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#1144 of 2268 paint problem/recall on new style bonneville?
Jul 17, 2003 (4:38 pm)
my 2001 has developed bare spots at the bottomcorner near the rear door closing. I thought it was weird becuse both sides were the same. car has only 30k on it.
I talked to someone who has the same yr and his was the same. He is getting his repaired by the same dealer that I bought mine from. They told him all he had to do was pu on the pontiac "mud" flaps and they would paint that area. they told him they had several people complain that there bonneville was doingt the same.
I called the dealer and they said, at first, We have not heard anything about anyone else having problems and i sounded like a defect. When I gave them the name of the guy who was going to get his repainted without any hassles, the played dumb and said stop by and we'll take a look at it.
My wife stopped by today and the guy's car that was to be fix was sitting outside ready to be picked up. my wife said it looked like they patched just the area where the paint was of without sanding it. It was uneven in the spot that had been bare. She went inside and went through the same bull..
the same that they have not had any complants about the bare paint spots in those certain areas. She then said.. well... there's one right out side that you just did! the lady said which car? & my wide NAMED the guy who owned it.
they again backslid and went on to tell her that they have have several people complain about that area losing paint prematurely.
now we have to take it back again when the service manager is there.
SO If your newer style have paint coming off just behind the rear doors, make sure you get it to a dealer so that this problem is recognized and something is done for everyone without going through a HASSLE. If you need pics of the area that is in question, email me at dave11budweiser.com , I will snap a few and send them.
#1145 of 2268 update: overheating problem
Jul 18, 2003 (4:17 am)
In case anybody cares, we cancelled the appt to get the SSEi looked at for the overheating problem. Flushed the radiator and replaced antifreeze, and so far so good, no problems, but we'll see.
#1146 of 2268 Fuel Line Noise In Engine
Jul 18, 2003 (1:28 pm)
I have a noise in the engine compartment when my 2003 Bonneville is idling. When I press the gas petal, the noise goes away. I took it to the dealer and the answer was the fuel line is now connected to the fire wall and causing the noise. Didn't have a fix. Has anyone encountered this noise? And possibly a fix?
#1147 of 2268 '92 SSEi: Suspension Question
Jul 23, 2003 (5:44 pm)
Here's one especially for folks like Montanafan and Imidazol (must be a chemist?) who have written such great posts about early 90's Bonnes.
I am "maintenance coordinator" for a 92 SSEi in my family with 52M mi. The ride on this vehicle is getting pretty mushy, and I am trying to determine if it is worth it to put money into the suspension. Don't know if this means shocks or struts, and don't know if this means full struts or cartridges. Also wondering if it makes sense to do the shocks (struts?) without also doing the springs.
I think I do know that Bonnes of this year do not have the air-adjustable "ride adjustable" shocks that came later. I have looked over the old posts here, and I see that Snooper was asking about '96 Bonne struts back at post 1022, but I haven't found his answer (and don't know if it would apply to '92).
In general the car is still working pretty well so I would consider improving the ride if the cost is reasonable and I can count on an improvement. Would appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks.
Jul 24, 2003 (3:20 am)
The whole strut gets replaced. I put replacement struts on my 93 LeSabre at 45k. Couldn't stand the soft wallow any longer -- it did NOT have air leveling on the rear so it was too soft. I put on Monroe Road Sensing struts. Now they have a different name for it. I just replaced struts on 98 LeSabre at 75 K with load levelers in rear.
I waited till sears had their 1/2 price on struts sale on Monroe. Only problem is that they get to do the realignment -- not real happy with the quality of their alignment guy.
I believe the replacement part numbers when I checked on 93 were the same for Olds, Bonne, LeSabre. If the ride you want is really firm, you might want a different strut. On the 93 it was firm. But now the 98 has a nice controlled ride after 5 K are on them -- but not real sports car like. The sensa-trac monroes are more compliant in the middle of the travel and tighten up near the top and bottom, at least that's my understanding.
Springs should be fine.
#1149 of 2268 Surging at highway speed
Aug 02, 2003 (10:31 am)
Our '97 Bonne has developed a really annoying engine surge at speeds between 66-73 mph. It will vary 300-500 rpm. It seems to be the computer wanting to shift the trans or cannot properly sense the speed and is fluxing the the throttle. If you shift from OD to D it seems to help, but it isn't the answer to the problem. Anyone had a similar problem.
Aug 02, 2003 (12:29 pm)
Believe it or not, I've had this problem and have heard of others with it as well.... it turned out to be plug wires.
Aug 02, 2003 (3:31 pm)
Had the plug wires replaced for an unrelated problem not long ago. But I will check them again. Maybe this time I will install monster wires.
Aug 02, 2003 (3:42 pm)
I had a problem with my LeSabre 98 going up and down smaller amounts. It showed up with engine just starting to warmup at 35 mph with torque converter clutch locked up. It did it some at higher speeds. Service manager said usually you had to drive the car 20 miles to get it to act up. he said it's the control valve for the torque converter lockup. It never completely is locked up (to cushion engine vibrations from being felt by passengers) and this valve controls how much slip is present from 98% lockup down.
I didn't change my trans fluid until 60K. He said it should be done at 36K. I suspect GM has bad valve or valve body and or poor transmission fluid they installed from factory. I have changed the fluid 2 times in 10K since. It seems to have helped. He thought it was sludged up. It's cheaper to try changing fluid myself than 6-700 for valve body replacement.
#1153 of 2268 92 SSEi Struts
Aug 04, 2003 (5:29 pm)
Imidazol97, thanks for the response on the struts (post 1147-48). I'll see about changing them out and leaving the springs alone. Appreciate your help.