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#2314 of 4400 Any more Leftovers?
Nov 23, 2001 (10:02 am)
Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I got a chance to take the Bonnie on the road this holiday to my sister's place 3 hours away from home. The car ran great and was a pleasure to drive. For the 6 hours of driving, I did see two mid 1990s Bonneville and two 2001-2002 Bonnies as well (one was Maple Red) and only one police car.
Ken, I am sure you will agree that this car is a great highway cruiser and I checked my dealers web site (Davis Pontiac) and they have 10-12 Bonnies on their lot. One can hope GM will wake up and promote a great car.
All the best and take care of all one's friends and family this holiday season.
#2315 of 4400 Sure Is a great cruiser!
Nov 23, 2001 (5:06 pm)
Stephen - I'm jealous of that 3 hour trip. Havent been on the road for more than my usual 1 hour commute for months and I'm ready to drive! Maybe Pa in Dec - we'll see.
Interesting that so many Bonnevilles are on the lot when there are scarcities on others. The Impala board mentioned sparce pickings on new Impalas and my local Chevy dealer has just one. Haven't stopped by Pontiac to check their inventory. They usually have no more than 2 Bonnevilles in stock. Will have to see.
Hope all had a great Thanksgiving. Ours was very relaxing.
Nov 25, 2001 (3:29 pm)
Somehow, perhaps coinciding with the Thanksgiving visit of our two kids, my automatic login became disabled and since it had been so long since I actually had to login, I had completely forgotten my password and had to have it sent to me. Anyway, I'm back.
I don't know if anyone keeps track of the annual buying guide for Consumer Reports but it gave stellar ratings to the 2000 Bonneville. The only areas it fell down in were electrical, which I can certainly vouch for with two ignition module failures and body integrity which has had a number of comments from other posters. Overall, though, I thought it was an outstanding rating.
#2317 of 4400 "pit stop"
Nov 25, 2001 (8:23 pm)
Just thought I'd drop by to say I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving (and you Canadians a nice day in general).
Consumer Reports: I only use Consumer Reports Online when I'm getting ready to make a purchase and then cancel it after a month. Don't know about recent ratings for the Grand Prix. I think when they give the GP the "Recommended" rating it's for the 3.8 L engine. I've got the 3.1 so I don't really know how it rates but I do enjoy the car.
I don't know if we're ever going to have a winter here in the South. We're still having highs in the 70's--sometimes close to 80. I'm ready for some cooler weather!!
#2318 of 4400 Hi there Stacy!
Nov 25, 2001 (9:06 pm)
Stnel - did you have any of those terrible T-storms that went through the Mississippi area?
I'd be glad to send you a can full of cold air someday - we grow a lot of it around here!
Hope everyone enjoyed the TG holiday. I sure did!!
#2319 of 4400 Road Trip
Nov 26, 2001 (7:45 am)
Last week I had to drive the family to Atlanta, GA for a funeral service. My SSEi performed perfectly! It was the first time that I've driven that far (900 miles and 16 hours each way.)
Too bad they don't have separate roads for tractor trailers!
#2320 of 4400 Consumer Reports
Nov 26, 2001 (7:50 am)
Yeah, I noticed the Bonnie's rating too. Not bad for the 1st model year. Usually the subsequent years the ratings improve even more. Let's just hope that the ratings keep on high as the years go by...
BTW, before the holiday I got a survey from JD Power about my Bonnie. It started with something like "you've had your car for a few weeks now..." and went on to enumerating possible problems. I had two: the seats were a little dirty on delivery and the headliner needed a slight trim where it meets the rear window. ;^)
#2321 of 4400 Surveys and Other Comments
Nov 26, 2001 (8:12 am)
You know, I never have received anything from GM, the dealer, JD Power or anyone regarding my Bonnie except for the one "thank-you" gift from Pontiac (it was a leather CD carrying case). No surveys, no junk mail (a good thing, no?), no Pontiac owner's magazine. It seems a little odd to me since I special-ordered a top-of-the-line flagship model, no less, and I must be in their system to have received the thank-you gift. When I bought my Tahoe in 1998, I got the standard dealership satisfaction survey from Chevy and a very nice thank-you gift: a carrying case with a thermal mug and Maglite, among other things. When my girlfriend bought her Alero earlier this year, Olds has been sending her mail as well (they seem very appreciative for the sale despite -- or perhaps in light of -- their impending doom).
Not that I am complaining, just wondering aloud. I just hope that if there are any recall or service notices (hopefully there will not be any) that I am still on their mailing list. The car has been running great and the only problem I have had to repair so far was a burnt-out fog lamp. Still have a small rattle in the right front door panel, not bad enough to fuss about. The rough idle when hot has pretty much gone away by itself, but not completely. Again, not bad enough to worry about.
Earlier this year I bought two front-end covers, one for the Bonnie and one for the Alero from an Olds dealer. The quality, construction and fit of the covers is very good; they were about $82 each. I have not used the cover on the Bonnie yet (other than to test fit it), but I did put it on the Alero when my girlfriend took two trips from Orlando to Pensacola. The cover did it's job of keeping the bugs off the front end, but the hood section left a scuff mark along the trailing edge where apparently it was flapping a bit. I tried to polish it out by hand, and it is mostly gone but not completely. It may need more agressive treatment. But it worries me to put the cover on the Bonnie now for that reason. Instead I just carry some quick detailer and clean the bugs off every day practically (a necessary nuisance in Florida).
#2322 of 4400 Not dead yet?
Nov 26, 2001 (2:09 pm)
The automotive section of the Chicago Tribune today interviewed someone from Pontiac and in the article, although it was not a direct quote or promise for that matter, it said that Grand Prix is to be redone in '03,Grand Am in '04 and drum rolls, Bonneville in '05. Maybe there's still hope.
#2323 of 4400 Sure Do Hope So
Nov 26, 2001 (4:45 pm)
That would be great news, Mark. It would be a shame to kill off such a great automobile.