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Old 12-17-2005, 01:37 PM   #31
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IMO bonneville engine are awesome, if not bullet proof ( except lower intake manifold)

they can handle a lot, in peformance or stock form, but the problem is all that come with it. sensors, window regulator etc.., ...but more you have goodies ,more you risk to have problem.
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IMO bonneville engine are awesome, if not bullet proof ( except lower intake manifold)

they can handle a lot, in peformance or stock form, but the problem is all that come with it. sensors, window regulator etc.., ...but more you have goodies ,more you risk to have problem.
exactly. just think of how much money gets put into a BMW, Mercedes, Cadillac, Lincoln, Jaguar, etc after 150k miles... the numbers would DWARF those of the bonneville, probably just in parts cost, nevermind labor
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Whoooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaa,
I'm sure glad we got that cleared up. And no I didn't catch your sarcasm, which is why I wrote my sarcastic post. Sheeeeeeesh, I really need to watch it. Anyway, I'm glad you're not one of those guys who takes their car to the dealer and complains about the cost. About the regulator: If you ever have it out someday, look down in the "track" and you will see that the cable didn't actually break, but rather ripped out of the plastic block that it'* anchored to. The part that fails is the plastic block and not the cable. As a result, the window slides down into the door because it'* no longer being supported by the cable. Then when you hit the button and try to bring the window back up, the cable ( being unattached) will whip around, get kinked up, and stop the motor. This is where people think the motor is bad, but in reality, the motor is just being strangled by the cable. Last time I checked, the guy at (regulatorusa.com) will sell the regulator without the motor, and you just put your old motor on it. The guy also says he "improves"on the design by making a reinforcement where the cable attaches. In the meantime I did like you did, propped up the window by clamping a pair of hemostats on the track to hold the window up while I waited for the regulator.

Thank you for the invitation Shawn, and I look forward to hearing from you on this forum.

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ha, yeah, that happened to one of my windows, but i trimmed the cable and forced it in a different place on the plastic block... its held like that for over a year now! i guess if it breaks again i will be screwed and have to replace the cable too, but for now its great!
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i understand your sarcasim... HOWEVER... ill disagree

i have only owned his car for a month or two, i know its on its 2nd tranny, 2nd engine, and TONS of lil stuff needs to be fixed... but thats why i bought it
Besides, what fun would it be to have a car that you never got to work on?
Get to know the car inside and out...

And true Hondas may be more reliable, but a Pontiac Bonneville is faster, way smoother, and better looking.
Pontiac is just better on so many levels.
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I can probably make a list with my 01 SSEi since it was new - now has 63k miles on it:

Warranty:

headliner rattle around sunroof - not fixed (dealer tried twice)
instrument panel lens missing 2 screws and cracked - replaced
hard shifting transmission - dealer checked twice but not solved
RF lower fender trimpiece came loose - had to retape it on (?)
daylight sensor malfunctioned - dealer replaced
airdam on sunroof broke - brittle - dealer replaced
groan in steering column - new rack installed - several trips to dealer (TSB)
battery leaked and replaced (had to repaint floor around battery and get acid smell out of car)
outer trim moldings around windows & doors sticky - cleaned with WD40

Out of warranty:

new tires at 37k miles
intake manifold gasket coolant leak - dealer repaired
driver side rear window regulator - replaced
passenger side rear window regulator - replaced
CV boot ripped - driver'* side front - replaced
oil sending unit failed - replaced
currently feeling popping in steering wheel - intermediate shaft ?
dash starting to rattle on drivers side near winshield pillar - stuffed felt in the crack
transmission still shifts a little hard at times

- Carter
Since my last post in this thread, the car now has 78k miles and I can add the following new items that I've had to deal with:

wheel balance problems (shakes) - replaced tires - getting harder to balance
new front brake pads and rotors turned - helped some
new rattle in dash - right center near vent when cold weather - loud and annoying
intermediate shaft still popping in steering
couple bulbs burned out in radio/cd face - numbers starting to wear off on presets
car sounds noisier upon initial startup then quiets down - water pump or other?

Don't you just love it ? (ha)

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Carter...please look back that the threads you have posted in..

They are old and being locked as you dredge them up.
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Sorry ! Didn't notice the year !
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