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Transmission Failure Seal Of This Might Hurt


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 012002

Bonneville SSEi 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


Where do I begin. This car had many problems. I inherited the car after my parents passed in 2003. Was and is a beautiful 'looking' car. When I got the car it had a little over 8000 miles. At 25,025 miles, had oil changed, tires rotated...routine maintenance. Left the dealership and was maybe 10 minutes away when it sounded and felt like something hit the underside of the car hard and it began making an awful grinding noise. I knew I had not ran over anything. I pulled to the side of the road afraid to drive any farther. Thank goodness for Onstar. I got a tow back to the dealership where they diagnosed "catastrophic" transmission failure (their words.) Unfortunately for me, I had not transferred the car warranty when I put the car into my name. I was under the misunderstanding that it automatically transferred with the vehicle. So I had to pay nearly $3000 for a replacement transmission. I attempted to contact GM by various means to see if I could at least be reimbursed for some of the cost seeing how there was so few miles on the vehicle and it was maintained very well. I never received a response.

Subsequently...over the years this car has had numerous issues. If it had not been my Dad's car I would have sold the pretty piece of poop after the transmission failed. But sentimental feelings got in the way and cost me a lot of $. Power window failure (all 4) at different times costing hundreds of $ each time to repair. Water leakage--had window seals/gaskets replaced twice costing hundreds of $ each time and it still leaks. Passenger power seat failed. Passenger seat heater failed--just didn't fix that. Blower motor for heat/ac quit working 4 times costing hundreds of $ each time to replace. ABS failed--again hundreds of $ to fix. My son now has the car and luckily for him he is able to do his own repairs and maintenance and has even done some alterations to fix design flaws. The motor is a champ--not one problem with it and it now has about 140,000+ miles. As I previously stated...if it had not been my Dads car...I would not have kept the car after the transmission failure. I think GM should have recalled this car for any and all of the issues that I had to eat the cost on. Its a beautiful car to look at but not worth owning.


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