VERY powerful, not best in exterior look
Leather interior, controls on the steering wheel (pretty good for a '97!), impressive sound system, the 3.8L engine didnt' disappoint. I got the car in '02 and had it until an accident in '13 which was too much to fix it given my financial situation... The transmission went out on me and had to be replaced entirely around '05-06. But it was already 8-9 years old. Things happen. Not the best exterior design... Never really liked it. My mom insisted on this care for safety. Had hail damage. Paid $5000 for it in '02. Originally skeptical to drive a huge car like this, but then got used to it and loved how quickly it accelerated. Miss this care VERY much. WOuld recommend the latest Bonneville to others - 2009, etc. It looks a lot more sleek.
fantastic car-you won't be dissaponted!
We have owned a 95 bonneville and now a 97. Both were bought used in good condition. Everyone who rides with us is impressed with the comfort! We love the mileage--always at least 25/27 sometimes better. never had any window or seat motors or any other accesory. My kids have put the upholstery throught the paces...I have the inside professionally cleaned every once in a while (have used by own home steam vac also) the upholstery comes back to virtually brand new. The trunk is huge...! and has a pass through to the back seat....so I have hauled lumber fishing poles etc many times. I now have three kids and am looking for something to haul their friends as well.....if it weren't for that I would keep buying these cars!
Nothing will stop this car
I am on my 5th year with this car. I purchased it from the original owner in 2004 with under 50,000 miles. It was well taken care of and I continued that so it is in bizarly nice condition. I only bought this car because of the Supercharged engine. A supercharger is an amazing thing. This car will compete with most any vehicle around especially when passing. So far I have not put a dollar into anything as nothing goes wrong except the maintenance items such as brakes and tires and unfortunatly suspension. It is the computer controlled, air ride suspension and simply does not work. What a mistake on GM's part. This car handles worse than probably every single car on the road. I am at 98,000 miles now in April 2009 and expect things to start going wrong. No car can last this long trouble free. I would bet that if this car was treated just average it would not have held up this well. Overall this is a nice car, with mediocre build quality and a reliable, ultra-strong engine. I still get compliments, mostly due to its condition which says a lot for a 12 year old car. I wish all vehicles were supercharged.