'98 Bonneville SE - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat
GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat

Go Back   GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat > Pontiac Bonneville > 1992-1999

1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-19-2002, 12:36 AM   #1
Posts like a V-Tak
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 31
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
thetinch is on a distinguished road
Default '98 Bonneville SE

Hey Everyone,

I have a couple of questions. I have had my '98 Bonneville SE since 1998. It'* black with 16" chrome wheels, spoiler, moon roof, leather seats, CD Player. It started as a leased vehicle, and I am in the process of buying out the lease. I do have a couple of concerns, and I was wondering if you guys could help me out.

1. Left Turns - When I don't come to a complete stop and turn left, it will sometimes bog down. The engine doesn't hesitate what-so-ever, it just gets slow all of a sudden. The only way to pick up speed again is to turn the wheel back straight. Any ideas??

2. Maybe it'* just me, but it seems like the engine is less powerful than it should be. It will reach 20 miles and hour and 4000 RPMs before it will shift to 2nd gear...I've had no problems with the engine or tranny....just wondering if this is normal.

3. What octane fuel is best to use in the L36 engines? My friend has a '98 GP GTP and he always uses 93 octane. I have been putting in 93 octane for the last month, but always had 87 octane before. It seems lately to be running a little worse. Anyone know??

4. CD Player....I very often burn CDs. Lately, they've been skipping on me. Are you suppose to clean the CD players? The manual says not...but I doubt that.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!!

thetinch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2002, 08:36 AM   #2
Senior Member
True Car Nut
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, AB Canada
Posts: 2,621
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
DeathRat is on a distinguished road

Welcome to the group first off! I'll try to answer as many questions as I can:
1) It could be torque steer or rolling resistance. The drive axle'* c.v. joint might be at too extreme of an angle to transfer the torque to the wheel efficiently.
2) That sounds more like a trans problem than an engine problem to me...It may be normal depending on what final drive ratio that 4T65-E trans came with. The SE'* & NA SSE'* could get 2 different final drive ratios, while the SSEi'* & SC SSE'* came with the 4T65-E HD trans and only one final drive ratio was available.
3) I would recommend what ever the owner'* manual suggests. The SC Bonnevilles usually use high octane fuel while the NA Bonnevilles use regular octane fuel.
4) There is no actual way to clean a CD Player without taking it apart. This goes for your home Computer one'* too. There only way the laser eye ever gets dirty is if you actually touch it. I would try a store bought CD & see if the problem is still there. If so, see the dealer while it'* still under warranty.
DeathRat is offline   Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Bonneville, or not a Bonneville ? GXP4me Bonneville GXP/ Northstar Powered Cars 13 08-17-2005 12:34 AM
1996 Pontiac Bonneville Transmission in a 1995 Bonneville dumbsioux 1992-1999 7 08-12-2005 05:28 PM
Will a 96 Bonneville wheel lock key work on a 93 Bonneville? Str8pimpin 1992-1999 1 04-18-2005 08:02 AM
Michigan Bonneville convoy to bonneville fest 04 LOOK JLAudioEclipse Lounge 0 06-30-2004 12:41 AM
Bonneville Club vs. Bonneville Attitude zzzzzeke General GM Chat 12 03-01-2003 02:57 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:32 AM.