2002 Pontiac Bonneville Consumer Reviews

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2002 Pontiac Bonneville
4.1
Average based on 12 reviews
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Great Car!

by from Michigan on October 5, 2009

I have a SSEI 2000 and purchased it used with 34,000 miles on it. I now have 135,000 miles and on it and it is one the most reliable vehicles I have owned. The super-charged engine gives me a lot of p...
I have a SSEI 2000 and purchased it used with 34,000 miles on it. I now have 135,000 miles and on it and it is one the most reliable vehicles I have owned. The super-charged engine gives me a lot of power to use, when I need it. I did have a problem with the power windows, but to me that is minor. I live in Michigan and it has survived the long winters without any problems. It is good in snow and easy to handle. I wish they would have kept on making them because I would purchase a new one. It is hard to find a good used one around.
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Does recommend this car

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Love the Bonneville

by from Ottawa, IL on April 15, 2011

I bought my Boneville new in 2002 and I love it. I wish they continuing making them. I have a family of four, and we all fit comfotably, but it has a sporty look, so I like the idea that I'm a "cool" ...
I bought my Boneville new in 2002 and I love it. I wish they continuing making them. I have a family of four, and we all fit comfotably, but it has a sporty look, so I like the idea that I'm a "cool" mom. It's roomy, and I've never had any major probelms with it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Looks great! Mechanical Nightmare!

by from Okoboji, IA on August 16, 2010

2002 Bonneville SLE Owned this car for 4 years and purchased with 60k miles. Car is very comfortable, loaded, and handles perfectly. However since buying the car we have had to fix numerous minor engi...
2002 Bonneville SLE Owned this car for 4 years and purchased with 60k miles. Car is very comfortable, loaded, and handles perfectly. However since buying the car we have had to fix numerous minor engine problems, both rear windows have failed, moonroof assembly and motor broke, gas gauge doesn't work, interior lighting always blows the fuse, climate control fan stopped working, and both front heated seats stopped working. On top of all of this the 2002 parts are extremely expensive because they were only made for that particular year. Overall this car is in need of continuous repairs...
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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best value

by from Rochester, MN on October 15, 2010

Very nice car with excellent reliability!! This car also gets 30 MPG! The ride is very smooth and not lacking horsepower.
Very nice car with excellent reliability!! This car also gets 30 MPG! The ride is very smooth and not lacking horsepower.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Great Car For Road Trips,Great Car Overall

by from New York on July 2, 2007

This car is, in my opinion, one of the best full-sizes Pontiac ever made. Its performance is strong, and I love the interior. Its nice and roomy and boasts some pretty confusing but neat nicnacs.I lov...
This car is, in my opinion, one of the best full-sizes Pontiac ever made. Its performance is strong, and I love the interior. Its nice and roomy and boasts some pretty confusing but neat nicnacs.I love the elegant leather. The exterior is very aerodynamic amd sleek. It definitely sticks out next to most sedans. My family's 02' SLE is great on road trips. We were traveling at 74 MPH and obtained a fuel enconomy averageing 34 MPG. The ride of the big Pontiac is relatively smooth, and the handling is fairly well for being nearly 18 feet long. The only downside:the Bonneville isnt that reliable. There was a fairly high amount of problems going on with it since it's puchase in July 2002, and we bought it for $200 shy of 30k. Still, despite its mediocre reliability and price, its one of the best full-size sedans around.
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Does recommend this car

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SSEi has some warts, but performance is great

by from Wisconsin on January 22, 2009

I really like the SSEi for its performance. I had to replace both front wheel bearings at 85,000 miles. The garage where I had the work done said this is a common problem with almost all cars as the b...
I really like the SSEi for its performance. I had to replace both front wheel bearings at 85,000 miles. The garage where I had the work done said this is a common problem with almost all cars as the bearings are a sealed unit and cannot be lubricated. I also had the window problem, but I rarely have anyone in the back seat so I'll let that one go. Good car!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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The Car GM Should Have Kept

by from Cedar Rapids, IA on January 2, 2012

I recently bought my 3rd Pontiac Bonneville; a 2002 Black on Grey SLE. The Bonnevilles are the GM car I will miss the most with their restructuring. The bigger car ride, smaller car handling, full ins...
I recently bought my 3rd Pontiac Bonneville; a 2002 Black on Grey SLE. The Bonnevilles are the GM car I will miss the most with their restructuring. The bigger car ride, smaller car handling, full instrumentation and adult styling made the Bonnies an all-American car. The 3800 engine is very hard to fault and this car can easily last 200,000 miles with modest attention. My wife probably summed it up best when she said "This car has more testosterone in it than any man deserves". A good ride!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Great

by from KS on July 20, 2007

Very sporty but practical! Must drive to see what pep it has. For a V6 I must say, it gets up and goes.
Very sporty but practical! Must drive to see what pep it has. For a V6 I must say, it gets up and goes.
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Does recommend this car

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Black Beauty

by from Delafield, WI on January 25, 2014

I bought my black 2002 Pontiac Bonneville SLE new, using my 1996 Bonneville as a trade-in. I call the new one "Black Beauty". My son called it "A BMW on steroids." It now has only 72,000 miles on it, ...
I bought my black 2002 Pontiac Bonneville SLE new, using my 1996 Bonneville as a trade-in. I call the new one "Black Beauty". My son called it "A BMW on steroids." It now has only 72,000 miles on it, and its first set of new tires. Traffic fuel use is about 26 mpg. I drove it from Milwaukee to Los Angeles and back in October 2012 and got 31 mpg on that trip. Sunroof, heated leather seats, sporty rims, very neat car. When my now-adult son borrowed and crashed it on black ice in December 2013, I chose to have it repaired rather than look for a replacement. I wish GM kept making them.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Not as reliable as I'd hoped

by from Michigan on November 28, 2006

Did extensive research before I bought it used (3 years old). 2 days after purchase, brake harness had to be replaced. Dealer replaced at no charge to me. 2 months after purchase, back window faile...
Did extensive research before I bought it used (3 years old). 2 days after purchase, brake harness had to be replaced. Dealer replaced at no charge to me. 2 months after purchase, back window failed in the open mode and I paid $375 to get it fixed (38000 miles on car). At 60000 miles, my other back window has just failed. Im not terribly confident when obvious design flaws have not been addressed. I have never liked the body style but purchased the car based on reviews and the 3.8 GM engine. I wanted a reliable car :((. It seems Ive failed.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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