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#1 of 344 Hello & Welcome!
by KarenS HOST
Apr 04, 2001 (9:35 am)
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Bonneville!
My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.
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#2 of 344 Bonneville RULES!!!
Apr 04, 2001 (11:02 am)
And Bonneville owners are the Best and Brightest! hehehehe - don't you just love it!' I'm Ken, a 2000 SE owner since January 2001. I bought my Spruce Green (with charcoal cloth buckets) beauty from the local used car superstore and have been enjoying it immensely. I drive it back and forth to work on my 100 mile round trip commute and to PA for a few days most months. Our kids love this car (it's so cool, Dad) and it's not even an SSEi! Things I like the most about this Bonneville are the styling - in my opinion one of the nicest looking cars in production today - of any manufacturer; the engine - smooth, responsive and reported to be very reliable; the radio - love the RDS features; the ride and handling - responsive and comfortable for long haul cruising. We live on the southern Maine coast - any Bonneville vacationers to this part of the country will always get a Bonneville (floor) welcome mat laid out for them if they wish to stop by. Best wishes and welcome to all. Ken
#3 of 344 Yea - Bonnevilles
Apr 04, 2001 (1:01 pm)
We're Ed & Marie,we have a 2001 SLE light bronze mist with heated leather power seats and the upgraded radio with the 1 CD. The car was ordered and delivered in 27 days. We have had it since the last Friday of September 2000. My wife picked out the car after looking at several different GM offerings. She liked the style and as she put it "in your face dual exhausts" We love the dual heat controls among the many features. I get to drive it on the weekends to Cape Cod to see the grandchildren and on vacations. I like the 3800 engine and the power. My son has 208k on a 1988 Bonnie.
We live in North Providence, RI.
Ken - Ogunquit is our get a way weekend destination - always off season. We love Marginal Way and the "The Steakhouse" in Wells.
Regards to all and I hope your Bonnie is as trouble free as our SLE.
#4 of 344 I second that...
Apr 04, 2001 (1:08 pm)
I'm Brian, and I hail from Clearwater, Florida-the Sunshine State!
My Bonnie was bought in October 2000 and is a 2000MY. It is a Galaxy Silver SSEi loaded, sans heated seats and the CD changer. It is a FABULOUS car. Awesome power, rocketship styling, tons o' features...all at an affordable price. This vehicle is among the best autos built by GM today.
I use Zaino for that beautiful shine (hope to put pictures up soon) and spent about $150 on a custom-fit car cover to protect it from the birds performing bombing runs.
The best feature is the 3800 Series II V6 engine...an engine that started at 135-hp in 1961 and is now putting out 240-hp in its supercharged form. I have a had more than a few comments about how the thing sounds like a V8 and people are surprised that it is in fact a six.
This is defiently the best car I have owned to date, and I hope to keep it for a long, long time.
Good day and Happy Bonnevilling!
#6 of 344 2000 SSEi
Apr 04, 2001 (2:42 pm)
I'm Mark Fahey and we live in Morris, Illinois which is about an hour southwest of Chicago. After a long career as a plant manager for what is now the largest distilled spirits company in the world, Guinness/UDV, I just retired in January and am loving every minute of it so far. We also have a summer "camp" in southern Maine so we'll be heading there for most of the summers and falls once I let my wife retire from teaching.
After seeing the SSEi at the 1999 Chicago Auto Show, I knew that it had to be my next car. For many years, the car that I drove was a company car and while they were nice cars and the company had a liberal policy on letting us upgrade with our own money, suffice it to say that this car would not have been on the list. I did sneak in a Taurus SHO one time and that was an awesome car but the others, while nice, were just cars. When the company did away with company cars about two years ago, I decided to just bide my time and wait for the new Bonnevilles to come out.
I ordered it in January of 2000 and got it in late February. It is light bronzemist and has all available options on it. I really enjoy the car and even my wife, who is not known to have much in the way of opinions on cars, is quite enthusiastic about it and loves the bun warmers.
The only thing that is different about it as compared to when it was delivered is the Notre Dame University sticker in the back window. My kids both went there (Dad wasn't smart enough) and I figured this was the least I could do. Go Lady Irish by the way. I do have the stabilizer bars and bushings on order from Saner but I haven't bitten the bullet on a pulley change. Maybe this fall.
#7 of 344 1988 SE and 1992 SE serve us well
Apr 04, 2001 (3:13 pm)
I bought the 92 with 89000 mi. it now has 195000 and the motor used no oil on a 5000 mi trip from Mich to Las vegas The first time the service eng light came on in Vegas it was due to an O2 sensor Which I replaced upon arriving back to Mich. Other than brakes, tires , alternator sparkplugs upper strut bearings (over the 5 years Ive had it} Its been fairly trouble free it has original struts and no transmission probems .also original muffler system My 88 I got 3 years ago with 135000 It now has 176000. and the only thing I do have to keep after the minor rust which sprouts after our winters. I will probably buy another 3800 wether its a Pontiac. Olds or buick.. Thanks for the your attention
#8 of 344 Another Happy Driver
Apr 04, 2001 (3:20 pm)
My name is Michael and I am currently residing in Orlando, Florida. My first Bonneville was a 1982 wagon, dark blue with the faux wood siding, wire wheel covers, blue interior with vinyl bench seats, a push-button analog radio (!) and the 3.8 litre six-cylinder engine. This was the mid-size Bonneville, when it was downgraded from land-barge status (that was the Parisienne), and not in the spirit of Bonneville heritage. But then again, it was the '80's. The car was actually pretty solid, easy to drive and reasonably comfortable, but the engine - actually the Computer Command Control - was horrible. Engine knock was rampant, at any speed and any load. I tried everything, but the computer overrode my every move and was determined to advance that spark so it came in before the piston hit top dead center (in the name of "economy" and "low emissions" - ha!). That and the leak coming through the roof rack mounts are what I remember most vividly about that car.
When I could only afford to own one vehicle at a time, I have been loyal to Chevy Truck. My Tahoe can go through anything, anytime, no worries - and it can haul lots of stuff too. But I wanted something fun to drive on sunny days, and finally my wish came true - the 2000 Bonneville SSEi. Usually it takes me a while to warm up to the styling of a new car, but the Bonnie was different. The first time I saw a photograph of it on the cover of Car and Driver, I was hooked! Pontiac has brought some heritage back into it too. The round finned air vents, the dash-mounted ignition switch, the dual-nostril grill and dihedral-V shape of the hood. This is truly a gorgeous car. Not to mention, it is powerful, well-balanced, easy to drive and has plenty of whiz-bang technology aboard to please the engineer in me.
I ordered it the first week of February 2000 and took delivery a mere four weeks later. Midnight blue exterior, dark pewter leather inside, aluminum lace wheels, sunroof, CD changer, heated seats and block heater (see explanation on Pontiac Bonneville 2 discussion). I passed on the chrome wheels - not my style - and OnStar was not yet available. I bought a custom-fit cover to protect it from the sun and birds (of course it is garaged at home), and am looking for a front-end cover to keep the acidic Florida insects from destroying the finish. No real problems so far, just a few quirks to remind me that GM still has a way to go on the quality front. But I'll say this: the car is a blast to drive!
#9 of 344 mostly happy owner
Apr 04, 2001 (6:40 pm)
My name is Rod I live in St. Louis. We make fighter planes and beer here. Mixing the 2 would be a hoot, but I'm funny like that. I have a Black SSEi with all the toys and the pulley and air induction mods. Had a park ave before and expected the same build quality, I was disappointed. The Park had no squeaks, rattles, or electrical problems; the SSEi had more than a 34,000 dollar car should; too much plastic in the interior I guess. I also have a pristine 79 anniversary Trans AM that I bought new and has never been in the rain. Both are Pontiacs, but they are apples and oranges... 400 cu in 4 BBL 4-speed VS. a 231 6 banger. I had hoped the SSEI would be a cross between a T/A and a Park AVE... and that is exactly what I feel it is. So, minus a few trips to Pontiac service for rattles, I am happy as a clam. Guess which of the cars is faster?
#10 of 344 Another satisfied owner. . .
Apr 04, 2001 (6:42 pm)
Hi, I'm Heidi and a proud owner of a '97 Bonnie SSE. Full leather interior, cd player, hud, and lots of other goodies. We upgraded to the Bonnie two years ago after surviving Satan the Merc Sable. I love the power, love the look! I change the oil, oil filter, air filter and other bits and pieces on my own. It's an easy car to work with. My bonnie puts up with a lot: two kids, a newfoundland, and my lead footed hubby (thankfully he's a state patrolman).
At 84k, it will soon be time to add a new Bonnie in place of our aging '97. I can't wait!