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Pontiac Bonneville Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.8 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 205 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Pontiac Bonneville

  • Pontiac bills the Bonneville as "Luxury with Attitude." That's an accurate description, given its basis on Cadillac's Seville platform and available 240-horse supercharged V6 engine. If traditional Pontiac styling twists your crank, and you want a large sedan packed with performance and features, the Bonneville is your kind of ride.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Loads of gee-whiz features, head-turning styling.

  • Cons

    Stout V6 in a segment that demands a V8, nameplate lacks snob appeal of luxury imports.

  • What's New for 2001

    Heated seats are available on the SE and SLE, and Ivory White is a new color for the year. OnStar telematics with a one-year membership is optional on the SE but comes standard with the SLE and SSEi.

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Customer Reviews

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Ten times around the globe

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I have over 220,000 miles on this car and only minor wear and tear repairs to this point. I bought this used with 18,000 miles in 2003 and have driven it in the harshest of ND and MN winters. There isn't a spot of rust anywhere on it. I've since handed it down to my daughter and have no qualms about her taking it to college. It's big, it's safe and with over 200k miles, it still gets almost 30 mpg at 75 mph and 20 in town.




My pontiac

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this 2001 Pontiac Bonneville because I wanted a sporty family sedan I had a Mitsubishi diamante and let me tell you I've read some these reviews with problems with the Bonneville well go own a Mitsubishi. those cars were problems from the beginning my Bonneville currently has 140,000 miles on it I had to replace the catalytic converter other then that the cars dependable for me only thing it lacks is speed it seems slow but it is a big car I didn't think I'd ever own an American car I'm more of a foreign car owner but I thought I'd give it a shoot and haven't regretted it yet I wouldn't buy another American car again but I will keep this Bonneville running for as long as possible




Pontiac-one of detroit's best.

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I have owned this vehicle for four years now and I have had absolute no problems at all. I purchased my Bonneville with almost exactly 60,000 miles on it and was expecting some sort of major issues, but so far they have not occurred. I live in a Downtown Metro area and drive both city (and I mean gridlock city) and highway. My average MPG is 24 which is very manageable. This car has handled everything I have thrown at it and I couldn't ask for anything more quality wise. Very well rounded competent vehicle with a wonderful blend of sport and practicality.



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Great car

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I love this car. I consistently got 30 mpg on the highway. It never broke down. The only repairs were the right front ball joint and broken motor mount. Unfortunately my car was hit on the side and the insurance company declared it a total loss. Now I have to find a car. I have had 3 Pontiacs and don't know what to get now.




Sharp car with dependability issues

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I love the exterior styling of this car, very sporty. NO idea why GM ended its production. It handles well. The 3.8 engine is very dependable, but all the other attachments to it seem to go out. It started at 125,000 miles with a number of sensors, coil packs, alternator, starter, the plastic intake manifold, front ball joints, front wheel bearings, the list goes on. The same with my old 1989 Bonneville, only that started at 75,000 miles. And at 80,000 on my 1979 Pontiac Grand LeMans for that matter. I finally started to buy Toyota for dependability sake. GM may not have needed a bail out if they had adopted Toyota's model of quality control years ago. Daughter has it at college now.




Diminishing reliability

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Vehicle: 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I bought the car used with 70,000 miles. Soon, it developed a cracked plastic intake manifold. It ran well, with few repairs until 140,000. In the past 10,000 miles, I have put over $2,200 in repairs into it, including front wheel bearings, several coil packs, a number of expensive electronic sensors, and I don't doubt the famously weak GM tranny will be next, at $1,600 to rebuild. I wish I could go back a year and dump it for a Toyota. Over the past 22 years, I have owned 4 GM cars and a Dodge, and I swear my mechanic owns a 401K with my name on it.



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What's New for 2001

Heated seats are available on the SE and SLE, and Ivory White is a new color for the year. OnStar telematics with a one-year membership is optional on the SE but comes standard with the SLE and SSEi.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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