2002 Pontiac Bonneville SE from North America - Comments

4th Apr 2005, 11:11

My wife and I bought our 2002 Bonneville new and we bought the extended warranty. However, we have 40,000 miles on it and have had absolutely ZERO problems with it. Just regular maintenance. Additionally, I would like to say that we test drove the 2002 Grand Prix supercharged at the same time and as I am 6' 2" my head hit the roof of it. That is why we bought the stock Bonneville SE instead because it had just enough head room, and YES, base does have a lot of options, including a sunroof.

11th Jul 2005, 17:31

Well we bought our 2002 Pontiac Bonneville at the end of march 2005 with 79,882 mile. At first every thing was great, 1 month later & about 1,000 miles later, the passenger front window regulator broke. The extended warranty would not cover the regulator, But would cover the motor. The person I talked with at the extended warranty company said that window regulator breaking is a big problem with the bonnevile's. After 3 trips to the dealership they finally fixed the passenger window, but they would not fix the driver front because it only had a broken pulley on it & it was still working.

At the end of June we took the car because we was hearing a noise in the front passenger side wheel. Now we are replacing the wheel bearing & fixing a oil pan leak.

On July 10 2005 less than 4,000 miles & three and half months later, the driver rear window regulator broke. We called GM & they said there is no know problem with the window regulators. Also the rear passenger side window hops as it goes down, so it is need of work or replacing.

The car has 83,762 miles on it now. The car is a great car other than the problems with the window regulators, But I am looking to trade it off after getting the windows fixed.

21st Jul 2005, 16:19

I purchased my pre owned 2002 Pontiac Bonneville SE along with a 100,000 km bumper to bumper no deductible extended GM warranty in December 2002. The vehicle was a GM Program car. It now has 98500 km (61000 miles) on it. I’ve had the drivers’ side power window regulator changed under warranty at around 45000 miles. The alternator was replaced under warranty at 50,000 miles.

At 60,000 miles, a leaking steering hose was replaced under warranty. At 60,500 miles the CD player quit working. – warranty replacement.

I live in Canada where winter temperatures can get as low as -40 deg and summer temperatures can reach +95 and up. My car has always started and run well no matter what was happening to the weather. I am 6ft 3” and I fit very comfortably in the Bonneville. The car handles superbly and performs well. I would not hesitate to buy another Bonneville. But I do recommend an extended warranty.

11th Oct 2005, 10:21

I purchased my 2002 Bonneville in Aug. 2004 with less than 40,000 km on it. In Oct., I noticed a noise in the steering column and took it back to the dealer who said they would replace it under warranty, but it would take a bit of time because the part was on back-order. On 7 Feb. 2005, the column was replaced and the car performed beautifully until mid - Sept., when the same problem appeared again and was pointed out to me by the service staff. The car has less than 70,00 km.

I was more than a little upset when they told me that it would be replaced at my expense since the car was no longer under warranty. To me, a repair of this sort at a GM service shop using GM parts should guarantee me more than a year of problem free driving related to this repair.

My question is; Am I being jerked around or is this really official GM policy? Even after GM offered to pay 1/2, I think I should be able to expect more from one one the major automobile manufacturers. Much as I like this car, I like a car without hassle more.

15th Oct 2005, 08:28

I am experiencing the same problem - noise in the steering. My car is out of warranty so I wonder if you could elaborate for me. What part was replaced and how much did it cost?

17th Oct 2005, 16:10

I have a 2002 Bonneville with about 34,000 miles on it. The car has been great as far as service & repairs except I too am experiencing a noise in the steering. The dealer says it is the bearings in the top of the shock/strut assembly and will cost around $500.00 to replace including a wheel alignment.

28th Oct 2005, 19:35

I have a 2002 Bonneville SSEi and have been very pleased with it. In March of 2004 I took it to the dealer after a several month problem of a catching feeling and noise while turning the steering wheel-mostly when turning left. The dealer fixed it under warranty and said the steering column needed lubricated. Now I am at 36000 miles and 4 yrs from purchase and it has started doing the exact same thing again. Has anyone else had a similar problem and what happened?

1st Nov 2005, 20:44

I have a 2003 Bonneville and my car is beginning to make similar noises or clunky feel in the steering wheel. Feedback as to what is causing this would be appreciated.

29th Nov 2005, 11:44

I have recently purchased a 2002 Bonneville and it had the same steering clunk and a friend of mine happen to stumble on the problem when reading a car mag. According to the mag. the steering intermediate shaft for many gm cars in the early 2000's had a defect and would cause a clunk or a catching feeling. I hope that this will help anyone who has this problem.

25th Mar 2006, 22:27

The clunking and clicking noises in your steering is the intermediate steering shaft. it is quite common for many 2000 and up GM cars to do this. My cousin has a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville SE and he has the clunking noises. I have an 03 Monte Carlo LS and have the clinking noises also at low speeds. The Steering Shaft just needs lubrication. But it is NOT a safety issue. It will not break or come out of place. Hope this helps.

4th Jun 2006, 02:57

I had this same problem. I must have taken my car into the shop at least 6 or 7 times before GM figured out the problem. First they just kept lubricating something on the steering column and then the same clunking noise would return. When they finally figured out what was the real problem they informed me I had to wait and be put on a list for the part. I was number 14 at the GM dealer where I live!! The same kind of noise appeared again recently and this time it was my struts and d problem. good luck with your car.

27th Aug 2006, 09:07

The window motors/regulators appear to be a problem. I replaced the drivers side last at 80k and now the passenger front and rear are appearing to need replacement. The steering intermediate shaft has been replaced on my 02 Bonneville as there is a factory bulletin on this particular problem. The clunk comes back and like the previous comments state, lubrication will deal with this.

Anyone know where I can get a Chiltons manual on this car?