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Old 12-04-2006, 05:19 PM   #11
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its not something you deal with if you buy a honda! (i wonder how many people will kill me for saying that...)
I won't kill you for saying it, because it'* an untrue statement....plain and simple.
I think it depends on the Honda. If it were an Accord of a similar year I think it would be closer to truth.
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Old 12-04-2006, 08:46 PM   #12
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Had couple leaks - fixed cheap$0 .Had inter shaft - easy fix cheap $0. wheel bearing easy fix -not cheap$ 150 . pulley $30. MODDING $100,000,000. but I love my 00 ssei.Was nervous at first seeing problems can happen but so can all vehicles, my 90 sse costs me barely anything and rarely needs fixed or breaksdown but my 00 ssei is awesome.With the help from this club most fixes are cheap I would buy another one in a minute.
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Old 12-04-2006, 10:04 PM   #13
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I don't think your results are typical, as most people don't resolve their steering shaft and leak issues for nothing...
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Old 12-04-2006, 10:11 PM   #14
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Every car model has issues, even Hondas. I've heard of many people with troublesome Accords. You just have to remember, every car is like a slot machine, you never know if you will get a good one or a bad one. I'm sure we can all name a car that was a pain in the butt, one that was problem free, and one that was so-so. And for every model that someone had that was a piece of crap, someone else had one that was perfectly fine. I can tell you that I was looking at four cars seriously, the Bonneville, Lincoln LS, Chrysler 300M, and Olds Aurora, and they all have at least one somewhat common issue that could cost a grand to fix. I once thought about buying foreign, but I figured I would still end up with a car that has some problems, only I would have to pay 3 times as much to get it fixed.
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Old 12-04-2006, 11:36 PM   #15
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Boneville'* were not the most reliable cars, but are predictable and cheaper to fix (yourself). SSEi electrical issues can drive you crazy though...
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Old 12-05-2006, 01:17 AM   #16
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I own one...I'm willing to accept the gremlins for three reasons...
1) Safety - my life is worth dealing with a window regulator
2) Sexy - I really like the looks of the SLE and SSEi'*...that'* a bonus to #1
3) All cars will have their issues...revert back to #1 and #2.


It'* all a matter of what you want in a car. Keep in mind that not everyone who owns a 2000+ is going to end up with these problems.... you may get one, you may get three, you may get none. But...they are cheap to fix, IMO, with the knowledge presented here on BC and with members willing to lend a hand to help each other out. Would I, being one who'* had the dreaded UIM failure, let this stand in my way of buying another one? Hell no.

It'* like having kids.. you know they are a pain the butt, but you love them anyways and wouldn't trade them for the world.
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Old 12-05-2006, 03:11 AM   #17
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I definitely agree.

Sure there are alot of cars out there that don't have the problems that some Bonnevilles have, but hey, they have their own problems.

They are a great car, but then remember its not a luxury car per se, its only a high-end domestic flagship.

Personally I feel I'm currently blessed with my car, because it might not look like a million bucks, but it sure does run like it. And sure it has problems..what car doesn't, but that doesn't mean I don't love owning it!

I think that an 00+ SSEi would be a good choice. There wouldn't be this many proud owners in this club if it was not one of the greatest domestic cars ever made.

Luxury With Attitude.
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I can understand your having concerns. I was VERY hesitent when I bought my car. I was planning on getting an 03 Camry SE, that was loaded and has the rep. for being mechanically sound to say the least. But when I saw my car, I knew I had to have it. Its just so unique in its looks and features. I would say the SLE or SSEi are probably your best bet for getting the most out of the "Bonneville Experience." And yes there are problems with leaks and such. But the engine itself is strong, reliable and just plan fun. A Camry is a car you don't worry about driving, but a Bonneville is a car you look forward to driving.
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In summary, it'* a love/hate relationship.

Fun to drive, good looking, and very few on the road (most important).. But it takes lot'* of that "love" to overcome the "hate" at times. I haven't had all the problems yet at 30K miles, but I've had several of them, including some unique ones to add to the list.

Also, they are so cheap used so you do get lots for your money.. My .02 cents.. Patrick
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Dont get me started Hoov, I just started breathing normal again and getting ready to set up Dealer appointment # ......I cant honestly remember.
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