1996 Pontiac Bonneville Consumer Review: It Compensates for Its Shortfa

1996 Pontiac Bonneville - Consumer Review

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It Compensates for Its Shortfalls
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1996 Pontiac Bonneville SSE 4dr Sedan


Bought this car almost 3 years ago with 100k for $3800. It just went over 200K. Great car and comfortable to drive. Engine still strong. Transmission started to shimmy at about 72 MPH at 145K and transmission company said it should be changed right away, letting off the gas solves the issue and it's been running fine without changing (flushed changed tranny fluid again at 50K). One frustrating issue has been that the car stalls or won't start all of a sudden. I brought it to the dealer and other places and of course the issue doesn't appear. It will start back up in a minute or so. This issue happens so randomly. It can go 2 months without happening and then happen once a day for a month.

Best Features

With all the issues, this car has never left me stranded. A little frustrated waiting for it to start again though. Ride is great for long hauls. Passengers comment that it's comfortable.

Worst Features

So whose idea was it to put a cup holder in the door anyway? You're in trouble if you leave an open top container in the door and then shut it. The trunk seal leaks.
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