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Old 04-18-2005, 12:18 PM   #31
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I needed a commuter car. Picked up a 92 Prelude SI by mistake on the side of a road. Tip...always bring taller commuter buddy when looking at cars. The prelude had the necessary options. What a POS, it was self destructing and I didn't like working on it. Smelled like rice patties. Sold the POS.

I'm looking round for a good Non-rice burning car. Aka GM. I've always been partial to American (except that company that Dodge* all responsibility for building crap) and even more to GM. CFoote is a friend...we were talking one day and he says..Bonnie has the toys and low resale value. I start looking round and find a 95 Riviera w/SC, but the Advance parts guy who owns it has his CRX in parts...no sale soon. I look at the paper during March Madness at a buddies place and see a couple bonnies ...ones an SSEi...(isn't that supercharged????)

Do my research..go check'er out. Needs a little work....I don't mind working on GM, the engineers left room to work on it. (Cough cough...learn about that Ford). Once I saw the 3,000 way seats and saw the amount of options I wanted it. Got my 95 SSEi with 149K for $2,800. Put about $500 into it and now I like it more an more each day.

Let Foote drive it one day he drives while I monitor scantool...and I drive his while he monitors.... He peels out and says..."WOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW" While the series II isn't slow...the SC feeling is addictive.

Since..I've learned we have many gremlins. People wonder why I put the car outside with the hood up frequently.....daylight kills gremlins
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Old 04-18-2005, 12:41 PM   #32
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Wanted a 90'* 5 speed GM V6 (GTP maybe). Great ones were outta my range.
Wanted a Riv, great ones were outta my range.

SO basically it was big enough, easy to fix, and cheaper then a GP.
(still wish i woulda stuck out for one with a manual)
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Several reasons; mostly price. I had a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix SE. It was partly in the ex-wife'* name. Every time I sat in it I would just stew with anger. Called the bank to see what amount I could qualify for, and what term. Went to a friend of mine (who happens to work at a Pontiac lot) and said I have this 98 GP that I owe $7K more than it is worth, the bank approved me for this amount what can you sell me? He says, you like them Bonnevilles?...

Prior to the deep seated hatred I felt for my ex everytime I would get in the GP, it was up until that point the most comfortable car I've owned (I've had Oldsmobiles, Cadillacs, even a 1980 Grand Prix). So comfort was a concern, as was power.

Power + Comfort + Immediate need to alleviate hatred for ex wife = 2002 Bonneville SE
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well it was either a bonneville or something else that was more of a piece of crap and I decided to go with the Bonneville and I couldnt have made a better choice (PS..although its in the shop right now getting fixed from an accident...lol)
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I bought an 87 Bonnie back in 01 as a beater from an old college drinking buddy! It'* only purpose was to serve as a $350 beater. Well, 80,000 miles later, the fuel pump went out and I scrapped it out (nothing but a rusted piece of #$^% at that point). I threw in the towel on it when it had 230,000 miles.

I loved that 87 so much that my wife and I bought our 99 in 02. We've really cranked the miles on it. So, in an effort to keep the miles down on it, we bought a 93 back in 03. I put 40,000 miles on it in one year. Then, stupid me, sold it last year for the exact amount I bought it for (not bad). But I really miss that 93. Was my favorite car.

So, for now, I have a 99 and am addicted to 3800s and Pontiac v6+ cars. I'm looking for another Bonnie (as a "beater") that'* an 87-91.
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I have had a long and troubled history with cars. Everything I bought was a huge pile of crap, but I'm poor (college) so whatever was available, I bought.

My first car, a 1990 Taurus, had 220k on it and needed to go away before it died, so i sold it for $800 and bought my grandpa'* 89 LeSabre for $500 after I graduated high school. That car had SO much more power than my Taurus and was still large with 4 doors. Cool. Not to mention that sweet clamshell hood. Anyways, it died when I put it in reverse, and when I stopped at stop signs. It had about 190k on it when I sold it for like $700 or something.

Then I was STUPID and bought a 1992 LeSabre Limited...every fricking option in the world...only thing it didnt have was the heated windshield. I was smitten with the leather and dual climate control! SO I paid the skeevy old guy his $1700, only to discover weeks later the car had suffered massive front end damage and the transmission was about gone.

Sold it for $1500, and went to a local public auto auction, I bought a 1994 CHEVY ASTRO CONVERSION VAN, rear wheel drive. That ran on only 5 cylinders. For $600. Sweet, I thought to my self! I'm 19 years old, about to get married, and I buy a conversion van with a bad motor and no A/C and it smells wierd. Most girls in my peer group lust after Cavaliers and Grand Prix'* and Grand Am'*, not me, I like CONVERSION VANS. RIGHT ON!

So I drove it for a month, and I will admit thats one of the favorite vehicles I've ever owned. 4 recliners and a bed in a fully carpeted van with shades and velour curtains. yeah.

I needed to ditch the van fast. It booked at like $3500, so i figured I'd ask $1500 and see. I got an $800 offer and said SOLD.

Then my mother in law called and said there was a pretty car parked on a main road for sale in our hometown. I had been looking at Cavs and Sunfires, of the 00 and newer vintage, but the shiny white Bonneville was in the same price range, and alot more 'me'. I had given up finding a Bonne because nobody ever SELLS them, they just KEEP them.

So I got my 1996 SE just about a year ago with 78K for $5600. Good riddance, Conversion Vans!
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Quote:
Why do you have a Bonneville?
I dont.











But I will have one soon, as soon as I can find one that is acceptable for what I need it to have....which consists of either 1992-1995, also must be a black, white or dark blue, maybe green SSEi with dark leather prefered, and low miles and yeah mint condition....along with that it will need to be somewhat cheap. Oh yeah most likely will have to be one owner, probably senior person with records since the car was bought of all maintanence records. Yeah I have been looking for a "car" like that for about 8 months now.
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Why do I have a Bonnie?...

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I may not have a Bonnevville but I have the Bonneville SSEi motor.
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what I find funny is the name of the person/author that started this thread.
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