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Pontiac Bonneville, Sedan
#2096 of 4400 Winnowing out GM sedans
Oct 01, 2001 (3:47 pm)
If Auorora, Bonneville and PArk Ave are soon to be history, it looks like the full sizd progression will be Impala - LeSabre, new top of line Buick then Cadillac. No Pontiac or Olds in the line-up but still a path of sorts. My hope is that Impala moves up a bit in size and styling and takes over the present Bonneville slot. I'd do one in 2006 or so.
BTW - I still love my 2000 SE - despite present vibrations and have no interest in trading it for anything any time soon.
Oct 01, 2001 (10:04 pm)
I know some of you have had difficulty removing your back seat. I removed mine this past weekend - as part of a thorough cleaning - in a matter of seconds (IOW, very easily). It snapped back in just as easily and apparently securely.
I have two small children. For those of you who are or who have been in "that place", I don't have to itemize what I found down there. For the rest of you, just rest assured that there is a place for pocket change and candy to go.
It occured to me tht one of the nice points about a removable rear seat is the ability to sun-dry and air it out in the event of a spill which soaks through the cloth (or in our case the perforated leather).
Oct 01, 2001 (10:15 pm)
It's also possible that the Bonneville name will stick with a Grand Prix model with a slightly stretched wheelbase (for rear leg room) on the new platform coming out in '04.
I'd like them to keep the name but slow sales loom larger than history in GM boardroom discussions I am sure.
#2099 of 4400 evandro/others
Oct 01, 2001 (10:33 pm)
Congratulations on your new Bonneville. Sure you'll enjoy it.
Dan - A dark bronzemist Bonneville passed me on the interstate today. I saw a dark bronzemist a while back but it could have been the same car.
Ken - I see a green Bonneville (2000+) quite often. It must be the same car and the owner lives in my part of town. Don't know if it's the spruce green or a 2001 that's a different shade of green. I was trying to see the side of her car to see if it was an SE but couldn't tell. It did have a single exhaust pipe as best I could tell. Didn't want to look too much and look like I was a stalker.
I believe I've seen most of the colors around town but am not sure about black.
evandro - I've seen a silver one too.
#2100 of 4400 Thanks For The Warm Welcome
Oct 02, 2001 (7:44 am)
My Bonny has leather, power passenger seat and heated seats (these last 2 make up a package). The CD/cassette player is standard now. But the SLE is pretty well loaded. I did only without sunroof and chrome wheels. However, even being over 6' tall, the Bonny probably has enough head room even with the sunroof.
The 2002 model has, as far as I could tell, different cup holders and new exhaust tips, more noticeably. Even though I prefer a covered cup holder, I have to agree that the previous design it was sometimes impossible to use both receptacles at the same time. They're now staggered and hidden from sight somehow by the console bin. I have no problem with them, although with the cover it was more refined.
The new exhaust tips are oval, like the Grand Prix's, not trapezoidal as before, which were a bit on the overdone side, IMO. I think it looks better balanced now, even if a bit more squareness would improve them a little.
I think it's also new for the 2002 the 5-spoke wheels, instead of the previous crisscrossed style.
I showed it to a couple of closer friends who own a Lexus and a Volvo and they were impressed with the Pontiac. They had no idea that it was actually comparable to their cars, costing $$$ less. Both thought it was an amazing car!
It is a very exclusive ride, most have no clue what car it is. And I love it! ;^)
Oct 02, 2001 (8:23 am)
you've summed it up nicely and touched on a number of improvements compared with my '00 SLE. For example, although leather-endowed, mine lacks On*Star and a cassette player, heated seats and power passenger seat. Further, the driver's seat incline and lumbar are manually adjusted. OTOH, the MSRP since I bought. Still, I woulda gladly paid for the heated seats.
Oct 02, 2001 (10:33 am)
Ah, yes, it has On*Star, which I haven't activated yet... The seats are just 6-way, with manual lumbar and inclination on mine too. The driver's and the inside mirrors are electrochromic; pretty neat feature. ;^)
#2103 of 4400 Bronzemist
Oct 02, 2001 (10:34 am)
Bronzemist seems to be a standard GM color in most car lines. It has me somewhat confused though.
I have seen some Bonnevilles in what I assume is Bronzemist and they look very good indeed. However, when I see what I believe to be the same color on Intrigues, Malibus, etc., it looks different -- dull, muddy-looking, not at all attractive.
The question: is this the same paint for all, or is Pontiac's shade different somehow?
Oct 02, 2001 (10:55 am)
Jayski.com, a Winston Cup new/rumor page, is saying that he hears that the new Pontiac to be run in the 2003 Winston Cup season will be a Bonneville. Another indication that the "Grand Prix" replacement will also replace the "Bonneville".
#2105 of 4400 ab348 on bronzemist
Oct 02, 2001 (11:40 am)
My brother has a medium bronzemist Malibu and I have a dark bronzemist Grand Prix. They look like the same color to me. If there's any difference, I sure can't tell it. My car has a little more shine in the sun, but I figured that had to do with the waxing they gave my car when I bought it. (And my brother doesn't wash his car, so if it's duller, it's probably due to dirt.)
Pontiac also has a light bronzemist but you can definitely tell the difference with that color.