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Old 04-02-2009, 08:47 AM   #21
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Sorry, looked like the pic on the right had more "stuff"...
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The answers are basically abovebut, having owned both of these, the choice is basically "hot rod" or "luxury with attitude" (wonder where that came from).

I really enjoyed the 94 SSEi with all the gadgets and was able (as a novice) get 15.6 @ 87mph at a Pontiac club event. Trans went and I looked around for a 2000ish SSEi and couldn't find one quickly enough, got an 01 GTP. Really liked it too but, it is alittle harder on the seat. Harder seats, less gadgets (yes to HUD, no to air compressor) but, performance and handling are tighter and the Bose speakers are real nice.

I have since gone "back-to-Bonne" with the 05 GXP. Not supercharged like the last 2 but, the DOHC V8 Northstar is definitely a sleeper AND has all the gadgets and options you could think of.

PS the aftermarket is definitely strong for the GP but, I think all Series II engine mods would be same for SSEi since engine is the same.

Enjoy either way.
I'm not dissing any GPs since I still have the 1969 SJ-428.
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Thank you for the informative response!!!
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A couple of points of interest:
The Bonneville is a great choice if you really dig more luxury with your performance.
The Grand Prix are smaller and will be a quicker, slightly better handling car.

The other point would be if mods are your thing, modding a GP is a lot easier due to the abundance of aftermarket support. Even GM make performance parts for the GP. Modding a Bonneville will cost you more money, but if you like having your cake and eating it too, it'* worth the extra resources.
From an outsider'* view - I agree with this. Something else to consider - what'* the purpose in the car? Since I'm not much of a drag racer - I'll go, just don't need to be #1 - I'd go with the Bonneville for more luxury over the speed. And I like the sleeper look anyway If your planning to go quick, you may want to go with the vehicle with the better aftermarket.

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The under hood mods do transfer between the body styles, but when you go looking for a cat-back, suspension, or real brake upgrades, your choices get really limited. Heck, the cat-backs just don't exsist.
Suspension stuff is basically limited to high performance oem equipment like a GXP. Same with the brakes. But if serious modding isn't your thing (and there'* no shame in that) the Bonneville is still more than enough vehicle for the average person. I'm driving an 02 Monte Carlo SS daily, and when I get the chance to take Bonne out for a spin, it is truly a delicious experience. The added luxury and power are still intoxicating. I am dying for a long summer road trip to soak it all in.
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I would go with the SSEi. It'* a bit slower because of the extra weight, but it'* a nicer car.
My friend has a GTP and I drove it once. I have the N/A engine in mine, I have an SE, so I can't say much about the performance vs the SSEi besides it'* a bit quicker because of weight..

But honestly, I prefer the interior of my car. I think the seats are nicer, and while it doesn't look nearly as sporty on the inside or the outside, it'* a much smoother ride. I wouldn't take a sharp turn in my car as fast as the GTP, but i'd much rather take a ride in mine.

Also, the SSEi in the 00+ years is pretty sporty looking, I think. I'd go for the SSEi unless you really plan on racing or something.
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