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Old 10-05-2004, 02:19 AM   #1
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I have a 1990 Pontiac Bonneville LE with 134k on it that spun a rod bearing last week. I've been using my parents cars, and driving them to and from work every day so I can go to school, work, etc. I need a car.

I can't afford any real monthly payments, as college has basically got me bent over income wise. I make just over enough to pay my bills, I can't afford any car payment.

What I can swing is about $2000. My mechanic says he can put a used engine with around 70k on it in for around $2000 with labor and all, warranteed for 6 months. Is it worth doing this on a car that is otherwise in good shape, or would I be better off buying a $2000 beater?

I plan to drive this car for the next year or two for what it'* worth, hopefully longer. I like the car, it'* big enough for me to load 2 amps, 4 guitars, and 4 people in without being too cramped, and it looks good. Then again, if I put the money into it and something else major goes wrong, I'm basically screwed for a while.

I'm not sure what to do. Help!

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you can get far from a beater for $2000

i would ditch the current bonnie , but only for another

check this out, read the whole post, its still active
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ic.php?t=25229
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I'm just afraid on both ends, I guess. The $2000 budget is it, really. I've already spend about $700 on my current Bonnie fixing it up, replacing things that needed to be replaced, etc, when this happebed. I'm afraid if I buy another car, stuff is going to start to break and I won't be able to fix it.

On the other end, I'm afraid of the tranmission on the current Bonnie. I'm afraid putting a newer engine in with as many miles as it has on the transmission will do it in for good, and then I'm stuck again.
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That 134k is on the original tranny, I assume? If so... yeah, get another car.
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Well, in a weird turn of events, my parents went and bought an '04 Taurus, and gave me their car, which is also a 1990 Bonneville. So... I'm set, I guess. I'm going to parts swap to make one mint Bonneville, and scrap or part out what'* left.

Weird. But good.

Anyone need 1990 LE parts?
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if the engine is still good, keep it. remember its a strong engine
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Why do people shy away from a complete l67 swap?? :( (hipocracy, yes i know)
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because LN3'* kick ***!


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and not everyone has that kind of cash
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