Originally Posted by Echo SSEI
What about the 2 door- Type * supercharged version?
The CL Type-*, as with the TL-*, has 260hp, but still 3.2L and still NA.
I'd take a 2002-2003 TL (updated fascia) over a 2000+ Bonneville, especially the SLE (or cheaper). In a heartbeat.
Costs: The Bonny is WAAY cheaper to own. Ever brought an import in for repairs? I was actually looking for a 1998 Jaguar XJR when I found the LSS. Then I looked up the Jags repair costs.
Modern cars... much more of a moot point. Honda parts typically aren't as expensive as you think. I cringe if I were to bring the '91 SSE in for repairs, luckily everything is DIY. If it wasn't for el-cheapo aftermarket parts and the junkyard, Bonneville SSE wouldn't be in the same sentence as "ownership".
Especially when more and more "import" cars are being produced entirely in North America, costs go down.
I remember reading a magazine comparo a while ago in a Canadian magazine. It involved the likes of the Honda Pilot (or Acura MDX, I forget) and the GMC Envoy, etc etc. This magazine is nifty with the fact that it lists OEM costs for typical, commonly replaced parts in a table.
Of the half-dozen or so common parts (alternator, windshield, front fender, front struts to name a few) the cost of the Envoy'* parts were higher than the Honda'* in all categories except one... and what stuck in my mind was the fact that sometimes the cost differential between GM and Honda was several hundred dollars. And apparently you can get your oil changed in your Acura NSX, at a Honda dealer, for like $30.