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Old 01-20-2010, 06:35 PM   #1
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Trying to compile a list of front end problems for 2000-2005 Bonnys in the order of most likely to fail. Hoping Forum members can take a moment and list their thoughts with 1 being the most likely to fail.

1. tie rod (example only)
2. left wheel bearing (example only)
3. right front strut (example only)
4. left ball joint (example only)
5. steering shaft (example only)
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i would think the WSS would be the first but that is a sealed unit in the hub. Next would be the intermediate shaft for sure. Haven't had the others yet.
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What is your definition of fail.

The wheel bearings/ABS hubs are first. Intermediate shaft clunks and irriates, but it doesn't technically break and cause you to be broken down.
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Fail would be something that effects the safety, performance or cosmetic(noise).
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You think the front engine mount would fall in this list any where?
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Yes, front engine mount would qualify!
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I got hit with intermediate shaft(5x), front bearings(5x), engine mount(2) across three bonnevilles, spanning 3 production years (2002-2005 SLE to SSEi, to GXP). Own a GXP now, and love the car.
They don't make em like this anymore.
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I have a 2001 SLE with 222,000 miles. I have had all the problems listed above with bearings being my number 1. Gone through 4 bearings so far. 3 on the left and 1 on the right. Have not had any strut problems yet. I am wondering about the engine mount that you guys are talking about. What problems will a bad engine mount cause and how can you tell if it is bad?
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The easiest way to see if you have a bad engine mount is to have some one watch the engine and then have someone else take the car from park to reverse, then drive then back. if the mounts are good then the motor shouldn't move much but if a mount is bad the engine will move around quite a bit.
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I have a 2001 SLE with 222,000 miles. I have had all the problems listed above with bearings being my number 1. Gone through 4 bearings so far. 3 on the left and 1 on the right. Have not had any strut problems yet. I am wondering about the engine mount that you guys are talking about. What problems will a bad engine mount cause and how can you tell if it is bad?
Pop ur hood and rev ur engine a little while watchin ur engine. If it moves, good chance u got some bad mounts.picture urself doin 70 on the highway, ur car is goin forward but ur engine is rockin back and forth. Ur bound to have some handling issues. Not to mention the loss in torque and hp.
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