Greetings From Canada - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


Introductions for new members New to the Forum? Introduce yourself here. Been around awhile? Tell us about yourself. We at GMF Love to meet new Members! So pull up a chair and have a beverage.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-14-2007, 04:00 AM   #1
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
timhortons is on a distinguished road
Default Greetings From Canada

Hello everyone, my name is Josh, and I'm from up in Canada in Alberta! It'* not as cold as one might think. Anyways, I'm here because of a buddy that I know down in Illinois. I'm about to buy a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi, and as soon as he found out, he recommended that I come here. He has been into Bonneville'* since I've known him, so he knows quite a bit more than I do. He warned me about how "temperamental" these cars can be on occasion. However I've been reading up as much as I can to prepare myself for "The White Curse", yes... it'* white too.

I currently drive a 1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse. There are several things about the Eclipse that I like, but it'* becoming a bit more aggravating to me the more I drive. It'* incredibly reliable, and has pretty decent mileage, but it'* a base line model, so it'* missing a lot of features that are hard to live without. For example, it'* got a four-cylinder 1.8L engine, which is quite weak on the highway. Also, it'* a manual gearbox and has manual steering. I avoid parking as much possible... the manual steering along with the manual gearbox can make some driving circumstances quite thrilling to say the least.

On the other hand, I will say that the sense of control you get by having manual steering is excellent, especially at higher speeds. I know it'* an old car and the engine is pretty much all stock, but once on an early morning run on the highway, it gave me 120 MPH. I think many young guys do similar types of things with their vehicle at least once. I trust my aging Eclipse a lot. It inspires a lot of confidence at higher speeds, which is nice. I don't plan on taking it to that type of speed ever again though because of it'* age and low gearing. At 120 MPH in fifth gear, it'* revving at about 4000-5000 RPM, which is 2000 to 1000 RPM away from the red-line. In and old car, for an extended period of time at that speed and RPM, it'* not doing the engine much benefit at all, and I know that because of how much oil it went through doing that.

Getting back to why I'm switching from my Eclipse to a Bonneville though, the manual steering, manual gearbox, and everything else in the Eclipse is all manual and non-powered. The only nice thing it has as an option is air-conditioning. Also, I'm a tall guy, about 6'2", and the Eclipse doesn't cater well to tall people, especially not on 1000+ mile trips. No cruise control of course... yeah it'* murder. I saw one guy here in the forums who has a quote, something like "cruise control? that'* just like surrendering!" Well I can tell you one thing, on a 1000+ mile trip, I'll surrender...

The Bonneville I'm buying has a few flaws though. The interior and engine compartment and engine itself are spotless though, I think that'* a good sign, it means that someone cared enough about it to keep it clean. The exterior is in really good shape as well, only a few small rust spots just starting to develop. The mileage is about 112,851 km (70,122 mi) which is fairly low for the year. One thing about the exterior though, the driver side door has a really rough spot, don't know the cause, but it'* been painted over very badly and will rust out if I don't do something about it, and it'* been involved in some sort of incident... the passenger side front door is pretty much toast, either something scraped up along side the car, or the car scraped up against something else. I checked it out and the damage is just focused on the doors, so it should be a fairly easy fix if I can find a new passenger side front door and some trip pieces. I've also run the car'* VIN through CARFAX and there are no reported problems... so I'll take that as a good sign.

The price I'm paying might be a bit steep, but I really mucked up the haggling... first car and all, I have to admit, I got walked on badly... but it'* too late to change anything and I can only take it as a lesson for next time. The car is really nice though aside from whatever happened on the passenger side.

Hopefully my financing will work out and I'll get it, so then I don't have to be stuck posting about my Eclipse and telling stories about "the one that got away". I'm looking forward to becoming better acquainted with you all here. I've also snatched the dealer pictures in case you'd like to see:

http://derelict.ath.cx/pontiac/pontiac1.jpg - Front Driver Side (The pretty unmucked side...)
http://derelict.ath.cx/pontiac/pontiac4.jpg - Back Driver Side (Hey the dealers gotta make it look perfect! They carefully skipped photos of the "bad" side)
http://derelict.ath.cx/pontiac/pontiac2.jpg - Interior Front
http://derelict.ath.cx/pontiac/pontiac3.jpg - Interior Rear

I should mention, that is the charcoal leather interior, but that probably goes without saying since most of you know Bonneville'* so well, but it looks considerably lighter in the pictures than it actually is.

Long introduction, I know, but I usually end up writing a lot more than is necessary, and I'm a lover of cars, even the base-line Eclipse types, and given the chance, I could probably write a novel-sized book about cars. Of course now I realize you know more about my cars than you do me... maybe that'* a good thing!
timhortons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 04:26 AM   #2
Senior Member
Posts like a Corvette
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,446
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ddalder is on a distinguished road
Default

Welcome to the Club Josh! People are going to start thinking these long posts are a Calgararian thing. I'm sure there'* a few people here that would say the same about many of mine. I gather from your username you frequent Canada'* most popular coffee shop?
ddalder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 05:11 AM   #3
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
timhortons is on a distinguished road
Default

Well my introduction is quite long, because I have to admit, I'm excited about getting this Bonneville, so it'* hard to sit here and wait, I'd rather try to fill in the time doing something, especially over the weekend for news about my financing and stuff. Just knowing it'* so close and yet so far... *sigh*. As of now I've tried to distract myself by looking at the "Your Ride" part of the forums seeing what the other people on the forums have been doing to their cars, and then going around watching some videos of Pontiac'* and looking up potential problem areas of them, hooray for CCR!

You're right too, for a long time I practically lived on Tim Hortons stuff. I've cut back a lot though, for a while Tim Hortons coffee would make me quite sick, but I'm starting to up the dosages again, although I'm sure when I get my Bonneville I'll cut back on visiting Tim Hortons in favor of getting gas! What a time to switch to a supercharged car that requires 91 octane or better... I wouldn't be surprised if my Eclipse sells real quick due in part to the fact that it goes 300 or so miles with a 16 gallon tank size.

Actually, I just thought I'd mention this while I remember, I recently went from Calgary to Vancouver with my Eclipse. The round trip is roughly 1500 miles, with stops and some touring. With my Eclipse, the total amount of money I spent on fuel from Calgary to Vancouver, and then back, was about $150 or so, with gas prices averaging $1.00 / liter to $1.20 / liter. That is pretty phenomenal, especially after I talked to a buddy of mine that owns a Durango who said that it cost him about $160 per day on gas on a trip he was doing.

I've done it again haven't I? Wrote an exceedingly long tangent... :P
timhortons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 08:36 AM   #4
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

Welcome fellow 97 owner. Congrats on the purchase. While you are waiting to pick it up... check out the lower intake gasket posts. Or..if you really want to loose a few hours.. check my post in Performance and Brainstorming.. that'* 30+ pages of your life...you'll never get back..lol

Also.. Where in Alberta? Anywhere near Red Deer?
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 10:06 AM   #5
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
timhortons is on a distinguished road
Default

Born and raised in Calgary, still here cause I don't know where else to go.
timhortons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 10:08 AM   #6
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

Ok..I'm American Eh.. is Calgary near the Deer? If so.. you've got members close by.
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 10:13 AM   #7
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
timhortons is on a distinguished road
Default

Yeah Calgary is south of Red Deer by about 2 hours.
timhortons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 10:36 AM   #8
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

Not bad...

Hit up a member named SSEiMatt93, he'* in the land of Deer. Also has a 97.
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 10:39 AM   #9
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
timhortons is on a distinguished road
Default

Yeah! He actually already found me! So we've been acquainted.
timhortons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2007, 03:45 PM   #10
Retired Moderator
True Car Nut
 
Pearl_bonnie02's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Northwest Indiana
Posts: 3,047
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pearl_bonnie02 is on a distinguished road
Default

Welcome aboard!!
Pearl_bonnie02 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Greetings from New Brunswick, Canada pontiacambulance Introductions for new members 4 08-27-2009 02:54 AM
Greetings from Hamilton, Ontario CANADA!! demiGXP Introductions for new members 6 04-11-2009 09:42 AM
Greetings everyone JDBoothe Introductions for new members 7 09-14-2003 11:02 PM
Greetings from MI FiReDeViL Introductions for new members 8 07-01-2003 07:06 PM
Greetings Everyone! TDS-94SSEi Introductions for new members 12 06-23-2003 07:39 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:03 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.