by Gerry on Sep 15, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan
My dad purchased this car new 8/1997. He left the car to me after he passed on in 7/2004 with under 90,000 miles. I've been driving it since and now has 215,000 miles. It is the best car I've ever owned. Except for routine maintenance, I've only replaced the exhaust system, struts and the alternator. It is a shame that GM decided to throw Pontiac under the bus. In the end all Pontiac had were rubber stamped Chevys. Instead, they should have been allowed to develop newer cars.
by BONNE FAN on Apr 18, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan
Absolutely amazing car especially the SLE with all the creature comforts. Steering Wheel radio controls and leather make this car extremely comfortable on the inside while the 205 HP V6 under the hood is more than enough to throw you back in your seat or squeal the tires. Overall it is a very good mixture between sport and luxury and in a 4 door package to make a sport luxury sedan. I have owned 4 of these cars over the last 12 years and I still have all of them if that isn't reliability IDK what is. These engine are bullet proof and currently I have 275,000 miles and still going on my car and it still runs like brand new no ticks or knocks or squeals or anything Best engine EVER!
by hazenguy on May 2, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan
I bought my Bonny for a whopping $500. The guy thought the reverse was out on it, when their was no fluid in the trans. I put 3 qts in it, drove her home. My car has 268000 miles and looks great! Everything works on the car! I have tuned her up. She has been well maintained. I would recommend this car to anyone needing a good car on a budget. You can pick up a NICE one Cheap! The parts are common and there is alot of info on the "trouble spots" and "how to's" on the car. I usually would NOT buy a car with this mileage, BUT so far so good!!
by JaniceB on Jan 14, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan
Happy w/ the Bonneville as far as looks & ride. Plenty of room and decent gas mileage for a big car. I loved all the features. Had to replace the AC ($700). Also had tons of problems with it not wanting to start. Someone else mentioned the battery corrosion problem, we found this true to. Also, we had to have a switch resistor in the ignition replaced to the tune of $100. I've read this is a common problem. The vents quit working. Took it to the dealership, they said they couldnt duplicate the problem, but informed me of the plastic intake manifold gasket problem. Cost to be over $600, and is a well-known problem with these GM 3.8's! At that point, I decided not fix, bought an import.
by DLW on Apr 24, 2007 Vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan
Bought the car two years ago, commute 320 miles round trip daily. We average 30 mpg, some days better, some days worse. I'm a bigger fellow, small cars don't cut it, not on this commute! Only car I have that comes close to the comfort is my '91 Grand Marquis, and in the winter, the front wheel drive is a must over the mountain passes we traverse. In hot weather, the car quits. Always at speed on the interstate. Put it in neutral while coasting, and the engine comes back to life, and away we go. Just turned 255 thousand miles, and I don't know what to do to kill this car. Love it, but it's been around too long. Just don't know what I'd replace it with!
Changes for 1997 are few. Supercharged Bonnevilles get a new transmission, a new Delco/Bose premium sound system is optional on the SSE, and the EYE CUE heads-up display has a new motorized adjustment feature. Two new exterior colors, a new interior color and a new interior fabric visually liven up the aging Bonneville.