1997 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews - Page 7 of 7

1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

A comfortable, sporty and reliable full-sized American car

Faults:

Water pump at about 50k miles. Nothing else.

General Comments:

Very satisfied with the car and looking at a 2000 Bonneville now...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2000

1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3..8 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3..8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles

Summary:

Pontiac paper weight!!!

Faults:

At 37,000 miles had to replace the water pump!

At 39,000 miles had two oil leaks, rear main seal, oil pan was warped!!!! Cost of 742.56$$$$, called the dealer, told me out of warranty, had to pay for the repair myself. Atill fighting with GM about bill!!!!!

Now the car is using oil at about the rate of half a quart every 500 miles, and now the fuel pump is making very loud noises!!!!! Does anyone else have any problems!!!!!!

General Comments:

Will never buy another GM product again!!! Why doesn't GM back the cars like our foreign counter parts.....!!!!!!!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th July, 2000

9th Jan 2001, 20:51

Maybe you just got a lemon... My mom just bought a new Bonneville with 0 problems, her first car was a '65 Pontiac that we still have and it runs perfect. I would take an American car over a foreign car anyday.. you can blame the problem on Chevy since Pontiacs have Chevy engines in them now.. that's why they are going downhill...

1997 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Has proven to be a poor choice

Faults:

Transmission being replaced.

General Comments:

Find this car to be very disappointing - only 40,000 miles & the transmission has to be replaced. Car has been well taken care of and fully maintained - this is not acceptable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th June, 2000

14th Jun 2012, 15:28

I have a 97 Bonneville as well, and it just got towed away to have the transmission replaced. The gas gauge has been broken since I first got it, the water pump has been replaced, brake lines and pads twice, and the serpentine belt. I agree that it is a very costly car to own in regards to repairs.

1997 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi 3.8 supercharged V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.8 supercharged V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8 kilometres
Most recent distance68300 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Faults:

Sunroof (twice)& trunk latch (twice).

General Comments:

This car handles well both in the city & on the highway. It's a joy to drive. People still come up and admire and compliment it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2000

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 30 reviews