My name is Tom, I'm a former F-body and current truck man, and I've recently purchased a Medium Red Metallic 2001 Bonneville SE with 76K miles. I had found the car at a local dealer as a "cash car" since it had some issues that scared them too much to want to deal with it. I found this site and the info over some of the common issues, in particular the intermediate shaft clunk, and was able to negotiate the dealer down to about $3500 under-book (I got the impression it was less than they gave for it on trade in, but they wanted it gone). $2 worth of aerosol grease later, and it was gone (I will continue to reapply until I deem it necessary to remove it and modify it permanently).
I've had the vehicle about 2 weeks now and I've so far done the following:
-Plugs/Wires (NGK'*/ AC-Delcos - the #6 wire was toasted and cracked thanks to the O2 sensor)
-APN UIM (already had the aluminum LIM gaskets, as well as an 10-month old GM UIM which is still in perfect shape)
-180* drilled T-stat (fail open of course)
-new sweeper arm for fuel sending unit (the thing was driving me nuts)
-Prestone Long Life swap (I've never trusted Dex-Cool, even in my dry-intake setups like my Silverado)
-New JVC HDR-1 headunit with HD radio and poor reception
and accessory kit to retain door chimes (no Onstar, but never had it anyway)
-new PCV and PCV sensor (thing fell apart on me when I was removing it)
-I'm sure other stuff too that I can't think of right now
I purchased this with the intention of having a decent daily driver that I won't modify too much, hence why I didn't spend the extra on an SSEI or GXP (though I really wanted to
). So far I've only just begun tuning the car with HPTuners (love the thing with my truck, and the data logging is freaking awesome), I'm probably going to only adjust the fans for the 180* T-stat and maybe mess with the fuel trims a bit, otherwise I'll leave it alone (and maybe touch the timing a bit
Thanks for all the help and info I've been able to find, hopefully I can contribute some myself.