21st Aug 2007, 09:15
I had very similar problems with the computer and transmission going at the same time, but my car was 11 years old at 150000 miles. It drives great, so I fixed it. Now, I can't purchase the correct serp. belt, it seems that the one from the store is too long. I definitely have the correct pattern, but it is 3 inches too long.
27th Mar 2008, 17:26
1995 SE purchased at 29k and now at 74k. Other than ABS break sensors and a leaking master cylinder it has been extremely reliable. Oil changes every 3k. Brakes and transmission filter/flush will be done at 75k. All around superb car. Great comfort, good mileage and power as well as safety!
7th Apr 2008, 10:50
This is a great car. I haven't had any of the problems I have seen here except with the transmission, which I'm going to replace at the end of the month. I think the reason I'm having this problem is that the transmission probably got damaged in the crash; the frame stayed straight as an arrow, right along with the chassis, so all I have to do is replace the drivers side door.
22nd Apr 2008, 12:46
My 1993 Bonneville is leaking somewhere along the headliner... where it meets the windshield. So I'm looking on Internet for answers and I come up on this site. I bought my car used 3 years ago. She's a sweetie!! Just regular maintenance problems...battery, alternator, brakes... nothing major. And I bought her with 220,000 miles on her! She's going strong still... although I'm a bit upset over this doggone water leak situation!! Had windshield replaced & molding & molding replaced in right door frame, where I SWEAR the water was coming in at. It's such a mystery even the garage guy doesn't have a clue!! But I just wanted to add my two cents in here...I'm sure there are lemons out there but not mine.
13th May 2008, 08:39
Right now I have a 1995 Pontiac Bonneville, and I have a major problem. Most likely from the previous owner not taking preventative measures. The whole front frame is extremely rotted out and it has spread to the passenger side rear. My advice to any bonne owner is to get the under side coated to avoid any of my problems. I have owned a 1987, 2 1989's LE and SE, 2 1990's, a 1995, a 1996 SSEi and a 1997 SE. They run in the family we all love these cars. Aside from my problem they all have been good to us, excellent runners with no problems, just regular maintenance keeps it running strong. I am actually thinking about purchasing a 1990 again, I trust the older ones more now. Excellent, reliable, SAFE vehicles. Be sure to get it thoroughly checked before you buy and you'll have a very nice car with almost no problems... TAKE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES also.
15th May 2008, 16:50
1995 SE which is now at 160K it still has the primary ingredients of a great car: decent driving characteristics, a cold a/c unit (essential in SE Texas) and mileage that is hard to beat. City 20 Highway 30+.
One more: nobody will steal this car ;)
27th Feb 2010, 17:02
1995 Bonneville SE had 60,000 miles on it when I bought it. The car now has 198,000, uses less than a quart in 3,000 miles, and is a great all around car. Dash lights went out, bought an add on set for $10, which works great.
5th Apr 2010, 20:12
I own a 95 Bonneville SE and purchased it 6 years ago with 147,000 miles. Car now has 223,000 on it. Parts replaced on car are front left wheel bearing unit, idler pulley, radiator, outer tie rod ends, alternator (wrong one was on it for SSE), blower fan, electronic cooling relay, front rotors, rear drums and brakes and four tires.
What can I say, except still cheaper than a car payment. Almost forgot coolant leak into engine required replacement of all upper and lower gaskets; result of EGR design passage, which was repaired before the car was purchased (WHEW)!!
Love the car, looking to get seats from salvage yard as leather is showing wear, especially drivers side. Hope to make it to 300,000. Got to get the oil pan gasket changed also.
8th Apr 2010, 16:17
I love my Bonneville. It has its issues, but then again tell me a car that doesn't. It's overall quite reliable. I just bought my car used, it's a 1995 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi. It has every option known to man.
The Bonne has about 151000kms on it, and just to be safe, I've already replaced spark plug and wires, air filter, fuel filter, oil change, alternator belt (as it was cracking) replaced also crankshaft sensor (car wasn't starting) and throttle position sensor (fish bite/chuggle at highway speeds).
Now I've noticed that my intake manifold is leaking on the car. A flawed design by GM in terms of parts used for the seals (plastic - which end up cracking over time) This job is gonna be the motherload. Luckily I know a retired GM technician that works on my car.
The good news is after this repair done the car will be mint. No leaks, and I'll do the supercharger seal as well along with an oil change on the supercharger (which I'm excited about). All the maintenance I've done is good, because now I can totally say that proper maintenance has been completed.
The next item on the list (mind you I'm a car nut, and I obsess over my car being as nice as when it rolled out of the dealership)... so yeah, the next thing is brakes and transmission CHANGE not FLUSH! I'm really concerned about losing my transmission based on the posts I'm seeing. However I've also heard that if you beat on the transmission, expect it to go!
As well as a water leak that drives me totally nuts! The good news is I think I've located the leak/s. For one, the doors have interior caulk that over time, loses its sticking ability and lets water in, as opposed to leading it to the drain holes in the car.
Other than that, which I know seems like a lot of issues, the car is fine. At the end of the day I bought my car for $2250.00! Even if I spend another $2000.00 to bring the car up to showroom specs, why not. People are spending way over that on basic cars, having to deal with car payments and issues I have on top of that.
My whole motto is for less than what everyone else pays for a new car, that nowadays have no style or inspiration, is not for me. I bought an older car that looks awesome, especially if it's a SSEi like mine! I get compliments all the time, and everyone seems to agree I got the car at a steal.