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NHTSA — Structure Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,508 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Pontiac Bonneville body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 092008


  • 65,000 miles


When the rear window motor of 2001 Bonneville fails, it causes the window to lower even though it is in the fully raised position. The window position was not being changed at the time. It was just a sudden clunk sound from the back seat and the window went down. This happened when driving at night in very heavy rain, on the interstate with infant in the rear seat. This may seem like a minor item, but if we had been in a North Dakota snow storm, temp. Of 5 degrees and wind chills even worse.. the situation would have been life threatening. The window should be designed remain in it's selected position in the event of motor failure. The second rear window failed in the exact same manner about 4 months after the baby on board this time.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 072006

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • 55,030 miles
2001 Bonneville ABS wheel hub assembly sensor failed and had to be replaced. ***** this part has been replaced four times. The consumer would experience erratic braking at low speeds. The first replacement of the right front assembly was at 16619 miles and the most recent replacement was done at 55030 miles. The vehicle's trunk release was inoperative. The dealer replaced the communication link and trunk release fuse. The front transmission mount was worn caused excessive movement. The dealer replaced the front transmission mount.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My major complaint now is I have a 2001 Bonneville with a little over 24,000 miles on it. The hood is rusting from the inside out and has blistered up the original factory paint on the leading edge. The dealer is talking about repair with no guarantees. Since the problem is obviously an inherent defect with either the steel or the preparation I fear it will continue to happen. My feeling is I should receive, at a minimum, a lifetime guarantee/warranty and preferably a new hood.

- Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 042002


  • 30,000 miles
The trunk car was the 3rd Bonneville with the reported leaking problem at the local dealership.

- Warrensburg, MO, USA

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