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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 10-07-2002, 02:33 PM   #1
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I just found your site. I think I'll be a regular visitor. I've got a 1995 Bonneville SSE, that I saved from my wife. She tends to be hard on our cars, let alone any car parked close to her. The car is actually in great shape, besides a few scrapes on the bumpers and a cracked tail light. It only has 65,000 miles. The power control module went out on it last year. That was a nice bill to swallow. Also the water pump is new. I put new front rotors and pads on it recently. The car stops fine, except is has this lovely shake to it now(I'll address this issue in another post). My true question is with the age and mileage of the car, can you suggest any maintenance that should be done to it? You know, plugs, belts, struts, shocks, valves.... It'* a great car and I would like to keep it for a long time.
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Welcome to one of the looniest Bonneville site ever ( thanx to people like Will, Rat, Tam, Amy, SSEI.. yadda yadda yadda )...

Well.. first off.. change your Thermostat from the original ( 195F ) down to a cooler Thermostat ( 180F ). This will help with the intake leakage issue.. if you have winter.. then don't worry about it till spring.. get a tranny cooler.. this will prolong the life of the tranny. I would also recommend changing the sparkplugs to NGK Iridiums ( or AC Delco'* platinum .. thanx for that timbit Rat ). It would be a good idea to also change the sparkplug wires since they are prone to failure on our cars.

I would also recommend a coolant system flush ( in spring if it applies ).. heat is the number one killer of all things in our cars.
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Do the O2 sensor also, and if you already have a tranny cooler stock, ADD another one. Drifter is right on on his maintenance list.

Welcome to the club.......and Drifter should have been on that 'watch out' list instead of me! He'* a wacked-out Molson-drinking treehugger-hippie from Canada. Need I say more?
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Do the O2 sensor also, and if you already have a tranny cooler stock, ADD another one. Drifter is right on on his maintenance list.

Welcome to the club.......and Drifter should have been on that 'watch out' list instead of me! He'* a wacked-out Molson-drinking treehugger-hippie from Canada. Need I say more?
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Hey Drifter, I got my release paperwork that says I'm as sain as you!

Back on topic, hehe, I have recently done plugs (NGK), wires, thermostat, fuel and air filters. All of which mad a difference in performance. I wasn't really lacking ant performance that I could tell before hand but I could definetly tell the difference after.
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Hey Drifter, I got my release paperwork that says I'm as sain as you!

Back on topic, hehe, I have recently done plugs (NGK), wires, thermostat, fuel and air filters. All of which mad a difference in performance. I wasn't really lacking ant performance that I could tell before hand but I could definetly tell the difference after.
Release ??? I only get weekend pass.. ha ha ha
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Don't forget to change your oil regularly-also check your trans fluid. If it'* a little brown or smells funny you'll need to change it.
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I just found your site. I think I'll be a regular visitor. I've got a 1995 Bonneville SSE, that I saved from my wife. She tends to be hard on our cars, let alone any car parked close to her. The car is actually in great shape, besides a few scrapes on the bumpers and a cracked tail light. It only has 65,000 miles. The power control module went out on it last year. That was a nice bill to swallow. Also the water pump is new. I put new front rotors and pads on it recently. The car stops fine, except is has this lovely shake to it now(I'll address this issue in another post). My true question is with the age and mileage of the car, can you suggest any maintenance that should be done to it? You know, plugs, belts, struts, shocks, valves.... It'* a great car and I would like to keep it for a long time.
Don't mind these losers! I'll beat them down later again! (& Again & Again)
Probally the best advice I can give you is this: Start a Maintenance Program & Stick to it! I change my oil every 6 months or 7,000 km (I run Mobil 1 10W30 Synthetic Oil); I change my plugs every 5 years or 120,000 km (I run AC Delco Platinums); I change my coolant every 2 years no matter what; I change my Fuel filter every 2 years or sooner if it gets sluggish.
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You might wanna clean your injectors every year too. Haven't done it on mine , but I plan to ! And keep the engine as clean as possible , it will pay off sooner or later!
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