The damage is entirely the lamp, none of the painted surfaces. It really does not look bad to me at all, upon closer inspection. The right turn signal indicator is always on, because the right front turn signal won't work (understandable) but the painted surfaces like the hood are OK. The centre grille is a plastic, fake chrome, and that now has a gap / break that looks like a fine job for Crazy Glue. The Pontiac logo in the middle is also pushed back but I can't see any damaged areas behind that. It'* going into a dealership tomorrow anyway, the mechanic is a long-time friend and he speaks quite highly of a certain co-worker who knows my car perhaps even better.
You suggested the belt be replaced but the belt is being replaced. An oopsie or am I missing something? I agree, PCV and fuel filter are minor items that can make a big difference if they become inoperative. I'll add that to the work order
I'll ask for the Sylvania Silver Star but all the glass on the right / passenger side headlight is gone. The whole unit (high beam, low beam, maybe turn signal) will have to be done and the GM replacement parts would be $300 bare minimum and quite possibly twice that. Not counting labour or tax.
Bummer you got me started on fog lights: A year ago a tow truck hooked it up and the next thing I knew one of the fog lights was missing, so there went about $200, sorry I am poor and cannot go for such nicities.
I'm not 100% certain that I have an SE. I love the car but I'm not certain and have had a few print-up reports with errors that are far greater than that.
Granted no Bonnevilles were ever turbo-charged or quad-tipped, I'm just saying I think that one guy, the non-mechanic who said the back-pressure would be way off and cause damage, is wrong, because there are a zillion 3800'* with many many different exhaust systems, including headers, no mufflers, and for all I know someone has a clone to my car, except with 4 mufflers. I don't take that person'* advice as easily as I take advice to get a new PCV or O2 or fuel filter. I don't think a change in back-pressure will be that significant or cause engine / valve failure.
I sure hope posting pics is a LOT easier than it is on the other discussion board I belong to. There, we talk oil and oil filters and stuff. My 2 favorite oils are Redline, and "GC" for "German Castrol." It'* a 0W30 that is best picked up and turned around in the store first. On the back it says something like product of Germany, not to be sold outside US & Canada (specific verbiage varies with year and lot numbers) and that stuff is great. It used to be $6.66
at Walmart (no joke!) and last I saw it was $7.77. Also available at Canadian Tire. Apart from that I am NO fan of Castrol, it really took something to break my 10+ year personal boycotting of Castrol. Redline unquestionably saved me thousands in my previous car, an import with a 5-speed. I have Redline clothing like nuts, and freely gave them a glowing testimonial.
I haven't lurked that much but it seems there is little if any discussion as to oils, filters, and so on. Anyone here take apart a used oil filter? Send in a used sample of oil to be looked at by a lab? UOA or Used Oil Analysis?? And has anyone ever heard of or used a by-pass oil filter (the 1 micron things that are used on Diesels that are usually over 5 litres) ?? Or is being anal / obsessive / compulsive about your engine (as well as the car) NOT a status symbol on this board?
Thanks again everyone!
96 SE with a 3800 Series II from a Buick LeSabre