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Old 12-18-2005, 10:42 AM   #11
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now this just looks BAD, im glad i bought the bonnie instead of the impala i was looking at at the time

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Okay I own a 2001 Impala and a 2005 Bonneville, so I can compare the two. I like the gauges (like air traffic control) and the Impala'* layout a little better. I love my Bonnevilles DIC but the plastic in the Bonneville is nicer. I also like my better seat in my Bonn better and oh I love my soild headrests on both cars. The Impala has more room in the back seat ironicly enough. First comment of my wife upon looking at it, how is that backseat bigger than the Impalas? I said its not, then she said well the car is bigger on the outside and has a smaller backseat right? I was like yeah. She drove it and was like okay lets get it. I think it was the power and sporty feel. Ummm having driven my W-body Impala and my G/H-body Bonneville, the Bonneville still is a better touring and interstate car. Although the Impala as a smidge more room but not near the driving fun. FYI my Impala is a regular Sedan (non LS) and has the 3400 SFI bench seat and bolt on wheels. Only extras for '01 were cruise, and tape deck. I had no money at the time after adding a room on my house which stopped me short from getting an LS. Bonneville overall wins, plus the air vents kick butt, and actually can not hit you if you direct them right. I never could do that in my Impala!
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Bonneville'* interior is very good. Its not as conservatively styled as many other cars, but its designed for a performance look and feel. The ony area I find that it falls short on in my 2000 SSEi vs my '93 SSE is the supportiveness of the seats in hard cornering. The '00 is certainly comfortable, but there isn't much keeping you centered in the seat. Side bolsters were better in the earlier models.

As for the issue of plastic, and the magazines like car and driver and road and track, I think the Japanese auto industry has their writers brainwashed. I sat in my sister in law'* toyota solara not long ago, and didn't see anything remarkable about the "quality of the plastic". That'* rubbish.

I went for a ride in my buddy'* BMW 540 this past Augst. Nice car, but again, I come away thinking that the people who wright all the gushing reviews of the BMW did so because they're hoping to get a long term loaner from the factory. I've got 12-way power seats on BOTH sides in front. His passenger side seat had manual adjustments. I went to lower the seat and nearly clipped my daughter'* toes off in the back seat when it simply slammed to the floor when I moved the lever. There'* no way for someone my size to raise it either, until you're out of the car. It simply had no dampener, or spring assist or anything.

As for comparing Chevy to Ford to Buik to Pontiac, I think its all on par as to quality. Just style is a matter of taste.
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Old 12-31-2005, 06:06 PM   #14
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I like the bonnie interior too. My GXPs is really nice with the lighter background for the gauges. I must admit I think the best interior was the one in my 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora.
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