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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:42 am 
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It's been 6 years since I sold my 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi. I didn't want to sell it at the time, but I just couldn't afford to put gas in it where I was moving to. In the last 6 years I have bought and flipped a 1994 SE and a 1995 SSEi, but I haven't had one to drive myself.

I may have just returned to the club with a 2001 SSEi that I saved from the wrecker.

I started out going to the pick n pull looking for a windshield washer reservoir for my 09 Kia Rio, ended up leaving with a deposit down on a 2001 SSEi being sold as a builder car.

The SSEi had been in there builder section for a while with almost no interest. If they weren't able to sell it by Friday they were going to place it in the yard to be picked to the bone. (I didn't pay the price on the window in the first few pics)

At first glance it doesn't look like much, very dirty, typical rust under the gas door. However upon closer inspection the car is actually very well taken care of and the interior while very dirty is almost mint. It's also fully loaded with a sunroof, heated seats, heads up display that still works. Turns out it's a 1 owner car. Original owner donated it to the Kidney Car Line because the car was having issues with it stalling and the old man didn't want to spend the money to fix it (was probably told it was an expensive problem to fix).

I ran a code puller and the code it was throwing up was for the TPS. At low idle it occasionally stalls. No big deal and an easy fix.

Tires are basically new, front end and brakes are all good. Got a color matched spray can of paint made up and fixed the rust patch below the gas door.

Haven't had a chance to detail the interior yet but I did get a chance to polish up the exterior.

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After Purchase before the Carwash
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After Rust Repair and quick Wash and Wax/Tire Shine
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:59 pm 
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Year and Trim: 2005 Bonneville SLE
Beautiful color! I really like those wheels too. I hope you get it all fixed up and it treats you well. Supercharger is always a bonus too :)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:22 pm 
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Nice save!!! Looks like it will make a very nice car with that rust fixed and the interior all cleaned up.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:06 pm 
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WOW!!!! Love that color too. The interior looks too good to have been a wrecker car, to me anyway. To repeat a post, "Nice save!" Can't wait to see what you have instore for your "new" SSEi. - BC

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:31 pm 
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Wow, cleaned up real nice!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:18 am 
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Some before and after of the quick rust repair

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And some Before and afters of the Interior

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:19 am 
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Engine Bay Before
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Engine Bay all cleaned up
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Bonus all waxed up
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:24 pm 
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While it looks very nice, I'm not sure how well that rust repair will hold up. Everything else looks great though.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:17 pm 
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Benvw99 wrote:
While it looks very nice, I'm not sure how well that rust repair will hold up. Everything else looks great though.


Yeah that's just a very temporary patch. I hadn't decided if I was going to flip it or keep it for myself. I'm leaning toward the latter. I'm no body man so I plan on taking it into a bodyshop and having them do a real fix on it.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:53 pm 
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Awesome! Looks like you found yourself a very nice car. Headlights look pretty nice too, for being a junker car.

Really dig the blue.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:09 pm 
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Wow, I can't believe the overall transformation. Great job! How are the mechanical issues?
You should take it back to the junkyard and let them check out what a difference it is!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:53 pm 
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Nice find and cool deal. Glad you were able to save that one.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:05 pm 
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Is your stereo a Bose 8 spkr system. I found one on ebay looks just like yours.
I am wanting to go back to OEM Bose,

I knows:
Bose 8 speakers
Wires in dash to HU were cut by Nephew,
Steering wheel controller do not work with Kenwood sys.

I don't knows
what the bose hu looks like.

That's it.
Thanks in advance.
Bonnie Ville


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