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Old 12-17-2004, 02:16 AM   #1
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Hi! I'm verrry pleased I've found your site...I've owned many cars in my days, but Pontiacs have always held a soft spot in my heart: I got my permit in 1976 & learned to drive in my Dad'* '69 LeMans Tempest Custom * ...But I digress; I'm coming back to where I belong soon: over the X-mas holidays [Happy Holidays to everyone, by the way!] I'm picking up a '93 Bonneville SE with 98K miles on it...It'* a great deal [free! ] & in very good shape, but I'm wondering what ideas you guys may have as to what I should do/check out after I drive it from CT back to Rochester, NY... Are there any known problems/issues with this vintage vehicle that I should be concerned with?....Of course I will be changing the oil/filter, plugs/wires, fuel filter [if I can get at it], air filter & anything else that I can get my hands on, but I was just curious if you may have any suggestions for me...

Thanx for your help!
Andy

P.*. At this point, she will be my daily driver, so I have no plans for serious mods right away [but I imagine it probably wouldn't be too hard to make an intake pipe that would use a K&N filter for a little more "fun" ]
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Welcome. You should be fine with your plans on tunning it up.
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93'* rock. I bet you've read about the roller pivot rockers you got in the heads..

the fuel filter is under your passenger'* feet, inside the frame rail.
the PCV valve is right by the Alt, should be checked.
Check your Lower Intake Manifold gaskets for detioration.


With only 98K, you've got a lot of life left. I'm at 181,244 miles.
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Welcome to the club, id say just do the normal tune up, throw a good set of tires on it (if it doesnt have them already) and that Bonneville will never let you down, at least my 97 hasnt yet and its been through a few Rochester Winters... Nice to meet ya


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93'* rock. I bet you've read about the roller pivot rockers you got in the heads..
Actually, I'm not familiar with the 3800 engines yet: does my 93 have a different valvetrain from other years?..... I'm assuming that to change the fuel filter I'll pull a fuse to stop the fuel pump/release pressure, and then need some sort of unique tool to release the old filter 'cause it'* a high pressure line, right?

The car is a one-owner vehicle and has been well maintained...I'm hoping to get service records as well.....One more question: If I find out that the tranny filter/fluid has never been changed, would you guys say that it'* OK to service it now [at 98K], or should I just leave it be and just make sure the level is up?...

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Fixed your quoting You can look in your post to see how that works..

To pull the filter, pull the fuse and crank the motor for a second. The filter uses quick connects, Just push in on the lighter plastic parts and pull apart.

Yup, the '93 got the nice heads and ECM. I love it.
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its has been said before

93 is the best year
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Kewl! I guess I lucked out!

So at 98,000 miles, if the tranny has never been serviced, should I leave it alone, or is it OK to go and change the fluid/filter?

Are there any "free" modifications that I can do that I should consider?
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Kewl! I guess I lucked out!

So at 98,000 miles, if the tranny has never been serviced, should I leave it alone, or is it OK to go and change the fluid/filter?

Are there any "free" modifications that I can do that I should consider?
I personally wouldn't get the transmission flushed. But, I would change the filter and as much of the fluid as possible (you'll get 4 quarts out or so when you drop the pan). Flushing an older transmission that'* never been flushed can result in a catastrophic failure so just stick to the filter replacement.

About the only "free" modifications I know of are to remove your mass air flow screen in the throttle body. Otherwise...it'* on to a cold air intake.

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you could clear the corners,

I wouldnt remove the MAF screen untill you have a CAI, and that may still cause a rough idle
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