The SES light doesn't hurt performance, and the only reason it comes on is because GM programs the computer to think there is something wrong with the car if it runs that cold for that long. It doesn't hurt the car at all, it is just programmed that way. If you get the code removed from the computer, the car will run very good that cold. Our GTP has a drilled 160 degree thermostat, and it runs really good, and gets really good gas mileage, and because it doesn't set an SES light with the code removed from the PCM you wouldn't even notice it was running that cool unless you looked at the temperature gauge. But since you aren't worried about getting every little bit out of your car as possible, running a 180 degree thermostat should be just about right.
Just my $.02.
1990 Maroon Grand Prix STE McLaren 3.1 Intercooled Turbo, 14.695 @ 94.49 on 12psi before cam/heads/etc.
1990 Bright Red Grand Prix McLaren 3.1 Intercooled Turbo, 14.819 @ 92.72, 189whp
1999 Grand Prix GT 9.75:1|K&N|160 tstat|No Ubend/Cat/Res|UD Pulleys|Ported M90/TB/Heads|XPZ|2.55"|Pacesetters|Stage 2 I/C. 12.442 @ 112.78
2000 Blue Bonneville SSEi Supercharged Gutted Airbox|K&N|3.4"|1.9'*|WP Pulley|Custom DHP|180*stat|41932'*|No Cat. 14.681 @ 94.80
2002 Dark Cherry Grand Prix GTP Supercharged & Intercooled
12.084 @ 114.38 w/1.743 60', 315.6whp, Fastest Stock Cam M90 GTP!
NOW XP CAMMED, 340.6whp with XP, stock heads, Gen 3 M90, 11.984 @ 115.84 w/1.750 60'!
Most HP Stock Heads Gen 3 M90 GTP!
2004 Red Monte SS Supercharged K&N|3.4 Pulley|1.9'*|180*stat|41919 plugs|3" dp|No cat/ubend|DHP|Shift Kit. 14.2 @ 98
GOT BOOST??? Friends dont let friends drive stock!