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Pontiac Bonneville



  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    Ha ha about the salesmen! I always wondered that too. I mean, they have tons of literature and info kits that I would kill for, yet they still don't know a damn thing about the cars they sell. They get paid 8 hrs a day to learn that stuff. I'm sure they have plenty of down-time during the week. I don't know why you would sell something that you have zero interest in.

    The 4.4L is a variant of the Premium V8 family (Northstar and Aurora). It's just a new displacement. There was a recent press release about the Performance Division, and the GXP was mentioned along with the V-Series and some other vehicles. So it looks like the GXP will be a "Performance Division" model, so it's possible the SSEi will stay on as the highest-end non-tuner version of the Bonnie. I imagine the GXP will be a fair bit more expensive than the top non-tuner version, although if it goes over $40,000 (especially if it's way over) then that will just make me miss the Aurora with it's $32,000 V8 all the more... The Grand Prix GXP will be out at least a year earlier than the Bonnie, I believe. So maybe the price premium on the GP GXP will give an idea of how much more the Bonnie GXP will cost (although the GP GXP doesn't get a new engine).
  • If I was only that lucky Iceman. I could take the door panel off 1,2,3. The dash is a different animal. Its so cold out now I dont know if I want to mess with the dash. I have too isolate the area and then mess around. Thanks...
  • I believe is supposed to be out in about a year. I think the GP GXP will follow the Bonnie GXP. I thought that I read that the Bonneville GXP and the CTSv are to be the first two vehicles to come from the performance division.

    It would make sense to me to drop the SSEi in favor of the GXP. I don't think the GXP is a 40K car and with the SSEi still around it would force the GXP to be close to that point.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    You may be right. The new Grand Prix is coming out as a 2004 model, which means it could be anytime in the next 6 months or so. I thought the GXP was going to debut then too, but apparently not. It's the Comp-G package on the GTP that will be the hot setup. It has suspension and wheel/tire differences, plus stabilitrak and TAP-shift. But it isn't the GXP. I guess that will (or won't) come later. Apparently the Bonneville GXP is set to come out in early 2004. I thought the Bonnie GXP would wait for the next version Bonneville, which probably wouldn't be until 2005 or later (since it was new for 2000), but apparently it isn't. I guess there is no reason the Premium V8 and 4T80-E can't fit in the current Bonnie. After all, the current Bonnie is built on a lower-cost version of the Aurora's platform, which fits that engine/tranny just fine (the extra displacement doesn't add any external dimesion to the engine). It should be a neat car.

    I see what you are saying about dropping the SSEi. However, I think it may depend on how GM views the Performance Division and the in-house tuner cars. If it is AMG-like, it would make sense to keep the SSEi as the premium non-tuned car. But there will be some overlap in product that way (which may be ok, especially if the "tuned" version has a large price premium).
  • Do you think GM will put a LSD or even a torque biasing differential in the GXP?

    I think this would be a great idea, it would basically mitigate the negative characteristics of front wheel drive (power-on understeer, torque steer, and wheel spin).

    They are available aftermarket for $500 (Intense) and $1000 (Quaife) for any car with the 4T65 transmission.
  • mlm4mlm4 Posts: 401
    GXP versions of the Grand Am and Sunfire were on display at the Central Florida International Auto Show this past weekend. Alas, no such animal in Bonneville clothing. It appears that Pontiac has the GXP "look" (styling) pretty much finalized.
  • Did anyone catch the car Christopher was driving on the Sapranos last night. They had in car footage before you saw the exterior of the car and I could tell it was a Bonnie by the door panel & memory switches, however the panel had a two tone insert on it (i.e. GXP). Then they showed two rather short shots of the exterior of the car and it was a Gray GXP. At first I thought maybe it was just a SSEi w/ custom wheels but as it drove off you could see the molded rear spoiler.
  • I heard a long time ago that the GXP was going to be on the show - can't remember where I heard that. I'll have to watch a repeat of the show this week.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    What do you guys recommend to apply to her leather and how often, for maintenance purposes?

  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    I use Lexol's cleaner and conditioner and have been very pleased with it. The conditioner soaks in after an houor or two so you aren't sliding around.
    After Saturday night, I can definitively state that the Bonneville's Bose system is superior to the sound system of the Beetle Turbo S. We had dinner at our friend's and one thing led to another with he and I out in their driveway at 10:00 at night in the freezing cold trying to destroy each other's eardrums with the Eagles "Hell Freezes Over" album. I was just afraid that the paper would have a note about a prominent local attorney(not me) served with a summons for excessive noise in his own driveway. I was very surprised at how much better either car system was than his home system which is no slouch in its own right. At any rate, I claim victory by a clear margin.
  • ezraponezrapon Posts: 348
    All this talk about new Gran Prix and Bonnevilles! Well, back in my day, they were the same car with different front and rear treatments. The GP was a Bonne/catalina with concealed headlights and cool tail lamps back on the fantail. I seem to remember a 421, 389, and then 400's 428's and 455's. We didn't need no stinkin' super chargers, multi-valves, or overhead cam. Buck's worth of 30 cent premium and a spot and steak & was good. Problem is... my SSEi 6 mpopper would probably whip most of them.
  • Yes, the sleek black sedan Chris drive's in this season finale is offically confirmed as a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville GXP. USA today has the article.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    Does it mean that it's the official car of the Mafiosi mobsters? :^D
  • Guys, I need to verify something. Did 1994 Bonneville SEs come with power heated mirrors, or were at least available as options. I got a mirror from a junk yard where the guy says it is heated, but I don't know how to verify.
    VIN of the car the mirror came from: 1G2HX52L1R4226464

    Thanks in advance.
  • Only the SSE came with heated mirrors in that generation Bonneville. (90% sure, only had a '95 reference at hand). Can tell because they had blue tinted glass. The VIN you listed is for a Base SE Bonneville.
  • Will call the place tomorrow and will ship the thing back.
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    The '94 SE came with non-heated LH power and RH manual mirrors. Power non-heated LH and RH were available in an option group. The SSE came with power LH and RH blue tinted heated mirrors as standard.
  • I had to replace my mirrors three times already. I guess crooks just like to steal these.
  • mfahey1 mentioned using Zaino products awhile back. I have used Zaino products on my Pontiacs for several years now, and I have never seen any products like them. They beat everything I have ever used and last a whole lot longer. I don't know what's in that stuff, but it sure does work. I use the clay bar, Z-2, 5, 6, and 7 on the exterior and Z-9 and 10 on the interior. And it's true what other users say, the more Z-2 coats you apply, the deeper the shine and the higher the gloss. I get tons of compliments on how great my cars look.
  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    It has only been a couple of weeks but several rainstorms since I first applied the Zaino. It still looks great and now you almost have me tempted to go out and put a second coat on.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
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