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Fun to drive, many repairs
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By kirkhemphill78
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2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl S/C 4A)


Review

60,000 miles, rear air shock bladder broke, $360. 65,000 miles, mass flow air sensor, $205. 70,000 miles, paint started peeling off hood and below gas cap, did not fix. 70,000 miles Service Engine Soon light, cracked vacuum line to gas tank, $105. 85,000 miles, upper manifold gasket and PVC valve, $895. 85,005 miles, throttle position sensor, $169. 90,000 miles, Service Engine Soon light, replaced gas cap, $105. 95,000 miles, replaced vacuum control valve, $169. 112,000 miles, replaced catalytic converter, $140. 125,000 miles, rebuilt transmission, $2,200. Not enough room to show all.


Best Features

Heads up display, Monsoon System, easy to work on, and handling.


Worst Features

This car should be designed with transmission mounts specifically for a supercharged version of the car. The transmission had too low of pressure for the first gear clutch from the factory is what the transmission shop said. The electrical system is a nightmare. The black paint did not stick properly. The 1993 Buick LeSabre and Park Avenue Ultra I have are better cars than this one.


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Great car!
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By crames33
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2003 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought a 2003 bonneville when it was 8 years old with 86,000 miles and it was in perfect condition! Besides routine things, I never had work done on it. It got great gas mileage on the highway and was a smooth comfortable ride. I recently totaled it when we got a snow storm but I walked away completely fine! It still drove and the engine sounded fine but a lot of body damage was done. I'm looking into getting another bonnelville. Great cars! Very roomy (especially the trunk) and looks sharp too. I would definitely recommend this car for anyone especially for a family car.


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2003 Bonneville with 160,000 miles
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By Sean
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2003 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I am 18 years old and this was my first car. I bought the car two years ago with 130,000 and it ran great. I still have the car and it's still going strong with 168,000 miles. The only thing i have had to do with it is scheduled maintenance (oil changes, balancing tires, etc). Fuel economy is great for a 6 cylinder. It has a very smooth ride, and i like the comfortable leather seats. It also rides quite well at 120 mph. One of the only things i do not like about this car is that it is quite heavy, and does not stop as quickly as many other cars I have driven.


Worst Features

The transmission will shift awkwardly once in a while, but if your not driving you don't notice. Also if you do maintenance yourself 3 of the spark plugs are hard to replace. The air filter is also annoying to get to. At one point I was burning oil, but i replaced the pcv valve and it stopped.


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Hate my Bonneville
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By belyache
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2003 Pontiac Bonneville SE 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Purchased used, after 2 years I started noticing some transmission slippage from 1st to 2nd.. Then came the the transmission not engaging 1st. I had the transmission replaced, it worked fine for about 5 months. Now it is doing the exact same thing. It also has an annoying steering grind. I would not recommend this car. I have also heard others complaining of transmission problems with this car.


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Love my bonni
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By Wendell
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2003 Pontiac Bonneville SLE 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Purchased new. Had intermediate steering shaft replaced uhder warranty. Clicking returned at 45,000 miles. My local mechanic put oil in hole at top of steering shaft and now is fine and charged me nothing its abouy a 5 min. Job. Had problem with Goodyear 17 in tires. All have been replaced 2 times under tire warranty. Car is fun to drive handling great. Would buy another one if they still made them. Replaced brake rotors and pads. My only expence to date in over 6 yrs of driving this car. Have had no problems with broken nobs or interior plastic. Car still looks new inside and out. Great looks handling and economy. Buy American. This is my 2nd bonni love them


Best Features

leather seating styling handling and cost of ownership


Worst Features

put michelen tires on 17 in.wheels not goodyear. use bnetter quality brake rotors


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