1976 Pontiac Bonneville Review

1976 Pontiac Bonneville Grand Safari 455 from North America

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 455 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Good highway traveller!

Faults:

Actually, there was nothing wrong with the car.

General Comments:

The car had great mileage and pickup. Just the vinyl seats gave me a problem!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2002

9th Jul 2006, 18:37

Seriously, the early to mid 1970s Bonneville has got to be the rarest of any full-size GM car from this decade, especially the coupe! I know the review to which this comment refers is a station wagon model, but my point is that the Bonneville from this era is very very hard to find. The Bonneville came with bigger V8s (400 or 455) so maybe this is why most have disappeared. I'd been told big V8s are rather difficult to service compared to the legendary 350. My girlfriend in college had a '76 coupe with somewhere over 100k and was on its 3rd 350 V8; she let me drive it a few times. It broke down all the time, but I loved it anyway due to its design and my love for GM full-size coupes from the '60s to the '80s. :-)

Average review marks: 9.3 / 10, based on 1 review