1982 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews from North America

1982 Pontiac Bonneville Model G 3.8L V6

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Still a good, economical second car

Faults:

New shocks and rear springs to improve ride and handling at 48,000 miles when car was 12 yrs old.

Radiator replaced at 65,000 miles. Car was 14 yrs old and pulling a trailer w/1500 lbs at the time.

Catalytic converter replaced at 82,000 when car was 20 yrs old. (2002 pollution inspection).

AC has leak and is not used. Occasional electrical problems. Carb set-up is typical of this vintage and cold starts require finesse and patience.

General Comments:

I purchased this 1982 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham Model G in 1995 from a family member who bought it new in 1982 and used it very little. It had 42,000 miles. I have mostly used it as a second car for local driving, but is still occassionally used for interstate travel.

GM cars in the early 80's were far from their best. Bonneville fans completely ignore this vintage (1982-86) when they were a actually rebadged "Grand LeMans".

Over the years, I grown to like this car very much. All shortcomings aside, it's fairly nimble, very comfortable, and very economical. Even major repairs have been very reasonable.

It still looks pretty good. (No rust. paint poor in spots). Fit and finish were poor when it was new.

After this vintage, cars changed drastically. Driving this car is reminds one of the old GM. Anyway, it wouldn't pay me to part with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2005

16th Aug 2006, 10:19

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1982 Pontiac Bonneville V8

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.7 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Glad to see it go

Faults:

Thermostat went bad at 128000 miles.

General problems with cooling and fuel systems.

AC didn't work.

General Comments:

My family took this car on vacation in 1994 to Maryland in the middle of the summer. During this trip, the thermostat went bad and left us sitting for hours at the garage.

Paint was an ugly two-tone blue.

Rear window from factory did not go down. Thus, this car was an inferno during the summer months.

This was 2nd Bonneville of 3. I would buy another, but not because of this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2005

25th Mar 2006, 19:11

Well if you got the air conditioning fixed maybe it wouldn't have been so bad. These cars came standard with A/C.

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews