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Old 05-07-2005, 07:47 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I was looking through a Consumer Reports mag last night for all the 2005 cars. It has the sections about used cars to buy and used to avoid. Under the avoid was Bonneville 98-02. Its on the list for having a larger amount of repair incidents than others. What are the specifics for that generation of Bonny?

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Plastic upper intake.....they always have their years screwed up. And some early failures in the 4T65E'*. That'* my guess.
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Plastic upper intake.....they always have their years screwed up. And some early failures in the 4T65E'*. That'* my guess.
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how expensive is the repair or upgrade?

self-doable?

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Yeah it seems that they have their years off for certain...

I believe that the 97,98 and somw 99 4T65-E'* had some serious durability issues that seem to have improved over time...

The intakes as far as we can tell had some serious issues, we don't even know if the change in the EGR inlet size was a true correction for the problem... Bur several here are testing it and so far so good... The real change was with the new alluminum upper intake on the Series III 3800... Shame on GM for not designing an alluminum replacement for the L36....

The steering rack noise issue, and window regulators were the others I think...

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Yep, I saw that magazine too. Bonneville didn't look too good. :(
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LOL. It'* doable. It was alot of bolts and alot of things to remember where things went. Opp'* Got everything together forgot to put some tube to the TB. wouldn't run. I started hittin the dash. Thought the complete process was a faiure.
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You can do the intake repair/replace for 150$ yourself, shop prices will vary greatly.
I've never believed a single thing that Consumer Reports has said, it'* more misleading than anything.
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