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Old 12-28-2004, 04:22 PM   #11
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Wow, I am really out of the age range. My dad was 29 when he bought my '89. I am 14.. I thought the targetted audience was 50+ retiries? Either way. Badass car. Never driven any other Bonnevilles, than mine, so I can't comment on the handling, although mine is a little loose form being 16 years old, but once you are past the play in the steering, it'* all firm.


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Na, the 403'* potential is nowhere near the Turbo 3800. I saw your specs. 13.8 is ok for a 403. Get rid of those 4a'* and slap some #5,6 or 7s on for some nice 9 to3 compression and you'll hit 13.4s too. I liked the handling of the T/A (WS6) but those dam rear discs stink. http://www.geocities.com/micgp40/ check out my specs on the old T/A. The T will be getting an alky injection system this year. I plan on a 12 teen to .2 on drag radials after that.
I didn't know the steering was adjustable on the Bonnie. My friend has a Olds 88LS and I've driven it before. It'* way too mushy for me. The Bonnie was nicer but I still like more feel at speed.
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Na, the 403'* potential is nowhere near the Turbo 3800. I saw your specs. 13.8 is ok for a 403. Get rid of those 4a'* and slap some #5,6 or 7s on for some nice 9 to3 compression and you'll hit 13.4s too. I liked the handling of the T/A (WS6) but those dam rear discs stink.
Yes, you are right about that.
I have been looking for heads for a while, but have devoted most of my time now to modding the Bonne.
The Edlebrock aluminum heads for the 403 are on my wish list.

As you know, I bought my Bird new and have kept it in mint condition...besides the mods. It is my time machine.
The braking system in general stinks, compared to the Bonne.
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So then the badges on that SSEI are non factory. I realize that the SSEI is the flagship and has just about everything so what are the extra options availible and are they usefull? I would like heated seats, the Max has them. I never had leather before the Max because I thought it would be too cold in the winter and hot in the summer. I have found the leather quite acceptable, especially with the heaters. They are great on a cool morning in the spring and fall when your wearing a light jacket too.
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I did a heated seat conversion on my SSEi (93 heated seats weren't offered). Got the kit from www.grandprixstore.com A few of us have done this. Great factory look for the switches, too.
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Good quality leather does not have the issue of being hot and cold. I just sat in my car about 10 minutes ago, and the seat was cold.. but not that cold. And I have NEVER had a flaming seat under me. If you get a sunshade [like I use, even in the winter now when my car is covered in snow], that will help with that, but even without, good leather doesn't do that. I do not know about the 92+'*.. but on my '89, it has good leather.

And IMO, heated seats aren't very useful, unless you start your car before you drive off. By the time they kick in, your *** could warm the seat up.


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Well when your older and your lower back aches from the cold you might appreciate the warmth. I certainly do. I turned my wife on to it too. She demanded the GT to get the leather heated seats in the Subby.
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haha, I love being young


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Personally i'd take a maxima over an SSEi for straight handlind (well not the newest ones). The rest of the world has these things called corners, we have these things called interstates and freeways.

The Special Edition isn't factory. It means the car got pinstripping on some i've seen. A few GP'* have it around here.
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speaking of the "tightness" in steering and turning I think the GP (w body) will be better...although I dont have as much experiance in 2000+ Bonnes as id like too, the GP will feel altogether tighter. I still remember my test drive on my Regal and saying "man this just feels SO much tighter than my Bonne" course the Bonnes got 115k and the Buicks at 60K thatll make some difference alone....but I do think the wheelbase alone will make it feel "tighter".......heated seats must be NIIICCEEE.....one of 2 options missing on the Regal :( I may have to get that kit for the Buick as the Bonne wil not see another winter as long as I own her. Now a custom perforated seat cooler is a whole nuther idea...hmmmm
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