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Pontiac Bonneville

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  • ezraponezrapon Posts: 348
    I've had many cars with posi trac, safety track, limited slip, or whatever the factory chose to call it. It gave decent traction on marginal traction surfaces and left really cool twin stipes on the concrete, but it is stone-age technology compared to the SSEi traction control. It will pull you through where posi would leave you on the shoulder. It is not a performance item, but for what is designed for, it is one of the most impressive items on the car. Now a Posi combined with a traction control would really be nice. Yes, it snowed in St. Louis today... thus the rant!
  • teuobkteuobk Posts: 1
    Greetings everybody,


    I've been looking for a website dedicated to the Pontiac Bonneville, but haven't found one that really "fit" me (no offense to Edmunds). Therefore, I decided to make my own. If you're interested, check out http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/


    Cheers,

    Jeff

  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Interesting site - I'll look more closely at it when I have a few minutes. It's always a pleasure to meet fellow Bonnevillians

    Ken
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    I was doing some research for a friend that brought me here & I thought I'd "pop by" and wish you all the best for '02. Still driving the '00 SLE and still thinking about an SSEi. Problem is, I like the SLE too much and the 0% deal up here didn't include the '02s.

    At 20k miles now and have yet to do any of the mods I once was considering. Maybe next summer...

    All the best gang! Cheers!

    ice
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Nice to see you - thanks for saying 'Hi'. Hope you and the MTC gang are enjoying yourselves wherever you disappeared to. Sure do miss your inputs here.

    Have a great year.

    Ken
  • I just noticed that someone hit my rear passenger door on my 98 SE, enough to slightly crease the metal. Should I be brave and try and knock this out (without cracking the paint)? If so, how do I get the interior door panel off? Thanks in advance.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    The new method of taking out dings and minor dent without having to remove body panels is really great. Dent Wizard is the name of one such franchised repair establishments in the North East - there are certainly others around the country. I've not had to deal with that yet but have heard some good reports about the effectiveness and low cost of these procedures.

    Good luck

    Ken
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    Good to hear from Dan. I wish he would stop by more often!
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Looks like more changes in store for us here at TH according to the hosts. I see over on the Impala board that the host has indicated we may have to include the car name of the board - in this case the word "Bonneville" in each post. There is apparantly a notice coming out on this later today. More advertising as seen on the top of this page and to the left here, and changes in the chats are already announced. Stay tuned I guess.

    Ken
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    That was a tongue-in-cheek response to an earlier poster who had suggested somehow that was now going to be a requirement - I think his message was tongue-in-cheek as well.

    You have already noted the "change" which is the addition of the banners at the top of the page and the additional links on the left sidebar. There is a link on the front page to a letter from our Community Manager, Jonah Brown, explaining what's up. I believe it was posted Wednesday evening. http://townhall.edmunds.com/

    I made that post earlier Wednesday before the announcement was posted.

    Sorry for any misunderstanding, I was just kidding around.

    :-)

    Pat
    Host
    Sedans Message Board
  • jeffbogjeffbog Posts: 63
    I remember a while back that there was some discussion of the Bonneville being discontinued. For what it is worth, I just read in the Chicago Tribune, dated 01/17/02, that "new Pontiac designs are coming out in the next 18 to 24 months. New Grand Prix in '03, Grand Am in '04 and Bonneville replacement in '05." Now they didn't say new Bonneville, but rather Bonneville replacement. I guess we'll wait and see.
  • Hi.. My '98 Bonneville has developed a "creak" coming from the rear suspension (I suspect). Only does it when I am exiting the car and it sounds like something is rubbing -- almost sounds like metal to metal. Its not the rear struts -- does not do it when I go over a bump, but its driving me nuts. Any ideas?? Thanks
  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    I've been pretty quiet here of late. Been in Maine for a week playing electrician, working on the old Camaro and finally, tons of computer issues. Downloaded new OS and Netscape 6 whereupon the computer would freeze every 15 seconds or so. Back to normal after trashing Netscape 6.
    Anyway, we've all read ads touting the latest miracle device or additive that will increase your fuel economy beyond your wildest dreams and that if Detroit wasn't involved in such a conspiracy to get us all to use the maximum amount of fuel, we would all be using these items on our cars right out of the factory.
    Well, my car seems to be working in reverse in that it uses fuel overnight. Whenever I fill up the tank and only have a relatively few miles on it, the average fuel economy per the DIC goes down 2-3 tenths of a MPG from the time I pull into the driveway and when I start it back up the next day. Must be some type of averaging computation the computer uses but it sure is baffling.
    The same Tribune article also said that the new Pontiac redesigns will be cleaner and without the ribbed body panels.
    Last Sunday, the Tribune had an article that was quoting GM's president as saying that they have made great strides in the hard type quality issues as in the ones that can be measured. He said, however, that GM needs to make much bigger strides in improving perceived quality, especially in the interior area. Since I rarely, if ever, am in a luxury imported car, I don't have much of a frame of reference except for the Bonneville and I find it just fine. However, it would seem that there is a perception out there, at least with some buyers, that the GM interiors are a bit cheesy and needs to improve before they'll even consider a purchase.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Any snow up your way at the camp? We've got a few inches - major disappointment to the kids so far this winter!

    What exactly was the problem you had with starting on your Bonneville? I noticed the other day that I turned the key and there was nothing at all the first attempt. Fine on the second.

    Ken
  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    A week ago yesterday, we got about 6". The Ford Focus I had as a rental was pretty decent in the snow but certainly could have used traction control.
    Both times my car has failed to start, the problem has been the ignition switch. I know that was the problem the first time since it was diagnosed and fixed by the local(Illinois) dealer. That's what the dealer in Maine also told me but then, I don't have much faith in anything they said, considering it would start in neutral but not park. No problems since.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    Chevydude: My guess would be that the rear control arm ball joints are dry. Grease the ball joints and the links - two zerks on each side.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    I see that Pontiac sold 48,000 units of Bonneville last year compared to 65K the prior year. Doesn't look encouraging to see numbers drop like that.

    LeSabre sold 145K units. I guess people prefer the softer ride in this class.

    Ken
  • mlm4mlm4 Posts: 401
    The other day I received a mailer describing a new owner's web site for my Chevy Tahoe, so I checked it out. GM has created a site where you can get info about your car including "service history," recall information, download owner's manuals, and more. It's actually pretty nice, although it seems to be in it's infant stages; I expect that it will improve with time. I was disappointed that the service history is not what I thought it was -- it is only a place for you to enter stuff like when you got your oil changed and it will remind you when to get another oil change. They claim that beginning in the spring warranty service will automatically appear there; I was hoping all my dealer's service records would be there too.

    So far only select Chevrolet and Pontiac vehicles are available (including 1993-present Bonneville), but I guess soon all the carlines will be participating. Anyway, I was able to enter my Tahoe and Bonneville, so we'll see how it works.

    http://www.mygmlink.com
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Michael - the GM site looks interesting. I guess one of the benefits would be for anyone that is travelling and gets into trouble - all the repair history would be available to the servicing dealer right away.

    BTW - I finally got to check out Jeff's site mentioned above in #2342. Looks like he's attracted a good assortment of teens and other young guys driving prior generation Bonnevilles. Nice to see that someone younger than most of us here can appreciate these vehicles. Makes me feel pretty darn old at 46 though!

    My wife and I took the Bonneville into Boston last night to go to a concert at Symphony Hall. I was driving in my usual assertive city manner and enjoying the handling of the S curves getting into and out of town and the smooth new tires. What a great car!
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