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Pontiac Bonneville Owners: Meet the Members

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  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Welcome to the club. We hope to hear lots from you here about your experiences and ownership thoughts.

    What equipment do you have on your SSEi?

    What other cars did you consider before buying it and what factors influenced your decision?

    Ken

    ('00 SE)
  • xavier64xavier64 Posts: 76
    Nice to have a new owner join the "family".

    Next July will be my 1st year Anniversary and I have enjoyed driving the Bonnie very much.

    I also have the Red Maple color for my 2001 SE Bonneville and enjoy the way the car handles and its performance (FYI: my last car was a faithful 1989 Escort LX with a 5 spd).

    Enjoy your car and keep in touch...

    Steve
    (01 SE)
  • mccgmccg Posts: 2
    Ken...the only two options it doesn't have is the higher performance rear end and the high $$ wheels. Other than that, all the goodies. They're aren't that many in the Atlanta area and only found this one in the color and base options(sunroof) I wanted.

    I considered the Chrysler 300 and the Mitsubishi Diamante. The 300 was nice, but just doesn't fit the bill. The Diamante was OK, but seemed cheap, thin, lightweight, and not well built. The Bonneville, specifically the SSEi, really did it (wouldn't have settled for SE or SLE). In its class, this is by far the best American made (Canadian built) car.

    So far it's by far the best thing I've ever owned. Always been practical in the past...Jeep Cherokee for the camping and Boy Scout stuff (Scout Leader). Pickup for general hauling and homeowner things...never a fun car for me. I guess this is my mid-life crisis. The Bonneveille suits the 4-door career criteria and the rest is pleasure.

    OK...question. The OnStar is really nice, but is there anyway to take advantage of the built-in cellular equipment the car has with another carrier? The dealer claims not, but I would think there's a thid party out there that can help. I recognize you can get OnStar personal service, but that's yet another cell service, phone number, etc. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Glenn
    (newness hasn't worn off yet!)
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    The Bonneville is built in the Lake Orion plant in Michigan, not Canada.
  • thill381thill381 Posts: 64
    Glenn,

    There is no way to utilize the on star hands free system with a third party cellular service. I use a nokia hands free kit with external antenna, and thought for sure I could utilize the existing antenna, microphone, and speakers of the On Star system. Not the case. No one makes any adapters to do this and on Star makes you purchase their personal calling packages.
  • Welcome to the family of Bonneville Owners. If you have a problem with the car the Problems board is VERY VERY helpful. Great guys everywhere here. Hope you have a pleasant experience with your car and keep us posted on your many adventures with it.

    Preston
    95 SSEi
  • I see you are involved with the Service Centers from your profile and previous posts. What recourse do I have if a dealership failed to fix a problem under warranty and told me "it was nothing to worry about" yet has gotten worse.

    Just curious. However I would love to have a really good reputable service center take a look at, pull the codes on, and just generall diagnose what's going on with my engine. Know of any in the Toledo area?

    Preston
    95 SSEi
  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    Is this now an option with the 2002s? If so, considering it wasn't available in 2000(and I tried), maybe this means that GM is indeed listening to its owners.
  • thill381thill381 Posts: 64
    The best recourse you have is to create a good relationship with the service manager/director to help you understand your frustration. I don't what kind of problem they could have told you not to worry about, that then got worse. Is it a drivability issue, i.e. squeak or rattle?

    As far as finding a reputable service center, make sure you are going to a Goodwrench Service Plus facility. These are centers who have committed themselves to GM for service excellence. If you would like "codes" to be checked on your vehicle you should ask the dealer if there are any diagnostic they can perform using a Tech 1 (Tech 2 on 96 and newer cars) to help your problems. A Tech 1 and 2 are hand held diagnostic units that can diagnose vehicles problem through the OBDII system. (On Board Diagnostics 2nd gen.)

    I hope that this little bit of information helps.
  • Well this was the Service Chevrolet Dealer in Ada, Oklahoma that when I had it into them, told me the TCC Sylenoid was giving a code that it was failing but not to worry about it. It has sense failed to lock on numerous occasions and the valve body needs some work. I'll see if I can locate Goodwrench Service Plus dealer in my new area of Toledo Ohio. Thanks again for the advise Thill

    Preston
    95 SSEi
  • jperez3jperez3 Posts: 1
    Whats up everyone my name is Jose and I live in Miami I just bought a used bonneville 95 se. I have allways loved bonneville unfortunately at the young age of 20 with close to non existent credit and an insurance payments that close to double my car payments I had to settle for used SE model 95 with 95000 miles. What I was wondering if any of you have any maintenance info for me E.G. are the 10 year spark plugs better than the norm. Do you guys use the good synthetic or does the normal stuff do the job for you. Another thing someone told KNN air filter will help the 6 cyl 3.8 breathe easier any advice warnings or personal experience storeies would be appreciated.
  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    Many of us have switched to the K&N filter, both for less restriction on the intake and for the extended life of the filter.
    If you don't know the service history of your car, things you should look at include servicing the transmission, coolant, serpentine belt, plugs, wires(not aftermarket), and front end components. In addition, if you have the owner's manual, there is a list of routine things that should be attended to.
    I don't think there is any generally accepted opinion on oil. Some use the synthetic and feel the extra cost is worth it while others use good quality oil and have gotten good service from the engine. Your choice.
  • Hi there.

    A few days back I posted a photo of my new 2002 Granite SSEi in the photo gallery, and I suppose now I should introduce myself and say a bit more.

    In the last 20 years I have owned two sensible, reliable, nondescript used Japanese imports. Not that I'm boring or anything, I guess you could say I'm just cheap. They were great cars, but I always felt like I was driving around in a tin can, felt unAmerican and secretly envied those fortunate enough to posess something with some good ol' United States of Muscle.

    I work in retail, and about a year ago I became aquainted with a customer who happened to be the wife of the owner of a dealership in Boulder. She's a great old gal and one day she invited me out to look at what her husband gave her to drive. Got out there and *immediately* fell in lust - a 2001 black SSEi.

    After doing some research I pretty much wrote the whole idea off because, well, it cost too much. I'd been driving without a car payment for eight years! My tags cost a whopping $35.00 a year! Just didn't seem feasable to buy a dream, so I resigned myself to the drudgery of driving this

    http://www.cotse.net/users/drsnoid/pics/car1.jpg

    for the rest of my life. (note: photo shows excellent representation of what happens when you hit a deer.)

    But I continued to lust.

    Early this year I found that I would be inheriting a chunk of money from my Mom who had died three years ago - somehow part of her estate had slipped through the cracks (no doubt because my brother the drunk was executor). Pretty much you can fill in the rest of the story. The look on the salesman's face after negotiations when I told him I'd be putting $20,000 down was almost as good as getting the car itself.

    So I'm driving my dream on a tin can car payment, and the best part is that nobody around me, not even my wife, said anything except "You deserve it".
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    Welcome aboard (although I think mlm4 and tpken are the official greeters...). I liked your story. More of us should be so lucky to be able to realize our dreams - at least in buying cars.

    Keep us up on your ownership impressions. Hope the lust never fades.

    ice
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    Welcome again. Nice upgrade!
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    (I hear your neighbors clapping loudly too as the neighborhood property values rise!!!)

    It certainly is a great feeling to move out of the embarassingly ancient 100K+ milers into something that has panache and power. I can almost see that grin as you merge into traffic every morning.

    So welcome to the club - and please keep us current with your impressions and experiences.

    Best wishes for many years and miles of driving enjoyment.

    Ken

    P.S. - Better keep your eye out for the tax assessor - he just might decide the town should cash in on your property improvement!
  • jgreen7jgreen7 Posts: 1
    I've had my 2001 black SSEi for about 10 months. I think I have the only one in my area that is black. This is one bad looking bandit on the road.
    My husband calls it "The Bat". It's all I can do to keep my foot off the accelerator. I've had no problems with it and it's a dream to drive. This is my 3rd Bonnie in a row. First one was an '87 SE, the 2nd a '94 SSE, and as you can see I moved up. When I saw it on the show room floor, it had my name on it. BMW owners eat your heart out.
  • mfahey1mfahey1 Posts: 419
    If you like it now, try it with a smaller supercharger pulley. Even more fun.
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    And congrats on your new ride. We'd be interested in hearing about your ownership experience, driving impressions - and how this Bonnie stacks up against your previous ones.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    And welcome to the neighborhood. It's always nice to hear from another Bonneville lover and it sounds as though you're completely hooked!

    Best wishes for many years and miles of driving pleasure in that SSEi.

    Ken

    '00 SE
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    Welcome - Make sure you subscribe to the Bonneville Owners Club so you can automatically check in to all the discussions regarding the Bonneville.
  • xavier64xavier64 Posts: 76
    Jo Ann,

    Good luck with your Bonnie. It is nice to hear that your car is running well just like your previous Bonnies.

    In two months I will be celebrating my '01 Maple Red SE Bonnie's 1st Birthday. I hope for many more birthdays to come.

    Wishing you the best with your SSEI ....Steve
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Stephen - I'm planning to be in Pa mid June - perhaps 19th or so. Time for that pre-Christmas (red and green) photo op???

    Ken
  • xavier64xavier64 Posts: 76
    Ken,

    Glad to hear you will be in the area. Mid June sounds great to have a XMAS pic. Will have to take the car to get washed to get rid of the pollen from the trees (yellow dust does not match well with maple red.

    Just took the Bonnnie out to Gettysburg this past Saturday (5/25) and averaged 29 MPG. I was happy to see the car get some highway miles and it was also great driving along with my friends '96 Bonnie cruising down the PA turnpike!

    Took some pictures of both Bonnies on the battlefield in Black and White. I am interested in how the pictures will turn out.

    Take care,

    Steve
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Steve - no better way to enjoy our Bonnevilles than a few hundred miles of open road ahead!!

    Hope to see you in June

    Ken
  • benjohnsonbenjohnson Posts: 21
    If any of you current 2000+ SSEi owners desire to buy a new one, but, you are interested in seeing some radical performance and appearance changes for 2003, you may want to do what I've done which is to send a letter to Lynn Myers who heads up Pontiac / GMC.

    I still annoyed at the inclusion of Ivory White in lieu of the brighter Arctic White, as well as those enormouse uncovered cup holders.

    Why is the 2003 being limited to 270Hp while the new Grand Prix is 280Hp?

    Do any of you who may have had a 1998 SSEi feel that the seats in the 1998 gave you better support than those in the current model?

    In my letter I stated my belief that going with the same philosophy of 1992-1999 of keeping the car essentially the same wouldn't sell the car.

    Looks like the Bonny will only be around through 2004, and I would like to see it go out in style.

    I'd like to hear your opinions posted here.

    Thanks.
  • xavier64xavier64 Posts: 76
    Ken,

    When you findout when you will be in PA, let me know. I plan on taking some time off work and I could meet you for lunch/dinner up in Montgomeryville.

    I will email you my work/home # if you need to contact me.

    Steve
    Steve
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Looks like June 19th - 20th. Perhaps dinner on the 19th?

    Ken
  • xavier64xavier64 Posts: 76
    Ken,

    Dinner on June 19th sounds good. There should be some places to eat along RT309 in Montgomeryville. (Olive Gardern, Applebees etc)

    Do you work up near the mall area? Sounds like a plan. Talk to you soon...sxb
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    This link will give you directions and a good idea of what my Pa 'home away from home' has been. Wish I was still getting there monthly - oh well - jobs change.

    Ken

    Joseph Ambler Inn
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