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2004 Pontiac Bonneville Sedan

4dr Sdn SE

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  • $27,185 original MSRP
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2004 Pontiac Bonneville

Source: MSN Autos

Thanks to a Cadillac-supplied engine, the Pontiac Bonneville has returned to the V8 market for the first time since 1986.

The Bonneville with the V8 is the $35,270 GXP, which answers the prayers of Bonneville fans who have long waited for a V8. The engine is a 275-horsepower version of Cadillac's proven 4.6-liter Northstar V8. It's smooth and sophisticated, with dual overhead camshafts and 32 valves.

The entry $26,965 Bonneville SE and midrange $29,815 SLE versions have a 3.8-liter 205-horsepower V6, which provides decent acceleration. The supercharged 240-horsepower V6 has been replaced by the V8.

Following Tradition
The sporty new GXP follows the tradition of the first Bonneville—a big, flashy 1957 convertible with a 310-horsepower Pontiac V8. That Bonneville was mainly a dealer promotion car that highlighted Pontiac's new, youthful high-performance image, so only 630 were made that year.

Pontiac increased Bonneville production for 1958, when both a coupe and convertible were sold. Bonnevilles and V8s naturally went together for almost 20 years. However, the "Bonne" lost sportiness along the way as the auto world became less flamboyant in the 1970s; it eventually was sold as Pontiac's flagship sedan and as an upscale station wagon. (The convertible was discontinued after 1970.)

A V8 was optional for the Bonneville in 1986. But it only produced 150 horsepower. At least it was a step up from the standard 110-horsepower V6 for the rear-wheel-drive car.

Disappearing V8
Arriving in 1987 was a new generation front-wheel-drive Bonneville sedan, which wasn't even offered with an optional V8. The car had a new 150-horsepower engine, but it was only a V6. Many Bonneville fans were shocked.

Pontiac eventually offered the Bonneville with the supercharged V6 and such items as a sport suspension and racier bodywork. That engine made the car pretty fast. But it wasn't as smooth as a V8, and Pontiac fans wished the car had two more cylinders.

The GXP is much costlier than other versions of the Bonneville, which basically are just decent full-size American cars with a little more pizzazz than most U.S. domestic 2004 big cars.

Special GXP
However, the GXP is well equipped with comfort and convenience items, and it looks distinctive with modified front and rear styling, a rear spoiler and four shiny exhaust outlets.

Other special GXP features are a sport suspension, upgraded brakes, wide 50-series tires on big 18-inch wheels and a performance 3.71 final-drive ratio for quicker acceleration.

The luxurious cockpit has leather/suede upholstery, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate controls, carbon fiber trim and a Monsoon AM/FM/cassette/CD player with eight speakers.

Among safety items are anti-lock brakes, an anti-skid system, traction control, front-seat side airbags and General Motors' OnStar assistance system.

Options include $295 heated front seats, $325 head-up display that projects such things as vehicle speed on the windshield and a $325 satellite radio.

Star V8
Of course, the star GXP feature is the V8, which works with a 4-speed automatic transmission. A modern five-speed automatic would be more appropriate, but at least the Bonneville transmission is responsive.

The smooth, quiet engine propels the GXP to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, but doesn't deliver the neck-snapping acceleration I expected. Partly blame the car's 3,790-pound weight.

The GXP looks racy, but is no sports sedan with its front-wheel-drive design, aging platform and lack of a modern automatic transmission.

Stiff Steering
The steering is quick, but stiff. The all-independent suspension helps provide good handling despite the nose-heavy weight distribution. The ride is firm, but comfortable on most roads. The brake pedal has a linear action, and stopping distances are short.

The GXP provides only an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway, partly because of its powerful V8 and performance final-drive ratio. The V6 has an old-style pushrod design, but does better at 20 city and 29 highway.

Genuine Full-Size Car
The Bonneville is a genuine full-size domestic sedan. Four tall adults easily fit in the quiet interior, although a large front console consumes a lot of space in the GXP. The center of the rear seat is too hard for long-distance comfort for a third adult.

The big bucket seats of the GXP are supportive and the dashboard contains easily read gauges, eight large circular vents and an ignition switch that is more convenient than one on the steering column.

Controls are within easy reach, but there are too many to let a first-time driver feel comfortable with them. It's impossible to see where the rear of the car ends through the back window from the driver's seat, but no rear obstacle-detection system is offered.

Large Trunk
The trunk is large, with a low, wide opening and pass-through area to the rear seat. The hood opens easily with twin hydraulic struts, but the trunk lid has old-style manual hinges that dip into the cargo area.

The GXP is a definite step up from other versions of the Bonneville. A worthy successor to the first Bonneville, it's a big, comfortable, upscale car with a potent V8 for fans of large American autos.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt


Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics 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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