I know in my gut I got great deal on a super nice car with my 2002 GP, but lately I cant seem to shake the doubt over if I should've bought the other car I was looking at...which was a 2004 Bonneville GXP.
I love the style, interior, and exterior color of the Bonnie, and the nasty snarl of the 4.6 Northstar is an intoxicating sound, but the worry over waiting for that engine to self-destruct was just too expensive to ignore.
Granted, a studded block and mains transform that engine into a rock-reliable powerplant, but by the time I paid a shop to do that I'd be looking at $4-6K, and that is pretty steep.
Its sad to say I settled for the GP but in a way I did, but then again for the cost of the Northstar engine repairs, I can mod my brains out with this car and still have a more reliable machine.
Even if I wanted to equal the performance, 275hp isn't at all out of reach with the 3800, and to be honest, it could be less and probably never bother over the difference. The only thing you cant duplicate is the V8 roar.
The deal is done now...just need to get over it and move on. I guess we've all had a similar experience.