I'm getting a Bonneville, I have a few questions - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


General GM Chat When starting new posts, please specify YEAR, MAKE, MODEL, ENGINE type, and whatever modifications you have made. Chat about all things GM (and related cars). Off-topic stuff should be in the Lounge, and all Model specific mechanical problems should be posted in the proper forum.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-28-2004, 07:47 PM   #1
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Grand Haven, Michigan
Posts: 1,719
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
beckstyle is on a distinguished road
Default I'm getting a Bonneville, I have a few questions

Hey all, i am 15, practically 16, and i am getting a 1992 bonneville ssei. So, i have a few questions about the car and i would like some of your guys' opinions and thoughts on this topic, since you are all bonneville guru'* and know what your talking about quite well. Here are the questions:

1.) First, are there any common problems that cause damage on the Bonneville that should know of before i purchase one.
2.) How easy to maintain are they?
3.) How expensive/cheap to maintain are they?

I hope you guys can supply me with some of these answers, i would really appreciate if you could.

peace out
beckstyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2004, 07:54 PM   #2
Senior Member
Certified Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 12,432
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
J Wikoff is on a distinguished road
Default

A thing or two to look for.

Does the car stall when the fuel is low and you make a right hand turn? Bad fuel strainer design, cheap part, but it'* in the fuel tank.

Some people think the rear spark plugs are difficult to get to. As far as FWD V6'* go, I think they aren't bad to get to.

Most stuff isn't too difficult to get to.

Depending on the consition of the car, they can be cheap, or expensive. Mine was cheap for a few years, then little things went wrong. Relay, or a fuse, or a sensor of some type. This will happen with any car, though. Unavoidable.

It seems the original tranny will last anywhere from 100000 miles to 200000 miles, typically. How'* this one shift? What'* the mileage?
J Wikoff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2004, 07:54 PM   #3
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default Re: I'm getting a Bonneville, I have a few questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by beckstyle
Hey all, i am 15, practically 16, and i am getting a 1992 bonneville ssei. So, i have a few questions about the car and i would like some of your guys' opinions and thoughts on this topic, since you are all bonneville guru'* and know what your talking about quite well. Here are the questions:

1.) First, are there any common problems that cause damage on the Bonneville that should know of before i purchase one.
2.) How easy to maintain are they?
3.) How expensive/cheap to maintain are they?

I hope you guys can supply me with some of these answers, i would really appreciate if you could.

peace out
No major common problems. How many miles are there on the SSEi? The Supercharger coupler may need to be done if you have a rattle at idle, but that'* a do-it-yourself project, for pretty cheap.

With us here, they're very easy to maintain

Parts are available new at a 40% discount from retail at www.gmpartsdirect.com and many of us have Bonnevilles at local wreckers to help you out. Not to mention parts available here from scrapped cars.

Give us more details on the car, and some pics if you can. Where are you from?
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2004, 08:14 PM   #4
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Grand Haven, Michigan
Posts: 1,719
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
beckstyle is on a distinguished road
Default reply

Well to begin with, i am from the west side of michigan, PISTONS ALL THE WAY. The car has 160,000 miles on it and from what i know the car has a smooth shifting transmission and thats pretty much it. I have driven a few bonnies and i really love how they ride. I am thinking of buying this one off of eBay, having it shipped part way, and then driving it the rest. Some pictues of it can be found http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...482956047&rd=1 there

if i am missing something big let me know please, i would be thankful
beckstyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2004, 08:46 PM   #5
Senior Member
Certified Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 15,928
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BonneMeMN is on a distinguished road
Default

Not a bad car, the Cloth seats (RARE on an SSEi) look good, and last longer then leather, it'* got a CD player too, which is very rare.
BonneMeMN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2004, 08:53 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Purgatory
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
harofreak00 is on a distinguished road
Default

emblems rebadged in the wrong spot would cause me to think a bit
harofreak00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2004, 09:00 PM   #7
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Grand Haven, Michigan
Posts: 1,719
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
beckstyle is on a distinguished road
Default

hmmm, your right, i didnt catch that earlier and i find that a little bit odd as well. Not quite sure what to think about it, is it me or do the tail lights look a little bit tinted, perhaps he just moded it a little bit and felt the emblem looked better a little further up. Another option, he could have been wacked on the side and got some work done and had to move it forward.
beckstyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2004, 09:05 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Purgatory
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
harofreak00 is on a distinguished road
Default

i kept looking at it

it has been repainted...but it doesnt look professional at all

the rear reflectors are now white and the exhaust tips look to have white overspray on them.



*edit* and the windshield wiper arms are white...i guess he loved white
harofreak00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2004, 09:07 PM   #9
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default

Guys, I think what we're looking at here is a re-badged SSE (SC). Supercharge SSE for the newbies. That explains the cloth seats and the badges in the wrong places.
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2004, 09:10 PM   #10
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Grand Haven, Michigan
Posts: 1,719
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
beckstyle is on a distinguished road
Default

how much do you guys think this bonnie will go for? and do you think that its worth the money? just wondering... its a big investment
beckstyle is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Getting a new radio deck.. few questions. II HoSTiiiLe II Everything Electrical & Electronic 6 02-02-2010 02:06 AM
Just got a 1994 SSEi, have a few questions about audio... SynthDude2001 Audio (and aftermarket electronics) 4 09-28-2004 02:13 PM
New today (3/10/2004) & have a few questions bigsk8r Introductions for new members 2 03-10-2004 02:35 AM
new to the domestic world, have a few ideas/questions. 95gsr Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 22 02-09-2004 06:42 PM
Getting new job.. getting paid, getting mods Wolfedog50 Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 3 05-08-2003 02:31 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:29 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.