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Old 11-25-2004, 12:57 PM   #1
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I have a 97 Camry right now. Im thinking about getting a 2000 Bonneville, so I went to a dealership and walked into the service bay to talk with a mechanic. Well I told him what I want to do. He said for me to stick with my Camry! He said there are too many things that go wrong with the Bonneville.
I dont know WHAT to do now.
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The Camry would be kinder to your wallet
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Your salesman is a fool. The only major difference in the 04 or 05 Bonneville is the drivetrain, which is proven in the Cadillacs many times over. Your chassis, body, and suspension have been used with no problems since 2000. A Camry doesn't even begin to compare to a GXP, SLE, SSEi or even the SE of that generation. I'm not aware of any 2000 Bonnevilles with major problems whatsoever. And that was the first year of the redesign.

I assume this wasn't a GM dealership? I suggest you drive both cars and decide for yourself.
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Toyota'* have excellent records of reliablity, but so do Bonnevilles. They will last and perform just as well over time as a Camry.

It'* basically what you feel you want. Your dealing with really different cars in comparison.
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THIS IS THE FIRST 2000 BONNEVILLE SLE I HAVE HAD AND I HAVE HAD ONE LITTLE PROBLEM WHICH WAS SORTED VERY QUICKLY BUT THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD PART WIITH MY BONNIE FOR A TOYOTA OF ANY TYPE
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This is my 1st Bonneville also and I would not part with it either!
With all the problems I had in the begining, family and friends were all "Get rid of it, find something else." One even suggested a Camry! HAH!

After spending 1 month with my SSEi, I don't think I can ever go back to mundane transportation! That'* right, EVERYTHING else is just transportaion, SSEi is living!

We had a near fatal wreck in a ZX2 before the Bonnie, I feel much safer now!
If anything else, I'll just warp out of the way!
I just love my Bonnie! Growing up I always liked the SSEi'*, now I have one and the wait was all worth it!
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Im sorry, was there someone here comparing a CAMRY to a BONNEVILLE?!

(as in, I belive, IMHO, there is no comparison.)
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Im sorry, was there someone here comparing a CAMRY to a BONNEVILLE?!

(as in, I belive, IMHO, there is no comparison.)
I'm not trying to start World War III but you have to separate the driving experience from the ownership experience. These cars are enjoyable to drive but to say that a Camry and a Bonneville are similar as far as reliability is concerned is delusional. You can make any car last a long time if you pour enough money into it (witness our 88 Caravan with over 200,000 miles) but car for car, you'll spend far less maintaining the Camry.
Again, driving a Camry is purely transportation because not too many people would say it is a driver'* car but reliability is a totally different issue.
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Im sorry, was there someone here comparing a CAMRY to a BONNEVILLE?!

(as in, I belive, IMHO, there is no comparison.)
I'm not trying to start World War III but you have to separate the driving experience from the ownership experience. These cars are enjoyable to drive but to say that a Camry and a Bonneville are similar as far as reliability is concerned is delusional. You can make any car last a long time if you pour enough money into it (witness our 88 Caravan with over 200,000 miles) but car for car, you'll spend far less maintaining the Camry.
Again, driving a Camry is purely transportation because not too many people would say it is a driver'* car but reliability is a totally different issue.
I agree. But it'* just like anything in life. You have 2 decide what you want out of
your car. I love the feeling I get when I hit the pedal of my bonnie. I know 3 people
who within the last 3 months who bought Camry'*. I think their Great cars. For them!
But 4 me my car isn't just transportation. It'* so much more.
It'* my personnal get away,
My stress reliever,
My BIg Boy Toy!!!!!
& Most of the time when I get in my car I begin 2 feel instantly better!
IMO, Your car said'* alot about you. So enjoy which ever you choose.

P.*. But if I was going 2 buy a new bonnie I would opt 4 the 2002+ SSEi
What bugs they had in 2000-2001, I think they got out by then. just my $.02
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