My better half has insisted that we keep the 2000 Bonneville SSEi if we aren't going to buy something very close to it. Since that isn't an affordable option now that she's not working, I am likely to get something with good fuel economy in a wagon/5-door configuration for commuting. The Bonnie is nearing 100K miles, gets mediocre fuel economy and runs on premium. That and it is starting to show its 7 years of age in this or that thing needing to be repaired. Minor stuff like the windshield wiper fluid sprayer going out, and another window regulator sounding strange (like its about to go). About 4-5 of these little annoyances, but they'll add up. Squeaks and rattles popping up too. Rather than drive her into the ground, or trade her in for a pittance for an Impala, I'm seriously considering this option of keeping the Bonneville garaged as a weekend vehicle on my insurance until my wife goes back to work in a year or two (she wants to drive/commute in it). That way my girl will be happy, and I can have a fuel efficient car to drive to work that costs around 15K. And I can get a 5-door / wagon which I've wanted for some years now.
At that point the Safari will become a weekend/recreation vehicle on our insurance, and my commuter car and "her" Bonneville will be the cars driven all week. Of course I'll insist at that point that she fix all of the little niggling things wrong with the Bonnie now.
In a few months I will have paid off my Safari, at which point I will be heading for a dealership....I could end up buying from outside the traditional GM family, too (no, not a Toyota or Honda).
Why? Well GM card points I do have aplenty, but redemption allowances for inexpensive cars stink to the point of not really mattering all that much. As I pointed out in another thread, I have a business so I could buy a fleet Malibu Maxx with a 4-cylinder to commute in, but the GM card redemption and the rebates for the Ecotec Maxx are slashed in half for some inexplicable reason. In the end I could probably convince a Mazda or Suzuki dealer to give me a good deal on a wagon of the type GM doesn't offer. Or I might find one of the last Saab 9-2X's somewhere for cheap.