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Old 11-19-2003, 07:10 PM   #1
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I'm going to install an MP3 player in my 89 LE bonnie, but I'm curious about amps

it has the OEM "performance sound" option. Does this setup have factory amps installed, or is it just different speakers and head unit?
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I think it may just be HU and speakers... I know my 97 did but, I think I remember hearing that the pre 97'* didn't have an amp
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If you have an 89 Bonneville LE with the " Performance Sound " you do not have an amp... you just have an ETR ( extended range ) head unit, and the speakers in the dash do not exsist, you have woofers in the front doors, and tweeters above the woofers, and 6x9 ETR speakers in the rear deck... Does that help...?? On the SSE bonnevilles 89-91 there was an added amp in the performance sound system, with that option there was a switch for gain control...
Woops, I guess I was wrong... I guess some of the pre 1997'* also had an amp... my bad.
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If you have an 89 Bonneville LE with the " Performance Sound " you do not have an amp... you just have an ETR ( extended range ) head unit, and the speakers in the dash do not exsist, you have woofers in the front doors, and tweeters above the woofers, and 6x9 ETR speakers in the rear deck... Does that help...?? On the SSE bonnevilles 89-91 there was an added amp in the performance sound system, with that option there was a switch for gain control...
Great, thanks to both of you.

The factory deck has surprisingly powerful sound for a 15-year-old OEM setup ... figured I'd better ask before frying an OEM amp hidden away somewhere

Can't wait to hear it ... the pioneer deh-p8400mp from my summer car is gonna do winter duty in the bonnie; 50W x 4 deck driving the OEM speakers plus a 100W alpine amp driving a boston 10.4LF for low end. I'm sure it'll get me through winter
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If you have an 89 Bonneville LE with the " Performance Sound " you do not have an amp... you just have an ETR ( extended range ) head unit, and the speakers in the dash do not exsist, you have woofers in the front doors, and tweeters above the woofers, and 6x9 ETR speakers in the rear deck... Does that help...?? On the SSE bonnevilles 89-91 there was an added amp in the performance sound system, with that option there was a switch for gain control...
Great, thanks to both of you.

The factory deck has surprisingly powerful sound for a 15-year-old OEM setup ... figured I'd better ask before frying an OEM amp hidden away somewhere

Can't wait to hear it ... the pioneer deh-p8400mp from my summer car is gonna do winter duty in the bonnie; 50W x 4 deck driving the OEM speakers plus a 100W alpine amp driving a boston 10.4LF for low end. I'm sure it'll get me through winter
Pioneer, nice choice... What kind of vehicle is your summer car? Oh, and by the way, welcome to the club!
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Pioneer, nice choice... What kind of vehicle is your summer car? Oh, and by the way, welcome to the club!
Thanks for the welcome, looks like a lot of good folks here

My other car? Haha ... "and now for something completely different" ... it'* the complete opposite of the bonnie:
92 honda civic Si, fully modified. 2100 lbs, 200hp Type-R motor, 8500 RPM redline, close-ratio 5-speed with limited-slip differential, racing suspension and brakes, etc. It'* light, it'* loud, it rides rough and has lightning-quick handling. 4500 RPM @ 75 MPH in 5th, not exactly a relaxing highway car!

But the bonnie'* a lot of fun, soooo comfortable and relaxing to drive. I'm loving it so far!
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Where would the factory amp be?
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mine was under the pass seat
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And I'll have to get a hair off topic here, I feel that 89 was one of the best years for the bonneville... The best ones I have ever driven were the 89 SE'* and SSE'*... Best power, best running, best shifting trans, best handling.... My 91 isn't as good.. But I still love it.. The car will keep growing on you...
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mine was under the pass seat
What year is your SSE?
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