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Old 03-25-2009, 08:12 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm buying a 93 se Bonneville tomorrow with 180,000 km. I guess this is the right place to learn the ins and outs about my new to me car. Looks like I'll be busy reading for a while.The first thing I'm going to need to know is what potential problems I should look for?
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Gasket leaks! I would recommend you change your Lower Intake Manifold gaskets to aluminum, I'm not so sure about the Series I Upper Intake Manifold. The L36 Series II has problems with the UIM and LIM Gaskets. Other than that just the occasional maintenance and repairs, welcome aboard.
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Hi and Welcome to the Bonneville Forum!

Please add your year and trim of your vehicle to your signature line. That way when you start asking questions in other areas of the forum, we all have a better idea on how to assist you. Click on "Quick Links" above, go down to "User Control Panel" and then click on "Edit your Signature" It'* pretty straight forward from there.

See that you are already buying, come one back here after you have it and let us help you figure out what you need to look at and post up any problems you find in the 1992-1999 Area.
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Welcome to the Bonneville Forum. Look over the underside of the car close. Look for rust threw in the reaar area. Passenger side seems to have more problems then the drivers side.
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Thanks guys.
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Hi and welcome eh!

LIM gaskets are common enough on our vehicles. Although if you aren't having any issues, I wouldn't suggest going after them.

Razr ... the aluminum frame gaskets are not available for the S1 motors. I believe it'* because it took so long to admit there was an issue that they no longer supported the S1 motors.
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your in the right place Welcome to the forum
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Well there you go see how much I know about the older models lol.. Thanks for the info bill
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Well guys, I bought he car. It turns out that it is a SLE not a SE as I first thought. It came with a complete history folder of every $ spent on the car that is 4" thick. Its going to take some time for me to go through all of this but this is a start of what I know now.
Its a 1993 Bonneville SLE in medium red metalic. It was bought in Houston Texas on June 11/1994 for a purchase price of $22,953.60 US$, at Don Elliott Auto World. The car was then driven home to Alberta Canada and had the original one owner untill 4 months ago. It was then purchased by a native East coaster like myself that was working in Alberta at the time as transportation for him to return home. He was flying back to work out west again and didn't want to leave the car to sit so he sold it to me. I am the third owner. It has 190.000 miles (yes it reads both mi and kms, odometer is mi) It has the L27 engine. It has new Eagle GA tires mounted on black powder coated crosslace cast aluminum wheels. IT has tinted windows and a black bra. I did notice in a quick flip through the stack that it has had a couple of alternators, at least one water pump, new brakes and a brand new GM transmission. I can not find a spot of rust on the body or underneath the car.(Alberta is very dry) I got it for what I would call cheap considering ($1900.00 cdn), needless to say I'm pretty pleased at this point. More to come with pictures if I can figure out how to post them.
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Sounds you may have yourself a pretty good car. To get a quick guide on photo posting, please go to https://www.gmforum.com/t279711/. When you get ready to post, pleae post them in the "Your Ride" area.
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