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.
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!
The steering wheel radio controls are absolutely amazing driving other cars without them it feels awkward to actually use the radio buttons Leather is very nice Getting enough horsepower to squeal the tires while still getting 19-22 MPG that is just down right amazing 3800 best engine EVER!
The only thing I could say bad about this car is that the cup holder breaks very easily other than that I can not think of a single bad thing on this car
Nice looking car, paint still looks great after 12 years. Previously owned a 1988 SSE. Replaced original two position sport struts with Monroe Reflex after 75,ooo miles. Reflexes are great! Avg 16 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Traction control is nice in snow. Intake manifold gaskets leaked at 55,ooo then again at 102,000 miles. Luckily engine wasn't damaged. Transmission replaced at 75,000 miles because trans yoke body went bad. Car would surge at highway speed when going up a slight incline. There's a tech bulletin on this but no recall. Overall I really like the car.
Nice Bose radio. Dash looks great at night, many compliments from friends. Heads up display is useful but off (slow) by 4 mph at 60 mph. At night the taillights look nice.
Cup holders in doors aren't very useful. Single cup holder in center console nice for driver, needs two holders.
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!!
LOVE the stylying, the engine, interior cloth [in mine] has held up very well, no tears. The car is still "tight" , paint is great, easy to work on!!
PCV valve placement [hidden], these cars have slow shifting trannys [common prob] but mine is good, the driver's seat could be a little higher for my taste. HATE the theftlock radio, but easy to figure out if you r patient.