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Pontiac Bonneville

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  • stnelstnel Posts: 338
    Basically what the post said (and I may not have it exactly as he put it)is that there isn't anywhere for dirt and grit to hide on a chamois so you're more likely to scratch your car when drying it. There are more places for grit to hide on a cotton towel so scratches are less likely.

    On another post under that topic, I read to use 100% cotton towels made in the USA. It said other countries may add additional fibers but still say the towel is 100%. I don't remember what the additional fibers are or what countries they would be.
  • the additional fibres would likely be polyester. it doesnt make a suit look good, and it wont help your finish. one of the concerns is with the backing material the loops are attached to...it may not be 100% cotton, as well as the threads used for the edging.

    i have never heard a trusting word for anything other than "made in the US" towels, so im not sure you could pick out the offending countries..
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Now if we could just get a 100% USA car!

    Ken
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    My Grandmother's got one of the previous generation Bonnevilles (1992, the first year), and she's 69. I was with her when she picked it out. I saw it before she did, and thought it was the ugliest thing on 4 wheels. (I was 14 at the time, 21 now). Anyway, she saw the car, thought it was gorgeous, had the salesman let her look at it. She was sold when she saw all the gadgets and gizmos on the vehicle. In the 7 years she's had it, the only problems have been going through about 3 alternators, and a lot of the plastic around the interior breaking for no reason. She's still in love with that car. I've since come to tolerate the styling, and the 3800 V-6 is awesome (I'd still rather have my V-8). However, the new design of Bonneville is much better looking. I have no opinion one way or another on rounded styling in general. Like I said, I didn't like the 1992 Bonneville when I first saw it, and 1996-1999 Tauruses are ugly, but rounded Jaguars are beautiful, as is the new Thunderbird. It all depends on the car.
  • stnelstnel Posts: 338
    I think you'll have to settle for the cotton!
  • boosted1boosted1 Posts: 90
    I think the average age must be dropping...I'll just leave it at that. :)
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    I could get my average age to drop!

    Ken
  • skyhawk3skyhawk3 Posts: 42
    You are as old as you feel, and when I'm hauling down the road, my Bonnie makes me feel younger than 60! (the heated seat also makes my back feel better)

    Ed
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    Mine has the same impact on me - and I'm 40. No heated seats but no back problems either (yet).

    >:)
  • kzmkzm Posts: 55
    I bought a 1992 SE when i was 30 (I wanted the SSEi),

    I got A 1997 SSEi when I was 37 and traded that for my present 2000 SSEi at 38. Both my wife and my brother-in-law say I now need to get a radar detector;-)

    KZM
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    Hey! Are those things legal down there?

    >:)
  • kzmkzm Posts: 55
    I bought a 1992 SE when i was 30 (I wanted the SSEi),

    I got A 1997 SSEi when I was 37 and traded that for my present 2000 SSEi at 38. Both my wife and my brother-in-law say I now need to get a radar detector;-)

    KZM
  • Except for VA and DC, they're legal anywhere in the US. I own a Passport 8500, which was just proclaimed the best on the market by www.speedzones.com.
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    I had posted links to the GM Powertrain site yesterday but the hosts deleted the post claiming that I had infringed on a copyright (I think because I also provided a "img src" link to an image of the engine itself). Oh well, here goes - this time with only the links.


    L36: 3.8L Series II

    GM Powertrain - L36 specificationsGM Powertrain - L36 torque/hp curvesL36 image

    L67: 3.8L Series II - superchargedGM Powertrain - L67 specificationsGM Powertrain - L67 torque/hp curvesL67 image
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    I know that I've slowed down recently but this is unusually quiet. Summer time and the livin' is easy....

    Friday evening coming home, I met up with a new Camry V6 LE which changed lanes every few seconds - looking for every car length he could get. He ends up beside me at a red and you could just tell he's looking to get past me and pull in front. Light turns green and I take him ...easily. He gets stuck behind other cars and is now hopping mad - several lane changes and 1/2 mile later, we're even again at another red. This time, he peels rubber at the green and... I take him again.

    2 blocks later, we're even at our third red light. This time, he anticipates the green in a manner you don't often see: he repeatedly moved forward a foot or two and stopped until his entire car was beyond the stop light before the light turned green. Then he lays rubber. It was like watching a little boy needing restraint at a candy store - if this guy is as unable to holdback in other areas of his life, his wife must be one disappointed woman.

    Oh, yeah, I didn't even try to keep up with him in the end - as he had already beaten himself (IMO). He turned off the road about 2 blocks later unto a dead-end street. Can't for the life of me think of the emergency that could have justified that kind of aggressive driving.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Sorry for lack of attention here - got too many balls in the air and they're dropping left and right!

    "Dad - when are we moving to camp? Dad - did you get the battery for the boat yet? Dad - when is the fort going to be done? Dad - I want a Birthday party Friday. Dad - did you make the posters for the boat parade yet? Dad - this , Dad that!" To say nothing of rainy weather every weekend to prevent one from mowing lawns etc.

    We had talked about meeting in Mass for a Bonneville get together - sorry guys - can't even get to that right now either - and it's been rainy anyway!

    It's going to be a mad dash from here to Labor Day - happens every summer. Going to have catch my breath now.

    Ken
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    Get yourself together and then we can set up a meet. Keep us posted.
    Stephen
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    LOL - kinda feel like I'm caught in a whirlwind here!

    We'll get there eventually.

    Ken
  • wesley1derwesley1der Posts: 49
    Is there only one style of wheels for the SSEI? The chromes I see on this car just don't get it for me.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Otherwise it means we're all working too hard to keep up with the forum. Seems like everywhere - not just in Bonnie land.

    Ken
  • mlm4mlm4 Posts: 401
    The chrome wheels are an extra-cost option on the SLE and SSEi. I have the standard cross-lace aluminum wheels on my SSEi - see Post #2 in the Bonneville Photo Gallery.

    Vacation - what's that? (Actually, I'm taking the day off tomorrow - just one day - my first "official" vacation day this year. Wahoo! The rest begins in August. Is it August yet? ;-)
  • boosted1boosted1 Posts: 90
    I originally wanted the "lace" style wheels, but the car we found had the chrome wheel option. My wife convinced me that it looked better with our color to have the chrome rims. In hind sight I am glad we ended up with the chromes. I like the "flash" and they are much easier to keep clean than previous cars I have had with "lace: style wheels.

    I gues they have to grow on you a little.

    Which ever rim you end up with its still a great looking car.
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    I think the lace look better on some colours and the chrome on others - but it's a bit of a toss-up because they're both fine. I like the chrome on black, blue and white and the lace on the others. Any other opinions?
  • bigred00bigred00 Posts: 13
    I have the lace wheels and they are a major pain are a pain to clean (it takes longer to clean the wheels than it does to wash the whole car), but I thought the chrome wheels looked too gaudy. You would think Pontiac would have given one the choice to have the optional wheels without the chrome. Pontiac marketing schemes never cease to amaze me.
  • skyhawk3skyhawk3 Posts: 42
    My wife and I preferred the lace wheels over the chrome. Personal preference, it makes the world go round. I have the light bronze mist body color and the wheels look good with that color.
    It also comes down to what I am willing to spend money on. I have never paid for other than standard wheels unless I buy off the lot. I prefer to put more comfort options inside the vehicle.
  • I actually got to park next to an SSEi, silver, at the "personal performance fuel refilling location" (liquor store) last night and he/she had the chrome swirl rims - BUT - the centre's were different than mine. It kind og looked like a large chrome nut molded onto it, and a tiny Pontiac logo in the centre.
    Mine (2000) has the centre area all flat with the larger black circle and logo in it.

    Is this a way to tell the 2000 from the 2001?

    I couldnt wait any longer for the owner to come out -
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    you got it - one of a handful of (subtle) ways to tell them apart.
  • do tell - i didnt hang around the showrooms when they came out - -how can i spot them ?
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    For help in identifying 2000's from 2001's, check out mlm4's fine H Platform Enthusiast Site. He left out one though - the On*Star was a mid-'00 addition - and there was no delete on the SSEi. If you see an SSEi and it doesn't have On*Star, it's a '00.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    My vote goes to the chrome wheels just on looks and the above mentioned cleaning aspect of the lace alums. I wonder though, how do they stand up to winters in the Northeast with salt and gravel on the roads. I'd definitely have a set of winter rims if I had those chromes.

    Of course my SE model has neither of the above - it has the basic 5 spoke aluminum wheels that look decent and are a breeze to keep clean. Fine for me right now.

    Ken
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