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Posted 22 December 2011 - 03:35 AM

So I got my new baby today, 2002 Pontiac Bonneville, V6, 132k miles. It's a machine!

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I'm super excited with it, but I have a few questions. First, is it worth the time and money to get the rear wheel well (left side) fixed? It's rusty and has paint bubbles, but it's not overly bad. Secondly, is it legal to stick a "Movie" license plate in the front of the car? I have two, one from Ghostbusters, one Back to the Future. I know you can have just one plate, but is a fake one legal?

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 04:03 AM

Depends on if your state goes by front license plates at all. Mine doesn't except for big trucks and I routinely see people with vintage license plates up front and their normal actual one in the back.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 03:20 AM

As a general rule of thumb, if they give you two plates put them both on. Nice car, hows the electronics
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:43 AM

I figured, I just really wish I could put my "fun" plates on. As for electronics, all is pretty good for a 10 year old car. The rear windows either barely move or don't move at all (easy fix, waiting for spring), and it needs a new right turn signal. All in all, its mechanically sound and electronic sound (minus the exterior rust). Been thinking of getting the rust fixed and doing a repaint in white. I've seen some Bonnies that look massively beautiful in white.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:51 AM

Looks like those front headlight lenses could do with a good cleaning. You'd never see a young driver in anything like that over here in the UK.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 04:12 PM

That bonnet/hood looks huge man, congrats on your new ride, tis not quite a delorean but your time will come my son.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 04:39 PM

QUOTE (chris @ Wednesday, Jan 4 2012, 16:12)
That bonnet/hood looks huge man, congrats on your new ride, tis not quite a delorean but your time will come my son.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 06:22 PM

If you want white, I'd suggest a slightly off-white tone to avoid looking like you're cruising around in a fridge.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:56 PM

On the other hand, off-white looks like white which has become dirty over time. Personally I'd choose the pearly fridge shade if it had to be white. If not white, I'd choose an interesting metallic colour that wasn't originally available for the Bonneville to make it stand out since you're going through a lot of effort and expense.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:16 PM Edited by *MURDOC*, 04 January 2012 - 08:18 PM.

I didn't mean off-white as in a bone color, I meant more like an extremely pale blue or green that appears to be white or a really light metallic white.
Basically what I meant was, if you want white, get a nice shade, not just the cheapest or first one you see. tounge.gif

Anything but that commercial truck/appliance white.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:24 PM

QUOTE (*MURDOC* @ Wednesday, Jan 4 2012, 21:16)
I didn't mean off-white as in a bone color, I meant more like an extremely pale blue or green that appears to be white or a really light metallic white.
Basically what I meant was, if you want white, get a nice shade, not just the cheapest or first one you see. tounge.gif

Anything but that commercial truck/appliance white.

One of the pearl whites, or even a hi-gloss with a bit of gold metal-flake in the paint. These are the only two styles of white that I'd ever own a car in.
As a personal view, I'd probably have it in a nice metallic mid-blue, something like BMW Mystic/Topaz blue-
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A very flattering colour for cars with few kinks and external features. White serves to highlight every tiny blemish, colours like this hide them well and are much "better", in my view, than black.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:15 PM

QUOTE (Cursed @ Wednesday, Jan 4 2012, 02:51)
Looks like those front headlight lenses could do with a good cleaning. You'd never see a young driver in anything like that over here in the UK.

I already gave em the cleaning, polish, and curing kit from Auto Zone, they are clearer then my own damn windows now tounge.gif As for paint color, my goal is to basically get a nice semi-gloss White with either Orange pin striping or an old school drivers side stripe up and over the body. That metallic blue would look sexy on my Bonnie, but it wouldn't flow with the Seventh Level of Hell Red that is my interior lighting. I also hate to say it, but an Orange pin stripe would look good with an Orange underglow kit wink.gif

And sadly it aint a DeLorean, but that's why I want my OUTATIME plate on the front. Livin the dream cool.gif

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 12:07 AM

Velvet Blue! Do it!

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 09:43 AM

QUOTE (visionist @ Saturday, Jan 7 2012, 01:07)
Velvet Blue! Do it!

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Alpinas look wrong without the pinstripe.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 01:09 PM

QUOTE (sivispacem @ Saturday, Jan 7 2012, 09:43)

Modern Alpinas look tacky with the pinstripe.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:10 PM

That thing is going to look like a f*cking cloud/fridge if you paint it white.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:22 PM

It's best you check with your state's department of motor vehicles if replacing the front plate is legal.

But it's a nice car!

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 03:13 AM

White Diamond, a Cadillac color. Thank me later.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 05:37 AM

@visionist, Is that an E46? Are there any BMW (not from tuning companies like Alpina) E46s that have those headlights?

I love everything about the E46 except the headlights. The curvyness at the bottom really destroys the look of the car for me. Yeah I know, I'm into the most minute details. tounge.gif

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 05:49 AM

QUOTE (Warlord. @ Saturday, Jan 21 2012, 00:37)
@visionist, Is that an E46? Are there any BMW (not from tuning companies like Alpina) E46s that have those headlights?

I love everything about the E46 except the headlights. The curvyness at the bottom really destroys the look of the car for me. Yeah I know, I'm into the most minute details. tounge.gif

Dude that's a E39 aka 5 series.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 05:50 AM

My bad. That pic makes it look a lot smaller than a 5 series.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 08:29 AM

Hey, grove street smile.gif

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:40 PM

QUOTE (dansgas1000 @ Thursday, Feb 9 2012, 03:29)
Hey, grove street smile.gif

Pretty much, I'm surrounded by african americans, and the police visit weekly dozingoff.gif

But I recently just had my Step Dad destroy my side panel, it basically just removed the paint hiding the rust.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 10:17 PM

QUOTE (Ronnyboy @ Thursday, Dec 22 2011, 05:35)
So I got my new baby today, 2002 Pontiac Bonneville, V6, 132k miles. It's a machine!

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I'm super excited with it, but I have a few questions. First, is it worth the time and money to get the rear wheel well (left side) fixed? It's rusty and has paint bubbles, but it's not overly bad. Secondly, is it legal to stick a "Movie" license plate in the front of the car? I have two, one from Ghostbusters, one Back to the Future. I know you can have just one plate, but is a fake one legal?

I always appreciated Pontiacs. Too bad that GM closed the firm... confused.gif




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