2002 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews - Page 3 of 3

2002 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI 3.8 V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired24101 miles
Most recent distance26500 miles

Summary:

Classy

Faults:

Right rear window regulator.

One of two horn set out.

Passive alarm system intermittent.

Anti-lock, traction control, stability system failure-service lights come on and reset on engine restart. No codes.

General Comments:

Hard not to like car, loaded with luxury and ride. Looks good also.

Can't help, but worry about above, points to an electrical problem and since there are no codes, then according to the dealer there is nothing wrong. (That will be $80.00 please) May have to dump and trade to avoid rocky future.

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

Review Date: 1st September, 2005

8th Mar 2011, 19:08

I just bought a 00 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI.

I think these cars are nice and reliable. What happens is people think because it is a supercharger that they can mistreat this car. The supercharger was designed to move the heavy car, all 3500 pounds I think.

The 2000 SSEI Bonneville are good cars, but some people don't want to take care of this car because when it breaks it is expensive to fix.

The series 2 supercharger engine is the world's best engine award in my opinion, mine is running good at 161,000.

What it is is that some people don't want to fix their Bonnevilles because the parts are ridicoulous high price.

Thanks.

Let every one know Bonneville are the best sedan money can buy...

2002 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8 Liter from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carEagle Vision

Summary:

It is great car! Lots of luxury!

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

My Bonneville is a fully loaded SE model with leather, moon roof, all of it.

I really love my car, I'm 24 years old and I get a lot of looks from older people and (younger people too) like how can I afford a car like this! I have even had people ask me what I do for living. (they must think only the elders can buy one of these) It's luxury car and it's the "Cadillac" for us middle class people. What can I say I just love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2005

2002 Pontiac Bonneville SLE 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 kilometres
Most recent distance36000 kilometres
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

Sporty, great value

Faults:

It is early, just got the car today, but am so excited with it, had to write in.

General Comments:

The car is smooth and quiet. A solid ride with decent acceleration. Cornering with those 17 inch wheels and sport suspension is a piece of cake, I love it. Battery and fuse box under the back seat is somewhat odd for me?? Sharp looking car, definitely a head turner. Driver information center is OK, however I cannot scroll to the personal preferences mode, only the compass and vehicle data?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2004

10th Oct 2004, 13:33

User data can only be viewed and/or changed with the key in the ON position. Before it is started.

2002 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carSaturn SC

Summary:

A nice mix of performance and luxury

Faults:

Window motor for driver's side rear window failed and was replaced at 24,000 miles.

Shock absorbers in the rear made a noise and were replaced at 28,000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought this car used. It was a rental car, the dealer made sure I knew that. No matter. I really like this car.

I have the "base" SE model. I put base in quotes because they really give you a lot of features on the base. It's not like the old days, when a base model was 4 wheels and a motor. I won't list the options here, suffice it to say, it's "nicely equipped".

I like the styling. Even though it's a full sized car, it has a sport look to it. The dashboard is a little "Star Wars" like, but you know what? I like that. I am a guy, I like buttons and knobs and flashing lights.

The first time I started it, I knew I was in danger of making a purchase. It has a nice throaty sound. Not loud, but, you know it's not a toy. This is the kind of car where, you look forward to going places just so you can drive it. I still feel this way, and I've owned it for a year now.

It sits very well, but I'm not a tall man. I'm 5'9". There isn't a lot of head room. I would say if you are much more than 6'1", this would be a problem. But for the 6' and under club, it sits very well. You don't feel like you are sitting down into the sit peering up over the dash like the old full size cars, (boats). It actually is reminiscent of how my old 1972 Camaro sat.

The Bonneville SE performance is good. At times it's astonishing. Other times, it's merely OK. It has to do with the transmission/computer. When I accelerate onto the freeway from about 20mph, the car jumps! I get a slight torque steer, and it really moves. But, if I'm going about 5 mph and hit it, it's a bit more sluggish. It's not that the power isn't there, but the car won't rev up as it would if it were a manual. I'm not disappointed, but I am a car nut. Makes me wonder if maybe I shouldn't have held out for the SSEi, (25 more horsepower, supercharged!).

It's quiet, it rides and handles very well. You don't sense you are in a big car when you drive it. It's nimble, and responsive considering the size of the vehicle.

The stereo is another item that was well done. The Bonneville has become popular with my teenagers because of it's stereo. It has an excellent sound, and very adjustable. It has a goofy pseudeo graphic equalizer, but it works.

To summarize: The ride and handling are very good. The creature comforts are excellent. The acceleration is good, but I'm demanding. This car makes you WANT to go on that errand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2003

13th Jul 2004, 18:58

I recently purchased a 2002 Bonneville and really like the look and ride of the car. My car has 32,000 miles on it and is loaded with options. Your review sounds so biased I think you work for GM. I only have 4,000 miles on the bumper to bumper warranty. Does anyone know of any problems I should watch out for for the next 3,999 miles?

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 11 reviews