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Old 03-22-2010, 04:40 PM   #1
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Hi, my name is Dennis, and I don't own a Bonneville at all, lol. I have actually been signed up along time ago, just thought I'd finally introduce myself. I usually spend my time here troubleshooting my fiance'* 2000 Bonneville SSEi.

A little about myself: I am 24 years old. I go to school for Manufacturing Engineering. I'm into cars, designing and building, gaming, you know, the usual stuff. My pride and joy is a 1985 Toyota Celica GT-*. My friends all think of me as a walking encyclopedia of Toyotas that don't suck (70s-90s ish). I have always loved the 3800s and I've always had a thing for Bonnevilles in particular. I almost bought a Grand Prix GTP for a winter car but I stupidly listen to the dealer intead of doing my research when he told me GTP'* get horrible fuel milage. Oh well, ended up getting a 99 S10 2.2L 5spd, which I love to death.

About the Bonneville: It'* a 2000 SSEi with 120k miles, that my fiance bought two years ago as her first car for $5k (she was borrowing her brothers Saturn SC up until then). She absolutely loves it, especially when she races my Honda driving friends. She'd rather have a Denali though, she'* thinking about buying one when she graduates and handing the Bonne off to me. Apparently a track-prepped Celica and a 2-seater S10 are not good family cars, lol.

I've just been working to keep up on the Bonneville'* maintenance. So far Its got new:

Supercharger tensioner @ 110k
Supercharger belt @ 110k
Pirelli P-Zeros @ 110k
Front & Rear Brakes and Rotors @ 110k
Drivebelt Pulleys @ 120k
MOOG Front Springs @ 120k
Rear Adjustment Link @ 120k

By the way that rear link is a stupid design. I've been drafting up a design that takes tie rod ends instead of having to replace the whole part. It should be about $70 cheaper than it would be for the entire link from the dealer. We'll see what I come up with.

And here'* the list of things I need to work on to get it working perfect:

- Driver Info displays SERVICE STABILITY SYSTEM. I'm pretty sure it'* a bad wheel bearing
- Rear Passenger Side window doesnt work. Probably a regulator.
- The engine burns through coolant. Apparently this is a very common problem. Definitely Intake gasket.
- Supercharger whines excessively loud. I was told it was a worn coupler.
- The Bonne will sometimes, very rarely for about 2-3 seconds, not make enough electric power. Lights will dim and voltmeter will read something like 12v. Possibly an alternator issue.
- Heated seats stopped working last summer. They turn on for a few seconds, then turn back off automatically. No idea why they are doing that.

Next project I'm think about heading down the road to ZZ Performance and picking up a */C coupler. Then I'll replace that, the intake gasket, and spark plugs at the same time.

And finally on to the pictures of the cars:

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The trampstamp! I made this for my fiance for Valentines Day last year. Irish girls gotta have their Claddagh...
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welcome to the forum!! some nice looking rides you have there!! please post your issues one at a time in the proper sections and we'll help you get them fixed.
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Welcome to the Bonneville Forum!

Thanks for coming out of the shadows and from lurking behind the bushes of the forum....not a safe place to be back there in the bushes...weird things happen, strange people in red thongs talk to themselves while eating grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Welcome to the forum. Nice to meet ya. Thanks for the pics. We'll help you get everything worked out
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Thanks for coming out of the shadows and from lurking behind the bushes of the forum....not a safe place to be back there in the bushes...weird things happen, strange people in red thongs talk to themselves while eating grilled cheese sandwiches.
I think I've seen that guy before...

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Thanks for coming out of the shadows and from lurking behind the bushes of the forum....not a safe place to be back there in the bushes...weird things happen, strange people in red thongs talk to themselves while eating grilled cheese sandwiches.
I admit to being a lurker and a fan of grilled cheese, but I don't even own a oh, I'm embarrassing myself.

Lurking is fun, but being an active member is more fun. Welcome to the club!
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I think I've seen that guy before...
Kinda scary huh? Looked like Mike...but, I couldn't be sure.
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Welcome to the site.

First, let me say that a bad couple wont make the supercharger whine real loud. When that goes bad it sounds more like a box of rocks. I would say check the oil in the snout. The level might be getting low with that many miles if it'* never been serviced.
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Wow is it dark back in them bush'*! Grilled cheese smells funny. Huh.

Oh, hey welcome to the best damn forum around! Nice *-10. Love that color!
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