1996 Pontiac Bonneville Overview


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4 Dr SE Sedan
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4 Dr SE Supercharged Sedan
4 Dr SLE Sedan
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4 Dr SSE Sedan
4 Dr SSE Supercharged Sedan
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3.75 stars

Based on 7 reviews

The Best Fwd 4door American Sedan For The 90s! by Kris
 — It sounds like a muscle car and accelerates lke one to. Its fun to drive in the winter becauxe it is front wheel drive. It get ok gas mileage. It might get better mileage if I didnt drive the way I do... Read More
A Must But If You Fine One In Top Shape by doityourselfman
 — A great car I think it has the best engine GM made rides smooth ,look great you cant beat it has more things than some high dollar cars ,has never fail on me ,changed breaks and a crank sensor thats... Read More
Fast In A Straight Line by Stuart
 — My dad owns this car. 3800 Series II Supercharged V6 makes for a fast car just don't try and turn at speed. This car is at home on the open highway. Cruises very nice. Around town it does use alot of ... Read More

1996 Pontiac Bonneville Overview

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1996 Pontiac Bonneville

The USS Bonneville, Pontiac's full-size sedan, is a high-end luxury car that has a lot of engine power and zip and is able to seat six comfortably.  Though automakers aren't really building boats anymore, the Pontiac Bonneville is as close as you'll get to the pre-1970s combo of interior space and upscale cruiser, only now it comes with excellent fuel economy.  
The 1996 Bonneville came in two trims, the SE and SSE.  Both were available with the new Series II 3.8-liter, 205-hp V6, but if you got the SLE package for the SE or the SSEi package for the SSE, you got the supercharged version of this engine.  In 1996, this engine got a 15-hp boost to 240-hp.  A 4-speed auto tran was the only transmission available.  The SLE package on the SE came with leather seats, sunroof, performance suspension, ABS brakes, and 16-inch wheels.  The SSEi package was similar and added badging and gaudier body trim.  Other changes in the 1996 Bonneville included a restyling of the front and rear ends, a standard rear defroster, and auto climate control on the SSE.  Also new were daytime running lights that switch to low beams as the sun sets, and standard on the SEE was Magnasteer variable effort steering, for more reponsive steering action.
It's rare to have such a big luxury car that is also a performance vehicle, but with the supercharged engine, the 1996 Bonneville was fast on the highway.  Owners say it has good pickup, and the handling makes it feel like a much smaller car.  With 24/30 mpg, the  fuel economy is also a nice surprise for its size.  Other high points include all the interior room, the relatively inexpensive extra features, and the fun and fast driving experience.  Cracks in the manifold are common, as is the tendency for the plastic interior parts to break.  Owners say it is expensive to maintain, and there are numerous repairs, particularly with the transmission.  If you open the trunk when it rains, the water tends to dump inside, and those with a sunroof have had problems with rain collecting inside the rear foot wells.


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96' Bonneville Se Cranks But Doesnt Turn Over.

I replaced the battery, it is only 2 months old according to the sticker. Ive taken out the rr defrost fuse, cig light fuse, radio fuse, took out the trunk light. before, it was just dying over nigh...

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1996 Pontiac Bonneville Keeps Stalling

It seems that when this car gets to a certain temp it stalls. I have replaced the coil pack, fuel filter, thermosat, iac filter. I am aty my wits end because my 1996 pontiac bonneville keeps stallin...

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1996 Pontiac Bonneville Random Misfiring.

Engine seems to be running at about 200°, or a tad over, according to gauge. I was thinking of changing thermostat to a 180° thermostat. I live in SW Florida and was thinking it may be a good idea. ...

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Autozone Tested Car Came Up With Code 11 What Is The Cheapest Route To Repa...

Engine light has been on steady now it is blinking car is now shaking during excelleration

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Can I Replace The Firewall Covers Of The Heater Core And Heater Fan? Both B...

Can those 2 "covers" that are part of the firewall be purchased somewhere? I have a 96 Bonneville I bought new in 96 with 110,000 & I still love it. It is pretty much mint condition.

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