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#1625 of 4400 brakes/homer2000ssei
Jun 12, 2001 (10:20 am)
I posted the problem on MSN- Carpoint- customer reviews
for 2000 Pontiac bonneville- (Read the one listed as "RUPERT ID/read this/RE BRAKES SE")
I had to have the brake pads changed, rotors re-cut and also changed- also within a 3 month period- July to Sept 2000- from 5000 miles to 7000
miles on the car- the PROBLEM WITH MY CAR was that the brake pads in the box from the Factory
were NOT the correct brake pads that were supposed to be in the box for the car!in other words, the box and pad # was correct on the outside,
but the pads placed inside the box were the wrong pads for the car. Since they fixed this problem in Sept-2000-and the car had 7000 miles on it- no more brake problems- as i mentioned- i've put on over 11,000 more miles- NO NOISES- NO GRINDING.
If you are still having problems- ask your dealer to check that the correct pads are on your car-
Just as an after thought- my vehicle was made in Oct99- when was your's manufactured?
Maybe this is a problem that others also had and GM should be made aware that something is wrong with their shipping/packing brake parts etc.
Mine could be an isolated incident- then again- maybe not- anyone-else having or had pre-mature brake problems on 2000 bonneville's?
Ken- thanks for the warm welcome back!!!!
I posted a message last week- re- rear sway bar-
can you get back to me at your convenience and let me know if its worth having done etc.
#1626 of 4400 No speed limiter
Jun 12, 2001 (1:15 pm)
Just got my PCM back from ASE yesterday. What little I've driven it I can tell the difference. They raised the rev limiter.It has better throttle response also. I'll really get on it tonight when I go to work.
#1627 of 4400 Bonjour
Jun 12, 2001 (1:35 pm)
Hi, checking in from Paris, France, where I am on business this week. (Isn't the internet great?) Just wanted to say that I wish I had my SSEi here, it would be a blast, and it would also draw stares (not sure if they would be good or bad). These French cars, they are something. We've got a Citroen (sp?) with that funky hydraulic suspension, it goes up and down like a tricked-out low-rider, really wierd. But I have to say, these diesel engines are as smooth and quiet as the gas ones (and almost as clean). Anyway, these roads and 90 kph speed limits (on the country roads) would make for some great Bonnie driving. Ah well,...
#1628 of 4400 no speed limiter
Jun 12, 2001 (4:24 pm)
Tell us more about the PCM reprogramming you had done. Did you have to pull your old one & send it, leaving your car unusable for awhile, or did they send you one & you did an exchange? Have you really run up against the rev limitation? I've never gotten my car going that fast (yet). Also, in a previous post on the mods board you mentioned some headers. Is there a web page for the 'Other Guys'? I couldn't find one. What other mods have you done?
Jun 12, 2001 (5:50 pm)
I had to send my PCM to Anaheim Ca. I sent it next day air and they shipped it back the same. It took 4 days. Their web site address is asechips.com. their Ph.# is 714-632-9344. They raise the rev limiter the car revs higher before it shifts to the next gear. They also change the air fuel ratio. I just received the headers today. The web site for them is theotherguysproducts.com you can also see them at the grandprixstore.com look under exhaust. I wish I could post a direct link but I have webtv and don't think I can. It will be a week or two before I can have them put in. I also have Thrashers CAI, Rats stage 2 throttle body a couple of Vortex high flow mufflers, ajustable fuel pressure regulator, 180 deg thermostat. 3.5 pulley.
#1630 of 4400 Refiner is Getting Serious
Jun 12, 2001 (7:03 pm)
2000 Bonneville SSEi
Stock: 15.800 89.60 mph
4/14/01: 14.555 94.75 mph
5/19/01: 14.163 98.50 mph
p.s. - before you try the header installation, make sure you order yourself a Grand Prix transmission dipstick. Learn from my trials and errors!
Jun 12, 2001 (8:02 pm)
Mine also was made in Oct 99. the brake problem appeared around the same mileage you speak of. The squeal - grind was not under hard braking - but light to medium.
its been gone for over a year now - but it was a pain.
Jun 13, 2001 (6:38 am)
My commute is 78 miles round trip on Chicago's toll ways. My average for 18 months city driving is 19mpg. On long highway trips, on realistic roads (the roads without 7 million people!) I ussually average 24 mpg.
How do y'all get 32 mpg?
I have a 2000 SSEi with a drop in K&N.
#1633 of 4400 Brakes/Homer2000ssei
Jun 13, 2001 (7:30 am)
It seems like we had the same problem and the same corrective measures by our dealers by replacing the brakes and rotors.
I also agree, it was a PAIN for me too because
i'm not the one using the car monday-fri- the wife is!!! and par for the course- when i got to use the car on sat-sun- NO NOISE, NO GRINDING, ETC
What the $$$%% are you talking about??? was usually the way the conversation went until it finally happened to me!! Talk about eating CROW!!!!
anyway- its been fixed and ok from Sept 2000
Question- your car was also built in OCT 1999- did you take ownership in Oct or a different month?- I'm curious because i took ownership in March of 2000- the car was sitting in the dealers lot from Oct 99 to Mar 2000- entire winter-
not being used- possible rotors rusted from bad winter weather etc??? I really don't know- i'm not a mechanic but my dealer did say that was a
possibility-but they were replaced two times after that- third time was because of the wrong pads.
General Info- just got my Summer 2001- Pontiac Driving Excitement Magazine! All you SSEI owners- good info in the Special Bonneville Section in regards to your HUD and Driver Info Center.
Also good reading about the Orion, Michigan Assembly Plant and a great story on the next page "BONNEVILLE MAN"
Jun 13, 2001 (8:22 am)
I saw a Bonneville a few days ago in your color (dark forest green). That's the first time I've seen a Pontiac in that shade of green. The Grand Prix comes in that color too but I haven't seen one yet. I think Pontiac must have come up with some new colors for 2000. Do you know if dark bronzemist (in Grand Prix) is a new color? I've only seen one other Grand Prix in that color and I'm not even sure if it's bronzemist. It's brown but doesn't quite look like the same color.
I would ask on the Grand Prix forum but there isn't a lot of activity on that forum and I figured you may know the answer.
Incidentally, the dark forest green was a nice looking color.
(Sorry Bonneville owners for crashing your forum with a Grand Prix question.)