1989 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews

1989 Pontiac Bonneville LE 3.8 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.8
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired300000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres

Summary:

More reliable than a Volvo

Faults:

The speedometer and odometer only work about half the time. I don't mind: it's less distracting.

It's been repainted.

Some rust around the edges.

The passenger power window became untracked once. I got a new plastic clip from a GM dealer, and it now sorta works.

I replaced the rusted out radiator (don't use tap water) with a still-new-looking one from a newer similar car in a junkyard.

It leaked some oil from the intake manifold, but stopped since I've used high-mileage oil.

General Comments:

The odometer reads 250,000 km (150,000 miles), but it only rolls half the time.

I've driven this car almost every day, summer and winter, for the last three years. The only thing I've had to change is a battery, radiator, and brake pads.

Parts are cheap and plentiful from the junkyard.

Passengers ride in comfort. It's roomy. It has lots of power AND gets great gas mileage. It's very aerodynamic.

It's 22 years old. The interior still looks like new! The AC blows cold! It handles tight! I'm glad I got this car instead of the Volvos I was considering.

I upgraded the ignition coil pack to one from the next-generation 3800. Ten bucks, two bolts, ten minutes, and now I get more power.

This was my first car and it showed me how reliable cars should be if you maintain them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2011

8th May 2011, 23:13

Volvos do not have a great repair record. I dislike Swedish cars because they are harder to maintain and less reliable right from the get-go. The Bonneville is a better car, largely because parts are cheaper and they are less complex. Once a Volvo develops a problem, you either need a lot of money saved up to fix it, or prepare to start riding a bus. My mom has a Volvo. It's falling to crap mechanically. The Saab my dad had was high maintenance and unsettling to drive. Money pits they are, and resale value is terrible. Pontiacs don't have the image of sophistication or upscale coolness as a Volvo, but at least it's cheaper to keep one driving.

1989 Pontiac Bonneville SSE 3.8 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Well built American luxury cruiser

Faults:

My transmission has stopped shifting. I only have 1st gear and was wondering why?

I just spent $400.00 on a new vacuum module and mini vacuum piston; we installed this and still no shift. What is our option here as far as doing it ourselves?

Otherwise this car is awesome, but I fear our transmission has failed and we don't know if it is just a small thing that went wrong.

General Comments:

A great engine, lots of power, wonderful feeling of solid engineering with leather seats and smooth handling.

Reliable and economical for a large car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd June, 2009

1989 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8 FI from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.8 FI 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 acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance357000 kilometres

Summary:

One of the best cars ever built

Faults:

Power door locks don't work anymore.

Clear coat peeling off.

Power windows slow.

Headliner fell apart.

New ball joints and tie rods at about 300,000 kms.

Transmission started to slip at about 350,000 kms. Lucas Transmission Fix fixed that problem.

Cam positioning sensor at 350,000 kms.

And it has gone through 2 alternators so far.

Muffler fell off at about 200,000 kms (don't know how that happened).

General Comments:

This car still has it's original engine and transmission, and it's still going strong. It's very reliable too.

It's still great on gas.

Everything still works, except for the power door locks not working, and the power windows being a little slow.

Has always started no matter what temperature it is.

I will never get rid of the car, as it's one of the best cars ever built and I will never trade it for another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2008

1989 Pontiac Bonneville SSE 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance217000 miles

Summary:

Greatest car I have ever owned

Faults:

Paint has oxidized.

Replaced normal items that wear out, such as alternator and brakes.

General Comments:

A great car, very nice to drive. I wish Pontiac would build the exact same body style again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2007

5th Aug 2010, 20:38

I agree... great car overall... As with anything, if you take care of your car, it should last and perform. Sure...I've had to replace components, and there are little quirks to it... but I'm sure I'm getting my money's worth on this one... Bought new in 1989, still driving to and from work every day - August 2010.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 49 reviews