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Old 01-03-2008, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default Bonneville'* are FWD....right...?

I'm about to ask what I feel is a stupid question. However, i'll preface it by saying that the person whom I want to prove wrong is stupider than I am, so I don't feel nearly as bad asking this. I don't personally own a Bonneville (I'm rollin' in a 2002 9C1) otherwise Id check for myself...

A friend drives a '93 SE...a mutual friend claims the car is All-Wheel-Drive, and swears to god he saw the rear wheels spin in the snow a couple times this winter. Now, I ignored the comment originally, as I wasn't too concerned about it, and the aforementioned mutual friend is a chronic liar. But then I got to thinking...the Bonne has what I call a horizontally mounted motor, like all FWD cars have. Cars that have RWD (Crown Vic, etc) have what I call vertically mounted motors. I can think of several ways the Bonneville -could- be all-wheel-drive, none of them simple or cheap. I can find no mention of AWD ever being an option. I can't think of any other cars, off the top of my head, from that era, that were AWD, either.

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They're front wheel drive only.
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They're front wheel drive only.
Not the classics.
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I'd guess the "they're" to which he was referring was the 1993 SE (certainly not classic, albeit nice) to which I referred in the original post. Nice try, though.

And thanks for the confirmation, Vital...I knew it all along, I just wanted those who knew these cars to confirm it for me.

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what years did they make the awd? wasnt it up to 90 or 91?
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No. No FWD Bonneville was offered with AWD. All 87-05 FWD bonnevilles were FWD, and 86 and below were RWD.
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what years did they make the awd? wasnt it up to 90 or 91?
The Pontiac 6000 offerd AWD in limited production numbers
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But then I got to thinking...the Bonne has what I call a horizontally mounted motor, like all FWD cars have.
Not all FWD cars are horizontally mounted. My stepdad is a dodge guy and has had 3 intrepids, they are all "normally" mounted engines with a corresponding FWD transaxle.
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The Pontiac 6000 offerd AWD in limited production numbers
I've seen one of them in town here, maroon with gold trim.
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But then I got to thinking...the Bonne has what I call a horizontally mounted motor, like all FWD cars have.
Not all FWD cars are horizontally mounted. My stepdad is a dodge guy and has had 3 intrepids, they are all "normally" mounted engines with a corresponding FWD transaxle.
I'll rephrase...
"Horizontally mounted, like all GOOD FWD cars have"
Kidding aside, you're right, I should have said most. Like with any rule, though, there are exceptions. I can't think of any RWD car that has a FWD-style motor mounting, though.

Regardless, I was right about the FWD vs AWD, and thats what matters to me!


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I'd guess the "they're" to which he was referring was the 1993 SE (certainly not classic, albeit nice) to which I referred in the original post. Nice try, though.
Yeah, I understand that, just wanted to make sure you did. When someone asks whether or not a Bonneville is fwd, I think it is important to be as clear with them as possible. You are lacking on information so I was just filling in the gaps.
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