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Old 02-24-2003, 11:25 AM   #1
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I'm looking into buying a bonneville, most likely a 96 or 97 SSEi for a winter/trip car. Are there any quirks in these cars that I should be wary of? How long do the engines last with the supercharger? Any help is apreciated Thanks!
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Stang, if the price is right, lean to the 97. It'* the first year of the newer transmission. The 4T65E-HD. Earlier L67'* got the 4T60E-HD. Not much difference really, but the 65 is better supported aftermarket for shift kits, etc. This is mainly because of the Grand Prix.

For the SC, just take a ratchet and a 17mm socket (is that right guys?) with you, and remove the SC belt. Turn the pulley by hand. It should be free spinning, quiet, and with no backlash. If there'* backlash, it'* probably a 30 buck coupler, but you'll have to tear it down. It'* a bargaining point. Not serious at all. You should also be producing about 9-10 psi of boost this time of year on a stock L67. Anything less than 9 psi at WOT under load (not in neutral or park) should raise a warning flag.
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Stang, if the price is right, lean to the 97. It'* the first year of the newer transmission. The 4T65E-HD. Earlier L67'* got the 4T60E-HD. Not much difference really, but the 65 is better supported aftermarket for shift kits, etc. This is mainly because of the Grand Prix.

For the SC, just take a ratchet and a 17mm socket (is that right guys?) with you, and remove the SC belt. Turn the pulley by hand. It should be free spinning, quiet, and with no backlash. If there'* backlash, it'* probably a 30 buck coupler, but you'll have to tear it down. It'* a bargaining point. Not serious at all. You should also be producing about 9-10 psi of boost this time of year on a stock L67. Anything less than 9 psi at WOT under load (not in neutral or park) should raise a warning flag.
How much time does the coupler take to get taken care of? Do all SSEi'* have a boost gauge on the instrument panel?

I'm gonna see what I can find with a 97+ SSEi but, I guess I'll take what I can get, I may end up with a high-end N/A bonny with lots of options (HUD sounds really cool, what models/years did they offer that?)

Thanks for the help guys!
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Taking my sweet *** time, and doing a couple other mods at the same time, it took me 4 hours. I could do it in half the time. All SSEi'* will have the boost gauge. It takes the place of the voltmeter.

The only supercharged car here that I'm aware of without the boost gauge is 95BonnevilleSESC.....the true sleeper. Supercharged light as a feather SE. But he WISHES he had the boost gauge!
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HUD usually is found in sse and i for 92 thru 95 and up I don't know about 96-99 sle-sse'* it might be just a option for both but I really think the sse still has HUD though,




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I would recommend a bonneville. Mine is a 94 with 196000 miles on it exhaust perfect orginal the engin no major work and tranny perfect. Last time i got it inspected teh guy said that the car looked better than some 2000'*.
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i'd like to take credit for turning trublustang onto this site, and therefore onto the bonny. I look forward to working on our cars together this summer... way to go paul
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Must...get...boost...guage...*sigh*
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i'd like to take credit for turning trublustang onto this site, and therefore onto the bonny. I look forward to working on our cars together this summer... way to go paul
Thanks pete, the modding will start this summer
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Must...get...boost...guage...*sigh*
Isn't there a way for you to buy a nice one from Auto Meter and hook it up to the SC?
Then you could mount it to the pillar and be superfly!
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