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Pontiac Bonneville, Sedan
Jan 24, 2004 (5:34 am)
I'll respond over in the main board.
#296 of 344 94' Bonnie 170k Happy
Jan 27, 2004 (9:17 pm)
Hey gang, just wanted to let you know that i enjoy this car very much, grated that it came with a file the size of a bible and total of $7800 in repairs but that was before me. Thank God.
Does any one know about the door lock issues? They don't work, checked the fuse once, blowen but a new one did nothing. I haven't took the drive door apart to replace the module for them, but is there something else i should check first?
Feb 29, 2004 (9:34 am)
Just acquired a new SLE with the Premier Edition package and the heated/power seats in the gold mist. Less than 100 miles but so far so good. Pleasure to drive. Hope it stays solid and dependable.
Mar 07, 2004 (3:53 am)
Welcome to the Bonneville fraternity. Mine's an SLE too - an '00 in dark bronzemist (they don't make that colour any more unfortunately). I've been very happy with mine - after 25 years with only Japanese and European, the Bonnie was my first domestic and I have zero regrets.
Mar 07, 2004 (8:37 am)
Have had several vehicles with the 3.8 V-6. All have been good at least as far as the engine is concerned. My wife's Buick Ultra has not been what you would call "without issues" but none of them have had to do with the engine. Maybe between 2000 and 2004, GM has cleaned up some of those issues and the Pontiac will be like yours. Hope so.
First tank of gas averaged 23 mpg. That's pretty good especially since we are now paying between $1.90 and $2 a gallon for regular.
Mar 15, 2004 (9:29 pm)
Made a round trip to Flagstaff on Sunday with four people in the car. Tried to run between 65 and 75. Averaged 24.5 going up and 29.5 coming back. Car performed well and seemed to still be able to get out of its own way at 7000 to 8000 feet asl. Sure steers nicely with good turn-in at speed. Ride is commendably compliant except for sharp discontinuities. These tend to come through to the ones backside. Suspect it is the tires that cause most of this.
Little bit of flutter in the steering wheel and in the car from about 65 up especially on really smooth road. Probably have to go to Michelins to get away from it.
Overall still a good experience
Mar 18, 2004 (2:43 am)
Good stuff. You should broach your experiences on the main Bonneville board here - particularly with respect to the steering wheel flutter you experience. Watch that one - some have experienced wheel mounting/alignment issues that cause somewhat excessive (to them) vibrations at speeds around 70 mph and above.
Mar 18, 2004 (9:33 pm)
Couple of questions:
1. What is the difference between the 3.8 Gen II and the predecessor version of the 3.8
2. The flutter that I am experiencing is also present in my wife's 2000 Ultra. Is this a GM phenomenon? The Buick's got worse when I replaced the orig eqpmnt Goodyears with Pirelli's and has only become managable after road force balancing.
My VW Passat is smooth, smooth over the same roads at all speeds. It has Michelins. Some of the discussion groups on Buicks have mentioned similar problems and have indicated elimination or significant improvements by switching to Michelins
#303 of 344 Production Information
Aug 28, 2004 (12:27 pm)
Does anyone know the production-run numbers for the 2004 Pontiac Bonneville GXP or where I can get this information? I have tried Pontiac themselves with no success. Specifically, I am looking for how many were produced and maybe even how many were sold. I have yet to see another one on the streets and have recently found out that the 2004's were only produced for 3-4 months. Any help with this request would be much appreciated!
#304 of 344 Interested in 2005 GXP
Sep 30, 2004 (11:11 am)
I'm new here. I'm interested in getting a 2005 GXP. I've been researching them for a while. I currently have a 1999 Grand Prix GTP. It's been the most reliable car I've ever owned (NEVER been in the shop), but I just want something a little bigger and with a little more room. I previously owned a 1987 Bonneville and 1990 SSE.
Anyone here have any advice on the GXP? My husband doesn't think I need a new car, but I absolutely love the looks of the GXP. Kind of a role reversal that the husband is against spending money on a new car. I don't want the overpriced sunroof, so I will probably order mine sometime after the first of year (February or so).