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Pontiac Bonneville Owners: Meet the Members

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  • fantascpfantascp Posts: 175
    Thanks Ken- I found the posts- its in aftermarket and accessories- #19- Oct 01 and #32- Jan 17th, 2002. Save your money- it did nothing at all to help gas mileage!


    Chuck
  • Just to say hi from central Indiana. I've had my 2002 SLE for just over one month. Like the car a lot! Only a small annoying rattle in the dashboard (when it's cold outside). Other than that so far so good. The car is smooth and quiet and goes down the road real fine. I think GM could do better with the color choices on this car. I opted for the Dark Blue Met., chrome wheels and taupe interior. Love the dash layout. Had been considering an SUV, but coming from a pickup, wanted better mileage and a classier look. The SLE is both and was less than a typical SUV. Just wished more folks would go back to cars! Like reading all the member posts!!
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Rick - welcome to Bonneville Land!

    Best wishes to you for many years and miles of enjoyment from that great SLE. We look forward to hearing from you regarding your experiences and opinions on all things Pontiac.

    BTW - the dealer should definitely fix your dash rattle. There's got to be something loose in there someplace. Mine is firm and quiet - and I think all the others in here can say the same.

    Ken (2000 SE)
  • Thanks for the welcome Ken. The dash rattle I have is not so much a rattle, but more of a "creaking" sound. And that only happens when it's cold outside. Last weekend here it was in the teen's and the "creaking" was prevalent. This week it's been in the 40's - 50's and no creaking. Interior is very quiet. So it has to be temperature related...probably some little plastic piece somewhere. Otherwise the car has been great.
    Just wondering if you have heard if anyone has ever had their exhaust pipes "chromed". The cast aluminum is ok, but I think a chrome exhaust would enhance the look. Looking forward to chatting again.

    Rick.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Check over in the mods forum here in Bonnieland - I don't remember if anyone has done that or not. Sounds great though.

    Ken
  • boosted1boosted1 Posts: 90
    PONTIACRICK-Welcome to the wonderful world of Bonneville ownership. Good luck with the car. We are closing in on our first anniversary with our SSEi and we love it as much as the day we picked it up.

    I have been thinking about doing something with my exhaust tips also. I plan on polishing them to a chrome like finish and then clear coating for protection. I have been waiting for the weather to warm up a bit.

    I will try to post before and after pictures . (unless I botch it up)
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    I spray painted the insides black and the trim chrome/silver. It looked great at first but needs to be done again after about 6 months.
  • xavier64xavier64 Posts: 76
    Just would like to welcome Pontiacrick to the family.

    I am sure you will enjoy your car and that you will have many miles of great driving...

    Steve (2001 SE)
  • thill381thill381 Posts: 64
    I am happy to find a sight of enthusiastic Bonnevile owners. People who enjoy, and take pride in their cars (w/o going import owner overboard). I just got my wife a pre-owned (new for us)2000 SSEi w/ 15K miles. Being in the car business I had been looking all over Chicago, and Wisconsin for SSEi's w/ no luck. There where a few out there but dealers had had them for 6-8 weeks and had to much money in them. The market really fell out on these cars (all late model domestic cars) in the last 4 weeks or so and there where a few cars that had gone through the sales priced very reasonably.

    A budy of mine finally called Friday and said that he had just traded for an Arctic White 2000 SSEi with (agghhh!) Camel interior. I told him no way will my wife drive a car with baby poop brown colored interior. Well he gave me the numbers, and we picked it up Saturday. It was just to good a deal, and you know that interior kind of grows on you :-)

    It is a plain jane, i.e. no chrome wheels, roof or heat seats. I am taking it to get an ASC roof put in it tomorrow, and maybe I'll get her heated seats for Christmas next year. Albeit a kind of boring ext. color with weird int. color we got a heck of a deal and the car is absolutely spotless. I will post some pictures after the roof is done. Look forward to contributing to the boards.

    Tim
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Welcome to the land of Bonneville, Tim - You have found your new HOME!!!

    Congrats on the SSEi. Best wishes for years and many miles of enjoyable driving. We look forward to hearing from you here about your driving and ownership experiences.

    BTW - care to give us some comparisons to your 300M??

    Ken
    2000 SE
  • xavier64xavier64 Posts: 76
    Congratz Tim on your new Bonnie. Wish you all the best and I am sure it will be good to you...

    Steve (2001 SE)
  • thill381thill381 Posts: 64
    Ken your scaring me. I see you read my profile (thanks, reminded me to update it from the 300M) I was wondering how you knew we had a 300M. The 300 is the car we replaced with the SSEi, and there is really not much of a comparison when it comes to the ride of the two vehicles. The SSEi feels more sure footed and solid than the Chrysler did. The Bonneville is also quieter in terms of road noise. The 300 was a very stylish car, lets face it DC has had one of the hottest domestic design studios for the past 7 years, however now Mr. Lutz has come to GM so we'll see what happens. The 300 was a more elegant car, but at the same time it felt fragile, not as solid as the Bonneville.

    I was torn between the 300 and the Bonneville when I bought the 300 last March, but there where not as many pre-owned SLE's or SSEi's at that time as there where 300's. All in all it was a nice car but not something I would want to drive for more than a year, and doing 98% of my business with GM and carrying a GM business card it was too much of a conflict for me to be driving a DC product.

    Once again thanks for the welcome and I look forward to sharing any insight I can on the boards.

    Tim
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Yes - I have to admit that I am really not clairvoyant (however my spies are everywhere!!) - I did pick up on the profile to see about your 300M. Speaking of which - I see you do biz with several OEs and have reason to work with MB, BMW and others.

    I'm curious from the service perspective - how do you see GM dealers responding to customer issues at these various brands? Do MB and BMW give their customers that much better attention and care than a good GM shop?

    Ken
  • thill381thill381 Posts: 64
    To answer your question Ken, yes and no. A high line import service center is obviously dealing with a different demographic than say a Chevrolet store. I would compare most MB and BMW centers to a stand alone Cadillac store in terms of customer service. It seems that all of these franchises are willing and able to assist with there customers problems no matter what they are as long as the customer is reasonable with the franchise.

    As far as service for your Bonneville I would recommend finding a Pontiac store that is a GSP facility, (Goodwrench Service Plus). These are dealers who have committed to GM's higher standards of service and customer satisfaction. They will be the dealers with the most up to date service equipment an most lienieant SPOM's, (Service Parts Operations Manager). GM has an acronym for everything, for instance I work for GMDE, General Motors Dealer Equipment and Services.

    So in short Ken there are good service centers and there are better service centers, just try to go to a GSP dealer whenever you can.

    Tim
    2000 SSEi
  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    Tim, if you happen to see a light bronzemist 2000 SSEi with a Notre Dame sticker in the back window, that's me. We live in Morris and I was just through Oswego this afternoon.
    Small world.
  • thill381thill381 Posts: 64
    That is the color I wanted, but the only one I found was at a Dealer I know in Merriville, IN and he had to much money in it.

    You probably past my subdivision driving through, we live in Mill Race Creek, the one with the ponds and water falls out front on Rt43 across from the new Home Depot.
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    Great thoughts, I agree with most of them. I wish you would post in a more reader friendly style.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Hope to hear more soon from you about your experiences!!

    Ken

    P.S. Punctuation is our FRIEND!
  • mccgmccg Posts: 2
    Hi! I'm Glenn and the proud new owner of a 2002 SSEi. Maple red w/taupe interior. First time I ever bought a car for personal reasons and not those darned "practical" reasons! I'm sure I will love it.
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    You'll find the Bonneville practical as well. Make sure you subscribe to the other Bonneville boards under Bonneville Owners Club. There are a lot of good guys there.
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