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Old 01-30-2008, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default 4-banger Bonnevilles in the late 80s and early 90s?

I was talking to 1337ssei'* dad today, and he used to be a civil engineer for Indianapolis. In the aforementioned time period, the entire city was given a fleet of Bonneville LE cars to drive, and strangely enough, they had 4 cylinder engines! I told him it'* most likely that was some GM-offered situation-specific mod because the Bonnevilles have had since 87 only the 3.8L engines, as I'm aware (except for the GXPs). So, how did the city of Indianapolis get a fleet of L4 Bonnevilles? Another option I offered was that they weren't really Bonnevilles. But I was born in 86, so I could not know personally.
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They coulda been 6000'*. They kinda looked like a Bonneville.
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Thanks! I'll try that.
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6000 '* in the mid 80'* came with a 4 or 6 cylinder option
they came with that option in the 90'* too

6000'* are a cross between a bonniville, cutlass ciera, and cutlass supreme
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yeah, highly doubt in the first place that they bought a fleet of bonnevilles.

musta been 6000s for sure.
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check the siggy
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*so thats why autozone always asks me if i have a 4 or 6 cylinder*

even though im in there buying parts with money i dont have every effin day
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musta been 6000s for sure.
Yeah, a lot of them got put in fleet service. The 6000 was GM'* answer to the Dodge Aries K and Ford Tarus.

Thanks your lucky stars it wasn't a 4 banger. The Pontiac Iron Duke/Tech 4 motor sucks. The 60 degree V6'* aren't too bad.
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I've heard of this Tech 4 engine before. A friend of mine had it in his 87 Century, and it constantly had weird issues. However, he adored it because of the huge pistons. He had about 5 cars before that, and their spare engine parts went into the Century. The reason was that the car stalled out in a destruction derby and was bought by someone who did no maintenance. Then this friend bought the car and spray painted it blue in a Wal Mart parking lot. Then came time to put in all the missing parts, like the radiator and alternator probably from a truck, various other parts from wherever he could find, and the car ran on 3 cylinders the entire time I knew about it. Weird.
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I've heard of this Tech 4 engine before. A friend of mine had it in his 87 Century, and it constantly had weird issues.
It'* not a great motor, putting out just under 100hp in it'* best configuration (not counting the Super Duty race motor and Cosworth DOHC.) The pistons are really not that big..they are 4" diameter like most of the V8'* of the world.

I've had six of them over the years (winter rats) in a Fiero, an Olds Omega, and a Chevy Monza..."but, you said six? that'* only 3 cars??" Yup, the Fiero go three motors by itself, the other two cars only got to kill one each before going to that great scrap yard in the sky,...never again.

The only advantage these cars ever had was that the engine bay usually would accept a bigger motor after you killed the first 4 banger
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I've confirmed with 1337ssei'* dad that he actually did have the 6000s, and not the Bonnevilles. The moment I mentioned 6000, it all came back to him, and we were set to move on to better conversations. Well, thank you guys very much for clarifying that he drove a 6000, and now he at least has a better opinion of the older Bonnevilles. Still, to him, they're just old GM boat-like sedans with "nothing special." Perhaps... I'm trying to find the 1991 Bonneville ads on Youtube that show a guy taking a vixen out to dinner in his new car, and he'* very important. Oh, yeah.

Said Century driving friend scrapped his car for $80 after buying my 93 Nissan Sentra for $50 and an Intel D915PL. I'm using that board in one of my PCs. Before he sold it off, he kept dreaming about putting a 350 in the Century and making it a sleeper. Well, now he'* got a 1986 Oldsmobile 98 Regency to play with!
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