1981 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham 400 cu in (6.6L) Pontiac V8 from North America
Truly an experience like no other!
All original when purchased, so...
All 4 tires plus spare were dry-rotted at 25 years of age (can't blame them).
Starter died at 52,000 miles.
Alternator died 53,000 miles.
Joints holding hub caps on very brittle and would break during high speeds (65+mph) in combination with pot-holes/bumps on the road.
The suspension was great!
The interior was perfect red velour and shag carpet.
Large amount of trunk space.
The car is very tank-like. You can really handle anything the road throws at you in this car.
If you hit an ice patch, it glides like an elephant with ice-skates.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th June, 2010
8th Jun 2010, 10:26
Wow, I didn't know they put the excellent Pontiac 400 V8 in this model! Lucky you. I had a '76 Grand Prix with that engine and it was not only powerful and smooth but absolutely reliable. Then again, I guess that was the norm back then.
7th Feb 2013, 21:00
The 400 was not available in any GM car in 1981. Someone must have dropped that 400 in that car. 81 Bonnevilles were available with a Pontiac 301, Olds 307, or Chevy 305. A Buick 252 V6 and an Olds 350 diesel were also available.
8th Feb 2013, 08:25
Don't forget the Buick 231 3.8 V6 too.