1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8 Series II from North America
Strap yourself in and go for a ride
It had major electrical problems, where the starter would continuously die every few months, but that was fixed by replacing the battery cables (at ~100,000 miles).
Radio backlight went out, and I replaced it with an aftermarket system. (~116,000 miles).
This car was affected by the notorious upper intake flaw. When the manifold burst, it ruined the oil, coolant, and spark plugs, and the engine hydrolocked (fortunately before it seized). (~119,000 miles).
Second transmission seems to be on its way out; a check engine light comes on, stays for a while, and eventually shuts off, always transmission-related (happening now).
This has got to be the best car that I've owned so far. Despite the Bonnie's heavy weight, it accelerates rather quickly, which will get you in and out of traffic. However, it won't win any drag races, as I discovered when I came across a Lamborghini on a nice, deserted stretch of the Wilbur Cross Highway. But that's to be expected of a family sedan.
Aside from that, it's built like a tank. Not only that, but it's comfortable, sporty, and fun to drive. The Bonneville's been discontinued, so snatch one up while you still can!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th August, 2008