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Pontiac Bonneville, Sedan
Feb 14, 2002 (9:00 pm)
I just returned from the Chicago Auto Show and signed on to say WOW!!! about the graphite grey Bonneville I saw at the auto show.... but the Iceman beat me out (thanks for the reference to the pix).
However, I gotta' say a few words anyway. I didn't know about the car and did a real double take when I saw it. I couldn't believe how much the smoothing of the facia improved the looks of the car (and I love the looks of my 2000 SSEi already). Notably, the lower side cladding is smooth, the "coke bottle: flare at the back door is smoothed, the back bumper bump around the license plate is gone, there are two exhaust tips on each side, the imprinted Pontiac and Bonneville are gone, replaced by small metal letters (saying Pontiac Bonneville) at the lower left corner of the trunk lid.
I could do without the carbon-fiber accents on the steering wheel and around the air vents inside... but... I'd get used to 'em.
I'm with the iceman.... if it goes into production, I'm getting one
Bill, Madison, WI
#2521 of 4400 Hey there Bill - good to see you
Feb 15, 2002 (6:23 am)
Gee, all you guys are starting to recognize the beauty of the 'unadorned' look of the Bonneville - as shown in the G/XP which has been why I have prefered the looks of the SE to the SLE and SSEi all along. It sure does look great and I would also love to see it make production status. Don't think I'm in the position to buy one new but maybe a 1 or 2 year old deal like I got on my present ride would be possible. Hope it isn't just a teaser.
Feb 15, 2002 (11:32 am)
I hope pontiac moves towards less extra plasticc on the outside of there cars, to a sleeker more refined look like the concepts display...The current GP and Bvill are nice, but the grand am is hidious, and look at that aztec thing...ahhhhhh
#2523 of 4400 The Iceman (and Bill) Cometh
Feb 16, 2002 (7:37 am)
Nice to see some old contributors back; at least for a once in a great while post.
Feb 16, 2002 (8:27 pm)
GM to cut 1,750 jobs at Orion Township; cites Aurora sales off by 80.7%, Bonneville sales off by 26% (48,598 for 2001), LeSabre off by 24% (36,454 for 2001). http://www.auto.com/industry/gm15_20020215.htm
Bad news is that Orion is down to one shift -- which is one step away from shuttering the plant altogether -- and this is the only plant building Bonnevilles.
Feb 16, 2002 (9:24 pm)
they need to refreshen the bvill anyway.
#2526 of 4400 LeSabre/Regal
Feb 17, 2002 (5:10 am)
Maybe there's hope for GM yet. The automotive section of the Chicago Tribune said this morning that Bob Lutz has trashed the 03 redesign of the LeSabre and Regal.
To quote "Those were, I think, by far the most disappointing vehicles I have encountered in GM's product pipeline. There was nothing favorable you could say about them except they were on time."
So perhaps the "tuner" Bonneville at the Auto Show has a shot at production.
Feb 18, 2002 (5:58 am)
Hi - new to the forum - bought a 2001 SSEI in October. Wondering what the best for the dollar upgrades are to this car? Does anyone make aftermarket sway bars that are any stiffer than stock? Really like the ride, highway performance but looking to 'spice' it up a little - doesn't quite handle like my 2000 Maxima SE (yet, I hope). Thanks in advance for any info---
#2528 of 4400 Round of applause for iptuck (clap clap clap)
Feb 18, 2002 (7:23 am)
Welcome to Bonneville land!!
You're going to love the car for sure. What color and options do you have?
Best wishes for many years and miles of enjoyable driving.
Ken ('00 SE)
Feb 18, 2002 (8:19 am)
Several of us have upgraded our SSEis with sway bars from Saner Performance Fabricators. The rear one was easy, maybe an hour and a half. The front one was very, very difficult and involved disconnecting the tie rods, dropping the engine and disconnecting the exhause pipe. I came close to having mine towed off and have someone else finish up. In hindsight, I would do the rear bar and only get the poly bushings for the front. You'll probably get 90% of the benefit with 25% of the work. This might change the balance between understeer and oversteer so be forewarned.
You can contact Saner sanerperffabcs.com. They were nice people to deal with.