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Old 05-23-2003, 01:39 AM   #11
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In my experience over 24 years of driving my Firebird and never having one mechanical problem, the faster you can slam that pedal to the metal, the best chance of beating that guy out of the passing zone of a three lane highway when it merges back to two lanes....or the quicker you can out accelerate someone from a stop light on a 60 mph highway.....or just plain old burning rubber, fishtailing up the main drag.

I treat my newer Bonne the same way....when the wife and kiddies aren't with me....and of course some of those 20 year old hormones have mellowed a little.

These motors can take it....as long as you don't over rev it.
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Old 05-23-2003, 11:19 AM   #12
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Beat the hell out of it!

we know what kind of gas milage you get about 20 i'm thinking... 20 gallons per mile that is
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Old 05-23-2003, 01:36 PM   #13
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I have a simple answer for you...I'm running a 75 shot of nitrous on an L27.
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Old 05-23-2003, 02:43 PM   #14
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Ya thats pretty damn good proof of the durability of the bonnevilles engines.


P.*. Ya I wouldnt go telling everyone that your running NOS through it if you want to sell it lol.
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Old 05-23-2003, 07:05 PM   #15
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P.*. Ya I wouldnt go telling everyone that your running NOS through it if you want to sell it lol.
Yes I know this, but everyone here knows me so its all good.

If and when I sell it, the entire nitrous system is coming out.
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Old 05-24-2003, 08:04 PM   #16
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Having said all that, I find I get the best performance out of my bone-stock '93 SSEi by waiting until it upshifts to second, _then_ rolling on the supercharger. Leaning on it in first gear seems be mainly all noise, little action; second gear has a better ratio and the supercharger provides the necessary oomph to take advantage of that.
What? First gear is AWESOME. Most cars go like 30 in first, whereas we can go 50+ in 1st. Thats where we KILL people in races. If you wait until second gear to get on the gas, you will have already been beaten. Now, I may understand if your car had like 600+ horses and just spun the tires in first, but the best part about our cars is 1st gear.

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Alright, I'll admit it...I never stomp the accelerator as hard as I could because I'm rather worried about damage to the car. Many times I'll let someone go just because I don't want to push the engine too hard.

So tell me...Am I being too gentle? Are they made for it? Or is it a good idea? Anything to worry about?

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OK, like Sol said. Our engines have an IRON Block and IRON Heads. You have to be pretty damn brutal to damage the engine. I don't think many people on here really worry about breaking their engines by driving their cars too hard, it is kind of rediculous. My dads GTP has WAY more boost pumping through it than stock (about twice as much), and makes WAY more power than stock (at least an additional 140 horses, probably more like 160), and he doesn't ever worry about breaking anything, except for his transmission, since it is stock and he is making WAY more power than the tranny is rated for.
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The main reason i have my car is because of a kid that abused it so much the engine went to **** and hardly ran, parked the car behind his house to sit so i took advantage of this. he didnt keep up on maintainence either. so in a way, id be somewhat careful... because its not un-damagable
so now its in the shop getting rebuilt. bought the car for $500, Motor rebuild $2000 and ALOT of TLC i will have come out with a pretty close to new bonne for a little over $4000. its a 92 Se
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Thats kinda a decent price for a bonneville with a "new" engine. I picked mine up for like $2500 and its a 93 though, at a dealership. $1000 trade in using my 1991 super shitty grand am, .

It has nothing but highway miles and the maintence was done prettty regular on it, not to bad. Changed it once before and the oil is already starting to stay honey longer, at 1k now.
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I baby my car wayy too much...if i beat it one night...i'll drive my buick the next day and let my car sit and rest I didn't know the engine was that durable though..at that time. Now i know it is kryptonite so i will do a little more damage ...but i am on my original tranny...its perfect now. ..it'* a 96 so **** can happen :( ..i'll go kill some rice tonight ..
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I'm like Alien, I baby my car, rarely getting to 4000RPM. I'll the only time I would ever drive my car hard often is if I had the $$ to spend on some serious mechanical upgrades. Until then, I have a 15 year old tranny and a 3800 with a missing cam magnet to take care of
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