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Pontiac Bonneville, Sedan
Oct 14, 2001 (8:29 pm)
I agree with many of you that GM needs to step up their Pontiac Bonneville ads . I love my 2000 SSEi and it is such a kick to drive. The first thing I noticed about the car was the look!! It was so different from any other automobile manufacture. Ground effects, narrowed front, tail lights, wing and dual pipes. What a sports package with all the perks for under $ 34,000. Winston Cup Nascar Racing is Hot now. GM , look at what you have to market in the SSEI. The car looks like a Nascar racer complete with the ground effects, fat fenders, aero design and no chrome. Don,t you think the Nascar fans would love to own a car that reminds them of the real thing!! If GM would put a advertising campaign together with the comparisons, and pictures of a SSEi and a Nascar car running side by side on track, I think they would and do have a winner!!
Oct 15, 2001 (4:12 am)
Congratulations and welcome to the club (membership price is rather steep and the benefits not that exclusive but, as tpken has pointed out, we are an elite group here....)
Can't really comment on how well you did (Canadian prices are so different) but the price sounds quite decent.
Built in 9/01? By that I'm supposing you mean September '01. That's pretty fast to the market.
Oct 15, 2001 (8:35 am)
Congratulations on your new Bonnie! You've made a wise choice, as all here can attest to. ;^)
About breaking it in, take a look in the owner's manual. In short, it advises to drive your new car NEVER at one speed only and to go easy on start ups for the 1st 500mls.
I myself am still breaking in my '02 SLE. I've already put over 500mls into it, but I'll keep the break in phase until 1000mls.
BTW, the car has been flawless since day 1 and the joy of driving it is ever more gratifying. I've even been looking forward to the morning and evening commute! :^)
Oct 15, 2001 (8:54 am)
and stick with regular oil for the first 3k miles and then consider switching to synthetic. It's only an extra $15-$20 4-6 times a year and you'll at least feel as if you're pampering the most important component of your car.
Makes me feel good.
#2176 of 4400 Oh, Yeah Again
Oct 15, 2001 (9:22 am)
FWIW, even though the Bonneville's computer, as most GM cars nowadays, advises about when it's time to change the oil, I always have it changed at the 1st 3000mls. There are 2 reasons for that: 1st, the engine has been broken in and it may be abnormally dirty; 2nd, what if the oil sensor is not working?
Hope this helps...
#2177 of 4400 Round of applause for Odin
Oct 15, 2001 (9:24 am)
Congrats to you Mike! It's great to welcome you into the rank and file of Bonneville owners. You're going to enjoy your car immensely as you probably suspect already.
Out of curiosity - what options/color combo do you have? And where do you live?
What other cars did you consider and what were the determining factors in favor of Bonneville?
Enough inquisition! I'm a 2000 SE (Spruce Green with dark graphite cloth interior) owner with 36K presently on the ticker and I absolutely love the car - even more so now that I have a stabilizer bar on the back end to keep it flat in the curves.
Again - welcome. We look forward to hearing of your driving and ownership experiences.
Oct 15, 2001 (9:46 am)
I occasionally glance at the oil life monitor and aim to change the oil at either 5000 kms (3000 miles) or at 40-50% of oil life remaining. So far, I once let the Bonnie go as much as 7000 kms (a little over 4000 miles) between changes. The monitor was showing about 30% life remaining on the oil.
I personally think it's a +ve thing when a mechanic tells me that the oil still looked good when it came out.
#2179 of 4400 Decayed Dinosaurs
Oct 15, 2001 (3:41 pm)
(Otherwise known as "oil" I think an initial oil change at 3,000 miles is a good idea because the oil will contain metal particulates from the residuals of machining the new engine parts. Actually, the oil filter should catch most of these, so it is really the filter that needs changing. After 3,000 miles, I've decided to let the Oil Life Monitor do the thinking (remember that it is NOT an oil sensor, it is just the computer guessing how much the oil has broken down - not applicable to synthetics). The "every 3,000 mile" rule is conservative for most every condition (except maybe a police car or taxi), so why waste oil unnecessarily?
Oct 15, 2001 (4:32 pm)
cause it's cheap and rings ain't.
#2181 of 4400 love the car already
Oct 15, 2001 (5:52 pm)
I made the choice to buy a Bonneville because of this site. Looked at the Impala and LeSabre but for the money the Bonneville SE was the clear choice. It drives great and I only have the SE only opition the leather steering wheel with the radio controls. Light Bronzemist was the only color available as the car just literally came off the truck. I test drove with 5 miles on it. I am very happy with my choice and thanks to all of your as I have been reading here for about a month. Got the 0.09 48 month finance and it really is a deal. Love the car so far and sure I will be very happy with it.