1989 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews - Page 6 of 12

1989 Pontiac Bonneville SSE 3.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired106900 miles
Most recent distance452800 miles
Previous carChevrolet Celebrity

Summary:

I wish they would still make this model, I would buy it in a minute

Faults:

Standard wear and tear on the car.

General Comments:

Excellent touring sedan, yet sporty.

Always there never let me down.

Temperatures well below 40C and still starting with ease.

Well done Pontiac

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2004

1989 Pontiac Bonneville SSE 3.8 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance280000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

The Only Car I Will Ever Drive!!!

Faults:

Rear door cable was rusted and needed to be replaced.

Gas Tank, and Lines @ 255000 km.

Alternator has been replaced 5 times in the life of the vehicle.

Steering wheel loosened and needed to be tightened @ 255000 km.

Regular wear and tear, ex., brakes tires etc.

General Comments:

These cars are unstoppable, they last forever without a problem.

The cabin is easy to read and operate.

There is plenty of room for family, luggage, and even a great car for a single person with a little class.

I love them so much, that after my accident with my first 89 bonnie, I searched for another.

I am presently seeking a newer Bonneville SSE to replace mine. They are the only car I will continue to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2004

1989 Pontiac Bonneville LE 3.8 liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carfirst car first car

Summary:

Good starter car

Faults:

-The fuel line needed replacing at 115,000 miles.

-The starter needed replacing at 117,000 miles.

-The windshield leaks.

-The trunk leaks.

-The A/C doesn't work.

-Had new tires put on at 115,000 miles.

-The transmission seals leak.

General Comments:

-This car is a very comfortable car. The interior is very roomy and the car rides very nice.

-It runs OK, the idle is kinda rough though.

-The transmission is leaking a lot of fluid (up to a pint a week) and doesn't always downshift.

-The oil filter is a pain to get to.

-Other than the above mentioned things I would say this is a great car. I am getting the $1000 dollars I bought the car for and then some. I would recommend this car to any new driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2004

1989 Pontiac Bonneville SSE 3.8 EFI from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 EFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired9200 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Spectrum

Summary:

Sport tuned luxury car

Faults:

Had to change the alternator a couple of times since having the car.

Replaced the turn signal cluster inside of the steering column due to a short that was causing the tail lights to blow fuses.

Had the factory CD player repaired ($200) because it would not always play. Eventually replaced CD player with an aftermarket unit (lost steering wheel controls for radio).

Replaced wheel cylinders on back breaks.

Having problems with passenger rear door lock, it works when it wants to. Have to manually lock and unlock to use door.

Window lift motors are very slow, and have been since I acquired vehicle.

Lamination on tail light covers is pulling away from the plastic lenses.

Power sunroof is acting up, sometimes it will open and close, other times it stops working. There is an excessive amount of rattling when the sunroof is closed.

It appears as though the sunroof is not sealing correctly, starting to see mildew in driver side rear headliner.

Car left me stranded on a long trip - Fuel pump $290, but it appears as though it is now getting better mileage prior to the fuel pump failure.

General Comments:

My wife is starting to question this car's reliability.

Suspension and handling is great.

Power seats with lumbar support are out of this world. This is one of the sole reasons that I still own this car. I cannot find another vehicle with the adjustment capabilities of these seats for under $40k - great on long trips.

Even though my vehicle does not have air bags it feels very structurally safe and solid.

Easily accommodates 5 large adults (6 if it had a front bench seat) and their luggage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2003

1st Aug 2009, 03:50

You can still use your steering wheel controls, depending on what kind of aftermarket deck you bought. I bought an Alpine deck and put in my 89 SSE Bonneville. I then bought a controller that is hidden behind the stereo, with a little wire. I then had to program it to the original steering wheel controls, and it works really well.

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