2005 Pontiac Bonneville SLE 3.8 V6 from North America
I hate it with a passion
I have a 2005 Pontiac Bonneville SLE. This version is right under the GXP fully loaded.
The air ride the works well.
When the car was first bought by an older couple, at around 10000 miles the brakes went out, and the calipers were replaced. They went out about 29000 miles again, only this time I found out that the brake pads were shattering and falling out. I just about wrecked the car when it would not STOP.
Also, the master cylinder went out, and I also had a problem with the lower intake gasket when it started leaking antifreeze; had that fixed, and after the dealer fixed the leak, the gas mileage went down about 10 MPG; went from 32 to about 22 MPG, this is crazy.
Now the oil is stuck on 120 psi.
Had the tire pressure lie and say the tire pressure was low, but the tires were fine.
Speedometer wasn't fully reseting.
Transmission shifting in and out of lockup rapidly, and sometimes not even shifting at all into overdrive.
Water pump is going out with 36300 miles.
I fully maintain my car, and this is getting crazy. I paid too much for the car to start with, and the warranty just ran out at 36000. Now the problems are getting worse. I think GM should put a recall out on this car, because the way it's going now, and from what I read in here, I will never own another one.
I'm not big on GM cars and trucks, I just thought I would give them another shot, but it still shows how problems keep coming around with GM.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th June, 2008
When you let the car sit, as I am sure the old couple did, the brake master cylinders always fail, and the cracked brakes and such are due also to it sitting for extended periods of time. This is not just attributed to one car.
Brake pads shattering? I really doubt it, seeing as they are metal backed ceramic/metallic material. Sounds like your mechanic is taking YOU for a ride.
The brake pads will fail in most cases if the car was sitting for a long period of time, this is a fact for all makes of automobiles.