My 1999 Boneville must be an enigma
May 24, 2017
I am the second owner of this car. Paid 2k in 2012 and everything was original (sans brakes,tires etc...) had some trouble with broken components in steering column. So got used one from a junkyard. Also replaced the fuel pump and water pump. The fan has gone bad on the heating/cooling system and it has always leaked power steering fluid,but when it moans I feed it. At this point the rebar holding he back bumper on is rusted and I don't think it will pass safety and the driver window has either fallen off the track or something snapped,the motor is still working,I just have to push up and down with my hand. This too will not pass. This car does not owe me a dime. I am almost at 300,000 miles and I am just starting to "kick" into 2nd from a cold start. Don't think it is long for this world because at this point any repair would cost more than I paid almost 6 years ago. Originally bought for my 16 year old daughter because we wanted a large car for her,it ended up becoming my everyday driver and although it now looks like an 18 year old car......I can't get enough of the way it handles. This has been my very favorite automatic car to drive. Very comfortable,smooth ride,lots of space,great pick-up and very responsive for an 18 year old sedan. It also doesn't hurt that my particular Bonneville was purchased new with every extra option available at the time!!LOADED! All and all I have had a very positive and enjoyable experience and would buy another one (newer with less miles) as long as I was the 2nd owner. And the original owner had accurate maintenance records. I truly think that changing the oil and getting regular tune ups is the difference between buying a beater and getting 6 years out of a car that is quickly approaching classic car status. Too many people (esp. women) just fill their cars with gas and go. I was raised by a father who collects classic/antique cars so I can see the value in a well maintained car. I also didn't have a choice but to LOVE cars (esp. American cars). Do your daughters a huge favor and teach them how their engine works and why. Get them under their car to fix and inspect,teach them how to do basic things like check the oil tranny fluid,power steering fluid and so on. I LOVE cars and I have my father and brothers to thank. We need to teach our girls how to care for and respect their automobiles!!