1994 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8 Series V6 from North America
A high performance car, but it's not very reliable
1. Powering Steering cooling line broke at 72,000 miles.
2. Alternator replaced constantly.
3. Car will be dead in the morning if it is not run the day before.
4. Battery replaced twice in less than a year.
5. Brake sensor light had to be replaced.
6. Anti-lock brakes had to be adjusted.
7. The car has something wrong with it causing the battery to drain, but three places have yet to figure it out.
8. Front power Windows don't work half of the time.
9. Cup holder in center arm rest is cheap and broke off.
10. Water is building up in the rear lights.
11. Light in back passenger side door keeps falling out.
12. It doesn't have much pick up and go like it did when I first got it.
I love this car, it is so comfortable to drive I almost fall asleep on long trips.
The stock sound system is awesome and the speakers still haven't blown after what I have put them through.
I have a SE, but with all the options that the SSE has. The leather seats are holding up really well and are easy to clean. I love the controls and the steering wheel. In fact they have spoiled me, now my next car has to have them. The stereo has more than just bass and treble adjustments, it has all the equalizer options.
This car handles like a dream, it is great for highway driving. Although it doesn't have the get up and go that it used to, I can still blow by a lot of cars. The fancy aluminum wheel covers had some kind of reaction with the salt on the roads in the winter and are starting to rust. The Bonneville is very spacious and the trunk is huge. My friends love riding the back seat because of the head rests and arm rest. If you get a Bonneville get the sporty one. I love the bucket seats up front and the center gear shift.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th April, 2002
19th Nov 2005, 21:30
Have had absolutely no problems in the 250,000 miles on my dads. One GREAT car!!!
6th Feb 2009, 23:12
I have a white 1994 Pontiac Bonneville SE with almost 157,000 miles on the odometer and it is just a terrific car, especially for it's age. I have a lot of paint chipping on mine, but aside from that it's practically golden. I have some problems with my car that you do, particularly numbers 9 and 11. I used to have number 8, but it mysteriously went away. Also, my Bonneville's radio mysteriously gets very loud when we only turn up the volume slightly. It hasn't occurred within the past two months though.
I acquired this Bonneville in Aug. 2006 (with just under 130k on the odometer) after the A/C failed in my other car. I has been just great since then, although it did overheat one time last year, which turned out to be a quick fix. It is currently mechanically sound under the hood, with no foreseeable problems. I give it 5 stars.
22nd Nov 2009, 18:57
I got a 1994 Bonneville SE from my brother 2 months ago. It has cherry red original paint that's clean as a whistle, with grey leather interior w/moon roof. My brother gave it to me after it sat for 3 years. It used to die on him out of the blue, so after he invested $600 in repair cost and the problem still existed he was done. I took it to my mechanic. It took him 3 weeks to find the problem, but eventually diagnosed it as having a bad computer. It cost me $400 to install a used computer and the car now rides like a new car. Its got 164,500 miles on it but you couldn't tell. I've never been a Pontiac fan, but I will say that this is the best car I've ever owned. It's the best of both worlds, combining luxury with flat out power.