My name is Jay Gesner and I am in Atlanta GA. Just bought a low option 82,000 mile 95 Bonneville SE that has sat for a long time and needs some work. Here is the story; it started March 1st.
I bought it from a guy I used to work with and he had got it from an estate sale of a person smoked heavily and used the cup holder as an ashtray. When he first got it he removed the seats and power washed them, cleaned the doors, dash and rear speaker area and replaced the carpet just to remove the smell. He drove it for a little more than a year until there was a catastrophic A/C compressor failure.
The A/C compressor clutch basically became detached from the compressor pulley and made such a racket that he quit driving it in the summer of 2008. He bought a new Compressor, Drier, Oriface Tube, Flush, Oil and three cans of R-134a but never got them installed and wound up buying a Park Avenue estate sale car. So the Bonneville sat in his garage until he decided to sell it.
Luckily, all the parts came with the Bonneville which amounted to over $300. It also needed a set of tires as it was sitting on the donut when I got there. I also discovered that it had the dreaded "Start and run for a second then die" issue. When I did use the gas to get it to run, it was great but had a check engine light. It pulled well and shifted awesome. I was looking to get this car to replace a 95 L27 LeSabre we have with just over 183,000 miles. The LeSabre is a great car and it has a lot of options, but it'* just not a Pontiac!
So, I did the deal for $650; got it started and drove it 40 miles on dry rotted tires and a bum compressor; staring at a "check engine" light the whole way home, but it ran great and it felt like a Pontiac and not a bowl full of oatmeal Buick!!!
Got it home and replaced the compressor and drier, flushed the lines, put in the oil and oriface tube and got it back together. Then the water pump started to leak. Replace the water pump. (L36 motor-who thought to put the PS pulley OVER one of the WP bolts???)
Then got it back together and the Altenator bearing started to scream. All this time I was fighting the start, run then die issue.
Decieded to get the check engine light looked at before I did anything else. (you know, like emission, register, tag and title and oh, tires too!!) After 6 hours at the mecahnics and $350 later, I have a new PCM and a car that starts fine with no check engine light.
Brakes are kinda mushy and the rear speakers don't work but I still like it better than the Buick. Here are some pictures from the day I bought it.
So, that the story so far. Glad to see you guys are here and have so much info. I have been reading since I found the site and it great.
Thanks for being here.