1989 Pontiac Bonneville LE 3.8 3.8 V6 from North America


Great first beater


Water pump.


Inner tie-rod end.

Brakes, twice.


CV joints/ half-shafts.

Control arm bushings.

Hood latch pin.

Intermittent wiper delay.

Engine mounts.

Spark plugs.

Spark plug wires.

Cooling fan relay.

Fuel sending unit.

Fuel filter.

Fuel lines (2)

Fuel pump.


Rear passenger door does not always lock or unlock.

Power window motors operate slowly.

General Comments:

This vehicle has had many problems as long as I have had it, but considering it is my first car it has done well. With over 100,000 miles on it when I bought it and myself adding 13,000, being a teenage driver, and "beating" on cars it has done well. It has passed my test. I think it would have been a wonderful family vehicle in its day, and a nice vehicle for a lower income family today. I personally need a truck or something more sturdy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2002

1989 Pontiac Bonneville LE 3.8 liter gas from North America


A good bargain for our family, served its cheap, used family sedan role well


Our Bonneville had rust that had begun to get fairly widespread by the time we sold it.

The driver's side power window had to be replaced just a month or so before we sold it.

The trunk leaked.

The rear, driver's side seat belt stuck. You would put it on, try to unbuckle it and it would not unbuckle. Usually I slid under it or kept pressing the button until it worked.

Cassette player did not work.

Gear indicator was broken. Reverse was halfway between Park and Reverse and so on and so forth.

Air conditioning went out during ownership.

General Comments:

Our Bonneville was generally very trouble-free. The power window, trunk leak, seat belt and cassette player problems are to be expected with such an old vehicle. We bought it for a good price and it served us well. It certainly never broke down, or overheated. It was fairly fast with the trusty 3800 engine, got fairly good gas mileage for a sedan and drove well, despite a fairly harsh ride near the end, before we got rid of it.

For being an LE, the car had wood trim, power antennae, the aforementioned cassette player (non-working for the better part of our ownership) and several other perks. One notable exception is that models above the LE had a console-shifted automatic, while our LE had a column-shifted automatic.

The end-all reason we sold our car (and subsequently bought an almost-new white Ford Taurus with 16,000 miles) was because the air conditioning had went out, a nearly essential feature in the summer with a 2 1/2 year old baby.

A few other notable things about our Bonneville is that it had the wheels that appear to be like cris-crossing wire wheels. These types of wheels also appear on Grand Prixes. The engine was extremely reliable. The car was, overall, a great deal for us, and, if it wasn't for the air conditioner problem, it would still be parked in our driveway.

Forgot to mention-a kind of quirky incident was that an already loose Pontiac emblem was even more loosened by the car wash, and when my Dad was showing the car to the prospective (and eventual) buyer, the emblem popped right off. I'm sure the rust will continue and problems with eventually continue to appear, but this car will serve its new owner well and will probably run well until the day it is permanently parked.

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

Review Date: 8th August, 2002

1989 Pontiac Bonneville LE 3.8 from North America


The car is a pleasure to drive and easy to maintain


The coil pack went bad, resulting in a miss.

The power windows are very slow. I think the motors are going.

General Comments:

For an older sedan this car has a lot of power and is pretty quick. It also handles very well for a car of its size and weight.

The interior is very comfortable and easy to maneuver around in. It is very well designed. I love the red dash lights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2002