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1996 Pontiac Bonneville

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.5

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Long body, easy to drive, roomy inside

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Jun 30, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: smooth ride, roomy interior, low maintenance, good gas mileage
Cons: controls awkwardly located, leather seats hot in summer, not good for winter
The Bottom Line: Great family car, roomy interior, minor inconveniences with location of compartments and controls

BACKGROUND: I bought this 1996 Pontiac Bonneville car used from my mother-in-law in May 2005 with 50,000 miles on it. It was the car I learnt how to drive in, and also took my driving test in, so I'm very comfortable with it and may bias my opinion. ... read more

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

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Feb 25, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Looks, handling, power, ride
Cons: Craftsmanship, quality, trunk design
The Bottom Line: If your expectations are low, this car is fine. Otherwise, avoid it.

I bought this Bonneville used in 1997 with 20k miles. For the first 4 years this was a dream car. I should have sold it in '01. The durability of the interior trim is poor. The speaker grills have fallen off, as have the coverplates for most interior ... read more

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Finally -- More Power and toys!!

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Jan 6, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Quick, sharp and full of toys
Cons: Expensive upkeep and repairs
The Bottom Line: Overall, this is my dream sedan. It has everything I want and does most everything I want it to do. Next up, the 300hp Bonneville GXP concept car...

For anyone that has read my review on my 1992 Bonneville SE, you may remember that my main complaint about that car was that it was too slow. Otherwise, I loved it. That car had 185 horse-power. This one has 240. A very noticeable improvement. ... read more

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Great car for the money!

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Apr 6, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Very quick, decent handling, roomy, great "road trip" car!
Cons: Quirky power seat controls, expensive repairs, complicated climate control.
The Bottom Line: Great alternative to boring sedans like Accord, Camry, Taurus, etc., but watch reliability. Fun to drive, especially SSEi with supercharged 240hp V6!

The best thing about the 1996 Pontiac Bonneville is the amount of car you can get for your money. For a little over 11 grand, I got a Bonneville SSEi with just about every option you can imagine...supercharged 240hp V6, 4 spd automatic, power sunroof, ... read more

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1996 Bonneville SSEi

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Nov 4, 2000 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: size, power, style
Cons: none

Having been a Pontiac fan ever since my father brought home our first new Pontiac, a '69 Catalina, I have dreamed of owning a Bonneville SSEi since they first were introduced. The Bonneville SSEi was the size of car that I wanted and the power that I ... read more

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Lazy Mans Car

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Aug 10, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: LOTS of room, safety features
Cons: expensive gas prices

The reason we bought our Bonneville was because my husband got a new job in which he would need the only car we owned because he would do a lot of driving. We looked around at different dealers but I knew from day 1 that I wanted a Bonneville. My ... read more

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SSEi: More Power

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Jun 23, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Has power
Cons: Needs more power

I just got one, and it has a factory blower, argh, argh, argh! 240 supercharged horsepower under that hood! More gadgets and gizmos than an F15! argh! Dual power leather seats with like 18 switches to control them. A power moonroof. ... read more

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dream ride

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Dec 21, 1999 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: safety features, luxury, reliability
Cons: purchase price, repair cost

After 30 years of marriage my husband finally decided to let me choose my own car. After several months of looking, I came across a 96 Bonneville SSE. Needless to say, after test driving the car I knew it was for me. I have have it for three years and ... read more

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