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Pontiac Bonneville, Sedan
#846 of 2268 Climate Controls
Sep 20, 2002 (10:38 am)
That description of the climate controls definitely sounds like a '95-'99 Bonneville, not a 2000. If you turn the system on and set it for the minimum temp., it will always force the A/C on (above 40F or so) with max fan through the dash, so everything you describe sounds right. I don't think you're missing anything. If it's not cold then there must be a problem with the A/C system itself. Sometimes if the system detects a fault it will flash the display, but there could be some other problem. Have a repair shop check it out.
I subscribed to mygmlink.com and they have PDF downloads for the owner's manuals for my '99 Chevy and 2000 Pontiac; I presume they will have the manuals available for all models at some point, but who knows how many years back they are going to go.
Sep 23, 2002 (10:23 pm)
Sorry guys. I have a 2000 grand am but the bonneville is 1990. Not sure what I was smoking when I posted that. Haha.
I checked all fuses and they appear good so I can still not get the sterio to work. all the lights light up but the display is totaly blank??? Maybe there is an inline fuse behind the deck?
#848 of 2268 Oil life monitor
Sep 24, 2002 (8:16 am)
I changed the oil today on the 2000 Bonneville and although the owner's manual doesn't say so, I think there must be a pure time component that goes into the DIC's calculation of remaining oil life.
I last changed mine in May, just before the car was put away for the summer. So, in 4 months, I put a grand total of just under 900 miles on the car but the DIC said I was down to just 29% oil life. The miles I did put on were about 50-50 city versus highway so it isn't like I drive 2 miles to the store at 20mph and then come home. Obviously, this isn't a problem but just something I didn't realize about the service life calculation that the DIC performs.
#849 of 2268 Re: Oil life monitor
Sep 24, 2002 (10:22 am)
It may be that it does take time into consideration. Then again, there's nothing worse than 2ml-drives, when the engine barely reaches the operating temperature. So I guess that the computer did the right thing.
#850 of 2268 Re: Oil Life Monitor
Sep 27, 2002 (5:54 am)
That's interesting, because I don't see that with my car. Since it's my second set of wheels, I have been putting only about 3,000 miles per year on it, and I only change the oil once per year. When the car sits for an extended period of time (up to three weeks) the oil life does not seem to change. It takes about 12 months to get down to about 40% with about 50-50 city/highway use.
Sep 27, 2002 (7:51 am)
The main inputs to the oil life monitoring system are engine speed, coolant temp, and driving time.
#852 of 2268 Re: Oil Life Monitor
Sep 27, 2002 (8:04 am)
But an oil change is so cheap and the damage so expensive that I think it's worth following the computer advice just to be on the safe side...
#853 of 2268 Oil life monitor
Sep 27, 2002 (1:47 pm)
Time to fess up. What I now think may have happened is that I forgot to reset the monitor when I changed the oil in May. I got in the car today and realized I hadn't reset the monitor the other day and may well have forgotten the last time.
#854 of 2268 Should I keep it
Oct 02, 2002 (6:54 pm)
I purchased a 95 about 3years ago with 59000 now it has 95000 and is costing me a fortune this year. water pump, plenum gasket (300.00 just for the part), axle, ac compressor and more. I have spent 3000.00 so far this year. I wonder if its time to go althogh the engine and trans and body seem fine. has anyone else noticed that everything seems to go near 100000. Should i dump it?
#855 of 2268 You just never know
Oct 03, 2002 (4:59 am)
I would say that your experience overall is by far the exception rather than the rule. Most people seem to get many more miles than 100,000 with only a minimum of repairs. Personally, if the major items like the body and transmission seem fine, now that you have sunk the money in it, I would keep it. It certainly is far cheaper than the depreciation of a new one or a year or two old used car even though repairs and breakdowns can be a major PITA.