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Old 12-08-2004, 09:24 PM   #1
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Okay all, I'm making a rare in-person appearence to ask a question. Don't do that often, do I? Anyway, the question is this: There'* an '86 Bonne in the paper with only 65k miles on it. I've pretty much been barred from buying a new car, but that'* just too few miles to pass up without taking a look. Any opinions on the old rear-wheel drive Bonnies like this, specifically this year, right before the switch in '87 to FWD? Even better, what are the differences between the different engine choices, and does anyone have any pics? Thanks again all
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Oh yea, and no price, only says "Must sell." Anybody? Anybody?
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Eh, worth a quick look, anyway

BTW, how do I check for all that crap??? lol

Thanks again, man
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Again, how do I assess the make of the tranny? Which one is best? How do I even tell the difference between a 3 and 4 Speed?
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Are any of the available trannies bad, or sub-par? Any that I need to watch out for? Thanks again
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ah another exciting search by Krazy Kyle.... i was wondering when one would pop up again
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Are any of the available trannies bad, or sub-par? Any that I need to watch out for? Thanks again
The 700R4 and the Turbo 350 are both pretty good... The 2004R is complete junk... Chances are if it has a V8 it will either have a 700R4 or Turbo 350...
Each one of two of my vehicles have the 4L60E (electronically controlled 700R4...but with the same gearing) and the Turbo 350. Each transmission is rock solid and very strong. The primary difference is the availability of the over drive, giving the extra gear. You'll do well with either tranny.
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We have a member here with an 86 v8....
Here'* some "helpful" (or at least interesting) links...
www.cardomain.com/id/86v8brougham
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...247&highlight=
^she got it dualed!!!
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...er=asc&start=0
^and she took it to the track

Happy viewing!!! And take some pics, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease???
--Christine
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Ah, with all that drooling over the 86, i forgot my bit...

Just a heads-up. I don't know if the 86 you're looking at is the same engine as mine, but mine sat from '99-'03 in a garage...40k miles. She started right up with fresh gas, but we had to replace some things right away...plugs, wires, hoses, AC compressor (yes, i have air conditioning, and dang good air conditioning at that )...I dealt with rough running for ages and cleaned the carburetor on a weekly basis till it straightened out. Soon after, I lost my radiator to a leak (it was cheaper just to get a new radiator, it cost a whole $60) and a coupla valves. One exhuast valve got stuck open and fried a $220 part that was out of production Soon to come, I will need a new suspension and new brakes all around, but these are all expected on older cars, heck, on ANY car.

That aside, my Brougham has been the most reliable car I have ever driven. It has NEVER let me stranded. Even when there'* a problem, she just keeps on going. She'* got the highway power I want, since I make a lot of road trips, and the most AWESOME interior...overstuffed velvet easy chair seats own ALL. She runs great on low grade gas (and, ironically, like crap on expensive gas) and does all I ask of her, and then some.

Good luck

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GO FOR IT!

Seriously though, having an older car (nearly 20 years) means it could possibly be a money pit. I've had to replace quite a few parts lately, but if you get the car cheap enough the parts shouldn't be a big deal. Parts for 305s are cheap anyways. Good luck
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