The Park Avenue had 13,000 on it when I bought it in May of 05. The car
was built in June of 04. I'm semi retired / on the loaf / not working /
unemployed, call it what you want, but I travel alot on far away trips.
I've actually been out of state the last four weekends in a row, all 800
mile + trips. Got a Ohio trip planned this weekend which will be another
50,000 will be here within two weeks.
Not much plane travel for me if I can avoid it. I may drive the Buick to
California next year. Before I bought the Buick I was averaging 23,000 +
miles a year on the Bonneville. The biggest year was 2002 @ 34,000 miles
exactly. I owned an 89' Z-24 convertible from 96 - 00, so that cut down
on miles added to the Bonneville. I put slightly over 50,000 on the Z,
which was only driven in the summer, and maybe once a month in the
winter months, if there wasn't any road salt out and it was dry.
The Bonneville has a knock in the engine.
It started back in April.
One goodwrench said he thought it was the balance shaft - another one
though it sounded like a piston hitting the valve.
The original master cylinder is getting weak and the suspension has its
jolts every now & then.
Despite all the miles it still runs well, motor starts on 2 when you
count 1,2,3. The AC died in late 2004 as did a rear speaker. Got great
heat from the original blower still. Quarter panels are brgining to rot
out just about the point where they meet the bumper fascia. Still
getting about 26 mpg.
Its only driven about 250 miles a month right now. In the winter it will
see more use as the Buick gets a rest. I want to keep it long enough to
beat my uncles record of owning a 63 Buick 16 years. Although my brother
has a 91 S-10 pick up which he has no plans of getting rid of. The S-10
got over 250,000 miles.
The last out of state trip in the Bonneville was June of 2005 to central
Indiana, about a 250 miles round trip. Last big trip was fall of 04 to a
covered bridge festival in central PA, about a 1400 mile trip.
A friend in Ohio is retiring a 95 Maxima with 284,000 miles.
05 Park Avenue 49, 099
91 Bonneville 307,322