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Old 03-02-2006, 12:34 PM   #1
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Ive been hearing way too much about people spinning bearings, ripping people off, totalling their cars, and various other sad stories in the bonnie community..

How about a happy story??

I bought my 2000 SE almost 2 full years ago after getting sick of fixing my previous car.. I ended up getting porked on my trade in and had to roll over $3000 from my previous loan, so my $10,000 bonnie ended up costing me $13000.
But at the end of the day i am SO glad i did it. This car has been more reliable than i could ever imagine. I have put 45000 mils on it since it was purchased (has 99700 right now) And just did my first repair this past weekend. I also know that i need a wheel hub and a shock mount, but i can not complain about a car with essentailly 100,000 mils on it that has had/needed $300 in repairs. Of corse thus doesnt include the maintenence (Battery, Brakes, and tires)

Other than my fantastic luck with my vehicle itself, it has brought mt into a whole new group of great friends here on BC that i know will be there if i ever need anything, Join me for a beer anytime, and just generally have a great time.

I love my Bonnie and i love BC!
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I second your wish for some better news. Today has brought quite a few rough stories. So...

I bought mine in '97 from an off-lease sale. It'* a "program car" so has very few options. I paid more than I wanted to, but had been wanting a Bonneville for some time and still beat out the dealer'* cut, if you will. It has given us 159K miles so far and is running very smoothly.

The past two years brought some fairly major repairs like the UIM, LIM gaskets, fuel pump, sender, and lines that I paid dearly for a dealer to repair. Pre-BC...what are you gonna do? Now it wants me to do some of the higher mileage maintenance items, like endlinks and new struts, but those are well worth the trouble as I fully expect to get another 60-80K from it. Four years in Michigan netted me a rear bumper support that needs to be replaced before it flakes away, but a wrecker yard run should eventually fix that.

All in all, I have been very happy with this car and have begun thinking about the eventual replacement for it. Don't want to wait too long, as the remaining newer Bonne'* aren't getting any younger, lol. I may even keep this past it'* DD life to try some more serious swapping/modding work. It'* a sickness...in a good way.
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yes...i have had 13 years and 83K miles of happyness, with only general preventative maint.
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Toast, what was your previous car?
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Nothin' but love for my SSEi. Can't imagine what could go wrong with her that wouldn't be cheaper to fix and keep, than replace her.
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Toast, what was your previous car?
98 Buick century 3100
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well as of now my car has ben rear ended and i fixed it in the drive way at my house with great help from other members here thanks again.
I just did 2500 miles on her over the weekend and got over 30 miles per gallon as soon as she seen 93 octane was at 27-28 on 91 no hint of even a hiccup on the trip i had to attend to some issues that the previous owner did to her but after she was put back rite she has ben happy ever since . some tires and breaks and other maintenance items is all i have needed to do all in all both of my Bonny'* have proved to be the best cars i have ever had not the funnest but the best over all.
my old 86.5 supra was the funnest but it had the inherent BHG but that gave me the chance to do some head work but on the same note it was a pain to work on most of the time and just got me tickets due to the way i had it setup and the way it sounded the cops around here don't appreciate the fart can at full song on a 6 lol.
By the way a stage 3 clutch don't grab smooth it is a on off thing lol so you just about have to slide the tires at every stop light and sine to get rolling
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no happy story for me.. engine is shot and need a swap
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I just saved a bunch of money on car insurance by switching to Geico.
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here'* my happy story of crossing over......

My parents bought the car new in late '96..i hated Bonnevilles at the time cause this dude i went to school with had a brand new '92 ssei(this was way back then)..i hated him so i hated his car too..lol...anyway..i hated the car when my parents bought it..I was driving a '96 Lumina that killed over in '03...I needed a car so my parents sold me the Bonnie w/67,000 miles on her for cheap..I didn't care for it at first..i figured another 30k and i'd be spending a lot on repairs..I didn't care for the looks that much either..so i treated it like a beater...finally one day about a year and a half ago i washed her by hand for the first time...that was it for me...i fell in love with her curves ...soon after that I found this place and learned a whole lot more ..been a huge Bonneville fan ever since!
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