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Old 07-23-2004, 06:54 PM   #1
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I'm having my Bonnie detailed tomorrow morning. I've had it for around 5 years now, and I simply miss that "new car" look that my car had when I got it, even though it was (very slightly) used. I'm using the same detailer that my Pontiac dealer uses. I'm all excited over how good it'* going to look when I get it back. When I was younger, I'd have done it myself. Last detailing I did was my wife'* former car, a 1988 Grand Prix, and I didn't do a good enough job of keeping the electronics in the engine dry, and a week later I had to shuck out around $400 for some new sensors. So now I'm letting someone else do it!

Also, I ordered a new grille, since neighborhood kids ripped off my Pontiac arrow last month. It was expensive ($129.78 after shipping) for a part that is strictly cosmetic, but it just drives me up the wall to not have my car complete. I still can't believe they don't sell just the arrow separately. I checked with local salvage yards and nobody had a grille. :(

Anyway, I can't wait to get it back all nice and shiny! (I'll take some pics.)
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Sometimes its nice to have someone else do it. Gift Certificates for auto detailers make great XMAS presents also i find!
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I do my own detailing most of the time.... the only thing I don't do is shampooing the carpets.
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I do my own detailing most of the time.... the only thing I don't do is shampooing the carpets.
y not merlin???
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What type of price range are they detailing it for?
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It'* costing me $225 for the whole thing. They're doing the full job inside, outside, and engine. They'll shampoo all the carpets and do the upholstry and well, everything! If I had the entire weekend with nothing to do, I'd do it myself, but these days I'm just much too busy. It should be pretty easy to maintain.

Actually, I decided to have it done after reading how long everyone'* Bonnevilles seem to be lasting on this club. I have 71,000 miles on my 1997 SE, and I see people here with 150,000 and 200,000 and more miles on their cars. At my rate, I'd be looking at 2011 before I hit 140,000 miles, so I figure I might very well have this car for a LONG time!

My wife and I notice that we tend to keep cars for a long time. In 1987 I got a 1978 Bonneville coupe. I officially signed it over to a friend of mine in 2002, so I had it for 15 years. We got my wife a 1988 Grand Prix in 1995, and sold it to another friend just last year, so we had it for 8 years. We got her a sweet 2001 Grand Prix GT.

I'm just hooked on Pontiacs. My first car was a 1974 Ventura coupe with a 350 engine. Since then it'* been Bonnevilles and Grand Prixs for us. (Ok, there was a CRX in there for a couple years, but that'* all, I swear!)
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Thats cool, my 97' has close to 150k allready. The engine is holding up strong, cant say the same for the paint though.
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Actually, I decided to have it done after reading how long everyone'* Bonnevilles seem to be lasting on this club. I have 71,000 miles on my 1997 SE, and I see people here with 150,000 and 200,000 and more miles on their cars. At my rate, I'd be looking at 2011 before I hit 140,000 miles, so I figure I might very well have this car for a LONG time!
yar, my mileage is up there, but yesterday I just noticed another rust bubble just above the front passenger door handle


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Got it back and it looks fantastic. Feels just like new. I have one complaint though, whatever dressing they use on the rubber window seals causes my windows to squeak against the seals as I drive. But I can live with that! I might wipe down the window seals with alcohol to see if I can stop the squeaking. Either way, I love how my car looks! I think the "clay bar" that they use on the paint makes a tremendous difference after 5 years.



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Very nice! Looking sharp
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