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Old 11-10-2004, 09:23 AM   #51
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just keeps running better as it gets older.
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i have a 1989 SSE Bonneville with now 372,675 miles on the original engine with no work done on the engine yet so far. And the best part is the car just keeps running better as it gets older.
Sweet! how are your rings after that many miles? <smell the oil, does it have a hint of gas smell?> too bad they dont make cars like this anymore, something about job security for mechanics

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i have a 1989 SSE Bonneville with now 372,675 miles on the original engine with no work done on the engine yet so far. And the best part is the car just keeps running better as it gets older.
Sweet! how are your rings after that many miles? <smell the oil, does it have a hint of gas smell?> too bad they dont make cars like this anymore, something about job security for mechanics

go figure
3800'* lasting that long, and the high price of new cars, makes people keep their 300,000 miles cars a little longer because it runs soooo good why get rid of it and have to pay another car note... I havent had a car payment in 2.5 years.... And don't plan on one unless a 1993-1995 SSEi pops up at the right price... And even then I may buy it outright... But when you have a 3800 whats the point of replacing a good car.. Especially if you own it and they wont give you crapp for it...

so 3800 Forever
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I concur on the "They wont give you crap for it" Because I was curious how much the VW dealership would take the Bonneville for, and they said $500, and that is a gift. I saw an 87 LE, that had nothing as far as options, but it was rusted to hell, and it was for sale, for $1200. Now, this was a different dealer, who obviously knows the car'* centimental value . loL

And the no car payment thing is so true. The only reason people buy new cars is for the status symbol. Personally i think a classic car says more than a new one. That'* just my opinion though .


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Personally i think a classic car says more than a new one. That'* just my opinion though .


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The rings and stuff seem to be in good working order. Last time i checked my engine pressure was still running and pushing 140 lbs. in each cylinder which is not bad at all.
I have never even changed a fuel pump in this car. I put in a 180 degrees thermostat though just because i would rather keep the car cool instead of the 195 that comes in it. Other than that this car has been excellent. The biggest problem i had with it was my catalytic converter got plugged over time so i thought my engine was giong bad, when really the exhaust could not get past so it was acting like it had no power. Once i fixed that, it was like i had a new car all over again
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Other than the Catalytic Converter change, that is the exact same situation for me! Our LN3s seem to last forever, and if the tranny was taken care of, the tranny will too. Just keep up the maintenance, and you'll have a car that will last 'till your last tank of gas .


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These cars do run forever if you take care of them. No need to touch the engine internals.
My only grip is my milage drops in winter when they change the gas formula in the northeast to around 15 - 16 mpg.
If gas prices go up further I may have to think about a 4 banger.
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Sorry for buttin in guys , it does say Bonneville but this car is note worthy.

90 Regency LN3-C 311,000 miles now 312,000. Id heard of it but didnt believe it until I found this car. Sho nuff still running strong. I guess the tranny was done about 1.5 years ago.

Abuse and neglect will shorten milage, needless to say this was owned by a few different older couples over the years.

Yea , Buick really nailed it with this motor. Too bad the electronic controls have been so baffling over the years.

I bet most straight cars that are in JY are from rotten fuel and brake lines or transmission failure. Both are $1000 and $1500 repairs in a shop so most people just buy a new bomb. Then theres the bad machinics that cant figure out the electrical issues and have spent fortunes of their customers money on and finally the people just give up.

Im so hooked on this drivetrain now I wont buy anything that doesnt have it.
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Thanks for the info on the 90 Regency.Always good to be informed.Being a 3 month Bonneville owner of a 89 sse with 133,100 on it now (put 2,300 on it in 3 months) and hearing these other accounts of the 3800 and knowing how the car has performed it will be interesting to see how my Bonneville does.So far it has been nothing short of what I am looking for (durability,reiability ,performance,comfort) this motor really hums it feels like your gliding.It feels like the previous owner just broke it in for me.Good car.
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