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Old 12-11-2006, 04:41 PM   #11
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Yea I think the old owner use to floor it alot so that might of messed it up
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:51 PM   #12
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Thank the stars you are not trying to repair your 10 year old Mercedes. Post a question on any of their forums and see how long you wait for a reply, if you get one.
tell me about it! i swear somethign is always goin wrong with my benz, and it doesnt even have 40k miles on it yet. and theres never a rhyme or reason to why it fails. AND no one ever knows what to look at when it does... be thankful bonnevilles are easy to work on, and most things are pretty easy to figure out.
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:55 PM   #13
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Thank the stars you are not trying to repair your 10 year old Mercedes. Post a question on any of their forums and see how long you wait for a reply, if you get one.
tell me about it! i swear somethign is always goin wrong with my benz, and it doesnt even have 40k miles on it yet. and theres never a rhyme or reason to why it fails. AND no one ever knows what to look at when it does... be thankful bonnevilles are easy to work on, and most things are pretty easy to figure out.
Exactly why I am dumping off my '87 BMW 325is, costs WAY TOO MUCH to maintain. Also why I am Permanantly switching back to GMs.

And EWC, don't just blame the Bonneville lol, blame the previous owner.
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:36 PM   #14
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These cars are the cheapest repair, period. That $4000 you spent would be a simple brake job on an import. A buddy of mine had a 90 Nissan Pathfinder and got new brake pads and rotors. He thought it would cost $400. He shat himself when he saw the $1600 bill.
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This is why I have learned to do the work myself too. And luckily I haven't had tranny issues. If I had to pay a shop to do the work I've done on this car since April, I would have EASILY paid close to $2000 on parts/labor. But with my own free labor and patience, I've spent much less than $400 on the parts and tools needed.

And luckily for me, Jim took care of other issues before I bought it from him. He unfortunately spent a good chunk of dough on labor.

I was very overwhelmed this spring/summer with the problems my car was having, one after the other. But after I "stepped back" and took a breath, I researched how to repair it, made sure I had the tools, and tackled each issue one at a time.
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If I may offer a quick piece of advice, I've found that many aftermarket upgrade pieces are near the same price, sometimes cheaper than the factory piece. When my trans blew up on my PA, I found that the INTENSE rebuild was only about $300 more than what the dealer wanted for a new unit. When you run into mechanical problems, take the time to see if an upgrade is available, and how the price compares.



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Old 12-12-2006, 04:28 PM   #17
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You could have done the gaskets yourself for under 100.
i paid around 40-50$ CDN for the gaskets and the sealant.

i heard the guys at GAownersclub.com have all been quoted over 1,000$ USD for LIM gasket jobs on the V6 3.4 (i own a 2.2L )

EDIT: my Bonnie has just a bit over 100,000 miles, and since i got her, ive invested 2,000 - 2,500 in repairs... so ur not that bad.
And the sad part is that this is not a really bad repair... Just have to keep everything in order and make sure you don't strip the rocker arm bolt... I forget is they used helicoils in them or not... But a dealership doing this repair will charge $$$$ for it...

3800'* are pretty close in terms of $$$ to have the gaskets replaced...

But being the person I am... I would replace the gaskets on my own.. $50 for gaskets and sealer... And my time...

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These cars are the cheapest repair, period. That $4000 you spent would be a simple brake job on an import.
You're kidding right?
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These cars are the cheapest repair, period. That $4000 you spent would be a simple brake job on an import.
You're kidding right?
I'd have to say that it depends on the car weather foregin or domestic

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These cars are the cheapest repair, period.
I have to second this. My father loves these H-G-C-body cars for this exact reason (My father is a 30+ year mechanic)
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