2005 Pontiac Bonneville SLE 3.8L 3.8 Series II V6 (L36) from North America
Touring, done Pontiac Style!
I do think the backseat room is a little tight.
Only one problem a blown fuse!
Having owned all GM cars in the past various Pontiacs, Olds, Cadillacs and Chevys. I have owned a Deville, an old Bonneville, and an Delta 88. The Bonneville beats all of these. It out performs everyone even my 93 Deville with a 4.9L V8. Part of that is due to the axle ratio and the 5 extra ponies and less weight. Strangly the Cadillac out muscled it by 45lbft. of torque the Bonneville SLE still feels a smidge quicker. But the Cadillac was more fun to pass in I must admit. **The sound**. Although if in a race it would be neck and neck. But the Bonneville really pulled after 85mph hard. The Cadillac pulled hard to 90mph or so and cut out some. The motors rpm range and gearing was rather low.
Handling the Bonneville had hardly any flex the stiff H-Body same as the 98-04 Seville was a true pleasure to dart in and out of coners. It is obvious the frame is designed for touring. It is so much stiffer than my two W-Body vehicles I currently own a Grand Prix and Impala.
The Bonneville had the styling I wanted sporty and clear that it is a sporty looking car. For 2005 the SLE got GXP styling and really looks bad. Especially with black and chrome wheels like mine.
I didn't order the GXP because of the 6,000 dollar price jump and also the fuel economy. I didn't feel like feeding another V8! After one test drive I realized the V6 SLE performed as good as my Caddy so I could live withe the SLE. But no way would an SE do with its styling I didn't like or its lack of features like no 17inch wheels, DIC and dual exhaust all features I wanted. If I was going to spend 30 grand I might as well spend 33 grand and get what I want.
The interior trim is pretty good even put up agianst the some others in the class. The automatic climate control and rear air vents were a hit with my family.
I am so glad I purchased this car, and I know with a 3800 I will have many worry free miles with it.
If you aren't swayed by the latest trends and you like cars made right here in the USA the Bonneville is a great car with cool gadgets!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th March, 2006