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2000 Pontiac Bonneville Sedan

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2000 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi

Source: The Car Connection

A new chassis, and a few new wrinkles - in the pavement.

by Robert Ahl

Bonneville is the name of the famous salt flats in Utah where battles for land speed records have been fought since the 1930s. It is also the name of Pontiac’s largest sedan, and it’s one of GM’s oldest nameplates.

The first Bonneville of 1958 was a limited-production hot-rod version of Pontiac’s two-door sedan, with a fuel-injected 6.0-liter V-8 (370 cid) that made 315 horsepower. Bonnevilles after that weren’t always that wild. But since 1993, Pontiac has offered a supercharged version of the Bonneville with wide tires, a stiff suspension, and flashy styling that captures much of the original Bonneville’s excitement. It’s called the SSEi, and it’s just been redesigned, along with base-level Bonnevilles, for 2000.

The new Bonneville shares GM’s "G" chassis, which was first seen on the Oldsmobile Aurora and is currently the chassis for the Cadillac Seville and Buick LeSabre. With the platform, the new Bonneville is 62-percent improved in torsional stiffness, and 27-percent better in bending stiffness compared with last year’s model. Last year’s model wasn’t very stiff, though, so those numbers don’t tell us much. Over a bumpy road, the new Bonneville doesn’t feel as tight as a BMW 7-Series. But when compared to cars more in the Bonneville’s price range, such as the Chrysler 300M, the Bonneville’s structure feels stiff enough.

"G"-car apogee

Suspensionwise, the Bonneville SSEi has the same struts up front and control arms in the rear as the LeSabre and Seville. Its bushings and anti-roll bars, though, are the stiffest yet seen on this platform, and its tires are the widest, and lowest in profile, too. The result is the best ride-handling compromise we’ve experienced in any "G" car. While we would like a bit more roll control, the suspension does a good job of controlling body motions most of the time. Yet its ride is smooth. Surprisingly, the SSEi is almost as quiet inside at speed as many expensive luxury cars.

Turn the steering wheel, and the SSEi responds sharply and accurately. The steering lacks the feel, though, that we would expect from a sporty sedan. The SSEi comes with GM’s Magnasteer power steering with magnetic variable assist, which allows engineers to vary the amount of assist electronically. GM has been improving Magnasteer, which in earlier forms made the steering of cars like the Seville and Aurora feel heavy and artificial. The Bonneville SSEi’s steering doesn’t suffer from this problem. Effort seems to build naturally as you turn the wheel, and system is more than adequate for a fast drive down a twisty road.

The steering of this front-wheel-driver strays from its path slightly during acceleration. We’re surprised it doesn’t stray more, considering the SSEi’s powerful engine. It’s the same supercharged 3.8-liter V-6 we’ve seen in the Buick Regal GS and Buick Park Avenue Ultra. The blown V-6’s 240 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque are enough to accelerate the SSEi to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, and on to a governed top speed of 126 mph.

The six received a few refinements this year to reduce noise, including a new engine mount, crankshaft damper, and exhaust manifold. The changes make this engine even smoother and quieter throughout its rev range than it was last year. Obviously, with its pushrods and 6000-rpm redline, this engine can’t offer the thrilling sounds of a higher-winding DOHC engine. The engine hums happily, at least, and the whine of the supercharger adds some spice to the driving experience.

The standard transmission is GM’s 4T60-E four-speed automatic. We’ve had no complaints about this transmission in other GM models, but in the sporty SSEi, it’s a disappointment. For starters, it doesn’t come with a Tiptronic-style manual shifter gate, which is a strange omission in a new sporty sedan. Furthermore, when you shift the lever yourself, the transmission still doesn’t cooperate. It forces a 1-2 gearshift at 5500 rpm, which is 500 rpm below the redline. Yet, in second gear, it allows the engine to rev to the engine’s fuel shutoff at 5800 rpm, which is 200 rpm below redline. On a challenging road, these minor problems become annoyances. This is one of those automatics that is best left in "Drive," where it shifts more or less appropriately. We expected more from this Pontiac, however.

The brakes are a brighter story. GM has been improving the brakes of many of its larger cars and trucks recently, and the Bonneville is no exception. Its four-wheel-disc setup with ABS provided consistent, no-drama stops even from high speeds. Braking distances were competitive with many European sedans, too. The pedal remained pleasingly firm, even after multiple stops.

Practical aesthetics

Whatever its athletic abilities, the Bonneville remains a practical car. There’s ample room in front for two passengers and sufficient room in back for three, even for long trips. The SSEi is also an excellent value. Its $32,250 base price includes an astonishing list of standard equipment. Aside from power windows and locks, keyless entry and an alarm, cruise control and automatic driver/passenger climate controls, there’s also traction control, front-seat side airbags, power seats with memory, leather seats, and automatic load leveling (with air-pressurized rear shocks). The SSEi comes with GM’s "Stabilitrak" stability-control system and GM’s unique "EyeCue," which displays the speedometer reading (and turn-signal indicators) in the windshield. The display can be adjusted for height and brightness or can be turned off. A powerful Bose stereo with cassette and CD player is also provided.

As for this Bonneville’s styling, we’ll call it controversial. For the SSEi, Pontiac designers took a cue from the 1999 Grand Am GT and styled a dramatic front end with a drooping grille, sharp-edged body side moldings, and a rear trunk spoiler to distinguish the SSEi from the base Bonneville. The look seems complicated and over-styled, especially when compared to the clean form of Chrysler’s 300M. Overdone or not, the styling does clearly distinguish the Bonneville from its G-body relatives. It also reinforces Pontiac’s image in GM’s famous marketing strategy.

Inside, the space-age theme continues. The dramatically curved instrument panel has eight little identical jetlike vents facing the driver and passenger. With few exceptions, the controls are well-placed, and the steering wheel contains convenient switches for the stereo and cruise control. There’s an excess of hard plastic on some surfaces. But what would you expect for a large, fast car at this price and with this amount of equipment?

This Pontiac is not a sport sedan without wrinkles. But it remains an enjoyable car to drive hard, it doesn’t look like anything else on the road, and its price is unbeatable. That should be enough to successfully carry on the Bonneville nameplate for yet one more decade.

2000 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi

Base Price: $32,250

Engine: supercharged 3.8-liter V-6, 240 hp

Transmission: electronically controlled four-speed automatic

Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length: 202.6 in
Width: 74.2 in
Height: 56.6 in
Weight: 3590 lb

Major standard equipment:
240-hp supercharged V-6
StabiliTrak cornering-stability system
Bose eight-speaker sound system
EyeCue head-up display
Universal garage door opener

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Security

Alarm Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Pontiac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2010 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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