1979 Pontiac Bonneville

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Re: 1979 Pontiac Bonneville

Post by jason_recliner » April 22nd 2021, 3:19am

I like the way this guy reviews cars, I like the cars he reviews.

The gubmint has made fast cars more or less pointless (they crush them into cubes when used as intended - ask me how I know). Might as well cruise in comfortable glitzy kitsch pimp-mobiles that girls like.
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Re: 1979 Pontiac Bonneville

Post by monster623az » April 23rd 2021, 2:01pm

Some might say the 92 Cadillac Brougham was the last of the them. Still based on the chassis from the late 70s, it still had the colorful cloth and leather interiors, plush seating, RWD, big body, and chrome front and back. I own 2 of them, sadly one will be lost due to an accident last year. The other might not make it do to me not having the energy to work on such things any more. I love old American classics.
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Post by bbattle » April 23rd 2021, 5:01pm

When I hear American Classics, I don't think of the 70's. Probably because I clearly remember how crappy they were, quality-wise. And the 80's weren't much better; although there were some changes a blowin' in the wind.

In the early 70's, the car makers struggled with the EPA requirements such that V-8's were barely squeezing out 200bhp and still not getting much over 20mpg. It took many years to downsize both the vehicles and their weight and improve engine performance to something better than what they had in the 1950's.

American cars in the 1970's sucked donkey balls and that's all there is to it.

How else did Japan gain such market share? Because their cars got good mileage and they didn't break down every 2000 miles or just fall apart because they were built on a Monday morning. (US UAW still hungover from weekend)
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Re: 1979 Pontiac Bonneville

Post by jason_recliner » April 23rd 2021, 5:13pm

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April 23rd 2021, 5:01pm
When I hear American Classics, I don't think of the 70's. Probably because I clearly remember how crappy they were, quality-wise. And the 80's weren't much better; although there were some changes a blowin' in the wind.

In the early 70's, the car makers struggled with the EPA requirements such that V-8's were barely squeezing out 200bhp and still not getting much over 20mpg. It took many years to downsize both the vehicles and their weight and improve engine performance to something better than what they had in the 1950's.

American cars in the 1970's sucked donkey balls and that's all there is to it.

How else did Japan gain such market share? Because their cars got good mileage and they didn't break down every 2000 miles or just fall apart because they were built on a Monday morning. (US UAW still hungover from weekend)
The metrics of what makes a good new car are different to what makes a good old car. I love the 70s size, styling and bling. And 200hp is plenty to go out Saturday night.

The 1976 Accord was a great car but I don't want to drive one in 2021.

50s and 60s American cars were the best in the world IMO.
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Re: 1979 Pontiac Bonneville

Post by bedlam » April 23rd 2021, 5:36pm

I prefer a 70's Porsche

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Re: 1979 Pontiac Bonneville

Post by jason_recliner » April 23rd 2021, 5:49pm

My best friend in high school was given a 1969 911S when he won a scholarship to our school (my parents gave me Tamiya Madcap, IIRC!). It was noisy, rough and cramped, especially in the back. Fun when we were 17, but I wouldn't want to drive one today. My girlfriend even more so.
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Re: 1979 Pontiac Bonneville

Post by bbattle » April 24th 2021, 4:38am

jason_recliner wrote:
April 23rd 2021, 5:13pm


The metrics of what makes a good new car are different to what makes a good old car. I love the 70s size, styling and bling. And 200hp is plenty to go out Saturday night.

The 1976 Accord was a great car but I don't want to drive one in 2021.

50s and 60s American cars were the best in the world IMO.
I can agree with this up to a point. There were some cool cars in the 70's and they've held up well over the years; others we're happy to forget. Mustang II, anyone?

I read something about a GM car design that was panned by Harley Earl, their lead designer. He said to go back and slap another 200 pounds of chrome on it.

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Re: 1979 Pontiac Bonneville

Post by DoctorIvey » April 24th 2021, 6:40am

Datsun240Z71 wrote:
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I still enjoy driving this from the 70s, with it's dyno sheet displaying a whopping 127 rear wheel hp!

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Beautiful, and hard to find nowadays. Much better than the Z's that followed. I only drove one once, but it was magical. I owned a first gen RX7 and that only had 100 RWHP. Almost without exception you can't wring the neck of a modern sports car or motorcycle and hope to stay on the road so how fun is that?
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Re: 1979 Pontiac Bonneville

Post by codguy » April 24th 2021, 7:19am

You guys can have the Pontiac, just saying.


jason_recliner wrote:
April 23rd 2021, 5:49pm
My best friend in high school was given a 1969 911S when he won a scholarship to our school (my parents gave me Tamiya Madcap, IIRC!). It was noisy, rough and cramped, especially in the back. Fun when we were 17, but I wouldn't want to drive one today.
Love driving mine and I'm in my sixties.
The 1970 european spec 911E I brought home from Italy mid 1980's. Owner #2, 180hp and 72,000 original kilometers.

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