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Old 09-18-2010, 02:26 PM   #1
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Hi, I am new to the bonneville forum.

I just sold my truck, and am looking for a car to replace it. I am very interested in the 2000-2003ish range Bonneville. I have my eye on a 2000, a 2001, and a 2002 bonneville ssei. All have more than 100k miles, one has 150k. I do not want to spend too much money on a car right now so that is about all that I am able to look at now. Should I be worried about that car with that many miles? I have herd that the superchargers need to be rebuilt around 100k miles... Any truth to that? I have also herd a big problem with these cars is the power windows.?.?.?

I will be looking all over the forums for more info, but if I can just get some starter info that would be great. I dont want something that im going to have to work on constantly/ pour my life savings into.
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I wouldn't worry too much about the miles. These cars are great even with higher miles. As far as the windows, the rear regulators like to go out (both of mine have went out since I bought the car a little over a year ago, has over 100K on it) but its an easy $50 ebay fix.
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Welcome to the forum! Please take a minute of so and post an Introduction of yourself in the New Members section.
A Supercharger doesnt effect reliebility, I wondered the same thing "In the Beginning" lol. It has blown into a full on Addiction. You will love your Bonneville SSEi! We have a member on here with 453,xxx miles on his 1994 Bonneville. They are reliably, comfortable, great running cars. And dont forget a Bonneville SSEi can beat a Mustang GT in the 1/4 mile, or stop light to stop (we dont encourage street racing )
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AYE AS I AM THE MEMBER WITH THE OLD 454K grandpa bonne take great care of your car and it will take great care of you and i have a 97 ssei with 151k the superchrager has never been touched but i highly doubt it would be a problem in newer ones maybe they need a new coupler around 100k and in turn they do bearings and seals while theyre at it but i doubt they need a full rebuil but i am not all that familiar with the newer superchragers themselves just as long as they are maintained and kept up they will do just fine
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Listen to the supercharger when it'* running. If it sounds like it'* full of rocks, it needs a new coupler. Look at the hood where the pulley is, is there a line of oil there? If so, the seal is going out. These are all easy to fix.
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The one I was looking at fell through, too must rust on it imo.

I have looked at several other bonnevilles this past week. Test drove a SSEi with 150k, motor and everything sounded great, but something was clearly wrong with it. The SES light was on, and at times was flashing and it was way down on power. It would not even chirp the tires from a dead stop with the TC off.... something obviously wrong.. walked away.

Drove a few SLE cars, everyone drove nice, but were not in the condition that I would justify paying the price they want for them. The standard N/A 3.8 had a much more powerful feel to it than the SSEi I drove lol.

I really want a SSEi.

I am looking at these now... any insight would be great.
http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/ctd/1951269684.html - 2000 SSEi w/ 120k looks to be in excellent shape.
http://www.richhartsautosales.com/newan ... ville.aspx - 2003 SSEi w/ 155k also looks to be in excellent condition.

I am looking at a few others but they are very similar.

Price on the 2003 is below blue book, which scares me... dealers usually crank their prices. also I am just having a hard time with the 155k miles... but considering its a 2003 chances are most are hwy miles.
The 2000 has a little less miles but is 3 years older, so chances are they miles are more city which is probly worse. But this car is right aroung blue book.

Just of these 2 cars what would your pick be? I plan on trying to talk the price down a bit.
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keep trying Craig'* List. I have better luck starting at 4k and owner only and use different cities. Just called on an 04 SLE 79K dealer asking 13,000.00 could not hang up fast enough.
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I like the 1st one with 119K.... and $13k OMG!! are they stupid or something.... I paid less than that for my 05' GXP with 50k miles!!!!
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