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Pontiac Bonneville



  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    A Bonneville, of course! I got a silver 2002 SLE last Friday.

    Boys and girls, what an awesome car! I spent the weekend volunteering to run errands with a big grin on my face! ;^) Roomy, silent, smooth, plushy, powerful, and sure looks sharp! What a joyous ride!

    Thank you all again for your comments.
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    Congratulations and welcome to the club. Tell us about the details - options you got, how you like those cupholders, etc. etc.

    I'm envious!
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Welcome to the somewhat exclusive brotherhood (in a genderless manner of speaking) of Bonneville owners! You will, no doubt, become even more enamored of your classy automobile over time. Considering the style, perfomance and outright panache of our favorite car - you are to be commended on your impecable taste and flawless reasoning!

    Best wishes for many enjoyable miles and years of Bonneville driving.

  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    If Auorora, Bonneville and PArk Ave are soon to be history, it looks like the full sizd progression will be Impala - LeSabre, new top of line Buick then Cadillac. No Pontiac or Olds in the line-up but still a path of sorts. My hope is that Impala moves up a bit in size and styling and takes over the present Bonneville slot. I'd do one in 2006 or so.

    BTW - I still love my 2000 SE - despite present vibrations and have no interest in trading it for anything any time soon.

  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    I know some of you have had difficulty removing your back seat. I removed mine this past weekend - as part of a thorough cleaning - in a matter of seconds (IOW, very easily). It snapped back in just as easily and apparently securely.

    I have two small children. For those of you who are or who have been in "that place", I don't have to itemize what I found down there. For the rest of you, just rest assured that there is a place for pocket change and candy to go.

    It occured to me tht one of the nice points about a removable rear seat is the ability to sun-dry and air it out in the event of a spill which soaks through the cloth (or in our case the perforated leather).
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    It's also possible that the Bonneville name will stick with a Grand Prix model with a slightly stretched wheelbase (for rear leg room) on the new platform coming out in '04.

    I'd like them to keep the name but slow sales loom larger than history in GM boardroom discussions I am sure.
  • stnelstnel Posts: 338
    Congratulations on your new Bonneville. Sure you'll enjoy it.

    Dan - A dark bronzemist Bonneville passed me on the interstate today. I saw a dark bronzemist a while back but it could have been the same car.

    Ken - I see a green Bonneville (2000+) quite often. It must be the same car and the owner lives in my part of town. Don't know if it's the spruce green or a 2001 that's a different shade of green. I was trying to see the side of her car to see if it was an SE but couldn't tell. It did have a single exhaust pipe as best I could tell. Didn't want to look too much and look like I was a stalker.

    I believe I've seen most of the colors around town but am not sure about black.

    evandro - I've seen a silver one too.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    My Bonny has leather, power passenger seat and heated seats (these last 2 make up a package). The CD/cassette player is standard now. But the SLE is pretty well loaded. I did only without sunroof and chrome wheels. However, even being over 6' tall, the Bonny probably has enough head room even with the sunroof.

    The 2002 model has, as far as I could tell, different cup holders and new exhaust tips, more noticeably. Even though I prefer a covered cup holder, I have to agree that the previous design it was sometimes impossible to use both receptacles at the same time. They're now staggered and hidden from sight somehow by the console bin. I have no problem with them, although with the cover it was more refined.

    The new exhaust tips are oval, like the Grand Prix's, not trapezoidal as before, which were a bit on the overdone side, IMO. I think it looks better balanced now, even if a bit more squareness would improve them a little.

    I think it's also new for the 2002 the 5-spoke wheels, instead of the previous crisscrossed style.

    I showed it to a couple of closer friends who own a Lexus and a Volvo and they were impressed with the Pontiac. They had no idea that it was actually comparable to their cars, costing $$$ less. Both thought it was an amazing car!

    It is a very exclusive ride, most have no clue what car it is. And I love it! ;^)
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    you've summed it up nicely and touched on a number of improvements compared with my '00 SLE. For example, although leather-endowed, mine lacks On*Star and a cassette player, heated seats and power passenger seat. Further, the driver's seat incline and lumbar are manually adjusted. OTOH, the MSRP since I bought. Still, I woulda gladly paid for the heated seats.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    Ah, yes, it has On*Star, which I haven't activated yet... The seats are just 6-way, with manual lumbar and inclination on mine too. The driver's and the inside mirrors are electrochromic; pretty neat feature. ;^)
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,540
    Bronzemist seems to be a standard GM color in most car lines. It has me somewhat confused though.

    I have seen some Bonnevilles in what I assume is Bronzemist and they look very good indeed. However, when I see what I believe to be the same color on Intrigues, Malibus, etc., it looks different -- dull, muddy-looking, not at all attractive.

    The question: is this the same paint for all, or is Pontiac's shade different somehow?

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  •, a Winston Cup new/rumor page, is saying that he hears that the new Pontiac to be run in the 2003 Winston Cup season will be a Bonneville. Another indication that the "Grand Prix" replacement will also replace the "Bonneville".
  • stnelstnel Posts: 338
    My brother has a medium bronzemist Malibu and I have a dark bronzemist Grand Prix. They look like the same color to me. If there's any difference, I sure can't tell it. My car has a little more shine in the sun, but I figured that had to do with the waxing they gave my car when I bought it. (And my brother doesn't wash his car, so if it's duller, it's probably due to dirt.)

    Pontiac also has a light bronzemist but you can definitely tell the difference with that color.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Dan - Time will tell what the new line-up looks like. Whatever the models are, the new mid-luxe platform will probably be quite nice and with RWD, probably ride very smoothly so it will be interesting to see what the variations are in a few years..

    Stacy - you are almost certainly seeing a 2000 Bonneville. No green offerings existed in 2001 as I recall. My Spruce Green is not a teal hue and does have a definite yellow tint in the color - not like any other green I've noticed except other Pontiacs. If you see large chrome letters on the side panels it's an SLE or SSEi. The SE is more understated - but has BONNEVILLE in chrome letters accross the trunk lip and a chrome strip running along both sides. If you looked at the front of an SE vs the other two - SLE and SSEi you would see a difference in the grille - lower and 'edgier' in the latter two, chrome lipped and less aggressive on the SE.

    Now you're armed for instant recognition!

    Best to all

  • stnelstnel Posts: 338
    I believe I saw an SE. I looked on the passenger side panel to see if it said "Bonneville SE" but didn't see anything.
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    I haven't see one yet but I like the pix I've seen. This is what edmunds has:


    I note that GM says that the SE's front and rear fascia have been redone (I haven't seen the rear yet). But I really like the new front clip - it appears from the photo to have less bright trim - always a plus to my tastes. Heck, if there was no such trim around the nostrils, I'd even consider swapping the clip on my SLE.

    I also notice that early reports about the retirement of dark bronzemist Bonnies have now come true. Pity.

  • stnelstnel Posts: 338
    I wonder if they'll be discontinuing the dark bronzemist on all of their Pontiacs.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    Is it only me or the side cladding has been a little subdued? The fenders also seem a little bit flared out (Coke-bottle) as in the rest of the line-up, don't they?
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Looks to me as though the side strip is no longer chrome - the one above looks like the body color but that might be just the lighting or angle.

    Front end changes are very minor. The two or three fins in the lower air dam now replaced by one. No other changes obvious to me.

    Wheels are apparantly unchanged.

    Evandro - there is no cladding on SE models - only SLE like yours and the SSEi.

    Still a classy automobile - I'm proud to drive one!

    Best wishes to all

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