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Old 11-21-2004, 02:11 PM   #11
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I've had my 2000 for about a year now, I've replaced the rear window regulator, intermediate steering shaft, and tie-rod ends. My experience with Bonnevilles have been positive, as they have with other GM vehicles. My son has a 99 Grand Prix pushing 100,000 miles, and daughter has a 91 Grand Prix with 210,000 miles and still going strong. I just got rid of a 96 Buick that had 160,000 miles, and I sold an 89 Bonneville to a friend who sold it a couple of years ago with over 250,000 miles on it. No major problems with any of them. The Michigan potholes eat tie-rod ends for lunch...so any vehicle around here will have problems with. I'd have no problem recommending a Bonneville to my friends, as I've been happy with them and GM cars in general. I can't say the same for my experiences with Chrysler. In general, you take good care of the vehicle - do regular preventative maintenance (and hopefully whomever you buy it from will have done the same) it should be good to you, and you won't be bored driving it.
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Im sold! Now I just have to find a good solid one. Plus... the right color.
I dont need the SSEi...... the 3.8L is fine for me, but I REALLLLLLLY want a sunroof! Plus the premium stereo.
Im hoping that I can get all of it for a good price in a SLE. Wish me luck!
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Im sold! Now I just have to find a good solid one. Plus... the right color.
I dont need the SSEi...... the 3.8L is fine for me, but I REALLLLLLLY want a sunroof! Plus the premium stereo.
Im hoping that I can get all of it for a good price in a SLE. Wish me luck!
Test drive an SSEi then tell me you don't need it
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Rouge... LOL!
Well Im in sales. I sell 2-way radios all over Chicago to PDs and FDs. And the fuel cost is just to high.... along with the insurance cost. Plus Im STILL single at 33.... so I have to actually spend money on my dates.

Going from a 4 cylinder to a powerful 6, is good enough for me..... for now.
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Then you had better not follow Rogue'* advice - because, if you drive an SSEi, you won't "settle" for the SLE. Find a date who likes cars, and you won't have to pay for anything else. When I checked the difference in insurance costs between the different trim packages of the Bonneville, I found there wasn't that much difference...at least around here.

Oh, I forgot...I also replaced the right rear wheel hub, but it took me longer to change the plugs and wires than it did any of the other things listed.
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The right real wheel hub?! What was wrong with it???
As far as insurance, it would cost $170 more for the SSEi and $75 more for the SLE every 6 months. put that on top of the extra $60 per month in my car payment and it starts to get pricy. Not to mention fuel costs. I drive about 20k a year.
Being from the Chicago area.... women are stuck up, snobby wenches. I have to move to a place where chicks are normal. lol
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The wheeel hub was getting a bit noisy. It could very well have lasted quite some time yet, but I don't like things making noise that shouldn't. Most people riding in the car couldn't hear it. It only took about an hour or so to replace.
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--IF-- you change your mind and go with the SSEi, add transmission problems to the list of things that can go wrong. Quite a few of us have had to repalce the %&#$! 4T65 transmission that comes in the SSEi.
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I have the 2004 Bonneville SE. I hear about transmission problems, someone mentioned in a post above this one. What mileage range should I expect on the transmission? All the GM cars I've owned, never had to have a transmission REPLACED! Sounds scary, I should HOPE not to have the transmission go. I only have a little over 5000 miles now, and have had the car since March 04, so I don't put many miles on it. At 4000 miles, it needed a new steering shaft. Other than that, no other problems yet.
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