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Old 03-15-2010, 12:45 AM   #11
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Okay you guys are funny! But I need mine replaced here! Believe me if my Bonnie not fixable, than I will have some fun with it!!! I will make sure it gets one last good ride! But I want it fixed!
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Okay you guys are funny! But I need mine replaced here! Believe me if my Bonnie not fixable, than I will have some fun with it!!! I will make sure it gets one last good ride! But I want it fixed!
Sorry most of us have ADHOLAS (Attention Deficit hyperactive OOOO LOOK A SQUIRREL!!!)

But on a serious note, the steering wheel will be a pretty easy swap, but I dont know about the dash, maybe you could throw some pics of the damage up so we could get a better idea?
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I posted pics elsewhere but have come to realize that it is dead officially. That is the bad news. The great news is I found a 1997 BLACK BONNEVILLE SSE on Kijiji while cruising adds. My god, they are like twins except for the 97 has no sunroof! I bought it for $800 (parts would have been more than that!) and pick her up tomorrow!

This one will be treated with the TLC she deserves, not as a battering ram. Lesson learned.
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Pull parts from the wrecked one!
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I will be doing that as well as offering anyone here parts if it is financially viable for everyone involved since I am in Canada and all. I know I am taking the tires off the totalled one and putting them on the 97 and any parts needed for the safety and e test will come from the totalled one too.

I am going to keep it in the driveway for a least maybe the summer, than probably donate it to charity after that.
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Sounds like you don't need this info any more but, I thought I would share it in case others run into ( no pun intended) the same problem.
I hit a cow with my 98 SSEi and had the same experience.
I bought a parts car and got everything I needed at one time.
You can take a windshield out of one car and put in another but the aren't really designed to be done that way. The trim at the top of the windshield is part of the glass and is designed to be replaced with the windshield. I hired a good glass man for $100.00 and he carefully removed it from the donor car and installed it in the SSEi. Well worth the price. I had quotes as high as $850.00 for a new windshield for a SSEi with HUD.
The airbag in the steering wheel is a snap! Remove two torks head screws from the back side of the steering wheel and the entire center section of the steering wheel comes off.
Unplug the yellow air bag connector throw the old one away and install the good bag. (ten minute job).
The passenger side air bag is a whole nother story. You have to take the entire dashboard out of the car to get to the air bag. To move an air bag from one car to another you have to remove the entire dash from both cars. The dash gets ruined when it goes off anyway so you will need to install the good air bag and the good dash at the same time. Plan on spending all day and then some for this operation.
The impact sensor on the core support can be reused but I think I used the one from the donor car.
The last thing is the control box mounted under the passenger seat. From what I understand the box records events that led up to the deployment, and is a one shot deal. If you have the correct equipment you can 'read it' to see how fast you were going at the time of deployment, if the brakes were applied and other things. But it can never be used again. Replace it with the one from the donor car.
Be sure to read and heed all the precautions in the repair manual! You don't want an air bag to go off in your face!!
When you are done the airbag light on the dash should flash several times when you start the car and then go out. If it remains lit you have a problem. Don't drive it until you find and solve the problem.
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I basically did that but am doing the reverse! Taking parts from the wrecked one and putting on the other one! Hell the 97 is in better body shape than my 99 was BEFORE the accident!

I figured the dash was a tough job, the airbag punched the whole thing upwards from divers side to passenger side. I never thought an airbag would do such damage!! Man no wonder insurance writes off cars after air bags deploy!

The guy stopped calculating damage costs at 3500.00 and that was just labour and he had not looked under the hood yet. I am betting one cocrete post at less than 20 km/h was over $5000.00 damage!

So I paid 800.00 for a 97, take parts from the 99 and sell the rest. See my thread under parts for sale for details on that!

I did see a guy on Kijiji selling his Bonneville for $600 for parts because his head gasket blew. I have offered him mine but he has not gotten back to me yet.
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