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gandhi_2006

whats better for me?

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Ok so im looking for a new car and it has come down to 03 to 04 bonnie ssei or gp gtp. I want to start with a decent amount of power and add to it. But i also have 3 kids, and we do like to travel, to see concerts and what not. I am torn between these two and it is driving me nuts. Any info or suggestions, or what have you would be greatly appreciated.

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is that V8 vs SC V6? or am i thinking of something different?

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Both are 3.8l v6 supercharged. The gxp is a northstar v8

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Well ive always wanted bonnie, i like the fact that it is roomy and powerful, but the gtp is sportier looking. The only diff between the two that i have found is the bonnie has more room and better suspension. I don't know details of the trans in either one. Which one is better, what problems if any, or if like the motor they are identical.

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Bonneville, more room, longer wheel base, like driving the sofa down the road.


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Does anyone know anything about the trans in these cars good bad and ugly.

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As long as you are not dumping the extra ponies to them I have personally seen these transmissions go 200,000 miles plus.


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Both utilize the 4T65 trans, some people will have no issues, others can't stand it.

In stock form, you should be okay.

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Cold air, bigger throttle body with spacers, plugs, and performance exhaust is all i plan on adding for power enhancers. Nothing major.

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Tune the trans and it will last you. I have a local that tunes 3800's and he has had multiples up into the 200k+ range shifting just fine.


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Well i would like to take it to get dynoed. When its done and tune it.

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I've always kept an eye out for a Bonne SSEI. I used to build them at Orion, here in Mich. E I E I OOOOOH.


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all depends on what you want, bonnie is bigger and more comfy, GTP will be faster, and more sporty and funner to drive, the 4t65e-hd is a hit or miss, some last forever, and some crap out at 100k miles, the GTP has a bit more aftermarket support chassis wise, Both are great cars, just depends on what you want.


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Well i guess now it comes down to mileage, price, and history. Thanks guys.

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