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Old 11-21-2007, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default Newbie question - 02, 03 SSEi or 05 SLE or 04, 05 GXP?

Been reading on this forum for a few weeks now and am seriously considering a nice big Bonneville as a family car. The old 1994 Saturn has 214,000 miles now and is not fitting the bill.

I like the look of the 05 SLE and GXPs, but am concerned about longevity and mileage. I read on here that many recommend the 02, 03 SSEi and I'm looking for a direct comparison for those more educated than I. Specifically of the 05 SLE and the 02, 03 SSEi. Pros and cons of each?

I know about the intermediate steering shaft and fog light issues (GXP) and am also curious if you recommend SSEi, which year is the best and why?

Thanks all, great site!

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SSEi'* are a little faster than GXP'* from the factory and 2003+ have slightly improved transmissions. I even think its the 2003 that have the "nicer" seats. Travis knows more about that.

Personally, I'd go with any 00-03 SSEi, but 03 is optimal. GXP'* are nice, but that v8 doesn't seem worth it in my eye.
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Moving This to General Chat, as it pertains to Bonnevilles' however, it isn't a mechanical issue.
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I recommend the 05 SLE. I bought mine in june and have loved it ever since. I get compliments on it all the time. I average 32-34 mpg on the highway and it is a nice smooth ride. I think you will be happy with it, I am. Rob
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Did the 'fix' the rust issues by '05 ? (hood & filler door area)
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Well, for starters, I noticed you said a "family" car. If so, I recommend the SLE. If you don't plan to mod or go fast, go with the NA SLE.
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