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  • bdreggorsbdreggors Posts: 143
    Don't feel bad. Just remember how many 'vettes you would need when going to the store or carrying friends around :)

    Myself, I stick with what works: Bimmer owners with BIG egos and cars twice the price of my SSEi.
  • bdreggorsbdreggors Posts: 143
    Its great doing that stuff with a Bonnie, but the problem is that the car LOOKS fast. Best stock sleeper? Regal GS or Park Avenue. I'd LOVE to smoke a 5-Series with a PA!
  • bdreggorsbdreggors Posts: 143
    I feel kinda bad about not being able to go up there with the rest of you (Jersey is quite a drive from Florida!) as I would really like to go. Alas, I can't. I do have an idea, though.

    If any Bonnie/Aurora/LeSabre/whatever owners have a digital camera or a scanner, y'all could take pictures of the Gathering (especially what the lot would look like!) and maybe post them in the Bonnie Owner's Club Photo Board. Just an idea...
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    Great idea to provide the rest of us with the next best thing to being at the gathering. Ken - Will you take care of showing the rest of us what we missed?
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    I'll see if I can borrow my father-in-law's digital camera and take some pics that can go into the gallery.

    I hope we get some interest from other boards - I've posted the event with Aurora (heard back fron Henri), LeSabre, Impala, Regal, Grand Prix, SeVille. Not heard from anyone else yet.

    Please talk this event up - it will be far more interesting to have 12-15 cars than 4 or 5. I can't imagine this being a bad location - so many people and new cars in the Jersey suburbs - got to be plenty around that would be interested. Maybe you local guys could do some local publicity there.

    Hoping for a good turn-out

  • bdreggorsbdreggors Posts: 143
    Hope you don't mind, but I started a new topic on the main Sedans board about the event. You should probably check it out in case anyone has questions. Hopefully it'll draw more attention.

    I'll try to help out a bit here on the Boards. I feel bad that I can't come! :)
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    I feel kind of funny trying to arrange something so far away myself! Hope it works out well.

  • fantascpfantascp Posts: 175
    ken, i guess i didn't understand your post- sorry guy- again- i agree- GM BASHERS NEED NOT APPLY!!!!
    looking forward to seeing everyone

    FYI- in the past week and 1/2 I have seen in various locations- Newark NJ, Bloomfield NJ, Sparta NJ and along RTE 80 East & West -
    *ALL Bonneville SE'S- Silver, Midnight Blue Metallic and Bronze Mist- I think the word is getting out there Ken-

    Have A Happy,

  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Do you think that one of you ought to have a conversation with your local mall manager there in Rockaway to ask permission for using the parking lot? I have no idea how many may show up - not a lot of responses here at my end. It could be embarrassing if we end up with a 25 plus car show and the security guys decide to give us a hard time about not having sought permission in advance.

    Chuck - Drag those SE's over to Rockaway! I want to see a Bonneville in every color offered!

  • kzmkzm Posts: 55

    That was a great question! I called the mall offices and was told that we should gather at the outer lot, lower level by JC Penney. The guy I spoke to said he might even come by to take a look! I'm really looking forward to this.


  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Kevin, Bruce, Chuck

    Could you send me an email (see my profile) so that I can get your address for future correspondence? That would eliminate having to post messages here every time we wish to contact each other regarding this event.


  • scottnsc1scottnsc1 Posts: 16
    Not a good day for the Bonnie. I used the trunk release button in the dash for the first time and it stuck in the 'in' position. The trunk would stay closed as long I was driving, but when I put the car in "Park" after about a minute the trunk would open. I had to 'break' the button mounting to get this to stop. I had noticed in the other Bonneville that I had driven that the trunk button is very hard to push.

    My other concern is the rattles in the drivers door and dash. I am going to take it in to the dealer to get these things fixed.

    Otherwise, I love the car. I just can't believe how much power (and I have the SE) this car has. 100 mph comes up VERY quickly. We took it on a short trip and it was very comfortable.

    Right now we are covered in spring pollen here in South Carolina, so she has a sickly yellow covering, but I am leaving the office in a few minutes and I am going to take care of that problem.

    Good luck to all.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Scott - you'll appreciate this. I've been seeing at least one new Galaxy Silver SE every other day for the last week. I'm beginning to think that these cars are part of a fleet of vehicles used by either a special forces branch of our military or perhaps the advance party for an extraterrestrial entity! There have been no sightings of other color SEs - only silver - and all are driven by men in black suits. Sure glad mine is 'Earthling' Green!

    Excuse me - gotta go - my shoe is ringing. It could be agent 99!

  • Greetings Bonnevillians!!!

    After the invite to the Aurora board I just had to come around here and see what the conversations were like on this board...

    You guys have just as much Kahonnies as the Aurorians.... Hope I spelled kahonnies right or I just insulted an entire Mexican Food Group... I am trying to rearange my schedule of "Honey Do Days" so I can attend your little (or not so little) get together... I am in Baltimore and only 2.5 hours away... Give or take a point or two...

    Hope to see you there!!!

  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    Only 2 1/2 days but its seems like I actually almost fell off the edge of planet (which, BTW, is up here in Canada). Not much free time of late - our snow is gone and the spring yard work makes that "honey do" list incredibly long. The good news it seems is that I haven't missed much on this forum - it's really slowed down here (but I guess if you add in the "Meet the Members", etc. it's still reasonably active. On that note....

    When Pat first suggested the Owner's Club, I checked out the 300M club and noted that it was quite active - these guys are undoubtedly enthusiastic owners but I was a little surprised to see how many little (and not so little) problems many were experiencing. As much as I like the 300M, reading that stuff made me want to go hug my Bonneville and whisper in its ears (mirrors?) "please be reliable...". Not a shot at the 300M, understand, just a gut reaction...

    Sorry to hear about Jake's mishap and hope his insurance takes care of it. Conversely, I'm happy for you guys and your Bonne-rama at the Rockaway Mall. I'd love to be there but will live vicarously through whatever pix you post.

    Soon, Dan
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    Actually, only the 3rd I have ever seen (the 1st being mine and the 2nd being on a dealer's lot) and it was a dark bronzemist just like mine. Not a standout colour but classy, I feel. I think the blue, green, black and red really stand out in crowded traffic whereas the others need to be on their own to be fully appreciated.

    Anyway, as we passed this other SLE this morning, my wife commented on how much older than us the driver/passenger were. My comment that we weren't exactly getting younger is probably the reason why she wants me to reconsider the Aztek instead of the Rendezvous to replace our (very) soon to be exiting minivan. Oh yeah like that's going to take 10 years off our ages...

  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Hi - I've seen your postings over in Aurora land and it's great to hear that you may be joining us in Rockaway. That make 2 Auroras so far.

    Looking forward to seeing you there.

  • bdreggorsbdreggors Posts: 143
    I'm seeing a whole lot of SEs lately (well, not like Camry whole lot, but a lot for Bonnies). Probably because of Spring Break down here in Florida. I assume that the majority are rentals. Myriad colors: green, red, blue, bronzemist, galaxy silver.

    An Aztek, eh? You gotta be a true Pontiac guy to take that over the Rendezvous! ;-)
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    Are you serious about the Aztec? As much of a GM guy as I am, I could never commit to that vehicle for regular purposes. The only way I would ever consider it would be for special uses like to go camping, etc. I like the reasons my Bonnie turns heads; not the reasons the Aztec does. Maybe if I were a kid again.....
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    I think it's the compassionate side that shows through in women more than men - gotta feel sorry for the little bugger and give it a nice home!

  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Bill - I think you must be feeling the strain of too much work or something! Yes you did post - over in the owner's forum and I answered that you're definitely cracking - welcome to the club!

    Check over there - think you have responses.

  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    Dropped my kids off at daycare the other morning and, coming back to the car, there was another couple standing over the Bonneville (obviously admiringly). As I approached the car, they gushed (periodic waxing protects the finish from drool BTW) and in the ensuing conversation, they told me that they had just bought a new Buick Century (the very car we had as a loaner that same week). The woman peered into the Bonnie and announced that the interior and dash were "just like the Century's" - the man just shook his head and looked at me. We didn't have to say anything else.


    P.S. our experience with the Century as a loaner was very +ve - other than its tach-less instrument panel and dated looking materials for the dash, I personally think it's a lot of car for the money.
  • skyhawk3skyhawk3 Posts: 42
    I have a 2001 SLE and my back bumper is exactly like the bumper that was replaced on your car. I'm not sure what the 2001 SSEi bumper has on it.
    Hope this helps you.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Folks, Town Hall had a severe problem last night, and posts made after sometime yesterday morning disappeared in the process of getting TH up and running again. The technical folks have been working all night - and are still working - trying to get them back.

    I understand some have already been restored, and more may be coming, but there are no promises at this point.

    Please accept our sincerest apologies for this situation and trust that every effort is being made to rectify the problem. Thank you for your patience.

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  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    Since the invite at the Aurora board, I too have been looking at this board. Mostly I look for posts updating the get together. I am glad that I do, cause I would have been looking for yo guys at Sears rather than J C Penny.

    I look forward to meeting you guys and Mordecai24. You realize that this could be the beginning of an annual event for folks posting to Edmunds. That is probably why the guy at the mall liked the idea. People who gather at the mall, spend money at the mall.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Now that I have my Bonneville, I just feel as though I'd love to drive and drive and drive - and of course meet other Edmunds buddies. So let's hope this meet goes well - and that others will follow. I'm thinking maybe the next meet around Niagara Falls in June - get Iceman down and maybe some of the Ohio or western PA people might take a ride too.

    I really should become a travel agent - always planning trips - in fact at work my nickname is "Va-K" for all my vacation trips (fortunately I get 5 weeks a year now).

    Wishing a Blessed Easter to all

  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    Ken - How about a meet in the Boston area?
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    Hey! What happened to the titles?

    A meet in the States could be of interest to me but the timing would have to coincide with a vacation and circumstances are going to keep us fairly close to home this year I'm afraid. Perhaps next summer.... If any of you guys do have a meet near the Canadian border, do yourselves 2 favours: 1. gas up on the US side; and 2. buy everything else on the Canadian side.

    BTW, I have a background in events management and Ken's enthusiasm has made me think of a few ideas which could make a meet interesting - things like a seminar on performance modifications; exhibits/talks on tires, available cosmetic mods, etc.; talks on basic maintenance and car-care; on-the-track lessons on performance handling; dyno testing; professionally timed 1/4 mile runs (with certificates & awards); contests for modified Bonnevilles and for restored older models; a "Bonnie" parade; Q's + A's with a GM technician; etc. Obviously, these sorts of things would require a certain scale of meet and probably a full weekend (maybe even a long one). Plus tracks have to be booked well in advance and are generally unavailable during the summer. Plus, we'd have to plug into our networks with GM, Pontiac, old-car clubs, local Pontiac dealerships, performance shops, race tracks, etc. etc. I've done this kind of stuff before (not for car-enthusiasts, however) and it's all do-able. Do any of these sorts of things appeal? Any other ideas? I'm certainly not an expert in organizing car-enthusiast type events (in fact, I have never even been to one) and I'm not yet volunteering my services but I thought I'd throw out for your comments the ideas that had occurred to me.


    P.S. for those who celebrate it, Happy Easter!
  • bdreggorsbdreggors Posts: 143
    I learned to top my tank off Stateside the hard way when I went to Canada a few years back!

    All that sounds great! It would be nice to have a 4-day Bonnevillepalooza (or whatever) where attendees stay at a nice hotel (Holiday Inn Express, etc.) and basically use the parking lot for many of the events, like a car show, "Best Bonnie" contest, whatever. A hotel with a conference center would be good too if a rep from GM comes.

    Just throwin' a few things out.

    Happy Easter (or belated Passover) to all!
  • rb8225rb8225 Posts: 33

    Regarding personalizing the DIC greeting: I know this may be a question that has already been answered, but I couldn't find it in the past posts. I talked to my dealer about it & they have no idea & never heard of it. One of the guys in the shop said he had seen a Bonneville with a personalized greeting, but he had no idea how the owner had it done. Does anyone have the actual instructions on how to do this? I understand that you need a Techtool to do the programming; it can't be done from the dashboard. Are there limitations, or can you use all 2 lines x 16 characters?

    BTW, if anyone sets up a group meet close to Detroit, I'll be there.


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