Originally Posted by fuelforthesoul1999
I know that we all love and cherish our Bonnevilles dearly but even I admit that I have some gripes about it that Pontiac should have included in its design process.
Example. I would have liked to have split fold rear seats instead of that puny opening in the middle. Or less crap underhood and easy access to spark plugs (much easier) and stronger emergency brakes. Remote close trunk, if they already have a remote to open the trunk, why not have one that close it, a power antenna would have been nice (I don't have one) Better HVAC in base models, the rear passengers are hot while the fronts are freezing and there'* no vents for back there.
How about you guys?
Split seats would be nice, but it was orignally done with the pass-through to reduce noise from the trunk. Which is fairly important in a luxury car.
Less 'crap' underhood? Which vital engine system would you like removed? I can think of nothing under the hood that is frivolous or useless. Well, maybe the HUGE washer bottle on the SSEis. Fact of the matter is, you won't get much better spark plug access on a FWD car. The nature of the design eliminates easy access. And, truth be told, you haven't begun to experience difficulty until you've tried to change the plugs on a Chevy Venture/Pontaic Montana or a Pontiac Transport, hell, any FWD minivan. The Bonne is probably one of the most easily accessible FWD vehicles.
It takes a lot more to remote close the trunk over remote opening. All remote opening does is open the latch and allow the trunk to pop open on springs. Whereas remote closing would require something electrical or hydralic (sp) to close the trunk. AKA something else to go wrong, one more thing to fix, and more weight for negligible benefit.
Power antenna and HVAC are great on SSEis/higher optioned cars, so I can't comment.
About the only thing I agree with you on is the brakes, very inadequete considering the size of the car and the power of the L67 cars (even the L27/L36s I'm sure).
I think they could have also gone with one notch bigger wheels on SSEis (17s), just because the wheels look so ridiculously small compared to the car.