1997 Pontiac Bonneville Overview


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4 Dr SE Sedan
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4.25 stars

Based on 18 reviews

Loved That Car. by lumo93
 — I loved my Bonneville. It was a great vehicle to have as a first car, and I would love to have another '97 Bonneville, preferably the base model with the SLE package. This car was great: it looked coo... Read More
Luxury At It's Finest. I Tore It Apart For The Engine. by Paul
 — I only bought this car as a donor car for my project fiero. I wanted the massive, powerful supercharged engine for my little fiero, along with the transmission. After a week of driving though, it was ... Read More
It's Been A Very Reliable Minnesota Car by jericks5
 — It's been my car since I was in high school and I am now in graduate school, it is still running strong. The car has 240,000 miles and has no ill effects of driving in the cold every year. I've been... Read More

1997 Pontiac Bonneville Overview

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1997 Pontiac Bonneville

The Pontiac Bonneville has always had a reputation for full-size luxury and room, and the current generation of Bonnies also deliver a younger, sleeker style and a lot of performance power.
There were few changes to the 1997 Pontiac Bonneville.  The two trims, SE and sportier SSE (with self-leveling suspension and lower ground effects), came standard with a Series II 3.8-liter, 205-hp V6.  An SLE package on the SE and SSEi package on the SSE added performance suspension, badging, lots more interior features, such as leather seats, traction control, and power sunroof, and a supercharged V6 that got 240-hp.  New in 1997, the SSE got a premium sound system and a new automatic transmission.  The four-speed allowed the driver to select between normal and performance modes.  It was available as an option on the base model SE.
Standard features on the SSE, including power driver's seat, cruise control, keyless entry, and automatic climate control, were options on the SE.  ABS brakes, fog lights, daytime running lights that changed to low beams as it got darker, and dual front airbags were standard across the line.  
The 1997 Pontiac Bonneville receives praise for its enormous interior room that comfortably fits people over six feet tall.  Its smooth handling, responsive steering, quiet ride, and engine power are also rated highly.  The Bonnie moves fast and has great pickup with the supercharged V6.  It is comfortable on long trips and a lot of owners like the new sound system.  Low marks go to the common problem of a cracked manifold, costly repairs and maintenance, and a wide turning radius.  Weak climate control is also a downside.  When you open the trunk lid, collected water or snow tends to pour into the trunk.  Some drivers wish for more horsepower.


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Pontiac Bonneville Questions


I Have 1997 Bonneville. It Won't Start. The Warning Lamp Says Back Lamp? ...

The windows are electric and they won't work either? It just stopped running when I was driving the down road. Any ideas please?

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My Car Won't Start

the engine turns but it won't catch. It's all electric. The exterior and interior lights work but the windows won't open and the seats wont' move. Also, check engine light on. Any ideas? Thank yo...

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How Do I Turn Off The Fogg Lights On My 97 Bonneville Sse?

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Starts Good But When It Rains The Next Day I Have A Problem

when i start the car the motor shakes after it idle for a while then when i shift gears my battery gage goes down an stals the RPM gets to 3 before I get to 20 MPH

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Why Wont My Stereo Push Out Sound But Illuminates When The Car Is On?

radio lights up, but will not play music

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