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Old 07-22-2004, 01:21 AM   #1
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Default New to forums, Love my Bonney, but she'* dying slowly

My dad gave me a VERY GOOD conditioned 1993 SSE with 180k on it about 6 months ago when i got my license, and since then I have put her through a lot of pain. Heres what I have done:
Put about 10 cracks (YES 10)
Broke mirror out of right side mirror
Sunroof DIED!
Dashboard Shorts out 9/10'* of the time (only readable gauges are speed and RPM)
Stearing wheel audio controls work about 3/10 of the time
Broke *** on head light adjuster
Broke my stereo tonight (buying a nice new one soon anyways)
Driver'* side door panel is half-way off (nothing a little glue wont fix)
Inside door panelling is loose
Ripped driver'* side leather
Cruise control doesnt work
Brakes Squeek
and both of the sexy foglights are burnt out.
At least my HUD still works (best feature EVER), and it rides smooth.
So what I am saying is "What problems does your bonne have, and how did it/they happen?
and any advice by anyone, (I have NO money)
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Old 07-22-2004, 09:58 AM   #2
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Welcome! My '93 has 205,000 miles on 'er. It depends on how handy you are. Anything can be a DIY'er if you put your mind to it.
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Old 07-22-2004, 11:12 AM   #3
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Welcome. Luckily, nothing on your list sounds impossible to fix. Once everyone'* done blathering about BonneFest, you should be able to get tons of help...
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Without going into too much detail right away, have you checked the fuse panels? Blown fuses could definetly render some electronice either inoperable of flaky.

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Old 07-22-2004, 11:42 AM   #5
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Thsoe giant ***** aren't headlight adjusters, they hold the lights in. Adjusters are the screws all over it.

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Old 07-22-2004, 03:40 PM   #6
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Its actually the *** that adjusts the headlights, something like "twilight sentinal" that is broken. Its to the right of my steering wheel. What can i get for this car that is really cheap to fix, being as my dad is a SERVICE MANAGER at a pontiac/buick/gmc dealership, so he certaintly has the knowhow to help me, its just the me/we are REALLY BROKE!
Oh yeah, i'm going to start looking for a new head unit today, I have $150, and I want CD/MP3. any suggestions? Oh, and what can i do about my squeeky brakes?
Edit: in response to BonneMeMN: I am from small town, Massachussetts (New England conditions = Beat up car!)
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I'd recommend fixing your brakes before buying a stereo... I realize the value of good tunez, but that whole "stopping the car" feature is pretty important.

Check your brake pads for replacement, as they often squeal (as they are designed to do) when the surface is almost worn off. Rotors may need to be machined or replaced also, if you are feeling any vibration or shudder when you depress the brake pedal.

Check a local salvage yard for any donor Bonnevilles, and you can probably salvage a replacement mirror, foglight bulbs, and headlight **** for next to nothing. At 180k on the odometer, you may not have YEARS of driving left... but do what you can afford now and your sweet ride will be even sweeter. Good luck -
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I agree on the brakes. Safey first. A lot of brake places will look at your car for free. If it ends up you need pads then youll be glad you found out now rather than dying in a car crash while listening to some music.

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I got one spare foglight bulb that works now. I'll send it for $5 paypal

Door panels are a PITA. I thought I got mine done right, but that wasn't meant to be. Effin things....

As for the gauges you may need to disconnect and clean the dash connector, that seems to be a good fix for most people.
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