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Old 01-25-2009, 03:24 PM   #1
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Hi all! My name is Dawnn and I am seventeen. I just recently purchased a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi with 139,000 miles on it. I used to have a 1995 Toyota Camry LE and so the Bonneville is definitely an upgrade. I have had it since Monday the 19th and I absolutely LOVE it. It is extremely fun to drive and rides very smoothly compared to the Camry.

The car runs beautifully and the previous owner took excellent care of the interior, exterior, and the all stock motor. It has a few minor issues, and after surfing this site I have pretty much all of my questions about them answered as they seem to be common problems. The drivers heated seat doesn't work, not sure if it'* the heating element itself or a wiring issue of some sort, it needs a new sunroof (according to my boyfriend both brackets are broken??), had to replace the tie rod ends, and the fuel gauge has a mind of it'* own. But thanks to this site that seems like an easy fix!!

I personally don't know a whole lot about cars, but my boyfriend has grown up around them as both him and his grandpa raced at one time. Also my uncle has a very nice garage with a lift and both him and my step dad know a lot about cars as well. So if I ever need anything fixed I don't have to pay for labor, which is nice!!

Oh and also, the other night I was driving home going up a hill at 55-60 mph (not sure if that is relevant or not) and the rpm gauge stopped working, it just went down to zero and wouldn't move. I got home, turned the car off and restarted it and it works fine. Any reason why it would do this? And is it something I should worry about?

Thanks to anyone who could help!! This site makes owning my first Bonneville so much easier! Thank you!!!!!
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Most of the problems you listed are covered in the tech info area. Take a look. the fuel gauge could be a bad sender unit. Easy fix on a 2000+. The tach, could be a corroded ground bus. Again, covered in the tech info area. Fix up each problem one at a time and soon you will have a sold car. If there'* anything you need, just ask. Where in Illinois are you located?
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Yeah I have already been looking around in the tech info area about most of the little issues, the only thing I haven't looked up was about the tach. And my boyfriend said he would replace the fuel sender unit when I bought a new one. And thanks for the info!

I am in a little town called Grand Detour (10 miles outside Dixon) which is about 100 miles south of Chicago.
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You can get a sender at Auto Parts Fast at RockAuto

Ya, I know where that is. Drove threw there several years ago. I've also been to Oregon Ill at stronghold castle.
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Thank you for the help on finding a fuel sender!

Yeah it'* a nice little quiet town. Stronghold is also very fun to go and visit, haven't been there for a few years, but it is very interesting.
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My wife and I are performers. Only went to stronghold once.
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Welcome Rockstar and it'* always good to see new members jumping right into the Tech/repair sections. Hope you enjoy your stay. Stick around awhile, and put your feet up.
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