need the mounting bracket
I told the guy what I wanted, he looked up the PRICES for all the
INDIVIDUAL PIECES. The Storage Armrest wasn't sold whole it was all in
Cover ( Cloth padded )
Base ( Cloth padded )
Cover Release Button
Coin Holder $25.00
Mounting Bracket Bolts - 3
Bracket to Base Bolts - 2
Nylon Washers - 2
Bracket Trim Cover
Cover Hinge Screws - 8
The guy added up 3 Pieces, I think they were the Cover, Base and the
hinge and he was up over $300.00
$300.00 plus For a goddamn armrest !!!
He asked me if he should keep looking and adding, I said " HELL NO"
I told him I'd buy one in the junkyard in a few years for
$5.00........and I did,
I found one a few years later in a 1986 Olds 88, same color light grey
as mine in perfect condition. The coin holder was gone so I had to buy
one at the dealer. Shampooed the cloth and the inside too and it looked
brand new, The inside is that black fuzzy material.
Funny thing is it only cost $175.00 for an interior upgrade to a
different cloth pattern on the seats & door panels and it included the
storage armrest !
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE