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Old 04-22-2005, 01:03 PM   #21
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Japanese vs. American? My opinion is that if you can do most of the labor yourself, you are better off owning a newer American car (yes, the quality on the 70'* and 80'* GM were much worse than Jap'*, but that gap that closed significantly). Plus, the parts on Jap'* are much more expensive than American.

Frankly, I like the gadgets.
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I like the gadgets aswell. And yes you can do much the labor yourself, but in an american car; however, you wouldn't have to in a toyota. Even a 1994, if i were choosing a car for looks, gadgets, power, luxury i would hands down choose the bonneville, but for reliability, hands down the toyota. Lets just look at reliability, not issues on looks or comfort. If i had a 1994 toyota i would probably still have it without any breakdowns and would probably buy a newer toyota because i would be satisfied with the quality.
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I really do hope my bonneville keeps running. I've replaced oil with synthetic when needed. I always let the car run for at least 30seconds when starting it and putting it in drive, i am constantly checking connections under the hood and wires inorder to get the best performance out of my engine. I hope that my car runs without any problems. But my oil pressure is going extremely high and it fluctuates a lot and as of now nobody know'* whats wrong with it or even if its a big problem. Book value right now for a 1994 ssei no matter how many kms is about 4000CND, i figure it'* worth nothing so i might as well drive it till it dies on me and hopefully that isn't for a while but you never know.
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i have a 92 ssei...got it about 2months ago...already but about 3000 miles on and that'* a mix of highway & city....i do pretty harsh driving but i'm gettin' outta the habit w/ gas being like it is....plus i don't want to kill my engine.....so far i haven't had any problems {knock on wood lol} with my bonneville...almost 148,000miles on it and its still runnin' like a pro...i have only had to fix the adjustable cable on the HUD, the DIC tells me my coolant is low from time to time and resets the trip meter on its own sometimes as well. Other than that i can't complian....

and as for cars that sit having problems.....my mom has a 92 or 93 {not sure} old 88 royale, we got it a lil' over a year ago now and it still has under 80,000miles...maybe even less....my mom does a lot of city driving and she haven't ran into any problems...just brakes are gonna need to be done soon and the light bulb for the singal needs to be replaced......rides wonderful.....
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SSEI, are you just looking at the gague on the dash or have you actually hooked a mechanical oil pressure gague up???? you might not have high OP at all just the sender of the gague in the cluster may be bad
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my 93 ssei ran great no problem for 100000 miles until i blew the motor when it over heated other then that its been ok.
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I haven't had time to check out what was with my high oil pressure. It may just be the sending unit. But the only time my oil pressure gets that high is when im driving on the highway, it doesn't ever happen when in in the city.
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Another thing I like about my bonneville is when I pop the hood I can at least see and have room to fix whatever is necessary. Try that on an import car. LIke dissasembling half the engine to replace a timing belt.
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SSEI, sorry about yesterdays rant. It'* beyond my norm.. a cold is setting in. I recently got my bonneville, when I dumped a 92 Honda. The reason behind this was simply the Honda was trying to bankrupt me. I am very contientious about my vehicles.

The Honda ran great and strong. But there were too many things going wrong one after another. I will admit I've primarily owned American and have never seen the amount of problems. As well friends that have Honda and Toyota are usually poor from the routine maintenance that is "required".

Quality is definately up on American cars since the late 80'*.
1985 Ford Exp - at 137K miles I traded in...running like a champ...but body rusting
1991 Grand Am 200K+ ran great until next owner didn't do oil changes
Both 4 cylinders and probably not the norm. I never put synthetic into them, but changed oil religously, and plugs every 50,000.

Each car can be good or bad. Something would have to be blocking in your engine for your pressure to shoot up like that. Most likely the sending unit is worn out or your gauge is bad. The sending unit is common at this mileage in any vehicle...the gauge problem is a Bonneville thing! I will also mention that since owning this car I know have a tube of dielectric grease. Any connector I have to take apart gets gooped.
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could it be a sending unit eventhough it'* only happening on the highway? Or maybe i just notice on the highway because it happens after 1hr of continious driving. I will check out the sending unit soon and see it that was it.
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