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Old 02-02-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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How does this deal look? an 05 with 57,000 mi for $15,900
I was thinking of offering $10,900 + my car

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Looks like a good deal to me.
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That certainly does seem like a great deal. Be sure to get a carfax from them (they should give you one for free if it is from a dealer) and check out the value on www.kbb.com and/or www.nada.com .
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I'm sorry to see you give up your SSEi for that, should it happen to work out like you want it, but it seems like more than a fair deal. That red color is one of my favorites for that body style, so I hope you get the car. Seems like it would be a lot of fun to drive!
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Doesn't look like a bad deal but If the 98 isn't giving you any problems I say you should keep it.
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Well, thanks to singscountry, I went to kbb.com and read consumer reviews. Many said they had intake and window troubles, steering troubles were also common.
I might not buy one. Maybe a CTS, I can get a CTS with 63000 mi for the same price.....
I don't know, I am confused.....I think I am done looking for a while.. I will keep my 98 until I am guided to the right car. I think I am trying too hard.

It seems finding the right car is like finding the right woman..
When you are looking to find the right woman to be with, they never appear. It'* when you're not looking is when the right one comes along..
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LOL! Well, I supposed you are right...and certainly the same can be said for finding the right man.

Here'* the key to finding the right car (or woman/man)....know what you want.

Make a list of the "must haves"... "would like to haves"....and "not importants". There are certain features that should not be willing to compromise on. (safety / loyalty). There are other features that you shold be willing to settle for (luxury options, dress size)

Once you know what it is you are looking for...it is far easier to weed out the ones that you won't be happy with...regardless if it is a car, woman or man.
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Comments from reviews on KBB for the Bonnevilles:

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"I bought this car brand new in 1994. the first year the computer chip went out twice, after that no problem. The handling has been great, nice touring car for trips around the country. It'* been a great car up until 2 years ago, then everything started falling apart. Power moon roof switch, power door lock,interior lights,engine starter,alternator,crankcase sensor, and last week the engine through a rod, all that and it only has 115,000 miles!! Even with all the scheduled maintenance being done!! No more Pontiacs for me!"

"Own a 1997 that I bought in 2001 with 38,000 miles, now has 100,000 miles. Major parts that I had to replace were transmission, ignition coils, intake manifold twice!, gas tank level transmitter."

"Everything comes in 3'*:: Had to replace fuel pump, air compressor, brake lines all in one month. Tough on gas @ 20 MPG Avg."

"i had nothing but trouble with car"

"I've had a 1988, 1992 and now this 1998 Bonneville. While I've had to put work into all of them, this 1998 I have had the most problems with. I recently replaced fuel lines, fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator, oxygen sensors, ignition coils, ignition modulator, wiring, water pump. I've put more money into it than it is worth. I still get good gas mileage....22 MPG. But it is losing power fast, the V6 is running like a 4 cylinder "
SO.....does this mean the Bonneville is a worthless piece of crap that people should avoid buying? I always take reviews with a grain of salt. You have to take into account how little many of these people know about cars (as evident by their incorrect terminology for replaced parts/work done), how well was the car maintained, what condition was it in when they bought it, etc. No car is immune to some common problems. For example, there aren't too many newer GMs that elude the intake gasket dilemma (certainly not the 3800), be it a flaw in the materials they used, or Dexcool destroying them. It comes with the territory, so don't write the GXP off just yet.
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