1979 Pontiac Bonneville 302 from North America
Overall, a wonderful car and I wish I never sold it
- Rust developed after 14 years, paint came off, rust through bumper at 15 years.
- Sluggish when pulling out from a stop when engine was cold, but not when warm.
- Not much considering was 1991 and this was a 1979 car.
This was my first car when I was 16 years old. At first, I was totally embarrassed by it's boat-like size, rusted paint condition, and obsolete exterior styling.
Then, as I drove it for a while, I noticed it had the smoothest ride. It was a smoother ride than my grandfather's Cadillac, and it handled better than a Cadillac around corners!
Then one day, I was driving and had to pass someone on a two lane road where passing was only legal for a short distance before the next hill. I was astounded to find out this car was FAST. It felt like an extra gear kicked in and launched the thing forward!
Well, after that, I was racing muscle cars on the abandon air port strip.(like 68 Dodge Challengers) Of course, I usually didn't win against cars that had all kinds of hopped up modifications, but it beat pleanty of sotck cars out there. It always kept pace with any of the sporty models, and that amazed people.
Anyway, I was hit by a an antique fire truck in this car that was enroute to a parade. It was a BIG truck, and it only smashed in the front left fender. I went and got a replacement at a junk yard for about $25, and put it on. (I didn't know it then, but I have had cars since then where I would have been killed in an accident like that!)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th January, 2007
9th Jan 2007, 20:24
"68 Dodge Challengers"?
Those must be pretty rare... as in, nonexistent.
29th Jan 2007, 19:41
Great story I just picked up a 79 Bonneville for $200 and it's going to be my first car. It's in mint condition, but the head gasket is blown tragically.
My dad owns a transmission shop and we love Pontiacs we have a 65 and a 67 GTO.
We're putting a modified 455 in it along with a High Performance Turbo 400.
You're right that thing is a big boat, but I love the interior and the comfy seats.