2003 Pontiac Bonneville User Reviews

2003 Pontiac Bonneville Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"big space" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
"style" 2 reviews
"big car" 2 reviews

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Albertlugo writes:
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi Review
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Power, looks, luxury, safety, high tech features, performance, comfort, style, and value

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It requires Premium Gas (High Octane) only, but is worth it.

Albertlugo
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One Of Gm's Best Cars Ever Made. — I just bought (Feb./09) a 2003 Bonneville SSEi with 60K miles on it, but in mint (very well maintained and cared) conditions, for $ 8,600.00, with four new Pirelli PZero tires. The paint is the original factory Rain Forest Green Metallic color, and is like new (waxed every month). The interior leather and interiors are like new too. This is my second Bonneville, my previous one was a 1997 SE. I just don't think there is any other large american car that could be compared to this one. I truly believe that this was GM's best kept secret. I don't know why it was discontinued in 2005. I guess not many people have tried it. If they do, they would buy it. Because of it's smooth, yet powerfull, Supercharged 3.8 L V-6 engine, it has the performance of a V-8 when you push the pedal (240 + HP), but the economy of a V-6 when cruising (29 average MPG on HWY), not bad for a large luxury car. It has an excellent premium 8 speaker soound system (I connect my IPod via a high fidelity FM transmitter I bought on E-Bay). There is no need for a 12 CD changer these days. Excellent handling. The suspension is very smooth and strong at the same time, you just don't feel the road imperfections. It is certainly fun to drive and beautiful inside and out. It has all the luxury that you can find in a Cadillac Seville, but with a sleek and sporty look. It has a 5 star safety rating which includes dual front and side air bags for driver and front passenger. Strongly recommend it. Specially when you avoid all of the depreciation costs paid by the original owner.

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Casey writes:
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SLE Review
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4

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Comfortable to drive, smooth ride (like a Caddy), hauls ass

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None

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Best Car I Have Owned — My 03 Bonneville has been a great car. It's fun to drive, got lots of room, and looks awsome. White with chrome rims and tinted windows, SLE trim adds lower body kit with sportier front bumper/fog lights and dual exhaust. Sunroof has had leakage problems, have fixed this myself.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Steve writes:
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SE Review
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Good handling and power, fair to great mileage depending on driving style, lots of space, and looks sharp too!

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Some buttons on radio aren't lit and are hard to find in the dark, no drivers side trunk release

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My Take On Bonny :) — Really haven't had any issues so far, really fun car to drive and has a little get up and go. If you want to baby it you can actually get really good gas mileage. I'm averaging about 25, and this is a lot of city driving. I honestly think it looks really sharp too, recommend to anyone. lol one weird thing i noticed, no trunk release on drivers side, theres one in the glove compartment on the passenger side and of course theres a trunk release on the keys. Kinda strange haha

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joshua writes:
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SE Review
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4

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Nice looks, decent gas mileage

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needs more power, to much fiberglass

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Pontiac Bonneville — Bought this car with 35,000 miles on it. Now has 99,000 and has had no problems. Performance is a little slow but isn't bad considering the car weighs 3800 pounds. The car gets about 28 mpg on the highway and about 20 or 19 mpg in the city. Overall a good family car.

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Jarred writes:
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi Review
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4

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Fast reliable, sleek frame, great performance, spacious.

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none its really the perfect car for me

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Fun Reliant An All Around Good Car — love the car, full size, fast and spacious. great outer appearance, and blows most other full size cars away, with its 3.8 liter 270 hp supercharged engine. gets about 18.5 - 24 mpg highway up to 27 mpg new jersey parkway, and about 12.5-16 mpg city, but thats enough to get me from home to work to wawa.

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BonneV writes:
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SLE Review
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5

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love the car,it handles the road like it owns it ,has lots of room for the whole family or just you and your belongings...very roomy,and get great gas mlg.

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I truly cant think of anything bad about this car ,just that I wish they still made them.

BonneV
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A Great Cruiser ,sharp Looking ,value And Affordable Car — Handles wonderful on the interstate and has like 16-17 mlg in town and 20-23 on the hwy. the car rides smooth and is comfortable love the ride ,the sunroof makes summer and winter enjoyable. Great in the winter because the heated seats warm you quickly ,and the leather is cool in the summer,because of the tinted window.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Da_CEO1 writes:
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SE Review
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5

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Great work car!

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None

Da_CEO1
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Sporty Look — Before I drove only Buick, After buying my 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix I began to love this brand vehicle. The look of the Pontiac is what does it for me. Therefore I decided to purchase the 2003 Bonneville. The way it handle the road is amazing.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Patrick writes:
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SLE Review
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5

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Rides like a Mercedes S- Class

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Problem prone, known GM issues they refuse to remedy.

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I Miss It Soooo Much, But I Don't Miss The Stuff That Went Wrong With It, Constantly. — Acceleration was confident, but the engine was too small for such a big car. Braking was decent with good pedal feedback - you could tell exactly what was going on at all four corners. Handling - it didn't handle very well, almost like a fat man on rollerskates. Tons of understeer under hard cornering. Build quality was not good - it started getting lots of rattles and squeaks around 30K miles. GM saw us on NUMEROUS occasions with this car. Heated leather went out a few times, auto headlights would shut off in the dead of night while on the highway, dual zone climate control simply quit, ***Steering wheel shaft went out so many times we forgot*** This is a known issue with GM, and they have NO fix for it. It causes a loud "CLUNK" when you turn the steering wheel. It's caused by inferior metal at the gears...when it slips, it causes a loud "CLUNK" to come up through the steering wheel and sounds like something falling out from under the car. I loved this car, but it's apparent it didn't love me. Styling was beautiful, nice lines, aggressive front fascia and beautiful chrome plated rims with 16" low profile tires. Rode like a cloud on the highway and so quiet you could hear a pin drop in the cabin.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Greg writes:
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SE Review
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3

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Reliable

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Lacks hrsepower

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Great For Daily Driving — Pros - Reliable car, great gas mileage, great handling, great performance if you have the superchargered model, great interior, very roomy, aerodynamic appearence, quick in acceleration, decent sounding exhaust. Cons - Superchargered model is better, front - wheel driven, bigger engine, lacks horsepower.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Leland writes:
2003 Pontiac Bonneville SE Review
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5

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ride quality, gas mileage (especially on road trips), no funny looking antenna sticking out.

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over 110,000 miles, no supercharger

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Great Travel Car — Great motor (3.8 L), good gas mileage, comfortable/quiet ride, lots of space, sleek body.

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Reviews From Other Years

2005 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews

Absolutely The Best Car I've Ever Rode In! By Jeremy

Hugs the road like a Cheetah chasing a Gazelle, I absolutely love the instrument panel, reminds of a small plane's cockpit. Everything is accessible from the driver's seat. Makes driving more enjoyabl... Read More

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fun car, drives great. expensive to maintain. love beating up on little tuners at the stoplight when they least expect it. looks like your typical car, but runs like a true sprts car. love it. 1 a... Read More

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2004 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews

I Love My Pearl By badkitty5961

Had her since she was 4 years old. With regular maintenance...she is still running strong! Regular oil changes and tire rotation. Only problem at 150,000 is head gaskets and a slow oil leak. Nothing m... Read More

This Is A Great Vehicle. Now I Know Why There Is A Pontiac Club. By James

I did a lot of research about this car before I decided to buy. Great ride and drive. Seats are as comfy as you will find. Car has plenty of power whenever needed. Gas mileage is consistently at 28 MP... Read More

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2002 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews

Great Beginner Car, With A Cult Following By Josh

It's a great car with gobs of power and plenty of modding potential. Great stopping power and stellar looks. Not much in the aftermarket for appearance, but creativity isn't stopping that. These car... Read More

Nice Ride By Steve

The only thing I don't like about this car is it's not a FORD I like it on trips it's comfortable and fun to drive. wish it had a super charger but it runs ok for a GM product. My wife fell in love wi... Read More

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews

All Around Good Car By Nicole

Despite one month where everything seemed to go wrong for this car, it's been very reliable. It gets from point A to B and only needs gas maybe once a week, depending on the demands. Usually it can av... Read More

Pontiac Bonneville Sle 01 By Mariyam

i love this car. its fast and it is reliable. leather seats and sun roof. onstar, and the car comes with 3 keys, the first key is the primary driver key the second is for the secondary driver. both ke... Read More

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2000 Pontiac Bonneville Reviews

Nice By Dimension01

I love how it has this sport feel to it and drives very smoothly. The brakes also work perfectly as well as the motor. I felt very safe driving this car, because it is very strong on the highway and d... Read More

Love My Ssei By BigBuckBur

This is the best car I ever owned. When maintained properly it will last forever. Rides and handles excellently, even with 90,000 miles on it. There are some fit and finish problems but they are ones ... Read More

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