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#2363 of 4400 For tpken- subject- recalls
Dec 05, 2001 (4:21 pm)
Hey Ken, just want to reaffirm that which we already knew from prior posts- THE BONNEVILLE IS THE BETTER BUILT CAR- PERIOD!!!!!- NHTSA recalls- Pontiac Bonneville-year 2000- 1 recall for cars made in January of 2000- possible brake problem- year 2001 and 2002- NO RECALLS!- 2000 Dodge Intrepid- 7 RECALLS, 2001 Dodge Intrepid- 2 RECALLS, 2002- no recalls- Chrysler 300 M- year 2000- same 7 RECALLS and same 2 recalls for 2001- no recalls for 2002-
anyone who wants to read these , just go to www.nhtsa.dot.gov and click on recalls etc.
#2364 of 4400 jashou 300m
Dec 06, 2001 (5:27 pm)
I'm in the market for a new car and one of my top choices is a 300M special (18" wheels, HID lights,
dual exhaust etc..) I just happened to come across your comments on the 300M, it does have me concerned. I've never owned a Chrysler product before and your comments are important.
However, I did drive a Bonne ssei and was impressed with the performance. But the interior felt cheap, Pontiac uses alot of plastic on this car and my concern is that thing will start to fall apart. Also this platform has been around along time and is starting to show signs of aging.
The Grand Prix GTP shares the same powertrain and is better looking of the two cars and is less expensive. I think the Bonne. days are numbered.
Dec 07, 2001 (7:04 am)
As for the plastics, it may look cheap to you, but every car in the world uses plastic. The 300M, the ES300, the S80, the E420, the A6, the 530, all use plastic inside. No, that's fake wood or just a laminate over... plastic. One cannot say that one uses more plastic than another.
In conclusion, it's more about looks than anything else.
Dec 07, 2001 (12:07 pm)
I would agree the 300m interior is classier than the bonne. It all comes down to what is important to you in owning a vehicle. To me the exterior looks of the bonne is just as attractive as the M. The major differences that appeal to me with the bonne over the M are the HUD, increase of power, smoother trans, lack of road noise and probably most important the reliability factor. Maybe the M has improved since I had mine but being burnt once is enough for me. Good luck in whatever you decide.
Dec 07, 2001 (2:45 pm)
Richboro is about 35-45 minutes away ( depending on traffic). Took the Bonnie in last week for the first oil change and I am good until March.
Not only did they sell the new 2002 Bonnies but they had 6-8 late 90's and 2001 left overs. I did check out the Grand Prix and Grand AM and they looked very nice. It was great to be surrounded by all those Bonnevilles.
I hope everyone is getting to enjoy the extended summer weather and it is nice to put the windows down, the music up and go cruise'n.
Have a safe holiday and remember our country's veterans on this the 60th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
Dec 08, 2001 (6:04 pm)
We all seem to be seeing more and more new style Bonnevilles on the road.
Today I pulled up to a stop light next to my twin, a Dark Bronzemist metallic SSEi. Unfortunately the other driver didn't seem as excited as my wife and I were. I don't think they even realized. Oh well.
Love the ride.
#2369 of 4400 Twins/Siblings
Dec 09, 2001 (1:30 pm)
I know what boosted means about others on the road not as exited as we are when seeing a twin/sibling. Today I passed a sibling to my 2000 Midnight Blue SSEi; the identical car but an SE. The driver didn't even acknowledge me even though I know he saw me. I'm surprised when a driver in cars like these doesn't show appreciation of like minded owners. We are a unique group and should pay attention to each other.
Dec 09, 2001 (4:19 pm)
Hmm...One thing I always liked about my '78 Mercury was that I almost never saw one like it. Very rarely a Grand Marquis of the same body style, and never one in the same color. It was a bit unique, and I liked it. Now, granted, the new Bonnevilles are out in much greater numbers, and still being produced, but some people just feel like lemmings when someone pulls up beside them in an identical car.
#2371 of 4400 That's the point
Dec 09, 2001 (5:37 pm)
When I see my identical car, it surely is a rare event. I would think all new style Bonnie owners would also recognize this and pay tribute to others in this very small group. I don't think we are in danger of becoming lemmings due to the "love it or hate it" aspect of this body style.
#2372 of 4400 Siblings
Dec 10, 2001 (8:25 am)
Whenever I pass or stop alongside another Bonneville, especially an SSEi, I look over at the other driver to see if he notices (I've only seen one or two female drivers of these newer cars in the past two years). The one and only time there was any recognition was back when I first got the car in March 2000. I was following another new, black SSEi and pulled alongside at a red light. Both the other driver and his passenger (wife, I'm guessing) were thumbs-up to me. That was cool, but it was the only time it has happened. I don't expect it from the SE drivers (no offense) because they are mostly rental cars around here. But the SLE and SSEi owners just don't seem to notice, or care. Not that I expect everyone to be as enthusiastic about their cars are we are, but you'd still think that an SSEi owner would be a "special breed" (I don't know what that means, but you see my point).