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View Poll Results: Which Bonneville
2000 SSEi with moonroof, 64k miles 25 100.00%
2002 SLE without moonroof, 68k miles Leave the roof alone 0 0%
2002 SLE w/o moonroof, 68k miles, Sure, put the moonroof in it. 0 0%
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Old 06-23-2007, 07:52 PM   #1
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I have two bonneville'* that I am interested in,

They are similar in mileage and close in price

The first one, Black 2002 SLE, 68k, 17" chromes, dark heated leather seats.
but no moonroof

The second, Black 2000 SSEi, a tad less mileage, and it has a powered moonroof, loaded too.

A few friends of mine told me to avoid the Supercharged, that will most likely blow a head gasket, while maintaining the SLE is a decent car. is this true, or a myth ?
Like 100% likely ?

I have also searched on "aftermarket moonroofs". Majority of peolpe say "Don't do it !" , "It will leak!" I think a few people , back in the 80'* and 90'* had bad experiences. Before "Pimp My Ride". When there was nothing really "custom" about it. You pretty much had somebody cut a hole in the roof and hope for the best.
I did have one person tell me that he and his wife got an aftermarket moonroof. And they have not experienced any problems with it. Oddly, I believe most of the people telling me not to do it, never had one done. I don't know if the salesman for the 2002 was blowing smoke my way, but he said aftermarket moonroof'* come with better warranties than the manufactorer.

So, I would appreciate if any members could recommend if I should get the 2000 SSEi or the 02' SLE, and add any comments about aftermarket moonroofs, ( If I get the 02' )
I did see an 01' SLE black, with a moonroof. But it had 104k on it
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Go with the SSEi. 3800'* DO NOT blow head gaskets, I do not know where your friends got that from. If you prefer performance and handling, go with the SSEi.
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Go with the Ei. You'll be glad ya did
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i voted SSEi. just know that it requires 91+ octane gasoline. Gas mileage is relatively similar in the n/a and supercharged cars if mileage is your #1 concern(basically depends if you're a ledfoot or not).
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Get the SSEi
You won't regret it.
You won't notice the difference in mileage as long as you keep your foot out of it.

.....but I bet you can't.
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As stated, the 3800 engines do not blow head gaskets. The non-supercharged engines have eventual problems with the upper intake manifold and gasket, and both will have problems with the lower intake manifold gaskets. Familiarize yourself with this techinfo article.
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...e=article&k=38
If you're looking for performance - the SSEi is the only way to go. Other than that, if you haven't driven them yet, take them for a test drive and see if you have enough headroom with the moonroof. That takes away about 1 1/2 to 2 inches of room. If you're tall, that could be a concern.
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yes, I test drove the SLE, dealer is waiting for me Monday, he tried to get me to put 100-200$ down on it so he could hold it for me.
I only seen the SSEi on-line, possibility it could be could be gone already..
and yes, I am tall, 6' 5". So I'm hoping I can visit the SSEi before I make my final decision. I do appreciate the input.
Why I like the bonneville'*..
I can't name 10 people that don't own a Grand Am or a Grand Prix.
I feel they have become too common..
I have owned 2 Grand Prix'* a 92' and a 05' both low end trims.
never had dual exhaust, or a moonroof before.
Then the bonneville appeared in my search, even found a few in my price range.
Personally, the standout feature to me on the 02' SLE. It has the better chrome wheels in my opinion. I am not too sure on all the features on the 00' SSEi, I didn't see dual heated leather seats listed. I think overall, the 02' SLE may have better interior options. Yet, the 00' does have the moonroof. While the SLE has this headliner console, it even has a 12v charger in the console. something I will probably never use.
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The SLE cannot possibly out-option an SSEi. The SSEi gets it all by default.
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The 00 may not have dual leather seats. That seemed to become standard on '01. Mine doesn't have them. Has everything else, though...well - except OnStar, which I wouldn't use, and is useless now anyway.
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Ford'* 3.8'* were the head gasket poppers iirc.

Go with the SSEi....for sure
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