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  • I am new to Edmunds but I own 4 pontiacs and I'm trying to decide whether to get a SLE or an SSEI 2000 or newer. My question to anybody that has an SSEI is Do you have to use premium fuel or is it just suggested? I would like the SSEI but I drive a sales territory and would find premium a disadvantage.The SLE on the other hand would be practical as it uses the 3800 run on regular and is very dependable.But the SSEI is more fun. Thank you and I enjoy your conversations.
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    I drove my 2000 SSEi for 80,000 miles on regular gas. It is not necessary to use premium.
  • Hi, I'm John and I'm considering a 2001 Bonneville SE with 31,000 miles on it. It looks and rides great, I like the way it handles. I know the 3800 V6 is a great engine and should last.. but I'm concerned about this vibration problem that I'm reading about. This happened to me once before with a Camry and was annoying to the point that I got rid of the car. Is this a problem with just some of the Bonnevilles in certain years? Does anyone know if the 2001 SE is affected? I test drove it but didn't detect it, but then I didn't get it out on the highway either. Thanks for any info, John
  • John,

    I have a 2001 SE and have never had any vibration problem at all. I have taken the car out to Dayton, Ohio from Phila., PA and the car was one smooth cruiser traveling at 65 mph plus. As long as the car was taken car of, I would think you would be good to go. Good luck with the car search.

  • Hello everyone. I have a 1997 Bonneville SE and I love it. Just recently, the trunk pops open randomly when I'm going from Park to Drive, Drive to Reverse, Drive to Park and sometimes in the Park position after I turn the enigine off! The keyless entry and trunk release works most of the time. Has anyone experience this before? Is there anything I can do oppose to taking it in to a service station? Help!!
  • hey whats up everybody? just wanted to get some opinions. should i trade in my 91 gp gt and my 99 gp gt and buy an SSEi. my 99 is loaded with everything but the bose is the stereo in the bonni?was looking at seville but repairs for caddy are not cheap.altenator alone is like $650. looking to get 2001 0r 2002. love my gp but looking for a little bit bigger car.(babys sure do take up a lot of space)thanx for any advice. Jason
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    I'll respond over in the main board.
  • 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?

    Alexandria VA
  • 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.

    Glendale, Arizona
  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    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.

  • Thanks,

    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.
  • 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

  • theicemantheiceman Posts: 736
    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.

  • 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


  • gxp1gxp1 Posts: 1
    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!

  • Hi,

    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).

  • bryanbryan Posts: 217
    Hi Cheryl: I purchased an '04 GXP in May. It was an "inventory order" from a GM dealer in Delaware I deal with regularly, and I purchased it before it was delivered! It is graystone metallic, all options except CD changer and engine block heater. No regrets--absolutely a blast to drive this car. Almost every GXP I found on GM inventory links had the sunroof, so you may indeed need to order to get yours exactly as you want it. My only issue with the car was, ironically, a sunroof rattle, which my dealer fixed on the first try. I have 2500 miles on the car, and am getting about 22 highway mileage, and 17 around town. A fellow GXP owner who posts on another Bonneville board is getting better mileage as he has 9K on his GXP, which is what I expected will happen as I rack up more miles.

    I absolutely love the growl of the Northstar engine, and the more I drive it, the more I love the car. Two options on the car I thoroughly enjoy are the XM satellite radio and the heads-up display, which I do believe has saved me a couple of tickets!

    I also had an 87 Bonneville, and it was also in the graystone color. I enjoyed that car too, but not as much as I am my GXP. Good luck and keep us posted on your buying progress.

  • Well I bought a 2001 Bonneville SLE in the fall of 2004 and just love it . I have had some minor problems but overall I am very impressed with it.


    I was originally not keen on the leather seats as I am in Canada and the winter months are COLD... but the heated seats are great.


    I have 17in rims and all the interior options. Oh did I mention this car is great.


    Having a bit of traction problems in the rear durng the winter months. Anyone have this problem?


    I have new (2003 Mich MXV4 Plus - 235/55R17) tires


    Glad to see others love this car.
  • Hi Everyone

    My name is Shelly I live in Arizona and own my 4th Bonneville which is a 1993 sse white w/ tan leather interior, I hope to get some great ideas on mods and so forth and Im looking forward to hearing all the feedback as well.

    Bonneville has always caught my eye and its great to see others as enthused about them as I am. :)
  • Hello everyone My name is Brian I am 17 and live in south dakota. I recently (as of last thursday) own a 2000 bonneville (black) SLE the car and motor are in great shape! and so is the complete leather interior, tinted windows, and chrome (swirl) rims. My father has a 1991 bonneville and is 100% satisfied and as of yet i am completely as well! the only issue i am having is my sun roof, it appears that the track or something related is broken on that.. i went down to our local gm dealer and they figured it was the whole frame and it would cost 1,400 to fix it! and although i dont have that money i am looking for any alternative if anyone has a solution? feel free to email me.. i would tottaly appreciate any advice!! but other than that my car rocks! and i look forward to at least 6 years with it!
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