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Pontiac Bonneville Owners: Meet the Members



  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    Welcome - you're the first '02 owner to post here. We have an '00 SLE (couldn't find an SSEi without a sunroof when we needed to buy last year) and absolutely love the style, room and performance.
  • Well, well, well an '02?

    You have had it for a couple of days now, its time to start looking for a drag strip . . . .:)

    How's them new cup holders?
    have you tried them out?

    My '00 SSEi has about 50 miles before the warranty expires . . . what, me nervous ?
    Ive got a shopping list for the dealer to look at, as long as i call him tomorrow to schedule - Im covered . . .

    i hope they dont notice the new smaller pulley on the supercharger, and the airbox missing.
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    I think those new cupholders might be worth 1/2 sec. on the 1/4 mile. I definitely think that cjwells should check it out and report back, don't you?
  • ghchfghchf Posts: 5
    Hi folks,I have posted a couple of times in "problem" area...I'm the guy with the new motor.
    Just meandered into this site and just had to read all 183 postings. I have a 95 SE, Bright White with Medium Beige leather. Performance suspension, traction control, variable effort steering 16" wheels etc. etc. were options back then.
    CD and climate control were also options but keyless entry was standard. (Just checked the original paperwork).
    The twilight sentinel was standard with daytime running lights (Canada only??)
    Major complaint/problem with car is CUPHOLHDERS!!
    After reading all the postings I had to contribute.
    For so many years now I have been only Bonnie owner in "my crowd". They just don't understand.
    Folks still ask if I bought a new car when the beast is washed and waxed...the Bright White really glows. Good in this high 90 degree weather too.
    Nice to see I am not the only nutbar out there. You folks that have posted photos sure show some nice cars...however...I am still like a kid in a candy store with my 95. Only has 155K kms. Like most of you I like the aggressive looks fast just standing still...takes me back to my days with a 68 Charger...(if only I knew then...I would have kept it). Previous vehicles were an 85 Grand Am, 88 Jimmy, and 93 Grand Am...did not realize until recently that I seem to have fallen into Pontiacs without really trying. I won't mention the 65 LTD, 70 MGB, 74 Plymouth, or 79 Olds 88 Holiday Edition...buckets etc. Somewhere along the road I guess I wised up.
    I can't wait until my new motor is properly broken in and I replace the original Michelins (today)...used to smoke the odd unsuspecting fellow traveller just for the hell of it ( maybe its the white hair that catches them offguard). Maybe that's why I had to replace the motor.
    I am still fascinated with all the gadgets and lights...the dash does make an impression with passengers. I have had none of the problems that I see posted elsewhere, which was part of the decision to keep the car rather than buy new..I figure I can't blow another motor can I??? Anyway, it has new full factory warranty. Sorry to be so long winded but it is rather nice to talk to folks who "understand".
    I travel to Norfolk, VA a couple of times each year, and Cape Cod once in a's a great highway cruiser.
    I hope you folks with the new ones have as much fun over the years as I have had.
    Had to add another Canadian viewpoint.
    As a point of interest we have a local oldies radio station that gives away a classic car every year...this year its a 69 orange Charger..."The General"...last year it was a 70 Chevelle 350..year before a 69 get the idea. So far I have not won...but hope springs eternal.
    See you folks out there. Dave S.
  • xavier64xavier64 Posts: 76
    Just want to say hello to all the other Bonneville owners. Three weeks ago I purchased a Maple Red 2001 Bonnie SE with just 6 miles on it and everyone who has seen the car have been impressed with how it looks and drives.
    My previous car was an 89 Ford Escort with 97,000 miles. The old car was starting to go so I began searching for a new vehicle. A friend of mine has a '96 Bonnnie which I liked so I went to look at the 2001's. All I can say is that I am in heaven and look forward to years of driving excitement.
    I do have some questions on the proper breakin of the Bonnie:

    Would there be any problems with using the higher octane gasoline or are you better off sticking with the regular unleaded 87 as listed in the manual?

    With commuting into Philly by train and not driving to work, should one just wait till 3000 miles to change the oil or after a certain # of months?

    I would appreciate any help and wish all Bonnie owners all the best!
  • mlm4mlm4 Posts: 401
    Congratulations on your new car! It's quite a step up from that old Escort, but it sounds like it served you well. No doubt the Bonnie will be much more fun to drive, though.

    As far as break-in, I suggest you do as the manual says. It doesn't hurt to put higher octane fuel into the car, but it is not necessary and extra expense at that. The car should run great on 87; that's what it was designed for. My SSEi is a low-mileage car; I only drive it about 350 miles per month. I changed the oil for the first time at 3,000 miles, which was about eight months after it was built. My car has the Oil Life Monitor, and it was at about 46% when I changed it. General rule of thumb is 3,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. Enjoy the car!
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Wow - Must be great buying weather - all these folks getting new rides! Congrats to each of you: cjwells, ghchf (not sure if you just bought the 95 or not)and xavier64.

    That Maple Red SE is a gem, Stephen. Mine is a 2000 SE in Spruce Green. BTW - where is Huntington Valley PA? I get down to Philly area monthly on biz - driving my Bonnie from Maine. You anywhere near Montgomeryville?

    Best wishes to all. Have a great weekend.

  • xavier64xavier64 Posts: 76

    I am not far from Montgomeryville. Huntingdon Valley is a suburban area just outside the northeast section of Philly. I am near the towns of Willow Grove (Exit 27 on PA Turnpike), Hatboro and Warminster. I go often to the Montgomeryville Mall located near Route 202 and Route 309.
    I am sure that driving from Maine, you get to find how how the Bonnie handles on the road.

    I plan on giving the reliable Escort (5 Speed) to a niece or a friend's step daughter as a first car. It has a few more years left but I decided I neeeded a little more room and a working A/C.

    If you would like to meet up that sounds good. I don't know if there is a Pontiac club in the area or in the northeast eastern USA. Does Pontiac sponser any car rallies as Volkswagon or Saturn does?

    I am getting used to the size difference with the new bonnie and it is a nice feeling when one is driving to have a smooth riding car. In the fall I plan on driving out to Gettysburg and enjoying the drive.

    Have a great week and hope everyone dries out from all the rain. ....x64
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    X64 -Stephen - Love to get together sometime. I'm actually headed down this week but planning on leaving Bonnie home in favor of our Suburban since the whole family is coming this time. We have friends in NJ and PA and occassionally the wife and kids come along for visits. I usually stay at Joseph Ambler Inn which is around the corner from that mall in Montgomeryville.

    One of these times we'll have to meet after work.

    Trying to dry out here as well - it literally 'Rained on our (Boat) Parade' yesterday - so it's been postponed till next Sunday. The '3 Musketeers' were costumed and ready with (fishing pole swords) and our boat all decorated as a castle set but Noah's Ark would have been more appropriate!

  • fantascpfantascp Posts: 175
    Hi and welcome to the club- all new members who joined!!-
    For GHCHF- Dave- your 95 is a BRIGHT WHITE!- my 2000 is also BRIGHT WHITE, but the catch is its not a color offered in 2000- the color offered was ARTIC WHITE!could you do me a big favor, when you get the chance, please let me know what paint color code is listed on your car- its usually found by the spare tire well- BC#----.
    I'm really interested in knowing if the color codes are the same or GM made a label mistake- appreciate your help on this. Thanks!!!!

    KEN: glad to see you getting around pretty good after your foot accident!!!-
    Whats with this LOVE AFFAIR with a FORD?????? (LOL)
    My daughter has a 2000 WINDSTAR VAN and boy do we bust each other- so far she is definetely on the loosing end!
    You know the old acrynims for FORD- Fix Or Repair
    Daily, Driver Returned On Foot, Found On Road Dead ETC ETC ETC!!!!
    Seriously though, i have not seen a new T-Bird yet
    but i did read where they are getting great reviews- maybe Ford Finally does have a BETTER IDEA!

  • ghchfghchf Posts: 5
    Hi Chuck...went looking for paint code for Bright White. Found Service Parts Identification label on spare tire cover. If I am reading it right code is BC/CC. There is also WA U9753. WA often denotes paint code. Let me know if we are on the right track. Dave S.
  • fantascpfantascp Posts: 175
    Hi Dave- you are right on the money- the color code is BC/CC U9753- BRIGHT WHITE!!- again, very interesting in that GM only offered ARTIC WHITE
    for the 2000 Bonneville. I don't know what the WA
    means- its not on my rear tire well label, but the code BC/CC U9753 is !!- this is the code that i now use to purchase touchup-paint - a lesson I learned the hard way because I first bought touch-up paint for ARTIC WHITE and then realized that the colors were not matching.
    Thanks again for your help and all the best with your NEW POWER PLANT in your 95!!!

  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    As an amateur car painter for some years now, I think you'll find that BC/CC stands for Base coat/Clear Coat. I'm not sure why they put that on there because all of the cars have this system now. The actual paint code is denoted by the letter/number combination that follows.
  • Hi. name is Jerry and I have a 2002 SE. Love it. I traded in my 1995 Grand Prix for this. Bigger, better gas milage and the bigger bucket seat fits my bigger bucket. The new cup holders and the change holder suck. The 2001 cup holders with the door to hide them was better. My air conditioning was not fully charged when I took delivery. Might warn people to watch for that, or it may have just been on mine. Once fully charged it works great. I wish they all did not come with Firestone tires. The ones on my car are rated poorly in the snow by the new Consumers Reports. In Milwaukee we get some snow. Anybody have a report from last winter on traction?
  • Congrats on the purchase of your new Bonneville. These are great cars, and I am sure that you will enjoy it.
  • h101h101 Posts: 62
    <<In Milwaukee we get some snow. Anybody have a report from last winter on traction?

    --Madison here, traction is great if ya don't try to put all the horses to work at once :)

    Seriously, the car is very well mannered in snow, also the wipers and window defogging is super.

  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Welcome Jerry!!! It's great to have another SE owner in the club. Not so long ago there were just a couple of us and now it seems like we're seeing more swell our ranks.

    Regarding winter performance - last winter we had a lot of snow here in New England and my SE handled it superbly.

    So what color do you have, Jerry (mine is a Spruce Green 2000)? And what options? You say you traded the 95 Grand Prix - did you look at anything else - if so what brought you to Bonneville?

    Enough questions - it's great to have you here. Best wishes for many enjoyable years and miles of Bonnevillian pleasure!

  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    I drove my '00 SLE (with trac and the standard 235-55-17 RSA's) through last winter - a snowy Canadian one - with not one problem. Easy does it on the accelerator is the watchphrase for winter driving - regardless of what you drive.
  • Jerry,

    Welcome to the family. I wish you all the best with your new Bonnie. I purchased my 2001 Maple Red Bonnie back in July and it is a pleasure to drive.
    There are a lot of helpful Bonnie owners in this group and I am sure you will enjoy your car like the rest of us.

    All the best,

  • My name is Chuck and I have owned two Bonnevilles, one a 1990 and a 1997. The 1990 is currently residing with my daughter in Arizona with almost 200,000 miles on it. Runs great and has never had any problems. My 1997 is here in Ohio and makes the trip to Arizona with ease. This a true performance car with all the comfort and toys indicative of cars that cost much more. When the time comes to replace this Bonne, it will be with another one, providing the power and quality remain the same.
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    Its always good to hear from another multiple Bonnie owner. I've had a similar experience to yours but with five; an '88, '91, '94, '97, and '00. I've heard that the Bonneville has the highest percentage of repeat buyers of all vehicles. This is not to say that the sales figures are high, but that those that have owned one often buy another.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    I've had my 1st Bonnie, an '02 SLE, for about 6 weeks now. Have I been enjoying it! It's the collection of everything I like in a car: comfort, handling, looks and reliability, not necessarily in this order. ;^)

    Commuting with it is so entertaining that I've found myself looking forward to both the morning and evening rush hours! :^)
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    You're obviously a man of great taste!!! It's great to hear from you. Please join us regularly and let us know about All Things Pontiac!!!

    Ken (2000 SE 38K miles)
  • Just would like to welcome Chuck to Bonneville, USA . From what you said, we should all enjoy many years of driving excitement.

    I purchased my Red Maple 2001 Bonneville SE back in July and I have enjoyed driving it very much.

    All the best,

  • I just got a 2002 Bonneville SSEi and I just freakin love it. I used to own and drive Gran Prix GTP's and GT's, and long before that, the 6000 STE, but the SSEi is by far the best package I've driven from Pontiac. Not to mention it up and hauls butt!

    I'm interested in any other SSEi owners in the Pacific Northwest who have detailed info, good or bad, on their experience with their SSEi (no whinners please..:) Lastly if there are any car clubs or groups of SSEi owners that meet and get together I'd like to find out about them.

    Pontiac Man
  • Congratulations on your new ride.

    We love our SSEi just as much as the day we brought it home. (just hit 7,000 miles)

    We have not had any major problems with the car.

    What color is your car?

    Enjoy the ride.
  • is the color I went with. What about your Bonnie, what color did you choose? I'm only on mile post 850 or so. It was hard not pushing it for the first 500 as per the owners manual.

    What State are you in boosted1?
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Welcome to the club in that magnificent new SSE pontiacman! It's great to have you here.

    I have a 2000 SE model without all the toys and power you enjoy so much but am still in love with the car.

    Best wishes for many happy years and miles of driving.

  • We have a Dark Bronzemist metallic SSEi.

    Please check it out...

  • fantascpfantascp Posts: 175
    Great Pictures!!!!- congrats and all the best for many happy driving experiences ETC

    Hey Ken- maybe someday- a move-up from our SE'S
    to the BEST is in the future???

    Happy Holidays to all

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