1993 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews - Page 2 of 12

1993 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8 H Type V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8 H Type V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired215000 miles
Most recent distance216000 miles
Previous carPontiac Toyota Corolla

Summary:

I love my car!!!

Faults:

Cracked windshield (was there when I bought it).

Small anti-freeze leak... replaced thermostat housing ($13.00 fix) and replaced gasket (.99 cent fix).

General Comments:

I bought this car in a jam... I'm a stay at home mom, have kids I need to schlep around, errands to run, hubby to drive to work... etc... bought the car off a popular website in my area (craigslist.com) for 500.00.

WAS WORTH EVERY LAST PENNY OF THAT 500.00!!! This car is FABULOUS, I love it!

It had a cracked windshield when I bought it.. 175.00 bucks to replace with a brand new one..

Took it to a mechanic my hubby knows, hooked it up to a diagnostic... NOTHING IS WRONG WITH IT!! Mechanic said it was perfect (in so many words).

It has a small antifreeze leak, hubby bought a new housing for 13.00 bucks, but he put the gasket on a little off from where it should be... 99 cents for a new gasket will stop it... drove for like I don't know, 2 or 3 days with no antifreeze in it, didn't show any signs of over heating at all.. just kept going like it always does.

Wonderful, powerful, reliable car.. going strong, running like brand new with OVER 216,000 miles on it. Starts right up every morning (even when it's below freezing or below zero out).

Heat kicks ass, air works great, all in all a great car.. would buy 13 more just like it!!! :)

Would HIGHLY recommend a Bonneville to ANYONE looking for a great reliable, nice looking, roomy, comfy, WONDERFUL, FABULOUS car!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2009

1993 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8 tuned port injection from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8 tuned port injection Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired202000 miles
Most recent distance392159 miles
Previous carAcura CL

Summary:

392,000 miles and drives like new still

Faults:

When I purchased the car, I had to go through and replace a lot; alternator, valve cover gasket, hoses, belts, tires, and a water pump, but so far I only had to replace tires and an alternator again.

The body is starting to rust out around the rear tires, but not too bad.

General Comments:

The car is awesome. I love it.

I bought it for $600 and it has been amazing. I've put almost 200,000 miles on it since I purchased it in 03.

The car flies, and has all the power I need.

Original motor, new tranny before I purchased it.

Best car I have ever owned. Way more power than my previous car, a 1997 Acura 2.2 CL; the motor seized up on me and burned a quart of oil every week.

The Bonneville handles great and is OK on gas. I commute 50 miles to work and has held up great. It has a glass smooth ride. I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2009

1993 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 miles
Most recent distance321000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Fun - Bought newer, I will keep this one

Faults:

Transmission started to run in 3rd gear.

Throttle control seems to run at high idle.

Tires, two sets now.

Catalytic converter.

Fuel sending unit.

Wheel bearings.

Radiator leaked at head gasket.

General Comments:

This car (knock on wood) has never been behind a tow truck. This Bonneville NEVER failed me. I love this car.

We put a new transmission at 275000 miles.

Tires never seem to wear out, dry rot.

Catalytic only needed to be fixed due to emissions testing in this state.

The new project is the fuel sending unit rusted away.

Radiator leak was fixed with J B Weld and a tooth pick.

It is a heavy cruiser that is nice to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2009

1993 Pontiac Bonneville SLE 3.8 Series 1 Buick motor from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.8 Series 1 Buick motor Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired205000 miles
Most recent distance240599 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Bonneville SLE 240,000 miles

Faults:

Things that I have fixed:

1. Water leak in driver door (molding).

2. Fuel leak under left rear tire (sending unit).

3. Transmission mount

4. Ball joint (left).

5. 2 hub assemblies.

6. Heater fan.

7. Hollowed cat.

8. New hood (painted with black Jaguar paint) all I had.

9. New struts.

10. Coolant leak (some fitting going to the water pump from the block. Was plastic I replaced it with metal).

Thing that are still broken:

1. Radiator fan won't kick on. (doesn't overheat).

2. Twilight sensor is broken.

3. Spring under the hood doesn't work (to open the hood is a two man job).

4. The alignment is really bad.

General Comments:

I bought the car in a pinch. I had wrecked my Jetta Trek and needed a new ride. I bought her rust free for $400 (friend was helping me out).

It's a SLE, which isn't much different from an SE or an SSE - there's no sunroof. But it does have the center console with the shift stick on the floor and leather seating with front buckets.

This car doesn't handle like my Jetta, but it dose very well for its size. I just replaced the struts and noticed it handles a little better. My alignment is still really off and my tires have no more meat on them. So once I fix that it should handle better.

For its "get up an go" it's pretty nice. 174 hp and 230lbs of torque gets the 3500lb boat from nought to 60 in 8.6 seconds.

I noticed a big drop in power of the school semester. I thought the engine was finally going since it has 240k miles. It turned out to be the catalytic converter was clogged up. So I hollowed it out. Now the thing's doing 0 to 60 in 7.9 seconds. NO LIE.

Catalytic converters do nothing, but slow your car down and cost you a new engine down the road.

Well anyways, this car doesn't leak or burn any oil; I change it every 3k. For a Pontiac it's a tank and will probably run till 300k.

My friends nicknamed the car "The Bonnerville"

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2008

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 51 reviews