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Old 11-06-2006, 02:26 AM   #11
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Wow, I never knew you lived in Hawaii! So you're not really a true cheesehead then? j/k
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Wow, I never knew you lived in Hawaii! So you're not really a true cheesehead then? j/k
haha, nope, born in california, lived in hawaii for 14 years, moved to WI in 2004...
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Old 11-06-2006, 03:13 AM   #13
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My parents told me I had to pick out a car that the whole family could use if necessary, and that was in the 2k-3k dollar range. I saw an ad in the paper for a 1996 Bonneville SE with 12x,000 miles on it. At the time I had no idea what the heck a Bonneville was, didnt even know what one looked like. Did a quick google image search and thought "hmm thats not bad, deserves a look". It was the first and only car we went to look at, the moment I saw it I knew I had to have it. It was a steal at 2600 with "hail damage" that basically had to be pointed out to me. 20-30k miles later I wrapped it around a pole.....backwards....and we still got 2300 out of it from the insurance company.

Still miss aspects of that car to this very day, although the Olds is doing her best to fill the void.
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Old 11-06-2006, 11:35 AM   #14
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I'm a first generation Bonneville owner. Now my dad likes them...he told me, if I ever got a new car, he wants mine...

Sure, like that'* going to happen
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Old 11-06-2006, 11:43 AM   #15
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I'm a first generation Bonneville owner. Now my dad likes them...he told me, if I ever got a new car, he wants mine...

Sure, like that'* going to happen
see Cody that is just a reason to get a SSEi
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Well when me and my daughters father first got together in 1997 (I was 16), he had a 1993 Bonneville SE. It was red, had leather, basically everything except a moonroof, and supercharger obviously. Well in 2000 the car had 189,000 miles on it so he traded it in for a Gold 1995 Bonneville SSEi. We bought that one with 85,000 miles on it and it now has 161,000 miles. He still has this car. Then I bought my White 2002 SSEi in August with 57,000 miles and now it has 61,000 miles. (Yeah, I drive alot). So I so much havent had a bonneville in my life the whole time, but my daughter has.
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No previous Bonnies in the immediate family, but my cousin has had her 93 SLE since 97, my dad'* friend has had his 92 SE for a couple years, and a friend of mine'* dad used to have a HUGE 1981 black Bonneville. That thing was awesome. I really didn't think much about Bonnevilles until I was looking for a GP and found Barney on the side of the road for sale, in pretty sorry shape almost a year ago. Also almost bought a 95 SLE about 6 mos ago.

PS, does it count that my grampa had a 93 LeSabre with the 3800? Awesome car.
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In 1989 after my fourth year of undergrad college (I spent six years there) my Dad had a coworker that was going to trade in his 1978 Bonneville Coupe on a new car. My Dad paid him what the dealer was going to give him, which I think was $700. This car was for ME! It was baby blue. The first thing I did was paint it dark sapphire firemist blue. It had a Buick 350 engine. My Dad somehow drove it after losing all the oil, and had another identical engine from a salvage yard put in it. That engine lasted out to somewhere around 185,000 miles until around 1993, when it blew a head gasket. I tore down and pulled the engine and had it completely rebuilt and put it back in. I drove it until 2002, when I finally sold it to a buddy of mine. He eventually sold it to a neighbor, and as far as I know, it'* still on the roads somewhere.

I got my current Bonneville in 1999, so my `78 was our spare car as my wife had an 88 Grand Prix. I had loaned the `78 to my friend for a couple years before I outright sold it to him, I just wanted to have someone else paying the registration and insurance on it, since I wasn't driving it.

In ways I wish I'd kept it, but in other ways I'm relieved to be done with it, there were certain things like window roller ***** that broke off all the time, the hubcaps liked to come off too, I don't know how many factory replacement hubcaps I bought over the course of owning that car, and it got around 12 miles to the gallon. Comfy ride though!
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I was the first in my family to own a Bonneville, however my father-in-law has own mulitple Buicks with the 3800 (mostly Park Aves) and my wife'* grandfather past few cars have been buicks with the 3800 including a Park Ave Ultra, with his current ride being an 02 LeSabre.
But just recently I had the joy of helping my kid sister shop for her first car, a 1992 SSE Nice to know when I finaly get rid of the General I'll still have a couple 3800s to tinker with.
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I rode with my parents when they test drove a green and gold 93 SSE in 1995. I wasn't into cars then but i loved it. When my neighbor had an identical car for sale when I was 15 in 2000, i jumped on it. I think my dad is still a little jealous that i got the car and they didn't. Every once in a while he mentions how my paint is nicer than it has any right to be.
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