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View Poll Results: How reliable is your Pontiac Bonneville
10 15 30.61%
9 20 40.82%
8 5 10.20%
7 3 6.12%
6 3 6.12%
5 1 2.04%
4 0 0%
3 1 2.04%
2 0 0%
1 1 2.04%
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Old 02-01-2005, 09:31 PM   #11
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-1 hated my first one so much I thought i'd buy another and try again. dammit when am I going to get it right.
oh there'* always the 2005 version.
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Old 02-01-2005, 09:37 PM   #12
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Only time she left me high and dry since ive owned her was when I ran out of gas ,I'll have to say a 9.5 due to faulty gas gauge. so far so good.(knocks on forehead while typing this) . 1997 SSEI bought at little over 100,000 km'* now at 165,000.
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I'd call your mom a bigot and buy another Bonne anyway, if she wants you to get something else make her buy it completely with her own money.
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Old 02-01-2005, 10:25 PM   #14
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I voted a 10. I bought an SSEi in February of 2000 replacing an Olds Trofeo, the car has been flawless and it is fun to drive (and look at).
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Well, if this WERE a Bonneville it would have been a 9. But since it'* an Oldsmoblie, I had to give it a 10.

But all seriousness aside, this has been the most reliable, least expensive to maintain, and easiet to repair vehicle that I have ever owned. And later this year it will have the most mileage that I have ever had on a vehicle at 150K.

They REALLY don't make them like they use to! :wink2:
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Old 02-01-2005, 10:38 PM   #16
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6.5 (voted 7)

1991 SSE - VIN C LN3, 4T60 trans/GX3 final drive (assumed), ghetto golds

Engine runs great, but having the engine alone in tip-top shape (which mine pretty much is) doesn't mean everything. Of recent note, I have/had problems with (both serious and not serious)...

... alternator, water pump, assorted hoses, radiator (currently), engine/tranny mounts (currently), transmission slippage at 20 below zero Celsius (currently), no air conditioning (currently), ABS (currently), wheel bearings at low speed (currently, assumed), rear air suspension, rust (currently), and last but not least, interior electronics - the long-term reliability of which I consider to be, frankly, horrible.






Would I buy an '87-'91 Bonneville? Yeah, sure, if the price was right. <$1000, please.
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Old 02-01-2005, 10:40 PM   #17
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1995 SSE

Problems:
Upper Intake @ 99,000 miles(bought it @ 98,200miles)
Inner door panels are loose(mostly my fault due to speaker install)
Console lid broken & wont stay shut

Pros:
3800 Series II L36
Lots of room for stereo
Comfy seats
Room for 4 comfortably, 5 so-so
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5
Unfortunately for me, I seem to be an anomaly.
Since about a month after I bough it, my Bonneville has given me fits.
First the motor dropped oil pressure and seized, replaced that. Then the SC locked up on me, replaced that. Now my torque converter is dying slowly, going to replace it soon.
Also, my radiator is leaking, as is my sunroof, my driver'* door has a massive draft, my heater doesn't always work and when it does it boils me, my left fog light keeps burning out, my alarm doesn't disengage when you unlock the car with the driver'* door lock, the drivers door mirror doesn't work, I just noticed some body rust which could turn major without intervention, and my rear speakers blew a week after I bought it.

Of course, if I had gotten a Carfax then, I would have found out that it was once a fleet vehicle. If I had known that, I could have avoided these problems by NOT BUYING A VEHICLE THAT HAD BEEN ABUSED.
Moral of the story: always do your homework.

On the other hand, even when the major problems occurred, the car never left me stranded. When the oil pressure dropped, I knew the motor was shot so I drove 18 miles home, then the next day I drove another 15 miles to the dealer, and it only died when they pulled it into the garage. 33miles with no oil pressure whatsoever, that'* pretty tough.

The used motor that I got put in is still running strong, puts down great power, and gets decent fuel milage.


EDIT: Engine no longer running strong, it died(KAPUT!) the day after I wrote this.
Murphy is a bastard!
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1996 SSEi with every option except performance ride.
95,500 miles

Only problems I've had recently were due to the previous owner'* neglect. New brake system all the way around because the rotors were machined too much (96,000). New plugs and wires at 96,000 since the wires were the factory originals. New front and rear struts at 96,500; also factory originals.

8 years and 96,500 miles and all of the electronics work, and only regular maintanance has been required except for the above issues.
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On the other hand, even when the major problems occurred, the car never left me stranded. When the oil pressure dropped, I knew the motor was shot so I drove 18 miles home, then the next day I drove another 15 miles to the dealer, and it only died when they pulled it into the garage. 33miles with no oil pressure whatsoever, that'* pretty tough!

I'll say!

you got guts kid, you got guts.
how did it feel? overheat? no power? the very thought of that makes me cringe.
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