1995 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8 Series II from North America


If you were married to it, you wouldn't divorce it


Both left and right tail light assemblies have broken off at the metal bolts.

The CD player fails to load CDs properly since about a year ago. A rebuilt unit costs more than a replacement.

The radio has a mind of its own and will begin raising the volume at random times, but most often when the steering wheel is turned. Steering wheel mounted controls no longer function.

Just had a coolant system bypass hose failure which resulted in the dealership replacing the entire upper intake assembly ($295 part, 3 hours labor @ $87/hour). I am still uncertain whether this was necessary and why the hole I was shown was not repairable with epoxy.

Have been living with a loud whine from the fuel pump for more than two years. Could be my fault for running the fuel tank down to fumes so often. Have not investigated cost to repair/replace since it does not affect car's performance.

Auto unlock no longer works on driver's side door.

General Comments:

Very good fuel economy. For many years while I was commuting >35 miles each way to work, I averaged around 25 miles per gallon. I have gotten > 28 mpg consistently on long trips even as recently as June this year with 126,000 miles on the car.

Six way adjustable seat is very comfortable. Roomy for 5 adults. Trunk holds a lot.

I have always liked the automatic feature of the air conditioning. Just set the temperature you want it to be and it takes care of the rest. Also a great teaching tool for your young son or daughter as they switch between °F and °C on the display.

Tire wear has been excellent. Originals lasted beyond 80,000 miles and still have many miles to go on second set.

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

Review Date: 2nd August, 2002

1995 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI 3.8 Supercharged V6 from North America


A perfect balance between performance and luxury


Just after I bought the car, the anti-lock brake and traction control light came on. I had a diagnostic scan run which revealed 2 trouble codes. The fault turned out to be a brake pressure modulator assembly, which would cost $900.00 dollars Canadian to replace plus labour.

Recently I just had the water-pump replaced after 270,000 kilometers.

The vibration damper pulley also had to be replaced a short time later.

General Comments:

Overall the car is excellent.

Superb performance from the super-charged V6 motor.

Excellent fuel economy, 34 plus miles per gallon.

Very comfortable and supportive leather bucket seats. Great for long trips.

Instrument cluster is very well laid out along with driver controls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2002

1995 Pontiac Bonneville from North America


A small lemon


Air compressor replaced after 55,000 miles.

Top intake leaked coolant into engine.

Resulted in replacing engine after 70,000 miles.

Plastic screw holders in rear lights broke.

Oil leaks.

General Comments:

This car handles well and I have always been very happy with my previous Pontiac.

This is the third one I have owned, but this one has given me more problems in two years than the others gave me in ten, and with less mileage.

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

Review Date: 26th June, 2002

11th Aug 2002, 20:09

I am 16 years old and have recently purchased a 95' Pontiac Bonneville. It runs very well and has only 78,500 miles on it. The previous owner had no problems with it, and I myself have had nothing to complain about. There have been no problems with the air compressor, the engine is in working order, and there have been no oil leaks. The only problem I have experienced is a small coolant leak. (which you noted) I'm not a car expert, and I don't pretend to be. However, I test-drove many cars, all in decent condition, and the 1995 Pontiac Bonneville was by far the best. I am very happy with my purchase, and there are very few cars I would trade it for.