High Milage '96 SSEi .... stay away or go for it?
I'm looking at a '96 Bonneville SSEi with almost 160k miles for around $2000 black on black leather. Its a friend'* friends and from what I understand it had a lot of time on the highway commuting to work; at least the past 40k miles or so.
How are these cars overall when it comes to problems/reliability?
The N/A 3.8ls seem to be good based on other family members and friends that have GM cars with them grind prix, park ave, etc but how are these supercharged 3.8s when they get into the higher millage? I've heard about intake manifold gaskets being a problem with these engines or is that just with the N/A 3.8l? I've also heard rumors about the supercharger bearings having problems, or is that a wivestail?
Besides coolant when the IMG is bad, are there any common things to leak such as oil cooling lines on s10s/blazers? (lol)
Otherwise are there any common problems with these cars or things to look for? common issues?
How do the transmissions hold up over time behind the supercharged 3.8s?
I have a 5sp blazer at the moment which I need a break from driving and looking for something comfortable, reliable, that won't develop any stupid or annoying problems. I'm gonna be putting a bunch of miles on it this summer if I do get it that'* why I'm just looking for some opinions on these from the people who know them best.
Thanks in advance
Last edited by j894; 03-28-2009 at 12:29 AM.