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Old 02-02-2008, 03:22 PM   #1
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I posted some time back about a gas gauge problem it is not happening anymore now. Just wanted to say hi and my 99 NA se is suprising me all the time with the amount of power it has. It beats the heck out of the monte carlo I had. Even without any mods or the supercharged version, and with brand new tires even it can do some wicked things. Just left my apartment complex and some guy in a jetta was holding me up and when I got the chance to go around him I broke the wheels loose hitting the gas at 20 miles an hour for about a second then hit the perfect timing on the transmission and shot to 50. Just enough to make an impression. lol. I love these cars, glad I don't have the supercharged version or I might get cocky one day on the road and accidentally kill myself or go to jail. just to work and school I say.

note, it doesn't always respond that way, I think I was just at the right speed for the transmission curve to kick in right. Sometimes I get a far better run idling forward and hitting the gas than going a little faster first. I don't know enough to say why.
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Welcome to the club.

The 2 - 1 downshift can be deadly in our cars I could break both tires loose from 30 MPH on my '93 SSEi Can't do it now though, motor mounts are shot and the engine / trans moves around too much.

I do see one problem here though.... It sounds like you already love the power, and sounds like you might be the type to trade in for an SSEi and get seriously bit by the mod bug
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Old 02-02-2008, 06:35 PM   #3
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Unfortunately in an ideal world I wanted an ssei. However, I had to make a choice based on my need and what was around. I bought an 88 le bonneville a couple years ago for 500 bucks and I still have it even though it got stolen and the odometer doesn't work, the cops got it back and it still drives fine. I couldn't break the damn thing. I'm going back to school and while the old car was stolen I got some help from my dad. I threw 3000 dollars in, all I had, and he paid the rest. I eyed some ssei bonnevilles but they were all a bit too expensive and I was generally thankful I tricked him into thinking a bonneville was a grandma car in the first place. I knew better, that the series 2 3800 was a better engine than about anything i could get myself, and more had more power than my traitor old friend'* 91 camaro, so I consider myself lucky. I am fairly sure a stock 99 se can beat a 305 91 rs, as I drove his plenty back in the day and the bonneville is, well, better. I think his horsepower is around 175 or so, and it doesn't accelerate the same even if you redline the manual transmission in it. I remember well. Just cause you can break traction using the manual doesn't mean you are going anywhere, which is mostly where he goes.

I envy you in having the ssei, I can tell that with a little bit of work on the supercharged version you must be able to burn the damn tires let alone spin them.

Anyway thanks for saying hi.

edit: though his car would definitely take a corner better. lol. my monte carlo could take a corner better. But you know how to drive and aren't racing people around the country, it doesn't really matter.

also not to break topic but as I am fairly confident this is a general bsing question is it normal with the accelerator floored for the transmission to not shift until just past redline? it doesn't seem to sound wrong but i am not used to having a tachometer, the camaro i talked about with the manual, if you redlined it it sounded like it was going to explode, this one seems to shift where you would like it if you are listening, but the tach shows about one notch into the red before it shifts. I would think, not knowing a whole huge amount about such things, that the pcm should tell it to shift before redline, or what is the point of redline.
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Welcome to the club. Spend some time reading this forum and you will find there are some inexpensive mods that can wake your NA car up. Also, put some Energy Suspension endlinks front and rear and you will notice a nice improvement in cornering.
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