2001 Pontiac Bonneville Overview


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2001 Pontiac Bonneville Overview

Fresh off its bolder, more aggressive design from a year ago, the 2001 Pontiac Bonneville made few changes to its full-size luxury sports car. Though not technically billed as a sports car, it comes with an engine, suspension, and performance features that make it more fast and fun than your average upscale family sedan.
The 2001 Bonneville has three trims. The base SE and SLE feature the 3.8-liter, 205-hp V6 engine and 4-speed auto tran. The SLE brings a more performance-oriented suspension and extra features, such as power seats and audio controls on the steering wheel. New in 2001, the SE gets a standard tire pressure monitor, previously only available as an option, and the SLE gets traction control (still optional for SE). The SSEi is the top-of-the-line sports performer, with a supercharged 240-hp V6 and 4-speed auto tran. It includes ground effects and even more features, such as Magnasteer, anti-skid capability, traction control, and leather seats. In 2001, OnStar is now standard on both SLE and SSEi trims. Once only an option on SSEi, heated seats have been added to the list for SE and SLE.
Geared more towards the sports enthusiast than straight family hauler, the 2001 Bonneville features a racing cockpit dash, with red backlit illumination and supportive seats that hold you in tight when taking fast curves. It is spacious enough for five, with a huge trunk, which makes it practical, comfortable, and enjoyable for long trips. An optional front bench seat in the SE means you could fit six.

High points for 2001 Bonneville owners are its speedy supercharged V6, overall drive performance, smooth ride, responsive acceleration, and variety of options. They say its a lot faster than it looks. Downsides are less headroom than earlier models and wind noise on the highway. Repairs are both expensive and numerous, particularly a steering rack problem. Owners don't like the placement of the cupholders and are disappointed with the traction performance on wet roads. They report getting less gas mileage than the published estimates.


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