I just found this site a couple weeks ago, and I've already learned alot.
I have a 95 SSEi, green with the gold trim and gold "ghetto" wheels which I love.
I bought the car back in late 95 which was a dealer demo car. It had 10K miles on it at
the time and has every option available. The sticker price was 33K, but I paid 25K
for it, which may have been a bit high, but I fell in love with it at first sight. It now
has 56K miles on it, and so far I bought new tires at around 48K, and a new master
cylinder at around 30K and new rear brake cylinders around 45K. Other than that
it'* been running great.
I think the dealer must have raced the car before I bought it, because the plastic
above the exhaust was a little droopy, indicating some melting. I was a little ticked
off about it at the time, but it seems to still be running strong. The only other problems,
which this site really helped was the coupler on the supercharger, and gas mileage.
The info I read about the couplers gave me the courage to replace it myself, which took
me about 6 hours, and that was under very relaxed unrushed conditions. I've rebuilt
two engines in the past, a 66 Corvair and 79 Fiat X1/9, both of which I long since sold
off, so I'm experienced, but lately I've been a bit lazy in my old age (I'm 43 now) to
tackle large engine projects, but this was not bad, and actually pretty easy, with the
large engine bay.
I also ordered a new O2 sensor and a K/N filter which I will install this coming weekend.
I'm mostly interested in gas mileage and reliability, and quiet running, so I probably won't
do any serious mod'*. One of the things I like about the car is it'* quiet running, so
why would I want it loud?
I know this is a long post but I just wanted to get my thoughts out. I also have a 2000
Mercedes C280, which is a great little car, but for long distance freeway driving,
my Bonneville is still the most comfortable car I ever had. The adjustable leather seats
just cradle you in comfort. I've driven this car for 10 hours straight without a break
and arrived at the destination with almost zero fatigue and no pain in the rear,
it'* that smooth and comfortable. I just love it! Of course the Mercedes handles like a
dream compared to the Bonnie, and turns on a dime, but I still prefer the Bonnie for
every day driving. And man, the Mercedes eats tires, new set at 20K, as well as brake
pads and at 33K, it already has problems with the power windows. I also had a Toyota
Corolla which needed a new alternator at 50K, so I'm just trying to point out that even
the "best" have problems from time to time, so be proud of your Bonneville folks, but
don't drive them too hard.
I try to baby mine, but it'* fun to punch the gas