2001 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews

2001 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI 3.8 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Great deal, little money, runs wicked fast

Faults:

I have this quiet clunking in the steering, but I hear that's a common thing with the vehicle model.

Other than oil change, no problems.

General Comments:

The car runs great, very fast and responsive. It looks great and is very roomy.

I bought the car at a police auction for 1,800 bucks. The blue book puts the car at about 6,000. I smoke BMW, Lexus and smaller Mercedes daily.

The supercharged Bonneville kicks butt. Love the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2011

2001 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8 liter V6 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.8 liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired143000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carSaturn LS

Summary:

Awesome bang for the buck - good looking, cheap to own

Faults:

Car is high miles, but is in really great shape cosmetically... small things like the center console armrest latch is broken and a bear to find a replacement... discontinued and rare in junkyards... hate that the little lugnut caps can never stay on these wheels... same thing happened on a Grand Prix that I had with the same wheels. Minor cosmetics only. Solid, solid car...

General Comments:

This is a pretty big car, but does not feel clumsy. I love the size of the interior. It is an awesome highway cruiser and is really smooth. The 3.8 liter is one of the best engines that GM has made... I am getting 22 to 24 mpg in mixed driving on 87 octane. Love the seats. Very easy to use the controls. The long wheelbase makes this thing so comfortable on the highways. Mine has worn struts/shocks and I am looking forward to locking it down a little tighter. CD player sounds fantastic for a stock factory unit. Great feel to the steering wheel too. Love this car. Going for 250,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2007

2001 Pontiac Bonneville SLE 6 cylinder. from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carNissan Quest

Summary:

After six years I still love driving my Bonneville

Faults:

The only problems I have had with the car is for the heated seats. Both seats have had the switch replaced and the drivers side twice. I had an extended warranty for it, so I'm happy I didn't have to pay for the repairs. The car has been very reliable. As far as comfort, you do feel the road, but that is because it has the sport suspension.

General Comments:

One other comment I have is on the head rest. It is very uncomfortable because it sits too far back and I am afraid of getting rear-ended and getting whiplash. I purchased a cushioned head rest and hopefully I never have need for it. I hope to have this car around for a long time!

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

Review Date: 5th September, 2007

2001 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI Supercharged from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Supercharged Automatic
Distance when acquired138500 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

It is sporty, yet sophisticated and super fast!

Faults:

I bought the car in December 2006 with 138,500 miles on it. At 139,974 the supercharger idler pulley seized & consequently the serpentine belt had to also be replaced. That was about $36.00 in parts.

At about 140,000 I started leaking coolant & could not figure out where it was coming from. A friend of my dad's who works at a dealership let us try this pressure mechanism that attaches to the radiator and pumps air through so you can see where it is leaking from. That helped a great deal & we were able to solve the problem by just replacing 2 heater hose elbows. We found them at a local auto store for only $3.25! Not a drop of coolant since.

At 140,000 miles my oil gauge was buried at 120 psi, so I replaced the oil sending unit. I bought the unit direct from the dealer (About $70) & the gauge worked for about 2 months, then went back to 120 psi. The dealer gladly gave me a new one (I had to give them the faulty one) and so far it has been good. That was about 1 week ago that it was replaced.

General Comments:

Overall I love this car. It was a big step up from my 97 Ford Taurus. It handles well & has great power. I would recommend it to anyone. However, I have been lucky on a few things, and my dad & husband are both very handy with fixing vehicles, so I can save a lot by not having to take my car to the dealer. I can understand where some people could drain there pockets on these things.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2007

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 23 reviews