Factory-installed alternator burned out, replacement did too; only when I upgraded to heavy-duty alternator did probs go away. No other engine probs with this Bonnie.
The driver's side outside panel was loose when I purchased car and was ripped off by water on the first wash job--dealer replaced at no cost. Feel this is a solid car; even with bumps and scratches, it runs and runs. "Mom's Bomb" will not quit!
Oh, those leather bucket seats that wrap you in luxury and comfort! Very comfortable esp on long drives. Better than Lexus/Infiniti/etc seats. I want to clone them into my next car.
Heavy duty alternator. More layers of paint, so scratches from blackberry bushes next to the golf course parking lot don't show as bad?
My wife and I bought this car with 35,000 miles on it. It was our first "newer" car. My wife drove 90 miles a day round trip to work. 7 years later, it has 210,000 miles on and still runs incredibly well. The only thing we have replaced on the car is the alternator, that's it. Other than oil changes every 3,000 miles, we have really done nothing else. This car has taken us through the colorado mountains packed full and has survived the midwest winters in Iowa and Minnesota. My wife is going to finish school in 5 months and we are thinking about getting her a newer vehicle, but we have talked about driving this until it finally dies, problem is, I dont know when that will be, 300,000???
Looks, and when we first got it, it had plenty of power for a 6 cylinder. I really wonder how long this thing is going to run!!
Wife bought it used with 70K miles. Reliable car. Replaced master brake cylinder & fuel pump. Both seem to be a GM issue. Doesn't like to run smooth with less than 1/8 tank of gas. Great reminder to put gas in. Other than that - very low maintenance. Now 114,000 miles & still reliable - keep loaning it to family while their cars are being fixed. Body has no rust. Wife thinks it is really comfortable.
Smooth ride, instrument panel
Fuel pumps need to be replaced too often, radio gets flaky -
bought 4 years old with 62k and
probably pd a little much (dealer
for $8600. drove to work daily 100
miles round trip; very reliable (
of course replaced alternator, buy
the lifetime warranty 1st time, not 2nd
like me! 2 1/2 yrs. sold to my 16 yr
old boy (yes, he got a deal!) has been
very safe, reliable starter car.
traction control and abs will always
be a neccessity for him in ohio snow.
cd/stereo replacement almost
immediately blew speakers, drivers
inside door panel failing, pass window
cicking, cup holders broke, console
door latch broke (used velcro; better
than new!)......boys have bee rough
on it. has been a good car
Bought brand new. American cars just
don't hold up well, we all know that.
But I hate Hondas/Toyotas b/c of lack
of individuality! My car needs a
drivers side motor fixed, it broke
down on me due to alternator failure
(EMBARASSING) the speakers are blown,
and one side works, the steering
controls for the radio don't work, the
car's frame makes creeks when you shut
the heavy doors, the pass.dr lock
doesn't work..but the body still looks
alright! I have to say, 24K new.
10years later, worth 1K. SUCKS! But
honestly, I expected it. American
JUNK. But I still love it. My heyday
was the 1970's when I drove LTD's and
Continentals, a Caddy's.