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Old 12-10-2007, 03:42 PM   #1
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I currently have a í96 Bonneville SE with around 170k miles on it. Ití* starting to show its age and will be needing a sizable investment if I plan on keeping it. Iím not sure if ití* worth the investment in modifying, or if I should move on to something with more potential with less hassles. Iím leaning more towards performance than comfort.

The RPO codes off of the rear trunk lid are:
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FE1

Also, Iím wondering what is everyoneí* favorite year of Bonneville and why? Is the supercharged version more difficult to work on and how much potential does it have over a modified 3.8?

I searched around, but Iím not sure if the electronic level control is a good thing or not. I read somewhere that replacement parts are hard to find. Is it helpful with handling, or is it more for ride comfort?

Any help is appreciated.
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You're confusing CCR (computer command ride) with ELC (electronic level control). ELC adds an air bladder to the rear GAS struts. Keeps the back end level when you have too many groceries. Replacement parts are easy to come by.

CCR is electronic valving (selectable) in all 4 struts. Reliability is sketchy at best. Replacement parts are spendy.

SC cars for the most part are no harder or easier to work on. Maybe a LITTLE easier, but it'* all in preference. There is a good bit more potential in a SC car than your L36. You'd have to spend quite a bunch of money to match one.

Being in MN, there are plenty of Bonnevilles from this Forum in your area.
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Where are you located in MN? I live in Eagle Lake, work in Madelia and do everything else in Mankato.
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I'm in Eagan, just south of Mpls/St.Paul.
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You're confusing CCR (computer command ride) with ELC (electronic level control). ELC adds an air bladder to the rear GAS struts. Keeps the back end level when you have too many groceries. Replacement parts are easy to come by.

CCR is electronic valving (selectable) in all 4 struts. Reliability is sketchy at best. Replacement parts are spendy.
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It sounds like CCR is more of a hassle than it'* worth. Is it easy to switch over to a standard set up if I find a Bonneville with this?
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Very easy. You just disable the CCR and go conventional. That'* what I'll do when mine finally dies.
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