Solutions:- Some of us just lube it, any good mechanic will do it for you,or dealer (not free)
All this talk about DICs.....started to wonder what I got myself into here! LOL!
All kidding aside, I'm sure y'all mean the Driver Info Center?
Anyhow, I'm not a loyal GM follower, but for my daughter who graduates HS in a couple weeks, I promised her a car. She wanted a 2000-2005 Bonneville? OK.
I did some research first, and found alot of nagging about certain quality issues with Pontiac....mainly the damn window thing, but other than that, concluded that most were just pi$$ed that they spent alot of money for a car, but didn't know anything about cars, and probably kicked the dog $hit out of 'em, resulting in numerous driveability issues and so forth.
I was not looking for an SSEi for an 18 year old girl just learning to drive, so when I found a couple of SLE models locally, onto the test drive I was.
The first one was an '01 SLE with 90k miles and all the options....NICE!! Myself, being a hardcore V-8 man, I was sort of impressed with the accelleration of a 205hp V6, but was a bit worried that my daughter might find it appealing also! lol. Anyhow, rinkydink car dealer wanted a life story as well as an investment in my bank account, so I pointed out the freakin' running oil down the back of the left cylinder head, and the coolant leaking under the intake manifold cover (hider), and the spare tire well filling with water, and they were like....oh, this guy ain't foolin' around. So, myself being not too happy with how they approached me as a potential customer of their over-priced junk, I showed myself to the door.....NEXT!
Now after doing this prior research on the Bonneville, I was ready to start looking at something else when I arrived at another dealer'* lot who'd been in business at the same location for over 30 years, only I'd never tried to buy anything there before.
A pretty cool guy came out and greeted me. I scanned the area for a Bonneville, then I asked....have any late model Bonnevilles? He said....no. Then, in a back row, I spotted the distinctive looking front fascia and headlights and said....right there'* one!
He was unaware of it, or it wasn't for sale or something.
Anyhow, turned out to be a repo that wasn't ready for re-sale.....and let me tell you, it was crappy looking! A 2002 SLE that looked like scalawags lived in it, ate in it, and something probably died in it! I was discouraged.
After he went inside and consulted with someone, came out and gave me a quote. the price was right, and the terms were cool, so I was a little interested then. He said come back tomorrow after it'* cleaned up and gone over.
I took my daughter with me. It was sitting alone in another area when we drove in, and I thought....NO FREAKIN' WAY MAN! I couldn't believe it was the same car! Cleaned up real nice! My daughter was overjoyed and wanted it. lol. But first the test drive.
I immediately noticed the clunk in the steering....hmmmm.
The RR pass. window was an issue....hmmm.
The stereo backlights were half gone, as well as the painted stuff on some of the buttons....hmmmm.
The front pass. seat heater didn't work....hmmmm.
The power sunroof was recessed at the rear.....not flush with the roof....hmmmm.
All of this I read about before ever looking at a Bonneville.....I was still discouraged.
But, the engine runs good, the tranny shifts good, no underhood leaks, the body is in relatively good shape except for some scratches and dings, paint not bad, nice 17" chrome alloy rims, a cool looking ride, and my daughter deserved to atleast get what she wanted this time around, so I bought it. lol.
The rest is yet to come, but still, not like a major investment....just a learning experience in progress. lol.
I'll try to keep y'all informed of any other issues......PT